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    Question What are some of the art books that have inspired you or helped your work?

    What are the art books that have inspired you or helped your work?
    I know that there are a lot of you guys that are as obsessed with adding good art books to your library as I am, so was wondering if you have any recomendations.

    I'll start it off; "Hawthorne On Painting"? . It's just a small little book with notes from some of Charles W. Hawthorne's classes( a contemporary of William Merit Chase, I believe) . It's got sections on the outdoor model, "still life", landscape, indoor model, and water color. It's super cheap ( under 10$), very small, but very dense, and a little zen.

    Also Robert Henri's "The Art Spirit", it's in the same vein as Hawthorne's book. Both are old school but the thoughts still apply and you should be able to find them at used bookstores.

    Finally in a more straight forward vein, I like "Proven Strategies For Creating Great Art " by Dan McCaw, great stuff very straight forward and informative about painting in oils, but the lessons apply elsewhere as well.

    I'll try to bring in pictures of these books when I get a chance.

    Alright I'm back, here you go.

    What are some of the art  books that have inspired you or helped your work? What are some of the art  books that have inspired you or helped your work? What are some of the art  books that have inspired you or helped your work?

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    "The Art of Warcraft"



    No seriously...just looking at the seemingly raw sketches and some of the more finished pieces and seeing the commentary and the creation of a game world is inspiring to me. It all depends on what stimulates you, man.

    I also like to browse KChen's thread and some stuff from strych9ine over at Photoshoptechniques.com don't tell him I said that

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Iconoclast View Post
    "The Art of Warcraft"



    No seriously...just looking at the seemingly raw sketches and some of the more finished pieces and seeing the commentary and the creation of a game world is inspiring to me. It all depends on what stimulates you, man.

    I also like to browse KChen's thread and some stuff from strych9ine over at Photoshoptechniques.com don't tell him I said that
    "The Art of Warcraft" it's my favorit

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    Originally posted by The Iconoclast
    "The Art of Warcraft"



    No seriously...just looking at the seemingly raw sketches and some of the more finished pieces and seeing the commentary and the creation of a game world is inspiring to me. It all depends on what stimulates you, man.

    I also like to browse KChen's thread and some stuff from strych9ine over at Photoshoptechniques.com don't tell him I said that
    "The Art of Warcraft" Hmm, I'll look for it, and I totally agree that it's what stimulates "you".

    I just thought some of these books we might end up talking about might stimulate or inspire other people. Gotta share the wealth! Thanks for posting!

    Can you bring in a photo so people know what to look for?-B

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bojee View Post
    "The Art of Warcraft" Hmm, I'll look for it, and I totally agree that it's what stimulates "you".

    I just thought some of these books we might end up talking about might stimulate or inspire other people. Gotta share the wealth! Thanks for posting!

    Can you bring in a photo so people know what to look for?-B
    I also suggest the Okami Official Art book

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    Oh yeah kchen's stuff rocks! couldn't agree more!

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    Here is an Amazon link to the book. It's not THAT expensive, but it's good to use the "Look Inside the Book" feature before buyin' anything

    Also, here is another little scan of a page of the book.

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    Iconoclast-Thanks, If you like that you might like these guys.

    What are some of the art  books that have inspired you or helped your work?
    Heinrich Kley

    What are some of the art  books that have inspired you or helped your work?
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    What are some of the art  books that have inspired you or helped your work?
    Joseph Clement Coll

    All three do amazing line work!

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    You also might want check out www.bpib.com ( Bud Plant Illustrated Books ) They have bios on all the old school illustrators and some new too, I think you might find some of their work inspiring.

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    What are some of the art  books that have inspired you or helped your work?

    Keys to Drawing, Bert Dodson.

    Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books

    What I really like about this one is it's about how to draw exactly what you see... no anatomy or anything, basically how to really look at things and techniques for doing contour drawings and drawing without looking at the paper. Really helps to loosen up your approach.

    "Figure drawing prepares you for painting at a high level" - Jeff Watts

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    Darkstrider- Thanks I'll look for it. Looks good. what I love is that most of the ones we've mention so far would be pretty inexpensive to add to your library.

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    Here are a couple more that I think are good.

    What are some of the art  books that have inspired you or helped your work?

    This book By Sarah Simblet is just beautiful in it's design as well as having some great information. It could be called Anatomy of "Beautiful People" cause the models are amazing examples of what the human body can be. Quite a bit of eye candy.

    What are some of the art  books that have inspired you or helped your work?

    This book by Nathan Goldstein on drawing the figure is easily one of the best I've seen out there, thorough, bringing in many great but obscure artists as examples to the different ways to approach it.

    A nice combination of good text and interesting visuals.

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    i just picked up this book that's been really useful lately. It's by boris vallejo and julie bell of all people. It's called

    Fantasy Workshop: A practical guide

    it covers color useage and layout pretty good and simply with some step by step images.

    It's super happy wonderful fun time!
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