Learn the Loomis method from the man behind the name.
Industry standard for new portrait artists who want to know how to break down what's in front of them. Loomis's work from decades ago still sets the standard for comic artists and illustrators. Beautiful hardcover print that looks good on the bookshelf and makes a better artist with each turn of the page.
Not the greatest jumping-off point for beginners.
One of the most important art books of the last few decades allows people to trick their brain into artistry.
From the first page to the last, Betty Edwards lets aspiring artists learn about the brain's creative process as a series of seemingly mundane projects help build their skill set en route to becoming true blue artists. Excellent for beginners who want to draw but don't think they can. Also helpful for established artists trying to work out kinks.
While it's good for people who want to understand what goes into the creative process, methods might not work for those who want more guidance.
Drawing what's on your mind from the man behind the hit "Dinotopia" series.
Another must-have book for artists new and old. Gurney's "Dinotopia" is a quintessential mix of fantasy art and storytelling, and this book shows exactly how he does it. Less a detailed guidebook and more a sneak peek at dozens of methods, mediums, and processes for experimentation.
While made with beginners in mind, best as a follow-up to books aimed at beginners.
Perfect companion to Gurney's "Imaginative Realism" that focuses on drawing what's in front of the reader's eyes.
Learn to draw from nature, photographs, and imagination. While Gurney's other book is about bleeding ideas out onto paper, "Color and Light" shows how to add one's own ideas to what's already in front of them. Excellent ideas for beginning painters who don't know where to start.
Less a "how to paint" book and more a "how to see your subjects" book, which could be too advanced for inexperienced painters.
Adults and children can learn to draw in ways that are both fun and interesting.
Not just aimed at kids, but anyone who wants to learn to draw whatever they see or think. Perfect for beginners who want to know the basics of construction and self-taught professionals who want to work out kinks in their process. Suitable for classrooms, family art rooms, and travel.
Great for basic art construction, not so much for detailed portraiture and landscapes.
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