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Got the book list from Burban at the Art Student's League and I thought I'd share it for all who were interested. Many of these are available online or at your local library.
(The levels are a bit tongue-in-cheek)
Apprentice Level ::
D'amelio . Perspective Drawing Handbook
Hale, R.B. . Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters, Watson & Guptill
Hamm, Jack . Drawing the Head and Figure, Grossett & Dunlap
Loomis, Andrew . Figure Drawing for All It's Worth, Viking Press
Nicolaides, Kimon . The Natural Way to Draw, Houghton & Miflin
Norling . Perspective Drawing Made Easy , MacMillan
Peck . Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist , Oxford University Press
Bridgman . Life Drawing , Dover
Bridgman . Constructive Anatomy , Dover
Bridgman . The Human Machine , Dover
Hatton . Figure Drawing , Dover
Henri, Robert . The Art Spirit , JB Lippincott Co
Richer/Hale . Artistic Anatomy , Watson & Guptill
Thomson . A Handbook of Anatomy for Art Students, Dover
Clark, Kenneth . The Nude
Cole, Rex Vicat . Perspective for Artists , Dover
Durer, Albrecht . The Human Figure , Dover
Gombrich . Art and Illusion
Gombrich . The Story of Art
Hatton . Figure Composition
Loran, Erle . Principles of Cezanne's Composition , U of California Press
Reynolds, Sir Joshua . Discourses on Art , Dover
Rodin . On Art (Interview with Rodin by Paul Giselle)
Speed, Harold . The Practice and Science of Drawing , Dover
Vanderpoel . The Human Figure , Dover
Vasari . Lives of the Artists
Wolfflin . Principles of Art History
Thanks a lot for this list - explains why I'm having trouble "understanding" Speed sometimes and why I have gone from Loomis to Bridgman, back to Loomis and am currently studying Hamm that I got yesterday (GREAT advice-and-theory book!). Plan on then taking on Loomis FDFAIW before moving on to Bridgman.
Concerning Speed it appears to be like a "Book of Five Rings" (Musashi's philosophical masterpiece) for the artist - a book that could be read once a year for a lifetime and there will always be some new wisdom to find. A marvellous book, just feels a bit advanced at the moment. But now at least I know why :-D
EDIT: Maybe this one belongs in the "references" section instead?
That's a great list.
Just a suggestion, but you might want to also add that to the Artist's Reading List thread. There's a fair bit of overlap, but seeing what books the ASL recommends would be kinda nice to have in there.
Thanks for sharing!
hey guys do u think any of these would be at like public libraries and stuff? ive got a couple of books but theres no way i have the money to get all of those... even just the apprentice level ones...
A lot of them are at the library. Depends on what city you live in.
"Beliefs are rules for action"
"Knowledge is proven in action."
"It's use is it's meaning."
Gombrich you can find in almost any library. Even my highschool library had that one.
Harold Speed you can find for free here.
Same with Vasari - here.
Sir Joshua Reynolds aswell.
Others may be harder to find. Just go to a library with the list and try.
Also, prolly "Journeyman" list could be supplemented with Bammes - if you live in Europe, most libraries still have his old german books lying around collecting dust.
Many thanks to Max for posting this fucking crap!!!!
Maybe the mod can sticky this or combine this list with The Artist's Reading List in another thread, since this thread has classification of the books by skill levels.
I'm kinda suprised that "Figure drawing for all it's worth" is considered a beginner's book, because the stuff in it is hard as hell to understand. Of well, maybe because I'm a total pre-beginner.
Thankyou very much!
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