There's been talk about this book on other posts so I thought I'd bring it up. Everyone knows his work, but I think the man is just as interesting as the work, and his life story is very cool.He wasn't as consevative as you would have thought he would've been.
Madman!- Awesome thanks, we need to get some others to start posting, I want to keep this thing going, I know we're just scratching the surface.
I've seen all of these except the Frank Cho book, great choices.
I don't have much of a library, but one book I've found myself flipping through now and again is Dinotopia: The World Beneath (my friend has the first book, I have the second). It's in an amazing world where dinosaurs and humans co-exist. James Gurney really emerses himself in the world and illustartes many of the concepts in the book. Here are a few pics (taken from here):
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Well first of all THANK YOU Madman for putting up Waterhouse. He is my most favorite artist of all time. Noone else comes close. Second, I'll post a few books that had a tremendous effect on me at an early early age. The pictures in these books transported me to a different place, and made me want to be an artist.
St. George and the Dragon(Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman):
Rapunzel (Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman):
And there was a third that I can't find a picture to, that was even more mind blowing illustration wise than these, called "The Water of Life" also illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman.
I know they are "kiddie" books but theyhave some of the most beautiful artwork I've ever seen. period.
Joe Mad- I could post tons he is my favorite of all time of artists. I'm sure a lot will disagree but he is my favorite. I run joemadfan.com (currently making changes) here are two good ones for people to get I like them all so it would be hard for me to choose.
J Scott Campbell Another one of my favorites a lot to choose from but this is a good one.
Jim Lee same reasons as above. This is the Wizard Millennium Edition it has 256 pages of Jim Lee goodness.
Alex Ross One is the same style book as the Jim lee one and another that is much bigger.
brian Froud i'm not really into dark crystal but I like his art and the sketches in the book.
and this book I don't have it but I have seen the year 1950's and it looks really good. Anyone have the others from the 1940's and 1960's they're e sealed at the books store. They have like 900 pages in each book.
Fredflickstone you gonna show the other 12 shelves soon? I really would like to more of what you got. No rush or anything I can wait patiently just want to make sure you don't forget.
p.s. and since I'm pretty much running out of books that I own and that others haven't seen here is my other sources of Inspiration.
Hey, Madman i like JoeMad too and Arnold Tsang who colored most of JoeMad work, keep the site up and goodwork. Well I don't have a lot of book and couldn't have a library but for inspiration I have some in my hard drive like Andrew Loomis.
Aha, awesome. I knew if I checked on this thread regularly I'd be introduced to artists I haven't heard of (Zorn and Sorolla), which I feel kinda dumb about since this work of theirs you posted is amazing. Also, I got reminded to get some Sargent books. Keep posting guys!
I'll try to post some stuff soon too, if I ever find anything that Bojee doesn't already own . Man I can't say enough about how your library rocks, nice and eclectic, the way I like it.
Groover- Thanks. Like I've said before I have pretty varied tastes but there is probably a similar thread running through out. I don't own all of the books I've posted, I own probably 85 to 90% percent of them and the rest are just books/artists that I think people should be aware of or relate to the last book someone posted or that i posted. My library is large, getting bigger all the time but I thought I should clarify that.I've spent time with all the books I've posted but I use the public library too. Great resource if your not using it, at least it is up in seattle. So if you know of a good book but don't own it ,it's still cool to post it. I'm just trying to get the word out.
Groover- You mentioned CA Illlustration annual, that's a great one, the only other one that I think gives it some competition is American Illustration, This is the cover of the most recent edition. It's worth a look even if you don't buy it.
Groover- Yeah Neil Gaiman's a stud, I've read most of what he's written.
Madman- No Problem, It kinda depends on the book, the Zorn books are much harder to find than the Sorolla books, I've seen some of both , bud plant has this sorolla book that looks good for Sixteen dollars give or take.
There's also a Sorolla/Zorn book that shows their work back to back since they knew each other and were influenced by each others work.
Wow, I cant beleive anyone hasnt posted this book yet:
Drawing on the Right side of the brain by Betty Edwards...
wonderful book changed my perspective / approach to drawing in general, recommended for novice artists, and even a veteran artists out there could learn something from this book. At the moment of this posting I know there is a newer edition that the copy that I have. Great book though! Highly recommended!!!!