October 23, 2010

Book You Can't Live Without

I have copied the transcript from one of the #kidlitart chats for y'all.  It's so fascinating and helpful. (And I can recommend several of these!) If buying these aren't in your budget, do check your local library and Half-Price Books to see if they have them in stock.



Perspective for Comic Book Artists: How to Achieve a Professional Look in Your Artwork, by David Chelsea

Perspective, by William F. Powell

Perspective Drawing Handbook, by Joseph D'Amelio

Creative Layout: Perspective for Artists, by Thomas Denmark and Leandro Ng Budiono


Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animated Features and Shorts, by Nancy Beiman



Drawing People: How to Portray the Clothed Figure, by Barbara Bradley

Figure Drawing For All It's Worth, by Andrew Loomis

People and Poses, by Buddy Scalera

Figure Drawing Without a Model, by Ron Tiner

Creating Characters with Personality: For Film, TV, Animation, Video games and Graphic Novels, by Tom Bancroft

The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation, by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas

How to Draw Animals, by Jack Hamm

Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes: The Walt Stanchfield Lectures Volumes 1 & 2, by Walt Stanchfield and Don Hahn

Dynamic Figure Drawing, by Burne Hogarth

Anatomy books by George Bridgman


Creative Illustration, by Andrew Loomis

How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way, by Stan Lee and John Buscema

Paint Watercolors That Dance With Light, by Elizabeth Kincaid



Photoshop 7 for Dummies (newer editions available for later editions of Photoshop)

Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market, 2011 edition now available

Lynda.com (software training online)


Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books, by Uri Shulevitz

Understanding Comics; Making Comics; Reinventing Comics; series by Scott McCloud

Children's Book Illustration: Step by Step Techniques: A Unique Guide from the Masters, by Jill Bossert

Illustrating Children's Books: Creating Pictures for Publication, by Martin Salisbury

Picture This: How Pictures Work, by Molly Bang

How to Animate Film Cartoons, by Preston Blair

Writing and Illustrating Children's Books for Publication: Two Perspectives, by Berthe Amoss and Eric Suben

Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide from Story Creation to Publication, by Ann Whitford Paul

The Making of Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers (video)


Tim Biskup

Jim Flora

Taschen Books (publisher)

Victor Ambrus

Alphonse Mucha


The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, by Steven Pressfield

Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom, ed. by Leonard S. Marcus

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life, by Twyla Tharp

Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, by David Bayles and Ted Orland

Suggestions for Improving as an Artist, by John Clapp (text of class handout)

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