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Rio
05-29-2011, 08:18 PM
I've recently borrowed some CGing books and damn, they're fantastic! I've got to give props to Digital Painting Techniques Masters Collection Volume 1 and Imagine FX's Fantasy Workshop. I think these would be really useful only for intermediate to advanced artists but beginners should learn a trick or two from reading it.

Got any books you think others should check out? Recommend them here!

Scarletlight
05-31-2011, 04:58 PM
Gotta go with Betty Edwards - Drawing on the right side of the brain.

There are other books iv baught that have helped a little
The complete book of drawing -Barrington Barber is a good reference because if you dont know how to draw something..something similar will be in there
Anatomy lessons from the masters by Hayle Coyle I baught aswel but ..its just figure after figure..can't learn from it myself.

Celestial-Fox
05-31-2011, 06:23 PM
I actually managed to snag PDF forms of Andrew Loomis books, and those are great. :)

Rio
05-31-2011, 11:34 PM
@ scarlet
Yeah, the books of just figures are great for reference and if you're willing to learn those poses by heart, then I guess they'll be useful. Have you ever checked out Burne Hogarth (something I can't believer I forgot to recommend)? I've read a couple of his books and he actually tells you about placements and spacing between parts that you actually learn something and not just stare at example after example without any reason for it.

@ Seefy
You know... I've downloaded those as well and I keep forgetting I have them. >_< I've really got to check them out one day...

ram
06-06-2011, 05:19 AM
uuhhh.... i don't know what books are you guys talking about... wish you can post some download links for them so i can see them as well >.<

Rio
06-06-2011, 11:56 AM
You can just go to Amazon (http://www.amazon.com) and search the titles. Simple. C:

ram
06-06-2011, 11:59 AM
oh.. >.<

Fenn
06-14-2011, 09:05 AM
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Drawing Manga. For beginners it's realy fantastic, it covers everything from basic body structures and poses to perspective to panel layout. I developed my skill with basic anime anatomy using the images in the book as reference. However, I feel like it inhibited my skill later on because I stuck to rigidly to the guidelines and style they used, but that's my fault, not the book's.

Matt
06-14-2011, 09:36 AM
@Fenn - I've got that one too. It's good if you already know how to draw, but if you start from it, you're limiting yourself.

@Scarlet - Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is my favorite drawing book. I was gonna recommend it too.

@Seefy - Ah, I got those too. They are very good.

ram
06-14-2011, 09:56 AM
萌えキャラクターの描き方 顔・体編

so yeah it's Japanese,, but that's exact title >.< ... even if you can't read it the pictures says it all

oh and here's another one

萌えスタイルの描き方
and this one too
萌えキャラクターの描き方 コスチューム編 [大型本]

their all moeh style >.<

i have all of these things and they helped me a lot...

Hamachi
06-14-2011, 03:21 PM
http://i43.tower.com/images/ss101052148/force-dynamic-life-drawing-for-animators-second-edition-mike-mattesi-paperback-cover-art.jpg
Force - Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators
Previewed on Google Books (http://books.google.com/books?id=I3dBftRVMU4C&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false)

This book is not on the internet. You can't download it if you look hard enough. I for one own a paper copy and have another copy on my computer, but this book is not available for download in ebook form. Comprendes? :cat_gleam:

Fenn
06-15-2011, 03:54 PM
@Fenn - I've got that one too. It's good if you already know how to draw, but if you start from it, you're limiting yourself.

@Scarlet - Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is my favorite drawing book. I was gonna recommend it too.

@Seefy - Ah, I got those too. They are very good.

Well that explains my setbacks...thanks Matt.

And I can't wait to ask this question any longer. WHO IS SEEFY? I see it around the boards but I never see a member named Seefy.

ram
06-15-2011, 08:39 PM
lol if you seen the comment even rio said seefy... >.< and there are two people who posted before rio said that.. so by process of elimination it could only be celestial fox... >.< (although i figured that you already know this)

Fenn
06-15-2011, 11:46 PM
lol if you seen the comment even rio said seefy... >.< and there are two people who posted before rio said that.. so by process of elimination it could only be celestial fox... >.< (although i figured that you already know this)

That's it, I'm leaving this thread. I'm just making a foo lof myself. *storms off*

Rio
06-16-2011, 10:26 AM
Hey, don't worry about it. It took me awhile to figure out who the mysterious Seefy was too. And then there's people who call each other by their first name like Numana, Tay(lour), etc that it gets kinda confusing sometimes. xD

The_shaman
06-17-2011, 08:23 PM
The Complete Famous Artist Course (1960) books 24 lesson from the masters of illustration itself. I am still studying lesson 4 and 5 and I had it for like 3 weeks. There are assignments which you send into the school (or give to a Atelier master to check and critique.)
http://i02.s3.imagehosting.ws/2010-11-30/462438/00187ccd_medium.jpeg

first step series sketching and drawing
http://img2.wantitall.co.za/images/ShowImage.aspx?ImageId=Sketching-and-Drawing-First-Step-Series|517EBWW71ZL.jpg

first step series pen and ink
http://www.howtodrawhowtopaint.com/images/howtodraw/pen_and_ink/pen_and_ink_drawing_in_pen_ink_first_steps_search_ inside_book_books_view_sample_pages_claudia_nice_m edium_picture_isbn_0891347178.jpg

how to see how to draw; keys to realistic drawing
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51tWhvgsZQL.jpg

I have fallen in love with cathy johnson's artwork, especially her environment and scenes. I feel learning for a beginner can't get any simpler than these 3 books until we learn how to connect two cords to each other head and directly transfer the knowledge over.


if I posted the anatomy books I would be here for hours.


http://i43.tower.com/images/ss101052148/force-dynamic-life-drawing-for-animators-second-edition-mike-mattesi-paperback-cover-art.jpg
Force - Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators
Previewed on Google Books (http://books.google.com/books?id=I3dBftRVMU4C&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false)

This book is not on the internet. You can't download it if you look hard enough. I for one own a paper copy and have another copy on my computer, but this book is not available for download in ebook form. Comprendes? :cat_gleam:

respect!!!! that book is amazing, and you can download it because i have a pdf copy of it. A lot of my classical books are downloaded actually. They told me i wouldn't be able to find the famous artist series, but haha guess who did?

Joosh
06-27-2011, 12:30 PM
http://alexhays.com/loomis/
You can download all the Andrew Loomis books here as PDF files. Isnt that snazzy.

Hamachi
06-28-2011, 08:36 AM
1. Google-fu intended subject for a torr000
2. load it down
3. ????????
4. PROFIT!

kine
06-28-2011, 02:56 PM
i have the book - how to draw manga by katy coope and i used it a couple years ago and i didnt really like it cause it didnt explain enough stuff but it got me started. for a refrence for the basic style that is in it here is wat the style looks like http://www.mangatutorials.com/file/pic/photo/2011/06/kine-spartan0_150.jpg

ram
08-06-2011, 06:07 AM
http://www.mangatutorials.com/tut/bookreviews.php

we already have a place like this and it's a shame i just found out a while ago.

Rio
08-06-2011, 12:27 PM
Oh, that one. It's a very limited list. I'm currently working on a more robust book database and review system for the site. :3

ram
08-09-2011, 06:14 AM
well it doesn't seem that manga mania isn't in that list yet so i would recommend that drawing book.

Slurpee
08-10-2011, 11:05 AM
The How to Draw manga series is quite good. even though they are drawn in 80's style they are quite specific. sadly it is hard to get them all.
Also that How to Draw manga book by Kensuke Okabayashi I think his name was (not sure)
And this perspective book by this guy called Chelsea.

Hamachi
08-10-2011, 12:03 PM
I don't like 80s style. The chins and noses are too U-shaped and the eyes are too big. D:

Contemporary Fashion Illustration
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51VuJ5c6YbL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg (http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/1592535569/ref=sib_dp_pt#reader-link)

by Naoki Watanabe and published by Graphic-sha was really nice. I just got it today and the references are awesome. It even included geometric face proportions to get the face style right.

And I was still completely confident in my own manly manliness while I purchased a fashion illustration book. Strolled up to the counter and paid for it like a boss.

Rio
08-10-2011, 09:24 PM
And I was still completely confident in my own manly manliness while I purchased a fashion illustration book. Strolled up to the counter and paid for it like a boss.Now that's what I'm talking about!

ram
08-11-2011, 06:24 AM
the how to draw manga the series isn't that much helpful for me somehow. it squeezes to little information in one volume because there is a lot of volumes... and not to mention it was done by different authors so their ideas are kinda confusing me.

I like how to draw anime and game characters by tadashi ozawa better somehow.

Hamachi
08-11-2011, 06:38 AM
I like how to draw anime and game characters by tadashi ozawa better somehow.

The references in those are SO MUCH better. He shows you how he thinks in 3d all the time, for one thing.

I'm going to buy a huge batch of fantasy art books from Half.com fairly soon for inspiration. At $1.75 to $.75 for still-new art books published five or six years ago at originally ten times their price, they're an absolute steal.

Sylux
08-11-2011, 12:31 PM
The Animator's Survival Kit by Richard Williams. It's mine and Jaisus's bible.

jaidurn
08-15-2011, 02:33 AM
The Animator's Survival Kit by Richard Williams. It's mine and Jaisus's bible.

Oh man, I was going to come in here and say this. Looks like you beat me to it. It's an amazing book.

ram
08-15-2011, 03:01 AM
I want a drawing book that i would memorize like a priest memorize a bible,

but sadly I haven't found anything like that yet. the books I love so much still doesn't have a translated version.

right now I'm reading manga mania shounen

edit: thanks for the recomend sylux and jai, that book doesn't seem hard to get lol. xD
got my hands on it now

Leannah
09-07-2011, 03:53 PM
Thanks a lot for the suggestions guys. I love this forum!

Shuro
09-08-2011, 06:03 AM
I did write down your suggestions, guys, but I got to ask, still. What do you recommend for a guy, I guess, starting back into the drawing business(well for fun as of right now, so I guess it wouldn't be a 'business').

I did have some drawings from back in like 2008 or so. But I would like to start over. I really want to learn perspective and anatomy, though as I said, it is mainly for fun, though I do plan to start my own 'manga', once I get the basics down and become a little more advance.

So any help would be necessary. If I have to buy the books online, that will be fine as the borders around my way closed down, anyways. (heh that rhymed xD )

Leannah
09-08-2011, 08:02 PM
"Drawing Manga For Dummies" is a good book. The first few pages are especially useful. Unlike in most books about drawing manga, the author doesn't tell you to start drawing characters right away.
You have to start drawing funny shapes first. I loved the warm-up exercises because they're not dumb "draw a cube" exercises. You get to draw weaving patterns and other cool stuff.

ram
09-08-2011, 08:12 PM
did you just call draw a cube exercises being dumb?

well i guess that's for you to decide, and i won't judge you further.

Leannah
09-08-2011, 08:16 PM
No :)
I drew a lot of cubes a few days ago!
It's just that drawing cubes is boring. I like drawing circles and little patterns though. :)

Shuro
09-09-2011, 03:27 AM
I see. So is that a book available, at say, Barnes and Nobles? If not, like I said, I can always order online, I just hate to wait. xD

greenfox212
09-25-2011, 11:02 AM
How To Draw Manga: Sketching Manga-Style Volume 4: All About Perspective (v. 4)

this book is awesome. it really helped me with backgrounds and perspective.

Hamachi
09-25-2011, 11:55 AM
After quickly flipping through it, I don't recommend Drawing Manga for Dummies. The author seems to confuse manga with fusion and western style, he rushes through all his topics without explaining enough and he's not that expressive an artist either. You'd be setting yourself up for disappointment if you try to accomplish all he addresses in that book.