Textbooks/technique books from formal programs

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Textbooks/technique books from formal programs

Post by JGrubber » Sat Aug 09, 2008 9:00 am

I tried getting into Sheridan here in Ontario, but didn't make the cut (a few years ago now). And I was wondering about the texts and books that formal programs use. What are some of the biggies, and are they any good? For example. Jansons History of Art is one of the benchmarks for art history courses.

I know, there is no substitute for experience and dialogue with colleagues and experimentation, but some of us don't have as much of an opportunity for that... and being a teacher, i know some people are book learners.



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Post by Brendan » Sat Aug 09, 2008 9:28 am

I'm not an artist, but here are some from DigiPen's art side:

The animator’s survival kit
Richard Williams
ISBN: 9780571202287

Illusion of life
Frank Thomas
ISBN: 9780786860708

Cartoon animation
Preston Blair
ISBN: 9781560100843

Action! Cartooning
Ben Caldwell
ISBN: 9780806987392

How to draw comics the Marvel way
Stan Lee
ISBN: 9780671530778

The new drawing on the right side of the brain
Betty Edwards
ISBN: 9780874774245

The new drawing on the right side of the brain workbook
Betty Edwards
ISBN: 9781585421954

Drawing from observation
Brian Curtis
ISBN: 9780072410242

Sketchbook for the artist
Sarah Simblet
ISBN: 9780756608163

Living with art, 8th edition
Mark Getlein
ISBN: 9780073190761

Basic perspective for artists
Keith West
ISBN: 9780823004423

Animal anatomy for artists
Eliot Goldfinger
ISBN: 9780195142143

An atlas of animal anatomy for artists
Whilhelm Ellenberger
ISBN: 9780486200828

You can also check out this: http://digipen.booksys.net/opac/digipen/ and search for subject: art

We use the library of congress classification system, so anything with a call number that begins with an 'N' is for Fine Arts.

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Post by Sskessa » Sat Aug 09, 2008 6:46 pm

Do you mean comics programs or art programs in general? I don't know if I've had to read anything at all for any studio class.

I would like to second Preston Blair's animation books. The techniques are great for comics as well as animation (actually I've never animated anything so I wouldn't know). Line of action is something I'm particularly thankful to have learned about.

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