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    Searching books for digital art, environment and figure drawing!

    Hello,
    i thought of getting a bit distance to the internet and working more for myself again.
    So i would like to buy a few books!
    Perhaps you could advise me for a few good books

    I'm searching something about Figure Drawing that i can learn to draw them (from imagination) better.

    Then i'm searching for something to learn environments.

    And finally a book for a few digital techniques with photoshop, because i want to paint digital

    Here the books i already have:
    David Chalsea - Perspective for Comic book artists
    Andrew Loomis - Figure Drawing

    Greetings, silwynar

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    Get your hands on George Bridgeman's books. His methods help with building the figure from imagination. I hear Hogarth's stuff does, too, but I've yet to try his books out.

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    Loomis is in my opinion by far the best on the subject. He really breaks it down. Bridgeman is also good.

    I think it really depends on your style of learning as well. Try sitting in a park, or at the mall and using what you've learned from Loomis or Bridgeman, attempt quick sketches and poses. Pay attention to people posture, their balance, and when you get good, try some expressions.

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    There's this extremely fat book recommended to me by J.Scott Campbell. "Drawn to Life" by Walt Stanchfield. There's two volumes, and I just have volume 1 so I can't speak for the other one. It's for and by Disney animators, but the principles it teaches stretches far beyond that. And if that doesn't sound worth your money, you should google-image "J Scott Campbell" and take another second to consider.

    There's also "Drawing Dynamic Hands" by Burne Hogarth. And I doubt I'll ever need help drawing hands ever again, as long as this book belongs to me. It's insanely lucid about the process and has plenty of angles and positions to reference.

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    Oh!
    Drawn to Life looks great for the price!
    Has anyone this book too and can say something about it?

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    I have a couple recommendations

    Digital Character Design and Painting: The Photoshop CS Edition, by Don Seegmiller, is one of the best books I've read on general painting techniques. It focuses on digital, obviously, but a lot of the information in there is just basic art fundamentals that are applicable in any medium, organized very clearly and concisely. Not nearly as wordy as Loomis, which I like (though Loomis is great, too).

    The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression, by Gary Faigin, is probably the best book I've seen on portraiture in general. Better than Drawing the Head and Hands (Loomis' book on the subject), imo. Very in-depth.

    The Vilppu Drawing Manual, by Glen Vilppu, is a great book on figure drawing. Again, very concise and clear, and well-illustrated.

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    Uh yeah!
    I went to a friend which has a lot of books and asked him for the three.
    The first book he had never heard
    The second book had he borrowed me! Great book! Can't wait for doing a few things out of it!
    And the last book, he gave me to it per PDF

    Good day
    Can't wait for drawing but first learning for school.

    Other book tips?

    Silwynar

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    Check out James Gurney's Imaginative Realism. It's pretty cheap on Amazon (well in the US anyway) and definitely worth it. It has fewer specific exercises, but a lot of solid general advice.

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