Resources for Artists
General Art Theory
All books by Andrew Loomis. PDFs of the books are available here for free download.
Figure Drawing For All It’s Worth and Drawing The Head and Hands are currently back in print.
Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist is also good.
I like Cyclopedia Anatomicae for all the different animals it has in it too.
Elemental Magic, Volume I: The Art of Special Effects Animation. This is a book for animators, but I’ve found it’s insights incredibly useful for rendering the same “special effects” like water and smoke in illustration.
Understanding Comics and Making Comics by Scott McCloud (I actually think even people who don’t make comics ought to read these, they have lots of info useful to anyone who draws characters and scenes)
James Gurney’s Color and Light and Imaginative Realism are also chock full of useful insights and information.
How To Steal Like An Artist (And Nine Other Things Nobody Told Me) (This article is really insightful!)
As the poster here says, Andrew Loomis was reincarnated as a Japanese man and this is his website.
Mhampton Lecture NotesTwo Three Four Five Six Seven
The head from many angles
Fat People and Varying Body Types
Straights vs. Curves
How to draw an ear
Veins of the arm
- Animal Anatomy
- Fantasy Anatomy and Character Design
Thoughts on Wings (on humanoid figures)
- Expression and Pose
- Rendering and Detail
- Tutorial makers and hubs
Lupinicious (photos of wolves)
Puget Sound Wing Image Collection contains images of many species of bird’s wings. Many show both above and below.
Wardrobe Remix is a thing where people take pictures of themselves wearing outfits they like. It’s not supposed to be fancy, just your regular clothes put together in a fun way. It’s a great way to see all the different ways you can dress your characters (it’s also a great way to see lots of different kinds of people and how much they can say about themselves just standing neutrally in front of a camera. Some look at the viewer, some meekly hang their heads, others look defiantly in another direction. Some smile, some don’t, some scowl. Does the demeanor of the subject remind you of one of your characters? Well then, what are they wearing? Might be something they’d wear!).
Advanced Style is a blog of photos capturing great stuff old people wear. So kind of like the above, but with seniors.
Sleeves, necklines, collars and dress types
Tree Encyclopedia for pictures of specific species of tree.
Photographic Height/Weight Chart
Athletic Body Diversity
Haircuts for Men
A Handbook of Ornament
This guy takes really excellent pictures of bugs.
This other guy takes great macro videos of spiders.
Bug Guide for specific species of insect, spider and such.
DIY moisture retaining palette for acrylic paint
Acrylic paint tutorial