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:reading: BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS! :reading:
So I've been on a art book buying spree. Each month I've been giving myself a allowance to order art books for study purposes. Many of these books were recommended to me by other artists, so I cant take full credit for the below list. Although I did add in a few personal favs. ^^

:note: Please note, each image is linked up to a URL on Amazon.com where you can purchase the book. I know Amazon is picky about what country can view the materials, if you see a url not working for you let me know and I'll give you the direct title of the book. I didn't put all the titles here just because it would get a bit wordy and I wanted a cleaner format to present this information.

► Digital Painting Techniques




I personally love these series of books titled Digital Painting Techniques, Vol 1, 2 and 3 by 3D total. Hours of different painting techniques by various artists and styles. These books dont so much teach photoshop, although they do explain briefly how to achieve a certain effect. You should know how to use photoshop first before buying them to really get the full benefit. The last  books  on the end : Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop by Nykolai Aleksander, and   Digital Painting for the Complete Beginner by Carlyn Beccia are more gear to the digital painter learning photoshop.

► Environments



There's not many really good environment books out there... at least that I know of. Ones that show a variety of processes and techniques to building believable worlds. I did however like these books, it covers quite a lot of different styles. I guess just knowing basic perspective is what you really need to get started. ^^ I'm still looking to study more environments... so if you have any good recommendations, please share!


► Vehicle / Automotive / Spacecraft design



A series of books Edited by Scott Robertson and illustrated by various artists is a go to source of inspiration. Pages literately packed full of sketches and concepts.  These books are relatively inexpensive.

► Studio Art Books



For me, studio Art Books are hit or miss.  For the most part they are  tailored to a wide audience for a high volume sale rather then artistic enthusiasts learning the trade. I like seeing the turn around models, the "what could have been" character designs, and the dropped concepts that didn't making it in the X movie or game. For me I get more value out of seeing the process, then just happy screen shots that are just a collection of mass marketed images.

► Anatomy Study Books





Study study study, and then study some more! The reasons why these books are on my list should go with out saying. You can never get enough anatomy. Its like having a good dose of fiber in your diet! You'll poop out glorious works of art regularly! yep... I went there.



►  "Good stuff to also know" Study Books


I personally dont own these books, they are currently on my wishlist. So I can't really say much about them other then what was suggested! Anyone wants to elaborate in the comments feel free too!


Have a book recommendation I dont have here? I'm always looking for new books! ^^ Sharing is caring! I'd like to keep this journal as a growing list to refer to.


OMG Social Medias?


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:iconivanbookman:
Ivanbookman Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks!
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Wolkenfels Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
got a recommendation for [link] - seems useful as book about compositions.
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Pearlpencil Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012   Digital Artist
Wow I love this journal ^^ and so the list.
80% of the books here I also have as well <3
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charfade Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   Artist
awesome! I'm so glad it has helped! I just added a few new titles that are planning on coming out soon^^
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Indu-Art Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Oh, only pasted link to the animation, sorry....try this....[link]
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Indu-Art Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Oh, forgot to mention that the downloads are totally free of charge...
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Indu-Art Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Thank you so much for this Charfade. Loomis books are very hard to find in the hard copy form. I'm not sure if the publishing hang-ups have been solved yet so that a new edition could finally see the light of day. While waiting however, the Crimson daggers did direct us to this site for handy download versions. Hope this helps.

[link]
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charfade Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   Artist
Bwhahaha! I love that animation! XD
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miudream Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Man I love you for this. Also that anatomy book, Figure drawing for all it's worth, is also on my wishlist :D
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charfade Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012   Artist
:D if you ever come across any more you like feel free to share!
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miudream Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure :)
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Wolkenfels Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Nice list!
I have the first of the digital painting books and like it too. and of course i know the loomis stuff.

You seriously miss the Gurney books Color and Light [link] and Imaginative Realism [link]
I would recommend the color and light more but both are really great.
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charfade Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Artist
I thought about getting the Gurney book on Color and Light, but I haven't heard much on it! I'll add it to the list! It dose seem helpful!

And Imaginative Realism is another one I considered too. I'll be adding it to my wish list!

Thank you Wolkenfels!
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Wolkenfels Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
just ask around in our skype group - you will get only good praise to the gurney book. :)
a bit much traditional stuff for my taste but light is light and i learn a lot every time i take it in hand..
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BiggySchmalz Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Another book I'd throw in there is [link]

In addition to being a great resource for animators, there are some really amazing tips for conveying emotion and personality through pose and character design.
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charfade Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Artist
I updated the list and included this book! ^^ I've also put it on my wishlist.
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madam-marla Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012   Digital Artist
cool stuff :) I was only familiar with the anatomy ones :) I still need to grind my way through em!
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