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    Think I ended up paying $139 (£77ish) for the two including postage.

    Grab that spirited away book in your sweaty mits, it's a great book, fantastic watercolours and character sketches, try to get the Totoro one as well if you can.

    edit: christ that'll teach me not to watch the goggle box while posting, 25 bloody minutes.


    The Dark Crystal book looks sweet especially the creature/character designs and the weird tracing paper inserts. My king kong natural history freaks me out especially the mosquitos and that crazy pink leach effort.

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    don't wanna dish out 77 quid just yet. waiting till i get a job, or win lottery.
    I knew i reckonized the creature designs from the dark crystal when i looked it up, i've seen his bad/good faries book in my mates tattoo shop, and turns out brians done the cover work for one of my fave books 'Brog the stoop' from point fantasy books, author Joe boyle. small world.

    found a book called the Anime art of hayao miyazaki, his work from before howls moving castle etc and his films now aswell. other books were kikis delievery service, the toroto one you said, My neighbour toroto right?.

    Ok guys, Thanks for all your recommandations and reviews.

    I'm currently gunna order about 16 books.

    List:
    Concept design 1 & 2 (thank you Magic man)
    Art of starwars ep2&3 (thanks killer napkins)
    The skillful huntsman (thanks easy tiger)
    The art of halo
    Brom: Offerings+Plucker, an illustrated novel+Darkwerks
    The LOTR sketchbook:portfolio
    Fantastic art: the best of luis royo
    Goad: the many moods of phil hale (thanks sam araya)
    the world of the dark crystal: featuring new art (thanks easy tiger)
    World of kong (thanks easy tiger again )
    art of darkwatch
    Rakugaking by Katsuya Terada (thank you DSillustration!)

    not quite sure how much these all are but i know it'll be worth it.

    I'll def be keeping the other books i haven't ordered on my to get list, Anymore books would be great, so keep them Recommandations coming please! thanks

    Tony


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    half-life 2: raising the bar... covers art of hl1, cs, css, hl2 and a few other hl2 game-creation aspects

    and the Matrix artbook

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    You should check out the offering by the publisher TASCHEN... maybe too contemporary or "conceptual" for most of the guys tastes here, but anyways they have a nice repertoire of stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadCat
    The anime art of Hayao miyazaki (thanks to all who recommanded him)
    you know there are NO PICTURES in that book, right?
    its a critical analysis of his work,
    not an art book.

    you might want to cancel that order and save yourself some money, and aggrevation.

    as far as i know, the only good artbooks of his are those of the individual films, "daydream note", and "tiger im schlamm note"

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    The Drawing of heinrich Kley/More drawings of heinrich kley - the latter you're gonna have to find on ebay.

    Cannabis Works - Tatsuyuki Terada

    Drawers 2.0 - Claire Wendling

    Art of Final Fantasy IX - Brady Games (another from ebay)

    Blacksad Vol 1-2 and sketchbook Canales/Guarnido.

    Dean Cornwell: Dean of illustrators - Broder
    probably the one book that every illustrator has


    A Retrospective: Malcolm Liepke - this is expensive but worth every penny - search it under "lounge" and the info is there how to get it.

    Visions of adventure - NC Wyeth and the Brandywine Artists

    The Big Hoax/ Iguana. Trillo/Mandarfina

    ANYTHING on Daumier

    And all the latest books on Sorolla, Repin, Sargent and zorn

    edit: hey DS - thanks for the heads up - I put an order for the new Foster book and lets just theres one less copy of the old Foster book on the market...

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    Damn Rascar beat me too it.... on several points..... :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSillustration
    you know there are NO PICTURES in that book, right?
    its a critical analysis of his work,
    not an art book.

    you might want to cancel that order and save yourself some money, and aggrevation.

    as far as i know, the only good artbooks of his are those of the individual films, "daydream note", and "tiger im schlamm note"
    Wow, its a bloody good job i didn't do my order last night..woo, thanks alot man, now i need to go change my choice for another.

    i think i'll just leave his stuff alone at the moment, i really want the Rakugaking by Katsuya Terada, I might just go on a whim and let some more money go for it. its not to much, on the site Dile posted its about 52$ or around 30 quid i think..mmm.
    27 quid actually, just checked. yeah, i think i will, i'm gunna get it! thanks DSillustration

    Thanks rascar capac and nic, since ya woulda posted them if he haven'd got there lol

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    Most of you mentioned my personal faves, but I have to say my collection of Dave McKean books are what get opened the most (next to the Foster and Ashley Wood bibles).

    Dave McKean's Cages, Pictures the Tic (my personal fave), Particle Tarot, Option:Click, Little Book of Black and White Lies... all brilliant.

    Kent William's Drawings and Monotypes and his graphic novel work on Blood and The Fountain are amazing.

    Loomer and Adam Rex cued me into Windsor McKay's work last time I was in New York, his linework and storytelling absolutely blew me away.

    A big ass book of Odd Nerdrum's paintings is what I'm going for next. This thread is awesome, cued me into a lot off shit I hadn't known about. Keep em coming!

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    Hey strych9ine, nice one, looked up dave mckean's stuff, the outlaw Varjak paw children book looks awesome, good reviews on it. i gather he does alot of childrens books, always the best kinda books haha.

    Kent williams stuff looks great too, can only find the fountain though.

    I'm gunna get a hyung tae kim book too, Illustrations-Oxide 2X

    I'm happy this thread is useful for other people aswel as me.
    keep em coming, and people be pleasing!

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    As far as Myazaki books go, the one to My neighbour Totoro is fantastic.

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    I've never heard of that film, but the art work looks beautiful.
    thanks for the pos comment on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strych9ine

    A big ass book of Odd Nerdrum's paintings is what I'm going for next. This thread is awesome, cued me into a lot off shit I hadn't known about. Keep em coming!
    hehe - a well known used bookstore in north hollywood here in california recently closed down - I was lucky enough to be among the vultures rummagging through the place as it anounced - EVERYTHING was half off - so I got the Nerdrum book for $30 . Booha!

    ok some more- Along with mandrafina's books, the next 6 are a must if you like B/W.

    Mort Cinder Book 1 and 2 - Alberto Breccia.

    Joseph Clement Cole - A legacy in Line and Art of Adventure

    Franklin booth - Painter with a pen

    The Gibson Girl and her America - Charles Dana Gibson

    James Montgomery Flagg - Meyer (more B/W. amazon or ebay)

    Black and White Images Annuals - 2 volumes - from budplant.com

    and back to painting


    Howard Pyle -

    Jenny Saville - Her book is on Amazon, but if you want the catalogues - ebay.

    ok my friend- start savin some money - cause ive got more if you want and they arent cheap

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    Hey rascar. thanks.

    now before i forget for the 3rd time, does anyone know the book 'the mirror stone'? if so who the hell did it? cause it was an amazing book, along with another book which was about a young kid wizard or someone who looked like a wizard, can't remember name or author damnit.

    or anyone know of any dark childrens books? would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadCat
    I've never heard of that film, but the art work looks beautiful.
    thanks for the pos comment on it.


    oh dude seriousely, i think its prolly my fave myazaki film, its hella simple, but stunningly beutiful. Try and track it down if you can, I think its even on youtube in 10 parts, but like it does not do it visual justice, try and find a dvd if you can its really worth it.

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    what, so its even better than spirited away?!
    if i see the dvd around i'll get it for sure. hehe.

    ATTENTION! Does anyone know where i can get katsuya terada's rakuga king, in an english store? or cheapish with low postage cost?

    i have no idea how much it would cost to ship it over from the site 'animebooks', i'd love to get the hyung tae kim books, including the rare korean version of his second works. but that would cost a bomb, and i've already dished out 250 quid for my books in england alone. but i really want the rakuga king book. help me please!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadCat
    Hey rascar. thanks.

    now before i forget for the 3rd time, does anyone know the book 'the mirror stone'? if so who the hell did it? cause it was an amazing book, along with another book which was about a young kid wizard or someone who looked like a wizard, can't remember name or author damnit.
    Are you talking about The Mirrorstone by Michael Palin, illustrated by Alan Lee?

    anyone know of any dark childrens books? would be great.
    As far as dark children's stories go...I have several in my own library and can recommend a few authors as well. Are there any specific themes that you're looking for so I can narrow down the list?

    t

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    YES! thats the book, thanks alot for naming names haha, i miss that book...sigh..

    oo awesome, well i'm just looking for the darkest themes well illustrated books, something with cats preferably.. lol tell ya wat, name your top 10, or 20 and i'll look them up. thanks alot

    EDIT: i found a place which will sell katsuya's rakuga king book, with shipping at 36 quid, there bouts.. cheapest yet. if anyone can go lower that'd be great.. and btw, i'll post the site http://gamesfantasy.stores.yahoo.net/06ce11.html does anyone have any bad experiances with sites like these?

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    This could always be made a sticky, and thread for 'Which book'
    others can use this info and wisdom on art books. lol.
    Stick a few pics of different books, i know i will when i get them.

    again, i found a place which will sell katsuya's rakuga king book, with shipping at 36 quid, there bouts.. cheapest yet. if anyone can go lower that'd be great.. and btw, i'll post the site http://gamesfantasy.stores.yahoo.net/06ce11.html does anyone have any bad experiances with sites like these?

    sorry for re posting, but i don't wanna go get ripped off now do i.

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    I've not actually got it, but I bet the book ''process recess'' is cool, it's by James Jean

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    Ron Cobb's - "Colorvision" is a must ( out of print, but you can do a search for it on ebay or other used book sites).
    Carlos Huante's - "Mas Creaturas" & "Monstruo" both are a must!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadCat
    Kent williams stuff looks great too, can only find the fountain though.
    Kent rocks, check out "Tell me dark", thats another graphic novel by him.

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    Mort Cinder Book 1 and 2 - Alberto Breccia.
    Also, check out the work of his son, Enrique Breccia, on the graphic novel "Lovecraft" published by Vertigo.

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    I've not actually got it, but I bet the book ''process recess'' is cool, it's by James Jean
    Its very cool, there is a nice collection of sketches and finished paintings, the format of the book its weird tho.

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    good to know about Breccia and James jean - thanks. heres a couple of more

    -Nicolai Fechin by Mary Balcomb

    -J.C. Leyendecker by M. Schau - (ebay - be patient and you will find a copy for around $50)

    -Art of Hunchback of Notre Dame and Mulan - the two disney books worth getting. (Mulan is ridicolously expensive compared to other disney books and you might be able to get a cheaper version on ebay if youre lucky)

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    bloody hell, theres no end to these books! woo hoo!
    thanks again guys.

    screw it, i'm just gunna go order the rakuga king book offa that site and hope for the best. wish me luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadCat
    bloody hell, theres no end to these books! woo hoo!
    thanks again guys.

    screw it, i'm just gunna go order the rakuga king book offa that site and hope for the best. wish me luck!
    the reason I didnt go the comicon this year..too many books, too little money, and even less self-control...

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    yeah, comicon can be dangerous for folk like us....think i'll wait till i'm an awesomely good artist earning...lots of money..as it were.

    On another note, my books should be here at the end of the week, hopefully sooner..but, can't have it all.

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    Skillful Huntsman
    Syd Mead's Sentury
    Art of Darkwatch
    Icon Frank Frazetta
    Pictoplasma
    Narita Inspected
    Digital Domain The Leading Edge of Visual Effects, Piers Bizony
    Stencil Graffiti, Tristan Manco
    Wings of Twilight The Art of Michael Kaluta
    Fly The Art of the Club Flyer
    Popbot Collection 1 + 2, Ashley Wood
    Swallow ' it's about pictures' Volume 1 Number 1
    Kiddography, Tom Kidd
    Intron Depot 1 + 2, Shirow Masamune
    Progressions, Jon Foster
    Hard Curves 'the fantasy art of julie bell', Julie Bell
    Supereheroes, Boris Valejo and Julie Bell
    Goad, Phil Hale
    mockingbirds/relaxeder, Phil Hale
    Japanese Comickers
    Comic Artists ~ Asia
    Japanese Graphics Now!
    The Invisible Art ' The Legends of Movie Matte Painting', Mark Cotta Vaz and Craig Barron
    Medusa, Chris Achilleos
    The Art of Simon Bisley
    Visions and Revisions, Mark Tansey
    The Art of Michael Whelan
    Countdown to Millennium, Rodney Matthews
    Terry Pratchett The Art of the Discworld, Paul Kidby
    Evolution, Luis Royo
    Close Reading 'Chuck Close and the Artist Portrait'
    Robota, Doug Chiang
    Plucker, Brom
    Flight 1+2
    Exposé 2+3
    d'artiste matte painting
    Exotique
    CG Challenge 'Grand Space Opera'
    Spectrum 8,9,10,11,12
    Process Recess 'The Art of James Jean'
    The Book of a Hundred Hands, Bridgman
    Illusive Contemporary Illustration and Its Context
    Mark Tansey: Visions and Revisions
    Imago, Jim Burns
    Heavy Metal Sketchbook, Frezzato
    The Making of King Kong
    The Art of Miyazaki's Spirited Away
    Behind the Mask the Making of Spiderman
    Caught in the Web the Making of Spiderman 2
    The art of X2
    The Art fo Judge Dredd: Crap film pretty damn good designs though
    The Making of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy: Excellent concepting
    The Art of Robots
    The Art of the Incredibles
    Spawn: The Making of the Movie
    Tim Burtons Nightmare Before Christmas
    The Making of Godzilla
    Inside Men In Black II
    The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook:" Portfolio: Full of Alan Lee goodness
    The Art of The Lord of the Rings
    The Art of the Two Towers
    Hellboy the Art of the Movie
    The Art of StarWars Episode III
    The Making of StarWars Episode III
    Attack of the Clones Illustrated Companion
    StarWars Episode I
    The Cinematic Worlds of George Lucas: Covers the three original Star Wars and Indiana movies
    Lord of the Rings Weapons and Warfare
    The Making of Independence Day
    The Art of the Matrix: my most expensive 'art of' book
    Pirates of the Caribbean: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies
    The Art of Half Life 2
    The Art of Halo 2
    And a couple of the Star Wars essential guides, more schematics than art.


    photographic reference books

    Through the Lens National Geographic

    In Focus National Geographic

    Over America

    On The Road ' The Art of the Journey'

    Life 'Century of Change'

    Britain in War 'Unseen Archives'

    The Earth From the Air 366 Days

    Mythology 'A Visual Encyclopedia'


    books I'd recommend in a sort of eye candy type of way, not all I've got but these are general taste.

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    holy hell young paddy!

    Do you actually own these books?
    if so, i'm coming to your house! and stea-looking at your books.. yes..
    thanks alot man, great list there, lots of films i never even thought about!.. wat a dumbass...

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    Got a few more since I made this list but that's near enough.

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    bastard!
    post a pic of them all lined up or something, that'd be impressive.

    i'm gunna do that when mine come, though i'll have 100 less that you, i'll be so happy and inspired. please come tomorrow!

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