My Fav Resources
Just some of my favorite books, supplies, software etc, with links to them. These products have been useful to me, I hope they'll be useful to you too.
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Nature Drawing: A Tool For Learning by Clare Walker LeslieNature Drawing: A Tool For Learning
My mom bought me this book when I was a teenager. The pages are curled from repeated, obsessive thumb-ings during many camping trips. If you want to draw small animals and plants to create a journal of the natural world then this book is for you!!
Drawing on the Artist Within by Betty EdwardsDrawing on the Artist Within
A fantastic guide on how to draw. Perfect for beginners it leads you step by step on how to re-learn to see in order to draw. Couple this with Betty Edwards other book, Drawing On The Right Side of The Brain, and you'll be drawing like an artist in no time. Highly recommended!!
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty EdwardsDrawing on the Right Side of the Brain
This book coupled with Betty Edwards other book, Drawing On The Artist Within, will teach you how to draw like an artist. She guides you through the brain shift that has to happen to see the world in a way that you can draw it. I highly recommend both books!
The Natural Way to Draw: A Working Plan for Art Study by Kimon NicolaidesThe Natural Way to Draw
This book is like a course on drawing the human figure. Starting with contour line drawings all the way to the fully shaded complete drawings using a series of timed exercises. Excellent paired with, 'An Atlas of Anatomy for Artists',
The Artist's Way Workbook by Julia CameronThe Artist's Way Workbook
A spiritual path to higher creativity This book leads you through a series of exercises designed to help you see yourself in a more nurturing way and overcome negativity in your surroundings that could block your creativity. Useful exercises in self development for artist and non-artists alike.
The Artist's Handbook by Angela GairThe Artist's Handbook
A Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing, Watercolor, and Oil Painting. The book is a series of twelve exercises, one per chapter. Each chapter explains a different art concept and then has a step by step instruction on creating an art piece utilizing that concept. A wonderful book suitable for an intermediate artist.
An Atlas of Anatomy for Artists by Fritz SchiderAn Atlas of Anatomy for Artists
A useful collection of anatomy studies from old masters artist like Da Vinci and Michelangelo, as well as photographs of models in various poses paired with musculature drawings. Also includes close ups of eyes and hands, feet etc. Highly recommend for all figurative artists!!!
The Artist's Guide to Animal Anatomy by Gottfried BammesThe Artist's Guide to Animal Anatomy
This guide for artists is geared towards larger animal anatomy, like horses, big cats, cows, dogs. Illustrations show muscular and skeletal breakdowns of various poses. Absorb this book, then go to the zoo to sketch. Great coupled with, Nature Drawing, and Animals Copyright Free Illustrations Reference
Animals: 1,419 Copyright-Free Illustrations of Mammals, Birds, Fish, Insects by Jim HarterAnimals: Copyright-Free Illustrations
Such an interesting book, depicting animals of every type, beautifully rendered. A wonderful reference for any artist who works with wildlife. The drawings are exquisite and a valuable study for new artists. I would couple this with the books 'Animal Anatomy' and 'Nature Drawing'
Perspective for Artists by Rex Vicat ColePerspective for Artists
Another very useful guide for artists, especially landscape artists. This book provides lots of examples of how perspective works in pictures. Not only does the book show buildings buy also how to use perspective with oddly shaped objects. A must have reference book for any artist! Highly recommend for all landscape artist!!!
Stunning Watercolor Seascapes by Kolbie BlumeSunning Watercolor Seascapes
Newly released, this book was written by Kolbie Blume, a friend of mine. She has done an amazing job demonstrating the step by step process to creating a painting through a series of projects. At the end of the book you'll have a firm grasp on how to make a watercolor painting, and have 25 completed paintings to prove it!
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