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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 2:10 PM


I'm frequently asked how I  learned to draw and  the answer is very simple - a large part of my knowledge is self taught from books. That's why I thought it would be a good idea to share some titles I owned or came across and used them through the years. Hopefully someone will find this list useful :3


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Books that are awesome:

"Anatomy for the Artist" by Sarah Simblet

"The Artist's Guide to Animal Anatomy" by Bammes Gottfried

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Books that are good:
" Drawing the Head and Hands" by Andrew Loomis


"Figure Drawing for all it's Worth" also by Andrew Loomis

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Books that are ok but from the time perspective I do not recommend them:
"How to Draw Heads and Portraits" by Jose M. Parramon

"Human Figure" by Jose M. Parramon


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Books that are pure unrefined shit and should be burned on sight:
Anything from Christopher Hart


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KebaSiRota Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just stumbled across this and I was wondering about that last image. Are you sure this was from a Chris Hart book? I'm not trying to defend the guy. It's just that I came across this one "how to draw manga" book that was absolutely terrible, and it wasn't by Hart. This image looks very similar to the terrible art in that book. I think it was called "Mega Manga", but I don't remember who it was by.

As for Hart himself, I am ashamed to say that I own some of his books. They didn't help much, but I have referenced a pose from time to time. I wouldn't recommend them-- especially the older books-- because they really only scratch the surface of how to draw stuff.
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galacticpink Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh, I was totally looking to go back to basics due to some recent anatomy issues, so now I'm very happy I dropped by to browse your journals out of boredom. Thanks!~
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Silvercat10 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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I've been looking for books like these for a long time. You are my savior.
Christopher Hart. Probably best if I didn't say anything.
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Dominoluv Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student General Artist
hey you awsome sauce, I need your help if you don't mind wasting time with me ^^'... So I recently lended a book from my school's librairy about animal anatomy and for the part on canine anatomy they used a dog that had alot of mistakes in it's anatomy... so I got tired of all those fail books at the local librairies ( Fact I found many of christopher hart's books but I forgotted my lighter XD ), some only shows sketches and no walktrough, while others only show a walktrought of a so-called anatomy who only consist of putting shapes together, I already know this thing and I wanted to know real canine anatomy who shows steps by step drawings with detailed sketches of the bones and muscle structure. I went to make a reasearch about "The Artist's Guide to Animal Anatomy" by Bammes Gottfried, I found out that there was two versions with different covers, do you think they have the same content? and also for the part on canine anatomy in it, do they use a dog or a wolf model? and do they show sketches or the muscle and bone structure? How much pages are they for the part on canine anatomy? And for my final question, on a scale of 10 how usefull did you find it? Sorry for bothering you with so many questions I feel like Iki at page 195 XD
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Soruc Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I totally agree with the last one e.e
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Kitkatpoptart24 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that last one...yeesh... i can't even begin to understand y that would be published
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AcidVeins Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
How is this Hart guy even allowed to publish books that should teach ids to draw?
Not only that his stuff looks like shit, he also makes everyone kind of adapt how he thinks art SHOULD be.
For example, how he described drawing teens. "Slender neck, ears poke out from hairstyle. Almond eyes.". Or "catgirls can be what you want, but they have to be cute.".
Thatīs not teaching art in any way, thatīs teaching how to draw crappy pictures of stereotypical characters.
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CassandraCanadyArt Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
I actually laughed out loud at the last one....The horror...
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Goatllama Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gahahahaha at the last one.
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vaiya Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have hated Christopher Hart since I first saw a drawing book of his in a book store maybe 12ish years ago. And I thought to myself then how crap his art and teaching style was, and he'd never last... I'm saddened that he has lasted. I'm glad I'm not the only one who hates him though.
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Katrina20Lin10 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
He has a dA too...
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:iconvaiya:
vaiya Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:C
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Katrina20Lin10 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I know...[link]
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:iconvaiya:
vaiya Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why would you link me this? :I
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Katrina20Lin10 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
A collection of chris hart's fail...Do you know any that made you laugh?
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:iconvaiya:
vaiya Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol. When you put it that way...
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Psitt Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
>Didn't know who Christopher Hart was
>Googled
>never unsee


[link]

and that animu face

holy jesus HOW IS HE PUBLISHED
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Limo777Spirit Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student
R.I.P art D: DX
btw its alright, I didnt want to sleep tonight anyway D:
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HurricaneLeslie1 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Very helpful! Thank you!
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EldingaGunman Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
I had to google Christopher Hart before I realized that maybe the anime face wasn't supposed to be abstract :stare:
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Tumawruh Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Great selection of books, will keep my eye out on them!
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ShiVira Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i've been looking for a while now for a canine or wolf anatomy book...
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Limo777Spirit Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student
there is a great book for this:
Wildlife- Wolves, Foxes & Coyotes by Jan Martin McGuire :)
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ShiVira Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you very much i will definitely check it out
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notched-stag Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Jack Hamm's "A guide to animal anatomy" is pretty good, as well. It gives a nice basis, anyways, and has some super detailed drawings of big cats, and ...bears of all things. It's pretty scarce on wolves, but given that he devotes an entire section to canines in general, that's probably why. The book is a good starting place for leaning basic animal structures and movements. Each esection has a super-accurate walk-cycle of front and side for the animals its describing...
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LazyMongrel Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Christopher Harts way of illustrating his point comes off imature.

Artists guide to Animal Anatomy looks good. I'm gonna look into that one.
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Jester-of-the-Clown Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Lol Christopher Hart

Could draw better than him four years ago

Yet still can't manage realistic shading/lighting

fml
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ItsNotFilia Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, googled the last image and apparently it's done by someone called Peter Gray. (and also comes from a 'how to draw' book) :lmao:
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ArynChris Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Peter Gray did a series of very short, absolutely simple How to Draw X books for Barnes and Noble. From an art perspective, horrific. From a TOTAL beginner's perspective... simple = good and he had a good mix of very basic concepts in those. I actually learned more about how to draw people from a book of his than an art class and a couple more advanced books later on.

Mind you, I still suck at it. But I didn't try learning to draw until I was 21, so that total-beginner level was absolutely necessary to just get started.
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Jester-of-the-Clown Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
"How to Draw: People That Remind You of That One Ugly Mutant Guy From The Goonies"
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CMWVisualArts Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sloth? :XD:
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Jester-of-the-Clown Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ayup
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BaelaMar Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I've read almost every book listed here; and I agree, these are great titles to have. You can never have too many anatomy references! Also, for those getting into fantasy/sci-fi subjects, I think the Impact art books are nice to have as well. The art is very inspiring!
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shinsengumi77 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lmao @ the Christopher Hart bit.

They are so terrible, and yet I can't help but think, "how does he sell so many!?" :nuu:
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CMWVisualArts Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Because of deviantART: ~Christopher-Hart
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shinsengumi77 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow I didn't even know he was on DA. :nuu:
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CMWVisualArts Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, he's pissed off about this Journal.
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shinsengumi77 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lolz I feel bad for him, considering he does actually work hard on his stuff.

It's just...not really Anime. >.>
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:iconcmwvisualarts:
CMWVisualArts Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not really anything, it's just a style that doesn't apply anymore.
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shinsengumi77 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha ha did it ever apply? ;P
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:iconcmwvisualarts:
CMWVisualArts Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess not :XD:
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:iconjester-of-the-clown:
Jester-of-the-Clown Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Because untalented weebs are abundant
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Blue-Uncia Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, Hart. I actually did use some of his books back when I was first getting into art. My work was all anime back then, and I will admit that some of Hart's stuff actually did help me.

But eventually I noticed a decline in the quality of his books, so I stopped buying them. All this time, though, I didn't know he had such a poor attitude about critiques.

That's kind of a downer.

Well, all this reminded me that I need to clean out my book shelves. Maybe donate some books I no longer need to good-will or something. XD
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CarlaTovar Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for sharing! Finding anatomy books for art is very difficult, I usually find medical ones~
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e-c-h Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
One of the very best: [link]

this book seriously rocks!!!
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sevenluck Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yes! I got this one recently and it's awesome. :D
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e-c-h Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
i love it :) It really has the best approach imo, for helping you learn to draw in any pose, without always needing reference.
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Sirius-Sam Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist
Great list! "Drawing Cutting Edge Comics" by Christopher Hart is a good book. I'm not saying it will teach you anatomy properly..(best way to learn anatomy is drawing from life) but to burn it would be a bit harsh. Some of it such as drawing the head, eyes, expressions is cool and compared to his other books it shines.
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Jazzds Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Hart has a pretty okay anatomy book that I got a few years back. Also he is a good backboard for ideas to steal... I mean jump off of...
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kedemel Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012   Digital Artist
You should check this out: [link]

Highly recommend.
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