wow! what a great resource. this is a long shot, but does anyone know if any of these books have audio recordings? would love to listen to something while drawing.
Do you all just save these to your harddrives? Burn CDs? Have external drives for saving stuff like this?
Coleb´s Sketchbook now available at
Thanks Bob and Justin. Bob, your torrent contains quite a few titles that are in copyright and readily available in print, so I hope you understand if I don't put it with the other links at the head of this page. There are good reasons why our mods would probably jump on me for going down that path here (a path which, I have to confess, does bear some briggsy footprints). Anyone who does want to go down that path need only google an author or subject with such magic phrases "parent directory" or "rapidshare" to turn up a whole world of ebook and video downloads that we won't be discussing in this thread!
jim b. if you want to listen to any of these pdfs you could try the "Read out loud" function in the View Menu of Acrobat Reader. I just went into Preferences and tried out the British male voice at a low speed and it wasn't TOO bad ... for a robot. Maybe someone knows of another text to speech program that does a better job.
The audiobook equivalent of Archive.org is Librivox.org. The site is relatively new and rapidly growing, and again, everything is free. Not much there in the way of art books as such yet, but there's a lot of other great stuff, including some real classics of history. I've just listened to what there is so far of Macaulay's History of England (truly awesome!), and I'm making a start on Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. The readings are all done by volunteers and the quality is quite variable, but MOST are better than a robot. The start of the complete index is here:
Coleb: 500 GB external hard drive, plus DVD backups of all new stuff as it comes in.
Finally, here are a couple of new art titles at archive.org that caught my eye. I haven't had time to really look at them yet, so all I can promise about them is that they have intriguing titles. The author of "Figure Drawing for Children" was herself the child of the important nineteenth century teacher and author of "Art Anatomy", William Rimmer.
Rimmer, Caroline Hunt, 1893. Figure drawing for children : papers of special value to all interested in the development of art among the children.
Abendschein, Albert, 1909. The secret of the old masters.
Ellsworth, Evelyn Peters, 1917. Textiles and costume design
Traphagen, Ethel, 1918. Costume design and illustration
Well. Lots of things has changed since 1917 in fashion and costume design but these books have some info about history of clothes. Could be useful for some character design especially in fantasy setting. The second one looks like it's more for artists.
Thanks Briggsy for providing these links to us, and to everyone else who has helped with adding to the content of this thread... I really hoped that someone will post the Bridgman's Book of a Hundred Hands...
He he, alti, maybe you should look at this one too:
Thanks for the bump, everyone. Here are a few recent releases I've spotted, starting with five of my favourite Americans (apart from you guys). All have great galleries at the Athenaeum too, by the way.
Heermann, Norbert, 1918. Frank Duveneck
http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/by_artist.php?id=391 (55 images)
William Merritt Chase
Roof, Katharine Metcalf, 1917. The life and art of William Merritt Chase
http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/by_artist.php?id=106 (293 images)
Cox, Kenyon, 1914. Winslow Homer
http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/by_artist.php?id=91 (458 images)
Inness, George Jr,, 1917. Life, Art and Letters of George Inness.
http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/by_artist.php?id=371 (181 images)
James McNeill Whistler (just the latest of many)
Hartmann, Sadakichi, 1910. The Whistler book; a monograph of the life and position in art of James McNeill Whistler
Macfall, Haldane, [1906?] Whistler
http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/by_artist.php?id=428 (180 works)
Anyone else here like Frank Brangwyn?
Furst, Herbert, 1920. Frank Brangwyn, R.A (woodcuts)
Sparrow, Walter Shaw, 1915. A book of bridges (illustr. Brangwyn)
Finally, a booklet on Mucha's Slav Epic
Brooklyn Museum, 1921 - Historical paintings of the Slavic nations
Thanks guys but as I've said before (1) a sticky in the Lounge is a big ask, and (2) it would be almost as good if people were to post their finds a bit more often.
Anyway I just got my first CA sticky over in Fine Arts, from Elwell no less. Woohoo!
Head over there and find out why:
That is some really cool thread....thanks a lot to everyone!
OMG that's amazing! Thank you so much!
I'm seriously tearing up here. This is incredible. Thank you so much for sharing these resources! I've found some free ebooks in the past, but they were mostly generic books, and no more than a handful. Heck, this selection is a million times better than all the bookstores and libraries in my city combined... I just found how I'm going to spend the rest of my summer.
Again, thanks so much!
a thousand thanks oh I mean a million thank you for sharing this priceless knowledge to us Mr. Biggsy, I really really mean it once again thank you so much It really help me a lot improving my drawing skill
Important info on "form".
History of the ideas of form in aesthetics.
Adolf Hildebrand's "The problem of form in painting and sculpture".
"Beliefs are rules for action"
"Knowledge is proven in action."
"It's use is it's meaning."
Oh boy, this is awesome. Really, really awesome. A million thanks, I'm terrible at finding these.
I don't want to sound ungrateful, but would it be at all possible to have these findings compiled into a single torrent file? I don't know if any of the sites, er, claim rights to host these somehow, but it would certainly be a great convenience to get all of these resources at once, no less as a background download while I do other work.
Hey everyone, I think this is an awesome thread and I think I found something that would be good to use for reference. http://www.exactitudes.nl/
God does answer prayers! lol
i don't have enough money or options to go to an art school. so this is pure HEAVEN!!!!!
THANK YOU SO SO SO SOOOOOOO MUCH!
Even though quite old, these books are informative. Thanks
briggsy, you've made my day =)
God Bless U Really Massive Effort
Gah I have no idea which ones to check out.
I felt like a bulldozer
Trying to catch a butterfly
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Thanks so much for this list!! I've looked at a couple, and so far, they're brilliant!
"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." - Michelangelo
How.. do ... you download and view these? I just opened a zip with a hundred files and none of them were the book
I'm using windows 7
Wow thanks a lot Briggsy! Really appreciate this
Hello. My name is Arthur Lenkovskis. I am 19 years old still in high school, I live in Lithuania.
I need your people advice and maybe help to become great concept artist. I am good at drawing with pencils. I don't use photoshop for drawing because I am really bad with mouse. My goal is learn to draw, doesn't matters how long it takes but I am sure that someday I will become professional artist. My skills: I draw with pencil, I understand shadow/ lighting. What I see I can draw, about 70% accurate(in my opinion). I do a lot of sketches. I draw comic, anime, real characters. I draw portrait. I do traditional art like drawing some abstract, landscapes with painting tools ( watercolor, gouache, some times color pencil). I have a lot of ideas(for drawing) but my weakness is how to express them, how to draw them accurate and in detail. What I don't know is the color terms, human anatomy, architecture, clothes design, weapon designs I am weak at this point. My drawing style is more similar to animation drawings then reality drawings. So I need your advice what should I learn? which books u would recommend for me? And what course I would need to take in college to become concept artist and maybe u could tell me where I could join the college in UK? I am not rich...so have in mind. Pls reply me pm. send email firstname.lastname@example.org Thank You for your time. Good day.
How do I download the books? What is the "FTP" I can't find it.
While I'm here, the Metropolitan Museum of Art now has 368 art catalogs and books online for free download as pdfs.
Here are a dozen to give an idea of how good many of them are. There are also some great catalogs of world and ancient art. Apart from the free pdfs there are also some great catalogues for sale as physical books.
American Impressionism and Realism: The Painting of Modern Life, 1885-1915
Weinberg, H. Barbara, Doreen Bolger, and David Park Curry (1994), 399 pp.
American Paradise: The World of the Hudson River School
Avery, Kevin J., Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque, John K. Howat, Doreen Bolger Burke, and Catherine Hoover Voorsanger
(1987), 367 pp.
Ives, Colta, Margret Stuffmann, and Martin Sonnabend, (1992), 282 pp.
Degas: The Artist's Mind
Reff, Theodore (1976), 354 pp.
Georges Seurat, 1859–1891
Herbert, Robert L., Françoise Cachin, Anne Distel, Susan Alyson Stein, and Gary Tinterow, (1991), 462 pp.
Painting in Renaissance Siena, 1420–1500
Christiansen, Keith, Laurence B. Kanter, and Carl Brandon Strehlke (1988), 401 pp.
Peter Paul Rubens: The Drawings
Logan, Anne-Marie, and Michiel C. Plomp (2005), 346 pp.
Portraits by Ingres: Image of an Epoch
Tinterow, Gary, ed., and Philip Conisbee, (1999), 610 pp.
Romanticism and the School of Nature: Nineteenth-Century Drawings and Paintings from the Karen B. Cohen Collection
Ives, Colta, with Elizabeth E. Barker (2000), 264 pp.
The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry
Husband, Timothy Bates, with an essay by Margaret Lawson (2008), 390 pp.
Domínguez Ortiz, Antonio, Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez, and Julíán Gállego (1989), 298 pp.
Vermeer and the Delft School
Liedtke, Walter A., Michiel C. Plomp, and Axel Rüger, (2001), 642 pp.