Art + Anatomy book Recommendations
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Edit: updating this for new followers who might want to see this :D
15 books I recommend for anatomy, art fundamental study and art inspiration. Please note that these are simply my personal recommendations and books that's helped me a lot in the past. 

I've taken photos for these books, so Here's a less image-heavy list (on tumblr)

This took so much longer than I first anticipated so I really hope people find this helpful cause, seriously, spending 3 days on this does not feel like it was worth it ^^;

edit: I'm putting the tl;dr list here first as a preview of the books I'm recommending. 

TL;DR List of books

Anatomy Books


Boing! Boing! Art Book Recommendations Boing! Boing! 

Anatomy Books


:star: An Atlas of Anatomy for Artists :star:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
One of the best anatomy books I've owned, and shows great draftsmanship from many old masters


:star: The Art of Animal Drawing :star:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
Really simple-to-understand animal anatomy book that breaks down animal forms in simple shapes and explanations


:bulletblue: Anatomy for the Artist :bulletblue:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
This book has some really good photo-references with really pretty models. There are also see-through paper that goes on top of some of the photos that has bones and sometimes muscles that goes on top. Pretty neat.


:bulletblue: Figure Drawing for All It's Worth :bulletblue:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
Andrew Loomis's books are all pretty great, I think. You can probably find his pdfs online but I find things on print easier to absorb for me and I tend to carry my books around. Anyways, this one has some great stuff on perspective and foreshortening.


Animation/ Illustration/ Concept art Skill-set books

Colour Theory





:star: Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter :star:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
:+favlove:I strongly suggest this. Seriously, this is one of the best books I have ever bought. It's really great and really thorough. It's also one of the few art books I've read the text thoroughly front to back.

Concept Art





:bulletblue: The Skillful Huntsman :bulletblue:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
This one is really good if you want to go into concept art. It takes you through the steps of brainstorming to final product and there's a lot of great silhouettes to learn from.

Composition/ Storyboarding





:bulletblue: Dream Worlds: Production Design for Animation :bulletblue:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
Wonderful book on pre-production of animation, and covers from compositions to layout brainstorming, to storyboard colourscripts.

Animation





:bulletblue: The Animator's Survival Kit :bulletblue:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
A must-have for animation-beginners, this almost-400 page book is definitely worth your dime if you want to be an animator.

Beginner Perspective





:bulletblue: Perspective Made Easy :bulletblue:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
A small handbook for starting perspective, great for beginners and has lots of info on basic perspective rules and tricks. Also pretty cheap so that was a plus for me xD

Perspective and Design Fundamentals





:star: How to Draw: drawing and sketching objects and environments from your imagination :star:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
A 200+ paged book full of great stuff mainly about perspective as well as design and basic fundamental skills; good for artists of any level, really.


Inspiring Illustration Books


:bulletblue: Art of Pixar: The Complete Colour Script :bulletblue:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
Awesome collection of Pixar's colour scripts and illustrations. Great for colour inspiration


:bulletblue: Art of Tangled :bulletblue:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
Actually all of the art-of books are pretty amazing, and are full of character designs, background/layout designs, colourscripts etc.


:bulletblue: James Jean's Fable Cover Collection :bulletblue:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
I know this book is sold out right now but they might do a reprint again so if you don't have the money for it right now, keep an eye out. I remember the original price to be around $40 so it was definitely worth the beautiful illustrations inside. James Jean is one of my favourite illustrators so I just had to put this up here even though the book's sold out xD;


:bulletblue: Spectrum Collection :bulletblue:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
Any of Spectrum's collection of contemporary illustrations are all really great and very industry-standard. Great inspiration illustrations


:bulletblue: Bouguereau :bulletblue:
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca
I just had to add a master painter in there. Bouguereau is one of my absolute favourite painters along with John Sargent. Seriously, if you have a chance, get their books and do master-studies off of their paintings. They REALLY help with realism.
Thanks for looking~! If you made it to the end, here's a cookie~ :cookie:
If you only have a chance to get just one or two of these books, I've highlighted my top 4 with a star beside it....I tried to narrow it down but I couldn't narrow it down too much. Anyways, I think this list covers a wide range of stuff. 

tip: On top of studying anatomy, do some master studies (that's when you pick an artist you feel has really mastered their medium and skill level is off the roof, and you pick something they've drawn and copy it). They really help.

Recommended Journals
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What Ruins A Painting?(or makes it better)            We all had those kind of paintings at some point, looking at which we felt something is not right – something is not right – But could not find it. What went wrong? We have put every finest details and all our patience in it. Then? Art has its own science. Science that makes a successful art – something that comes out exactly you thought of and leaves the same impact on your audience. That science is known as composition in art and music. Where your eyes will go at first, how you will draw attention, how much attention you will draw – these are not luck, but pure
Digital art: good to know/tutorials PART_1
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A Brief Discussion On Limited Palette
A Brief Discussion On Limited Palette            We all know that temptation when we see a pretty new colour in the art-shop, or the urge to create a mesmerizing colourful artwork while planning a painting. We then use our favourite colour(s) in full force - by means of as much as we want - and we often have more than one favourite colour.... Aftermath: A muddy or unreal canvas! Colours do not look right and did not turn out exactly as it was in our mind - not even close and harmony is far away! It turned into a visual cacophony!            What might get wrong? A lot of things! But specially all those pretty colours you put at will! It i
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Kqina's avatar
Thank you for taking your time to make this list!
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monmoshi|Hobbyist General Artist
coool ,! :D
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goosetooth|Hobbyist General Artist
tysm! I'll be sure to get some of these ^^
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zubair43|Hobbyist Digital Artist
is there a pdf file free to download  of george brigdmen's heads faces and features book?
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Fantasytraveler|Hobbyist Digital Artist
were you published?
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TsukikoUme|Student Artist
Thank you so much for this! I started my own art challenge for myself because I really need to get back into drawing-it's been such a stress reliever.
I really need as many art books as possible and I'm going to try to get not just the ones you ⭐️-ed, but literally all of them.
Again, thank you for this post!
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Megalomaniacaly|Student General Artist
Thank you so much for sharing this. I follow you on Insta and looked up your username and now I watch you on here. I love to improve my art and do realism art but 9 months I feel a times to give up, Been seeking up some books though, thanks so much for your recommendations! I will definitely check them out :)
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thank you for sharing these books
:happybounce: 
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GrunkieKong| Traditional Artist
Thank ya for sharing these, really helpful
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Vnessinhaah|Student General Artist
Thanks a lot!
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Kiramu|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you for posting this!! i want to become a medical illustrator and they rely on a lot of figure drawing! this will help a lot
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Oh man, thanks a bunch!
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This is so helpful! It's really challenging to find great art books because the market is so saturated with sub-par books. 
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Thank you for making this, this is very useful :D
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YOSEILY|Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for sharing this!!
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JunkoTori|Student Traditional Artist
Just what I need, thank you so much! :TheClap: 
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MyFantasiMind|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oo, thanks for the share! These would be pretty helpful, since I tend to go back and improve my skills on certain fields of my art. =)
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arrozblanco12|Student General Artist
MAAAN THANK YOU SO MUCH
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yevra|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the recommendations! I know I've added all but one or two to my own wishlist. ♥
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Samy-Consu's avatar
wow really amazing all these books!!
thanks!
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DogeDays's avatar
thanks so much for creating this list, i've bought a few books from it already and they've really helped me c: 
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Thanks for creating this wonderful list! 
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hrfarrington|Professional General Artist
Thanks for the list, very handy! :D
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Thanks a bunch!
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