Rimmer after Michelangelo, everyone else is secondary
Hello everyone. I'm new here on this message board and I couldn't help but throw in my 2 cents in this discussion.
Perhaps the most inspiring book in my collection is a massive volume that weighs about 20 pounds entitled "The Complete Work of Michelangelo."
I agree with Book Guru when he says, "Buy big format, great quality books of Art Masters of the past - drawings by Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Rubens, da Vinci, Bronzino, Caracci, etc, etc." In fact, this is most massive art book in my collection and is the definitive source for everything that survives of Michelangelo's work.
Possibly one of the greatest and most forgotten books on artistic anatomy is William Rimmer's book Art Anatomy. It's impossible for me to find a picture of the cover for some reason and I think the book is out of print. My copy is a 1962 edition.
In my opinion, these are the most important books on the subject of figure drawing and it's important not to overwhelm yourself with a vast collection of art instruction books from all the masters out there, otherwise you'll never be able to get through them all in a lifetime. The secret to success as a draftsman is to copy from the masters over and over. And then recopy the more challenging compositions involving clusters of figures piled on top of each other--the paintings of Michelangelo come to mind here. I could have mentioned books on Raphael, Leonardo, or a more contemporary artist like Burne Hogarth but Hogarth's work is too stylized and exaggerated.
Anyhow, I just wanted to mention what I thought was the 5 most important books for me on the subject of figure drawing and artistic anatomy.
I just stumbled on a book called age of innocence the romantic art of jeffery jones signed and in mint condition at a used antique bookstore I never heard about this artist so I read a few pages and wow inspiration left and right hit me so I decided to grab all of my old books I dont read anymore and traded it in for the book a good fucking deal
another good art book is blade of the immortal by hiroaki sumura and the skillful huntsman by mike yamada
David Chelsea's book is a MUST for anyone who's having trouble with perspective in general. It goes into full detail and makes perspective very easy to understand especially if you enjoy the way Scott McCloud explains his stuff in his books since David uses his comic book style method of explaining things:
This book was also a huge help to me. Found it at my local library and it's amazing how much anatomical material this book covers. For instance, things like hands, feet, arms and torsos all have their own chapter. It's a pretty thick book, but it's definitely worth hunting down if you're looking for an all-in-one reference for human anatomy:
I joined CA some 20 minutes ago :-) just discovering the features here.
on my youtube channel I have some book browse through videos and hopefully I will make some more, as books are one of my treasures.
Here's one video about a French artist which I like a lot, Ernest Pignon http://youtu.be/W-4IaeBPpkE
Just got a shipment from Hong Kong with 2 books of Kent Williams art -- his latest Opthalm and something called Goya View Series vol 1.
Trust me, unless you've seen it in person, you've never seen his work presented so beautifully!! These are both huge books - 12" x 12", with astonishing printing quality.
Opthalm contains sketchbook work and his big paintings, while the Goya series is like a peek directly into his personal sketchbook - there's a good deal of overlap in the 2 books but also several excellent works in each not found in the other. The Goya book being paperback, I'm thinking of ordering another copy so I can separate one to put prints up on the walls.
"Figure drawing prepares you for painting at a high level" - Jeff Watts