Recommended Reading on Art

Tue Mar 30 2021 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)


Let's be honest, art school is an extremely expensive option for most budding artists. It has it's place, it was great for building a supportive creative network and meeting likeminded peers. It can be a good opportunity for some people. But it's not for everyone. Whether you choose to go the academic route or not, one of the most valuable takeaways for me was my bookshelf of art books. So I wanted to share my list of essential reading. These are the books that shaped my art, and provided the foundation for me to succeed in art school and beyond. This list definitely has a comic lean, but I've thrown in a lot of other books that are relevant in different areas. But in the end, these are the books that made the most difference to ME, and your mileage may vary.

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Let's be honest, art school is an extremely expensive option for most budding artists. It has it's place, it was great for building a supportive creative network and meeting likeminded peers.

-BUY IT-

General Art Books:
Art and Fear
Steal Like an Artist
Picture This

Fundamentals:
How to Draw
How to Render
Framed Perspective
Drawing the Head
Figure Drawing for All It's Worth
Figure Drawing Design and Invention
Imaginative Realism
Color and Light

Comics:
Understanding Comics
Making Comics
Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative
Comics and Sequential Art
Framed Ink
Comic Book Scripts by Top Writers
Comic Book Lettering the Comicraft Way
As many of the How to Draw Manga Books as you can hunt down

Animation:
Animator's Survival Kit
Ideas for the Animated Short

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