So I thought we here could post some of our favorite books and maybe get some insight on our next purchases if we get some money to burn holes in our pockets.
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Anatomy for the Artist
Essentially just got it yesterday, but it’s got tons of great reference photos and some insights that drawn anatomy books might otherwise miss. Does an okay job explaining things, but uses photos and overlays to really show the most accurate anatomy explanations I’ve seen anywhere.
Perks: incredibly reference pictures with decent lighting.
Flaws: explanation may be weak if you’re new to anatomy.
Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter
Nice insight into the inner workings of colors. Got this recently too, so I am a little limited on thoughts quite this far. Still, GREAT color theories and I have learned so much in just a car ride. has taught me on the use of gamuts, which I have NEVER heard of before but seem essential to color theory. Also discusses some supplies you might use and really explores how light sources will affect what you perceive as the color for the light.
Perks: fantastic for applying color theroy
Flaws: Not found any yet, honestly.
Anatomy: A Complete Guide for the Artist
Very cheap and dependable book that shows plenty of interpretation of the human form in Sheppard’s style. Very subjective, but actually insightful. Breaks down systems very clearly and explicitly, and uses tons of halftone drawings to illustrate the bones and muscles in 3060 degree rotation per 15 degree increments. Still, cannot compare to getting to see a real skeleton in real life. But incredibly useful in the meantime.
Perks: very detailed drawings, cheap, plenty of variety
Flaws: subjective, some figures appear fairly outdated
Shows some ways and directions to develop powerful portrait in mainly pastel or charcoals. He does a great job of breaking down shadows and lighting, but really falls short it seems on anything related to color control. also subjective to a maor degree in representation. Teaches techniques but may be weaker on anatomy in exchange.
Perks: Excellent technique walkthroughs
Flaws: weak on anatomy at times compared to other life drawing books
Wide variety of faces, though they tend to be over-acted at times. Still worth a look and EXCELLENT for faces for animated/ caricatured faces. Another weakness was the age range, in that the youngest pictured was 18. Upper range was solid though.
Perks: wide span of ages, ethnicity and facial structures
Flaws: no youth pictures, expressions are overacted at times, occasionally too small to see essential details.
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
Indispensable if you’re a new artist or someone that seems to be stuck in a rut. Has critical exercises I base a lot of my critiques on in some ways. If you spend time with this book, practice and concentrate on what is taught, you will improve.
Perks: it’s like the bible for new artists
Flaws: may seem low-level after a point for some people. VERY BASIC at times.