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    Best books on illustration?

    Hey people. Sorry if this is like the millionth repost of the same kind of question, but I just wanted to find out about good art books for an aspiring illustrator.

    Obviously you can find a ton of good books in the online stores, but since I don't own any right now I'm looking to get a good overview - like maybe a couple of good summarizing big books on the older master illustrators and some on modern illustration. Something like that... Thanks y'all.


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    "A step-by-step guide to drawing the figure" by John Raynes was actually a surprisingly good all-round drawing book.

    John Howe's Fantasy Art Workshop was good for inspiration, as was Alex Ross' Mythology. For the old masters, it's probably better to do a search for a specific artist and get a book on them, or invest in a comprehensive art history textbook.

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    Here is the Artist's Reading List thread from the forums. I'm sure there are some interesting books in there as well

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    Gurney's book "Imaginitive Realism" is excellent for what you're looking for.
    "Creative Illustration" by Loomis is a must have/read.
    "Forty Illustrators and How They Work"
    America's Great Illustrators" by Meyer
    Illustration magazine is great for history: http://www.illustration-magazine.com/
    Society of Illustrators: http://societyillustrators.org/index.cms

    There's a ton of stuff out there...have fun!
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    I assume, since you're asking about illustration books specifically, that you want stuff that covers process rather than more general technique.
    In addition to JeffX99's suggestion:
    The Pro-Illustration series from the Society of Illustrators (three volumes, Editorial, Advertising, Children's Book), edited by Jill Bossert
    Innovators of American Illustration by Steven Heller
    Illustration: A Visual History by Steven Heller and Seymour Chwast
    The Illustrator in America: 1860-2000 by Walt Reed

    Books on individual illustrators, with lots of background discussion on process etc:
    Norman Rockwell: Illustrator by Arthur L. Guptill
    The Fantasy Art Techniques Of Tim Hildebrandt by Jack Norton
    Revealing Illustrations by James McMullan
    Finishing the Hat by Bill Nelson

    Maybe more later...
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    Let me add The Famous Artists Commercial Art Course from the fifties. Are a great resource from the top illustrators of the day. I got mine on Ebay for 45 bucks for the four volume set.

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    Thanks guys. I'm not talking about how-to draw books. The last three posts are on topic

    I guess I should get either Famous American Illustrators or The Illustrator in America for starters and then go from there.

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    Don't forget the annuals. My favorite books to teach from.

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