The Best Art Books – Asking Pros

The Best Art Books – Asking Pros

[Music] Stan: What are some of your favorite art Books
like instructional, how-to? Sanford: The one that started – started everything
for me was how to draw comics to Marvel way. That was the foundation, that was the one
that changed everything for me. It just put me on the path. I was like 12 years old went
to the local bookstore and I saw this book and it said “how to draw like Marvel” and
I was already starting to get into some of the comics and it was like “wait a minute,
if I learn how to draw like Marvel, maybe one day I can work for Marvel”. So I begged
my mom, and she was like “okay, if you’re gonna put it to use”. I think I put in the
use needless to say. Stan: Awesome. Thank you so much. Sanford: Thanks Stan man. Stan: Awesome. William: Favorite instructional art books;
the Andrew Loomis books are very good figure drawing for all it’s worth, that’s terrific.
He also did a book called Creative Illustration, that’s really good. For basic anatomy, Richman’s
a pretty good source. That was one of the teachers that taught Norman Rockwell. Once
you get to a certain level, a more sophisticated level, the book by Vanderpoel is really instructional.
He was one of JC Leyendecker teachers. I don’t recommend Burne Hogarth stuff. Burne was a
friend of mine but I find his anatomy books, his figures don’t seem to have any bones in
them. It’s just all muscles. The bones are so good at structuring figures that it seems
foolish of me to leave that out. Stan: Yeah. Who’s your cartoon crush? William: Russ Manning, the Tarzan artist before.
I knew him as a Tarzan artist. He did a series of comic books called “Magnus, Robot Fighter”
and Magnus, his girlfriend Leeja, she was so hot and she had this dress that, it sort
of – was aggregated dress. It was transparent at her knees, you always got the feeling of
“oh man if only it was just a little different, I’d see something” [Chuckles] but it never
was. Stan: What’s your favorite instructional art
book? Pascal: “How to Draw the Marvel Comics Way”
Stan: Okay. Pascal: That’s – when I was a kid, Grandpa
and Friends, my dad sent that to me when I was like 11 or 10 and I read it from one page
to the end and backwards and then all the exercises in it and I was like “oh my god!”
I think that’s the only art book I’ve ever read in terms of like instructional thing.
You could only draw to learn, so I didn’t – I didn’t really read anything else. Stan: Perfect! What are some of your favorite
instructional art books and you can definitely pull that one out right there on your – [Chuckles]
Stephen: One of my favorite instructional art books, this book is amazing, it’s amazing.
And oh, I just so happen to have it right here! It’s called “The Silver Way”, and this
is a book all about character design if you’re interested but some you know, really some
of my books were – I – I follow with so much of like the old masters in a lot of ways.
I was just started – I discovered Leonardo da Vinci really in all honesty. Not that I
discovered him just now but his books recently and was really through those but I love books
like Andrew Loomis and George Bridgman and any – any books like that that I can find.
So they – they get old and classic in that way, but they’re – they’re very informative
and I think just learn – again, learning that foundation and the basics takes you to that
next level, even if you don’t know what you really want to do. Stan: Right. [Music] Stan: Do you have any favorite art books? Philip: No, I think going from life is better. Stan: Ah, there you go. Philip: I had a few students before and what
I would have them do is go to a coffee shop, look at someone for five minutes, don’t stare
at them, you’re gonna get in trouble and spend the next 10 minutes. You’re not gonna – you’re
not gonna nail that in the first go, but if you do that every day, keep it up for a month
or two, what you’re gonna learn is what the art books can teach you. It’s the gestures,
the angles, the positions and stuff like that, you know, the judging of camera distance.
Because if we’re talking about comic books, that’s what it’s all about; the believable
gesture and storytelling and angle and camera distance of all these scenes that you’re trying
to draw and those are going to improve like tremendously. How many muscles you have on
your biceps and your tri – that – that’s a lot easier once you got the basics and your
fundamentals, you know? Stan: Right. Philip: Are been taken care of. Sean: The books that I was looking at was
the Christopher Hart book on how to draw cutting-edge comics, how to draw simplified anatomy and
then Andy Smith’s book, How to Draw Dynamic Comics. So those are the three that I really
use quite a bit. Cutter: It’s gonna be the same answer from
probably anybody that went to art school but Loomis, Andrew Loomis, all his books definitely,
Gary Martin’s book on comic book inking for any – any incre, pretty much a must. Bridgman,
I don’t know, I have like literally ten-foot stacks of books at my house but mostly of
art and artists. But instructional books, there aren’t that many. Stan: What are some of your favorite instructional
art books? Karl: ah, I’ve got a room that’s just full
of books, absolutely. The floor is just covered in them. So I really like James Gurney’s “Color
and Light”, I thought that was a crack in the book. And it was quite pertinent to what
I was doing. He was working in the field of illustration, a lot of it was applicable,
so that’s great. The Bridgman books are fantastic for Anatomy and breaking it down into its
composite elements. I had a great book by Harold Speed, it was like a art knack see
[?] who worked in the UK and he was a fantastic portraitist but, he was like “you have to
lay your palette out this way. You have to do this”, there was no other way. But it was
really informative and it was kind of – because no one had taught me, that was what I needed;
some rigid structured methods to approach in oil paints, and so that was a good little
book. But yeah, there’s hundreds of really good books but I always advise people, it’s
like if you’re a musician or guitarist or so, don’t go for the average guitarist, go
and try and copy Hendrix or the guys who were really good. Don’t go picking up on the guys
who are okay, go for the top – top guys and then you hope a bit of that will rub off on
you. [Music] Marshall: Robert Beverly Hales, “Drawing Lessons
From the Great Masters” not “Anatomy Lesson From the Great Masters” which has his name
on it but it’s not really his work. “Drawing Lessons From the Great Masters” is a single
book it gives you such a good broad overview. A hundred master drawings analyzed by someone
who really knew what to point out at. Stan: And he’s got book reviews on his website
with all of his book recommendations. What are some of your favorite instructional art
books? Eliza: The Animation Survival Kit. That’s
a big one especially if you want to do animation. The Story, definitely Story was a great book.
Back in the day I was obsessed with books from the National Russian Academy of Art because
their studies and their life drawings are off the chart. They’re just so amazing cuz
they they give you drawings that are graded A, B and C kind of like here and when you
see the B’s and the C’s, it just makes you cry because they’re so amazing. You’re like
“how is this a B? This is an A-plus plus. So, it’s nice to know that they’re striving
for that perfection. So I remember that was a big influence when I was growing up and
I still pay attention a lot to academic drawing even when I’m doing my [?]. Stan: Any favorite instructional art books? Erik: There’s a ton of them and I could go
down the list of the stuff that I’m sure you’ve heard in all these other interviews. If these
are being spliced together you’re gonna hear you know Loomis and all that stuff. My favorite
one and I’ll butcher his name, so I’m not even gonna try and say it but the book is
Framed Ink. I think it’s one of the – Stan: Framed Ink. Erik: Framed Ink is a phenomenal new book.
In fact, his whole line of framed books are great. Stan: Perspective. Erik: Yeah. Stan: How many does he have? Erik: He’s got Framed Perspective one, Framed
Perspective Two, Framed Ink and he’s coming out with a new one. I can’t remember the name,
it might be Framed Composition or something like that. Stan: Probably. Erik: He’s got a new one coming out if it’s
not out already. He’s phenomenal. Stan: What superpower would be most useful
to an artist? Erik: Infinite endurance I suppose. You know,
never getting tired, that would be the best one as an artist. [Music] Stan: What’s your favorite or some of your
favorite instructional art books? Sean: I guess it’s an instructional art book
but it’s “Understanding Comics” by Scott McCloud. It’s an amazing book. I mean, it’s really
more about the theory of visuals and art in general but sequential art especially, but
I learned so much about, like about symbology and about the way we see things and how we
interpret lines and art and imagery. I tell my students to read it all the time. I mean,
it’s on my list of you know required reading for each one of my classes. If I had one book
to recommend to anybody, it’s understanding comics by Scott McCloud. It’s brilliant and
it’s in comic book form, so it’s really – you know, it’s a fast read but you learn a lot. Stan: Yeah. So you have a full list for your
students? Sean: I generally have to have a list of stuff. Stan: What else is on that list? Sean: Designing Characters and Creatures by
Marc Holmes which I think is – it gives a lot of little short assignments that you can
give yourself if you want to essentially challenge yourself to improve your character design
portfolio. So, I think that’s a really good book. Stan: Biggest cartoon crush? Sean: Oh Krang of course from Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles, I mean, maybe – maybe Aku from a Samurai Jack is a close second but you know,
you can’t beat Krang, he’s awesome. All he wants is his own body. Stan: Any favorite instructional art books? T.J: I’m kind of more of a child of the Internet
you know? Like, my career kind of grew up in that era of which you were starting to
see more and more art material showing up online such as the Proko channel. Stan: Oh wow! Can you tell me more about those? T.J: Oh man! I love this channel. No, it’s
– honestly that’s one of the first things I stumbled upon when discovering YouTube.
Is like Proko stuff about the fundamentals of drawing and that’s the first time that
I saw – it actually appealed because it was kind of fun, it had some personality whereas
books it’s just like you and the pages and you know, there’s great writing and everything
but I think having the interactive element of YouTube videos that’s what really helped
me. Also just like online tutorials. I’d suck up whatever I could find on DeviantArt, Gumroad
is an amazing resource. I’ve gotten stuff you know, Anthony Jones before doing his mentorship,
some stuff from Eytan Zana to learn some environmental stuff. I’m really curious about doing some
Learn Squared courses, Alex Figini in particular is like one of my like concept art gods and
he has a – actually a whole course about doing 3d which is something that I really want to
get into, it’s pretty intimidating. So yeah, as far as like influential learning material,
it’s most like internet stuff. Just little gems across you know, the scope of the internet,
yeah. Stan: What are some of your favorite instructional
art books? Bobby: Bridgman books, those series are amazing.
Of course Loomis comes to mind. There’s so many books that he’s created but I love all
of them. Imagine FX is a pretty cool magazine with tidbits of little knowledge gems all
over the place, that’s a really good one as well. Colin: Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud,
it’s the best. Like actually, you can go through all three of his books in that genre. My understanding
his actually making a new one for just general visual arts and it’s amazing. I mean, it’s
a book I think everyone should read but it’s probably the best. Okay. Stan: Cool. [Music] Stan: What are some of your favorite instructional
art books? Chrissie: How to Draw the Marvel Way. I actually
never really read a whole lot of instructional books, but I would watch a lot of like YouTube
tutorial videos and just like practice figuring it out on my own. So, yeah, I mostly would
watch video tutorials and then just like – by making my own mistakes, I kind of learned
how to draw how I draw. Stan: Who’s your cartoon crush? Chrissie: Oh, Aladdin. I always had a crush
on Aladdin. Stan: Nice, that’s a good one. Chrissie: I liked the new Aladdin too. Sorry,
I have a thing for Aladdin I guess, I don’t know. Stan: What are your favorite instructional
art books? Peter: instructional art books? Stan: You can name your own. Peter: Well, okay. My own book The Dynamic
Bible is one that I – yes, I like to push as much as I can. But you know, like I said,
even this book right here talking about the previous question of my mentor Norm, this
is an echo of Norm. That’s what I always say is that this is not me, this is people, thousands
of people behind me pushing this information. Norm being one of them and all the people
behind Norm also too. This kind of information of how to’s and instructionals, when people
are teaching, I like when people recognize the histories of things and where it comes
from. So for me, this book is very much an echo of all the history of the instructors
from Art Center. But of course, my book but Scott Robertson’s, right? How to Draw art
book. Fantastic, very technical which is why I actually like to push mine because it’s
little bit easier to kind of jump into and then go to Scott’s book because that’s where
you get the more advanced information. Framed Ink, also fantastic for storyboarding, framing,
cinematic composition. That’s what I’d recommend. Stan: Awesome. What are some of your favorite
instructional art books? Lucio: Right now there is not a real book
because I’ve studied on very old old books in the Academy. So, right now I would suggest
for real, like your video – Stan: OK. Lucio: Really, they are like the best video
tutorial, much better than books and I think much better than many school around. I use
the same kind of structure for the anatomy and the light and shadows. People are not
– are very lucky, the students, because they can have kind of tutorials online and so I
think this is one of the best, I would suggest. And this is what I do it and I suggest to
my students every day. Stan: Thank you. What are some of your favorite
instructional art books? Brian: When I was coming up, it was Loomis
and then it was also Step-by-Step graphics back in the day when it was a really good
magazine. It had like all those great illustrators like it’d have like Thomas Blackshear going
through and showing his step by step his gouache process which didn’t even exist back then.
I mean, we’re talking the 80s, so there wasn’t like all this stuff that you could pull right
then but – so you know, Loomis was the first because – I always have arguments people “Bridgeman
Bridgeman’s man. No I’m Loomis| guy not a Bridgeman guy, what are you talking about?”
you know? Like I said, Step-by-Step for graphics was great because you had all these great
guys in the industry showing you how they did their stuff. I used to do writing for
ImagineFX, would occasionally have some great stuff you know, 3d world for the 3d world
stuff’s. I do a lot of CG and a lot of 3ds stuff as well and then you know, finding places
online where people are posting – I mean, there’s some great tutorials all over the
place you know? Stan: Yeah. Brian: I mean, I just – Marshall turned me
into the Etherington Brothers. Oh my god! You guys want to see some really cool tutorials?
Google that art books, you’ll find them, you’ll will correct the spelling that I’m butchering
the guy’s name, two British brothers. Stan: Books are a great way to boost your
skills but videos are pretty awesome too. That’s why you should check out Skillshare.
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If you’re even thinking of getting into making art on a tablet, you should definitely consider
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description. Thank you Skillshare for sponsoring this video and thank you for watching this
series. This is it, our last comic-con video for 2019. If you like videos like this ,be
sure to LIKE and Subscribe. I’ll be asking the pros more questions at next year’s comic-con,
but what should I ask? Did I miss something that you’d like me to cover next time? Let
me know in the comments and I’ll write them down for next year. See you later.

99 thoughts on “The Best Art Books – Asking Pros”

  1. Additional recommendation:
    Figure Drawing: Design and Invention by Michael Hampton
    Strength Training Anatomy by Frederic Delavier
    Anatomy by Joseph Sheppard.

  2. Philip Tan doesn't seem to understand what art books are. he literally said you have to draw from life to learn things that aren't taught in the books, then listed all the things that ARE taught in the books.

  3. 1. How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way
    2. Figure Drawing for All it's Worth (Also Other Loomis Books)
    3. Creative Illustration
    4. George Bridgman
    5. The Human Figure
    6. The Silver Way
    7. Drawing Cutting Edge Comics
    8. Simplified Anatomy for the Comic Book Artist
    9. Drawing Dynamic Comics
    10. The Art of Comic Book Inking
    11. Color and Light
    12. Oil Painting Techniques and Materials
    13. Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters
    14. The Animators Survival Kit
    15. STORY
    16. Framed Ink
    17. Framed Perspective
    18. Understanding Comics
    19. Designing Characters and Creatures
    20. Imagine FX Magazine
    21. The Dynamic Bible
    22. How to Draw – Scott Robertson
    23. Step By Step Graphics Magazine

  4. How to draw the Marvel way (video) was the one which showed me what all areas i need to understand as to get started. And i just have begun.

  5. The Silver Way is really a great book. I don't agree that only by looking and drawing you learn, I mean perspective took 1400 years and was discovered by a Math guy in Italy, I'm not sure about you guys but I can't live that long to discover things by myself.

  6. Iv been learning Korean for the past two years just to talk to master kim jung 🙂 I would love to pay him to follow him around lol he is the end all be all for me
    Peter han to tho he is the champ

  7. weird no one mentioning "How to Draw" by Scott Robertson"

    Also why is Peter Han promoting his "Dynamic Bible" is it's not being sold?

  8. I'm glad so many people recommended loomis. I've been reading a bit of loomis and the books are such a joy. As a beginner artist it hasn't been to intimitating yet but I've still a lot of loomis books to go through.

  9. Masterclass (in style)
    A wikipedia of artists, methods and data (paper, pens, brushes etc.)

    My favorites (and drawing style interests)

    Jack Davis

    Ukiyo-e art style
    Herge (Tin Tin)

    Comic Book style
    Marvel (artists)
    Hal Foster (Prince Valiant)
    Larry Elmore (D&D) similar to Hal Foster (B&W and also oil paintings)

  10. I highly recommend Rendering in pen And ink by Arthur guptill!! Fabulous book. Besides teaching you ink which is pretty hard medium it teaches you how to think generaly, how to learn what to look for And striving for excellence.

  11. Thanks for a great vid! I'm looking for a character building / simplified anatomy drawing book for my brother who's 10 and loves to draw and draws all the time. He's very good for his age, so it should be a good one (not like the usual "Kid's art books") but still somewhat fun and simple (as in less reading and more examples). Does anyone have a good one to recommend?

  12. i knew Sanford was going to say How to draw comics the Marvel way. that's the book that started it for me too. got mine signed by Stan Lee.

  13. That was great. A lot of familiar titles that I have, or want but some new ones too. Added quite a few to the old Christmas list

  14. Understanding Comics is one the greatest books I've every read. Anyone who wants to get into comics, and how to have a great story, that is the first book you should read.

  15. The amount of people recommending proko for artist is a testament to how influencial and SOLID these tutorials are. Thank you proko for existing for artist plebs like myself.

  16. I read "Framed Ink" once and I tought it was fantastic, but it was borrowed and I stupidly happened to forget the name. I just clicked on this video to see if by any chance someone was mentioning it.
    Thanks, really… THANKS.

  17. I am SO GLAD someone referenced James gurney's colour and light, I was waiting for it lmao. Best art book out there for any and every painter. Period.

  18. I regret going in my local bookshop back in the day and seeing all of these and not buying any of these because I had thought buying them wasn't manly.

  19. From my own experience I can surely say that NONE of those sites like Skillshare, Udemy, etc. are worthy of your time and money. Better off buying tutorials from the artists and teachers that you like. Hell, even FREE YouTube videos will teach you better than those "premium" ones from the sites mentioned above.

  20. When I started drawing again, I asked pros at conventions which books they could recommend. Now I feel I'm at the stage I can work on my own.

    My top 3 are:
    1: Making Comics – Scott McCloud
    2: Drawing Comics, The Marvel Way – Stan the Man and John Buscema
    3: Comics and Sequential Art – Will Eisner

  21. I bought some prints from William Stout when he came to MondoCon a few years ago. Such a great man and really great to talk to.

  22. Constructive Anatomy and Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth should both be on that top ten list. I’m also a fan of Draw Comic Action by Lee Garbett, Anatomy for the Artist by Sara Simblet, and I’m excited about picking up Color and Light

  23. High key though, you do have one of the best drawing tutorials on the tube. Ive been subscribed for years and watch it all but its still a personal battle for me j: keep it up proko!

  24. The Step by Step Graphics article about Blackshear's gouache technique can be found here

  25. A book I have really enjoyed so far is called Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain by Betty Edwards, which really centers the idea that drawing is skill that can be learned like any other skill, so its great for people who have the mistaken belief that they are not sufficiently talented to learn to draw

  26. Possible question to ask the Pro's. "With all the advanced digital drawing and painting options available today, do you see traditional methods dying out in the commercial world of art?"

  27. probably make some good change listing the books they were talking about in the description ( not a criticism but im looking for step by step graphics = ] )

  28. Stan this was amazing! Thanks for asking the important questions that we couldn't ask because we weren't able to go to the SDCC.

    I call myself an artist, yet I didn't know Andrew Loomis had like 20 books on drawing. It's alright though. A crime, maybe. …but this is fine.

  29. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this for us Proko! I'd also like to thank you for asking Sanford Greene! I'm still getting into comics, and as a Black person myself, I'm looking for more Black creators to inspire me in my own journey in making comics. I've never heard of Sanford Green until now, so thank you so much Proko!

  30. 1:25
    absolutely agree with this ! I bought that book and art feels like there's no bone in figures just bunch of muscle put on one another. Dynamic figures which have balance of Bones and muscles are more pleasing to watch and draw…

  31. 13:42 I love how he angles the lines on the tigers fur. it seems to make you focus on his face and seem more intimidating

  32. The Etherington brothers! I wanted to get their art book when they were doing the Kickstarter for it, but I was a teen with no money, so I couldn't get it. They still have it up on their DA page though.

  33. So, so cool, Stan – just what I needed. Excellent, fun, and very informative video. Next year, ask them how they managed to become so skilled that they are today. Their life story with art so to speak. Ask them what it takes to achieve a level that enables you to live of your artistic skills.

  34. Interesting to note, except for the classics, i.e. Loomis, Bridgeman etc. Most of the "how to draw <insert character/genre/style/etc here>" books that exploded into bookstores in the last 5 to 10 years I see quite often in thrift stores now. I feel most of those were only a platform for B and C list artists to get an art book published, lots of form but little content…. (for pre-digital how to Step by Step Graphics magazine was a goldmine!!!)

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