thegreatkaidaman asked: Which books do you reccommend or ones you have used to help you further your art?
I really like How to Draw Anime & Game Characters by Todashi Ozawa. He has segments in the book where he takes novice drawings, explains exactly where they go wrong, and redraws it professionally and shows in which ways he improves it. He covers not only anatomy, but drawing methods and techniques, including exercises to train yourself with your tools. If you’re a true beginner, it’s an amazing resource.
I also really like sketchbooks of old artists, like Da Vinci and Michelangelo. It’s hard to find an art book where you can really see the images. More than their famous finished paintings, the sketches give you a feel of how they worked, the movement of pen on paper, which areas they concentrated on, etc. I’m very into sketches, more than finished works, they’re what I like most.
My newest book is The Complete Guide to Drawing by Giovanni Civardi. It’s a compilation of 6 different books he’s done. It’s a showcase of incredible experience… many different tools, media, techniques, etc. He also covers anatomy, shading and lighting, as well as posing and framing. It’s quite useful to flip through, but perhaps too overwhelming for a complete beginner.