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Art + Anatomy book Recommendations

Journal Entry: Fri May 23, 2014, 12:54 PM


Edit: updating this for new followers who might want to see this :D
15 books I recommend for anatomy, art fundamental study and art inspiration. Please note that these are simply my personal recommendations and books that's helped me a lot in the past. 

I've taken photos for these books, so Here's a less image-heavy list (on tumblr)

This took so much longer than I first anticipated so I really hope people find this helpful cause, seriously, spending 3 days on this does not feel like it was worth it ^^;

edit: I'm putting the tl;dr list here first as a preview of the books I'm recommending. 

TL;DR List of books

Anatomy Books


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Anatomy Books


:star: An Atlas of Anatomy for Artists :star:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
One of the best anatomy books I've owned, and shows great draftsmanship from many old masters


:star: The Art of Animal Drawing :star:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
Really simple-to-understand animal anatomy book that breaks down animal forms in simple shapes and explanations


:bulletblue: Anatomy for the Artist :bulletblue:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
This book has some really good photo-references with really pretty models. There are also see-through paper that goes on top of some of the photos that has bones and sometimes muscles that goes on top. Pretty neat.


:bulletblue: Figure Drawing for All It's Worth :bulletblue:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
Andrew Loomis's books are all pretty great, I think. You can probably find his pdfs online but I find things on print easier to absorb for me and I tend to carry my books around. Anyways, this one has some great stuff on perspective and foreshortening.


Animation/ Illustration/ Concept art Skill-set books

Colour Theory





:star: Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter :star:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
:+favlove:I strongly suggest this. Seriously, this is one of the best books I have ever bought. It's really great and really thorough. It's also one of the few art books I've read the text thoroughly front to back.

Concept Art





:bulletblue: The Skillful Huntsman :bulletblue:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
This one is really good if you want to go into concept art. It takes you through the steps of brainstorming to final product and there's a lot of great silhouettes to learn from.

Composition/ Storyboarding





:bulletblue: Dream Worlds: Production Design for Animation :bulletblue:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
Wonderful book on pre-production of animation, and covers from compositions to layout brainstorming, to storyboard colourscripts.

Animation





:bulletblue: The Animator's Survival Kit :bulletblue:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
A must-have for animation-beginners, this almost-400 page book is definitely worth your dime if you want to be an animator.

Beginner Perspective





:bulletblue: Perspective Made Easy :bulletblue:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
A small handbook for starting perspective, great for beginners and has lots of info on basic perspective rules and tricks. Also pretty cheap so that was a plus for me xD

Perspective and Design Fundamentals





:star: How to Draw: drawing and sketching objects and environments from your imagination :star:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
A 200+ paged book full of great stuff mainly about perspective as well as design and basic fundamental skills; good for artists of any level, really.


Inspiring Illustration Books


:bulletblue: Art of Pixar: The Complete Colour Script :bulletblue:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
Awesome collection of Pixar's colour scripts and illustrations. Great for colour inspiration


:bulletblue: Art of Tangled :bulletblue:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
Actually all of the art-of books are pretty amazing, and are full of character designs, background/layout designs, colourscripts etc.


:bulletblue: James Jean's Fable Cover Collection :bulletblue:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
I know this book is sold out right now but they might do a reprint again so if you don't have the money for it right now, keep an eye out. I remember the original price to be around $40 so it was definitely worth the beautiful illustrations inside. James Jean is one of my favourite illustrators so I just had to put this up here even though the book's sold out xD;


:bulletblue: Spectrum Collection :bulletblue:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
Any of Spectrum's collection of contemporary illustrations are all really great and very industry-standard. Great inspiration illustrations


:bulletblue: Bouguereau :bulletblue:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
I just had to add a master painter in there. Bouguereau is one of my absolute favourite painters along with John Sargent. Seriously, if you have a chance, get their books and do master-studies off of their paintings. They REALLY help with realism.
Thanks for looking~! If you made it to the end, here's a cookie~ :cookie:
If you only have a chance to get just one or two of these books, I've highlighted my top 4 with a star beside it....I tried to narrow it down but I couldn't narrow it down too much. Anyways, I think this list covers a wide range of stuff. 

tip: On top of studying anatomy, do some master studies (that's when you pick an artist you feel has really mastered their medium and skill level is off the roof, and you pick something they've drawn and copy it). They really help.

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Deviant294852 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  New Deviant
Thank you for making this, this is very useful :D
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YOSEILY Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for sharing this!!
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JunkoTori Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
Just what I need, thank you so much! :TheClap: 
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MyFantasiWorld Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oo, thanks for the share! These would be pretty helpful, since I tend to go back and improve my skills on certain fields of my art. =)
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arrozblanco12 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Student General Artist
MAAAN THANK YOU SO MUCH
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sugardemonxo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the recommendations! I know I've added all but one or two to my own wishlist. ♥
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Samy-Consu Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016
wow really amazing all these books!!
thanks!
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DogeDays Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Student
thanks so much for creating this list, i've bought a few books from it already and they've really helped me c: 
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alelilie Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016
Thanks for creating this wonderful list! 
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SP85 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016   Digital Artist
Thanks for the list, very handy! :D
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BaconBandido Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016
Thanks a bunch!
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Aerite Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All of these are great! Thanks for sharing~
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CatStudio7 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for sharing! :D You have all those books?! That's a great collection. :D
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Qinni Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
i have even more! hahaha, I guess I'm an avid art book collector XD. I used to spend all my money on them lol. Even went on amazon japan for some books +___+. these are just the most helpful ones :D
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CatStudio7 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahah oh really? XD
Its good to have a good collection of books xD
I only have a few, nothing from this list thought. X3

Maybe I buy some in the future. :D
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PilafiaMadness Featured By Owner Edited Jan 28, 2016  Student General Artist
FYI they have a newer edition of the Fables Covers out, updated with the newer editions of Fables: www.amazon.com/Fables-Covers-J…
It's pretty much the reprint ;)

And I already have a  good chunk of these from school and my own book hoarding so it's nice to know I'm on the right track! lol 
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DrawingontheWall Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great! I'm always looking for helpful art books!
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pampd Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Student Digital Artist
The illusion of life is also a great book for animators! Just wanted to add it beside these but wow I have so much to save up for. I love art books, they teach you so much! I just bought Loish's art book simply because I love her style. :D Great recommendations. :)
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Residualant Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
This is great!  I suck at anatomy and was looking for some books on it, Thanks for the list! :D (Big Grin) 
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red-winged-angel Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Can-Cat Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the cookie. Mmm.
I've been using "Gray's Anatomy".
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray%27s…

Ironically, my physiotherapist uses an artist's mannequin.
www.amazon.com/Human-ARTIST-MO…
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FerAdami Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Professional General Artist
Amazing references here <3
I would like to add: (If you don't mind, of course :) )
To comic beginners >> Will Eisner: Comics and Sequencial Art & Graphic Storytelling and visual narrative.
Scott McCloud: Understanding Comics The Invisible Art & Reinventing Comics

Some design & concept artists I admire, that I would like to share :)
Roger Dean & Martin Dean: Magnetic Storm & Dragon's Dreams
Fantasy Artists:
Todd Lockwood, William O'connor, Ciruelo, Frank Frazetta, Brian Froud.

For Inspiration Artists, it's a great deal look at their work:
Gustave Doré, Frank Frazetta (again), Simon Bisley, Richard Willians, Jacek Yerka, H. R. Giger, Moebius* << My favorite Scifi artist.

For anatomy too:
Burne Hogarth

Well...That's it. Just some artists :B
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HappyGirl06 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!! Thank you so much!
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sushy0418 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  New Deviant
oh my, these can really help. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! :D
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Doertchen Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I already saw this on tumblr, thank you so much! A few of them were on my wishlist before, now they're even more... :D
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Addictedto-Life Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016
These are awesome! Are you going to be doing a video journal as well? I really recommend Bobby Chiu! www.youtube.com/channel/UCKfG2… He's a been a treat to watch and listen to :)
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serkunet Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love your list! Really need to expand my art book library!
I've been looking around for awhile for a book on plants? I hear Botany for the Artist is great!
But does anyone have any other recommendations?
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UszatyArbuz Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016   Digital Artist
I have Anatomy for the Artisis as well, and I really love this book, especially the idea with see-through pages.. amazing :nod:
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Rose-Kira-chan Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing list! I've been an avid art book collector until now but stopped due to university/moving/no space, I really want to start collecting again! :heart:
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Lenaleez Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016
this is amazing! thank you so much!!!
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Jabberfast Featured By Owner Edited Jan 27, 2016  Student Digital Artist
... you like Bouguereau and Sargent... You are officially my senpai
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SpiritPhoenixRose Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hopefully you're feeling better and better, healthwise; judging by the amount of comments alone, hope you feel it was worth it! Much appreciated, thank you x
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Rebellet Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow this was exactly what I needed today! Thank you!
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model88 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That was extremely helpful, thank you for sharing!

I too have Anatomy for the Artist and highly recommend it.
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thetimidgamer Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There is a lot of good books on your list, I will have to look into some of these. I own the animation survival guide such an amazing book.
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Joan-Grace Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016   Digital Artist
I've been looking at one of these for a while, and I think I might buy it now!
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LinusPearl Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh dear :hug: Thanks a lot :heart:
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Ahhura Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for sharing!! These all look fantastic!
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Lunammi Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!! ♥
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SilverSummerSong Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh I have so many of these, and they are all well loved and well read. Now I need to resist to not add to my collection
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HomeGrownDragon Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh my gosh... I'm crying. These books are fantastic! Thank you so much for posting this journal, Qinni :) Please don't stop your art. I'm a huge admirer on your creativity and artistic skills
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codermotor Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
So...you were reading my mind then? XD 

Seriously, I have been thinking about drawing again, and wondering what books would help (can't afford classes).
So thank you very much for mentoring us beginners.
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Ryzakier Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Student Digital Artist
ooh thank you for posting this, I already have a few books listed plus a hoard of "art of" books in my possession and it's really good to see what other people have and are recommending. The Skillfull Hunstman one looks pretty good, I guess I'll have to add that to my "need to get" list :XD: Only issue for me is getting them, shipping to NZ is ridiculous most of the time haha.
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Mayazra Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Student General Artist
This is really helpful thanks
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Stettafire Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Based on your helpful recommendation and the recommendation of others I have just bought Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter :)
Coincidently, I also got dragon age origins round about the same time:P
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ZiddersRoofurry Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an amazing list. Thank you!
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Sillageuse Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015   Traditional Artist
This IS super helpful, thanks soo much! I just got a bunch of art-related books, and I plan on working through them, but when I'm done, I certainly will consult your list, especially for the books about human anatomy. :)
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RevinzLoL Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
Thank you so much! I have been looking for something like this for a while now :D
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LiitTutubi Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!^^
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Michernan Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, excelentes tips
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