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I have a growing collection of books from drawing the human head, figure drawing, dragons, colour and light..etc
But something I do not have is anything specifically on perspective and anything on composition / layout.
Could anyone make a suggestion for these 2? And explain why.
I hope to some day be able to draw fantasy characters for companies like Applibot just to give people an idea of what I am going for. So it's not like I am drawing hundreds of buildings etc.. more like a character with a forest background for example.
I already know the basics of perspective from back in school but I just wasn't sure if that's enough.
Also whilst I have a thread starting.... is it worth purchasing a book on clothing / folds and creases? Some people have told me in the past they are not worth while and it's more beneficial just to study some clothing from life and photos using fashion magazines etc..
Anyway I would really appreciate your opinions on this and if you think there's anything else I should be making priority instead / as well as?
Thanks in advance
"Successful Drawing" and "Creative Illustration" by Loomis, "Perspective Made Easy" by Norling, "Visual Literacy" by Wilde, "Framed Ink" by Mateu-Mestre. You are welcome.
As for the rest... if you don't learn how to draw buildings, your human figures probably won't be good either. Learn to draw everything. Thinking of specialization when you are just beginning isn't a good idea.
I was actually looking at successful drawing and creative illustration by Loomis as I heard there was composition and perspective within those books. Does it go into enough depth with just those for what I am after in your opinion, or would I need those others you named too?
Let me rephrase that ... if I was to buy 2 books for now 1 on perspective and 1 on composition, which 2 would you pick to start with?
Scott Robertson: how to draw
I believe Creative Illustration is advanced, and much of what is covered in Successfull Drawing is better presented elsewhere. For perspective, pick Norling or Raynes' Complete Guide to Perspective.
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@Stonec - I have heard Scott Robinson is good for perspective, however I have minimum interest in mechanical / tech / vehicle type illustrations, is this book more aimed towards that sort of thing or is it the same no matter what? I mean in the sense of drawing human characters in perspective, although I know its the same principles, I wasn't sure if certain books would be better suited?
@Eezaqque So we are thinking Norling or Raynes books are superior to loomis for perspective.. I will take a look online now. Do either of those cover composition?
Get "Framed Ink" for composition.
Has any one else used Framed Ink to second it being a good choice for composition?
I think I head someone mention it in a Youtube video once.. Sycra maybe
Norling is looking like the best choice for perspective so far.
One other book I was looking at for perspective is Vanishing point perspective for comic book artists.
Any thoughts on this?
Also @ Benedikt. I just looked through your facebook pics, they are insane! Your backgrounds are really good, I have no idea how to start them, any recommendations for anything in that area?
I thought the mountains you painted were really good! Also the castle in the background of another.. great work!
Paint from life and reference to understand form and light, then extrapolate from the experience/knowledge gained when working from imagination + always supplement with reference.
Pretty much like everyone does
Loomis' take on perspective gives you a lot of necessary techniques, but the presentation is concise and not providing a "gentle learning curve". His composition chapters in both books I linked to are also more practical, less introductory.
I would agree with visual language and Creative illustration for composition. I've read through creative illustration and it's pretty helpful on that end. As far as drawing figures in perspective, its probably better draw from life, or get ref. Have someone pose for you and click away or start sketching away. Whatever is easier. Composition you won't understand unless it's told to you or you read it somewhere. My 2 cents.