"My adventures as an illustrator by Norman Rockwell"
This is a great read. He tells the story of his life from when he was a boy around the turn of the century on up until the late 60's early 70's. His son, Tom Rockwell, finishes NR's last years of the book up to his death in the late 70's filling in where the original printing left off. It's not so much an "art book" with a collection of his works as it is the story of his life and his art combined. You will gain a whole new appreciation of him as well as for illustration. There are some great images throughout, and you see his progression in chronological form. But the real meat is in his storytelling. I highly recommend it.
Another notable book from me, from an artist based in the comics field is "The Art of Brian Bolland". I just recently got this for Xmas, I haven't read anything thoroughly yet, but the artwok in it is spectacular. It spans his entire career from the 60's to the present. It's a huge book, 300+ oversized pages. If your a comics fan, or a fan of incredible draughtsmanship it's a prize of a book.
I have a few more recommendations, but I thought I'd pipe in with these for now from 2 very different illustrators.
Today I received my copy of LA<>SF by Christian Schellewald. This book is a must-have. The scribbles are drawn on all kinds of different materials, for example beer coasters. They are loose, very simplified, but hell they look awesome. Emotional drawing and painting at it's best. I really recommend it.
This is my library of art books and i love them all:
Oxide 2x artbook (link here: http://gallery.digik.net/gallery/272)
Art of starwars episode 1
Art of starwars episode 2
Art of starwars episode 3
Concept design 1
Concept design 2
Art of Half-Life 2
Art of Midway
D'artiste - Concept art
The art of Darkwatch
Monstruo - Art of Carlos Huante
In the future
Ballistic - Painter
Lift off - scott robertson
The art of Stephan Martinere
Quantumscapes - Stephan Martinere
The art of Beowulf
Art of world of warcraft
Art of world of warcraft: burning crusade
Other good reference stuff:
Planet earth DVD box set (about to watch it as i write this)
Smithsonian Earth - The definitive visual guide
Richer/Hale Artistic Anatomy
Weapons by the diagram group
And that's about everything in my collection. Top reccomendation would be skillfull huntsman and the art of darkwatch. Also the oxide 2x artbook is great for getting ideas for cool costumes.
"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
--- Frank Herbert, Dune - Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear
Check out my Sketchbook! Critique and Criticism welcomed.
I saw your thread about art/reference books and I was inspired and just went on a little shopping spree =P. Never feel too guilty about buying books.
I'm wondering if you have more detailed descriptions and perhaps if you could name your "overall favorites"?
(My friend said he thought it was a picture of Barnes and Nobles at first)
I'll list my top 5 of each.
Rakugaking- Book is def worth the price tag, for me personally, I really love looking at sketches far more than finished pieces because I feel they have more character, feel more raw if you know where I'm coming from 1000 pages of dirty raw sketches is pretty much heaven for me!
Alien race- Funky wordplay on this book, I related to it a lot because I've always had the idea of an intergalaxtic race between humans and alien species, this book really steps that up with epic creature designs rather than cars/ships/etc which gives it a more dynamic feel for me, as I love creature design.
The Skillful Huntsman- I'm very much into seeing the barebones of creation and this book really gets into that, the range of designs and ideas coupled with the mountain of drawings really gave me food for thought.
Structura- Always a massive fan of Sparth, I dunno if you know of him, if not look him up, he is also a member on this site. The art in this book is really refreshing and has that dark technological feel I crave, I'm so picking up structura 2 at the end of thi month, got it on pre order
Anatomy drawing school/Cyclopedia Anatomicae (same book, the latter is the older print)- Very indepth look at human and animal anatomy, simple a must have for anyone who wants to learn about it, I say get Anatomy drawing school since it is much cheaper, exactly the same content, just newer print and not rare, I ordered the older print thinking it was a different book, paid about 45$ for it apposed to the 17$ I paid for the new one haha.
Aftermath- This is actually a photographic journey of ground zero in the aftermath of 9/11, so it may be a sensitive subject for a lot of people, but that aside the photos are stunning, huge book, I got it for destruction reference mostly, but some really good shots of people/vehicles.
Hands- Recently got this book because I needed reference on hands, this has heaps of pictures of hands from around the world, not perfect in that it doesn't have more dynamic hand poses but it's far more beneficial to have this book than not.