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Old 02-14-2009, 07:47 PM
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Re: Great Books for Fantasy and Sci-Fi Artists

For me these are the building blocks in book form

Foundation

Andrew Loomis Creaive Illustration. This is a MUST.

Anatomy and figure drawing
I like bridgman's life drawing book. Frank Frazetta copied it from cover to cover and recommends other artists do the same to help them learn anatomy without a heavy style imposed (like the Hogarth books)

Jack Hamm- Drawing the head and figure figure ( this is where I'd start with figure drawing)

I also use Dynamic Anatomy and Dynamic figure drawing (heack I haev all hogarth's books) and I find them great to get a more clear understanding of muscles and how they operate below te skin. Invaluable resources in my opinion.


Andrew Loomis- figure drawing for what it's worth and successful drawing contain a tremendous amount of information and insight you'd be hardpressed to find elsewhere. All books are out of print and his family refuses to let them be reprinted to date, but if you look around online you'll find digital copies available for free.

Preston Blair -Animation. Helping you understand animation and how to bring life to your work.

Color


Color Theory made easy by Jim Ames. Uses CMYK color theory.

Understanding color- William Powell


Inspiration
Here are a couple I like:

Frank Frazetta- Icon. Legacy and Testament. Three collections of his work that are currently in print.

Mike Hoffman- Odyessy. A fantastic collection of his work.

John Buscema. If you can find his good work, sketches and such, he's just unbelievable. I love his figure drawing when unfiltered by other artists

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Re: Great Books for Fantasy and Sci-Fi Artists

I wish to add:
1."Mass: The Art of John Harris"
by Harris et al.
2."20th Century Foss"
by Chris Foss
3."Magnetic Storm"
by Roger Dean
4."Views"
by Roger Dean
5."In Search of Forever"
by Rodney Matthews
6."Last Ship Home"
by Rodney Matthews
7. almost anything from Paper Tiger publishing
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Re: Great Books for Fantasy and Sci-Fi Artists

J. "NeonDragon" Peffer has a new book out- "Dragonart Evolution". She goes into more detail on the scales, ears and such. Another fun read and amazingly effective resource tool.
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Re: Great Books for Fantasy and Sci-Fi Artists

Hi All

Great to see a thread on WC about books. I have been collecting fantasy art book for over 25 years from the likes of Jim Burns, Les Edwards and the TSR team. Impact books have some great fantasy art books.

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Re: Great Books for Fantasy and Sci-Fi Artists

For inspiration: Anything by Brian Froud. He has a great knack for drawing and painting fantasy that is not cute and cuddly.

Also Coffin:The Art of Vampire Hunter D. Not cheap, but a very different take on fantasy. Yo****aka Amano has a very distinctive style. You can get a taste from the VHD cov
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Re: Great Books for Fantasy and Sci-Fi Artists

For inspiration: Anything by Brian Froud. He has a great knack for drawing and painting fantasy that is not cute and cuddly.

Also Coffin:The Art of Vampire Hunter D. Not cheap, but a very different take on fantasy. Yoshi()taka Amano has a very distinctive style. You can get a taste from the VHD covers and illustrations. He also has an illustrated Version of the Magic Flute out.

I agree with the plugs for Impact.

The various "Eyewitness" children's books have great photo references on all sorts of subjects. Available in lots of libraries. In fact I find photo books, trave guides, and natural history field guides to be great sources. Lots of strange looking creatures, interesting architectural details, clothing etc scattered about the real world. I did a nice drawing of a lizard-man compositing a Maori warrior and a marine iguana. Very different to the traditional swamp dweller.
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