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Since I will be tied up with school...
...I thought I'd compile a collection of the reference/study materials that I use and recommend to others. I will update the list from time to time (as I discover new things).
These resources are relevant for both digital and traditional mediums as well as technique and philosophy.


Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life by George Bridgman
Even if you don't draw people, I still recommend this book... as it teaches "blocking-in"/gestures. Copy the drawings/sketches from the book to help yourself build good habits.

The Zen of Seeing by Frederick Franck
Learn to see and you will learn to draw—this book explains how to see (with a more subjective approach).  

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
A great reference for anyone who can't shut their brain (and inner critic) up. Has lot's of exercises and study tools for you to practice drawing. Helps you to see in new ways (a more analytical approach).

Classical Painting Atelier by Juliette Aristides
Book by an instructor at my school... as such, it is more academic. But it's a useful summary of the lessons/information from her intensive four-year classical painting program.  

Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney
Gurney is great at concisely explaining the principals/rules of art (particularly painting). This book is a great "Swiss army knife" of reference.  

Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist by James Gurney
Another book by Gurney, and a great companion to "Color and Light".

Art & Physics by Leonard Shlain
Started this one recently. So far so good. Tickles my philosophy bone.


The Block-In
Limited Value Monochromatic Paint Study
Limited Palette Portait Painting
Understanding Color Temperature Relationships
Gamut Mask Tool
Posemaniacs [digital 3-d figure model/mannequin]


A Man Named Pearl A self-taught topiary artist. Beautiful, insightful, story.
Between the Folds Origami. Art meets science.  

Photoshop Vector tutorial
Light Darkness and Colors Goethe's theory of color.  

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cloneddragon Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i will have to come back to this once i have time on my hands again. maybe these books can help me where classes have fallen short.
FailDuck Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
After having a look at these, I think I'm going to suck it up and buy a couple. I'm not taking art at school since I'm busy with sciences and maths in my last year, so I need a bit of inspiration to get going again. Gurneys books look perfect for a lot of the problems I'm having with my art at the moment. Thanks for the recommendations! :)
Acceleron Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To my tutorial collection it goes. Thanks for the info. :)
Pondergreen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconbenderneatplz: Neat. *favs*
LuckyNChance Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Been swamped with schoolwork myself, but thank you for these references.
WeirdPonyGuy Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
I will have to take a look at this later. I'm reading too many books right now...
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Then for you, I'd recommend Gurney's books in particular. He condenses the topic to one or two pages, with plenty of great example images.
The Zen of Seeing too. It's Shorter and uniquely written.
da-andi Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Oh well, i started to learn drawing from zero with the German translated Version of "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards".
A remarkable Book, a lot of psychology inside and just a few Exercises, but it seems to have worked very well for me. Thumbs up for that!
FiddleArts Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very resourceful indeed. Bookmarked for future references. Thanks!
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