Hey y’all, I figured it would be cool to share artistic literature, so I’m going to make a list of books that have helped me. Some will be on fundamentals, and some are more advanced or conceptual, or even philosophical. Below, I’ve organized them based on a general category, although not alphabetically. I own every book listed; they are useful even years after purchasing them.
I am happy to find links or if anyone has a further inquiry about a book, I’m open to discussing it. I also would like to get recommendations on books that have helped you technically, or have inspired you. I just posted ones that are more pragmatic in creating art, more or less in the realm of “how to”.
P.S I didn’t post links because the links go dead once in a while and it is just visually cluttering for this page.
Andrew Loomis, “Figure Drawing for What it’s Worth”
George R. Bridgeman, “Bridgeman’s Complete Guide to Drawing from Life”
Dr. Paul Richer, “Artistic Anatomy”
Oliver Sin, “Drawing the Head for Artists: Techniques for Mastering Expressive Portraiture”
Valerie L. Winslow, “Classic Human Anatomy: The Artist’s Guide to Form, Function, and Movement”
Henry Yan, “Henry Yan’s Figure Drawing Tips and Techniques”
Linda Cateura, “Oil Painting Secrets From a Master”
Mark Christopher Weber, “Brushwork Essentials: How to Render Expressive Form and Texture with Every Stroke”
John F. Carlson, “Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting”
Marian Appellof, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Oil Painting”
Juliette Aristides, “Classical Painting Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice”
James Gurney, “Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter”
General Artistry and Drawing:
Andrew Loomis, “Creative Illustration”
Juliette Aristides, “Classical Drawing Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice”
David Lewis, “Pencil Drawing Techniques”
James Gurney, “Imaginative Realism”
Ronald B. Kemnitzer, “Rendering with Markers: Definitive Techniques for Designers, Illustrators, and Architects”
Alphonso Dunn, “Pen & Ink Drawing Workbook”
Art Business and/or Philosophy:
Cay Lang, “Taking the Leap: Building a Career as a Visual Artist”
Steven L. Saitzyk, “Art Hardware: The Definitive Guide to Artists’ Materials”
Woo, I’m gonna have to parse through that list later when I have some sit down time.
I didn’t see it on your list, but I would recommend “Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain” by Betty Edwards. I know there’s some hullabaloo over the science of the left and right brain, but that doesn’t matter because this book taught me how to see the world more than anything, in order to draw it.
And, the one I always recommend, the “War of Art” by Steven Pressfield. This one will teach you how to tackle your calling to create art, no matter what happens in life; it will teach you why. Stick with the book. Listen to it like I did, whatever. Read it!
Great discussion by the way. I love books more than my own art.