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Here's a modest but
growing selection of what we think are top notch books on
caricaturing, cartooning, and general drawing. If you
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number one Highest Recommended Book:
||Drawing on the Right Side
of the Brain
By Dr. Betty Edwards
If I could make this
required reading, I would! Not because I get a
small fee for selling it, but because it's the
source book for the foundation's of
drawing skills (the "5 skills") It
chronicle's breakthrough research in
neuro-physiology and how it literally affects the
way we see the world.
|Dr. Edwards' landmark book is
also a fascinating reference companion that can
only add depth and insight to your drawing
experience. You'll be convinced anybody
can learn to draw - including you.
||How to Draw Caricatures
by Lenn Redman 0809256851
Brian gave me this book for Christmas in 1988. It
was my first real exposure to the
"in-betweener" - the "Mr.
Average" of Mr. Averages. Mr. Redmann does a
wonderful job walking the line between cartoon
and realism - with masterful results. The epitome
He packs so many pictures in here I know why
it took him a lifetime to write it. He also
writes in a very personal and human way. You'll
feel like you know him after you've read your way
through it. A great selection of drawing subjects
and explanations. Tons to teach. Four stars.
By Al Bohl
I include this book because I think
exploring cartoons is a great way to abstract
faces, facial features, and body parts- a
necessary avenue for caricaturists headed for
rapid-fire party and club drawing. Covers
cartooning from the basics to animation to
syndicating your own Doonesbury comic strip to
making a serious business out of your
Art of Caricature
Gautier gives a fun overview of caricature
tracing it's roots back through history, showing
different cultural styles and uses of caricature
to demonstrating his approach to the technique.
His book leads off with a forward by Joan Rivers.
Talk about an endorsement. Filled with his
straight ahead and quite effective drawings.
First of a series of caricature and cartooning
|The Complete Book of
By Bob Staake
Done in black and white, this is
listed as an "Art Reference" volume -
and indeed it is. Much like "The Savage
Mirror" in it's breadth, Staakes's book
concentrates somewhat more heavily on the
ink-line style of caricature. Filled with
caricatures and comments from creators like
Levine, Grossman, Hirshfield, Burke et al.
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The creator of the syndicated cartoon
strip "The Better Half", Mr. Glasbergen
explores cartoons from all angles in his book.
The line between caricatures and cartoons is a
subjective one and learning cartoons can only
help your caricaturing I believe. Learn how to
draw gag bodies, action, comic animals,
background props and cartoon lettering. He'll
essentially show you everything you need to know
to create your own cartoon strip and characters.
A must for anyone seriously into
caricature . Loaded - I mean loaded with
reproductions of the best work by the top
caricaturists in the business. Filled with work
from the likes of Al Hirschfield, Phillip Burke,
and John Kascht to name just a few.
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Even the cover is
Introduction to Perspective
has got to be the most beautiful book published
on perspective. Mr. Smith shows the use of
perspective in classic drawings and paintings as
well as the fundamentals. How to grid your
drawing with vanishing points; one, two and three
point perspective; ellipses, these are all
covered. Tons of full-color pictures, photos, and
line drawing demonstrations.
fancy here - just the best step-by-step book I've
run across on the subject of perspective. Mr.
Montague goes through page after page of easily
understood perspective lessons. You'll learn how
to draw circles, spirals, cones, and blocks, in
full 3-d perspective; how to incorporate them in
to your drawings. I'd venture to guess if you
took the time to absorb this book, you'd have no
need for an architectural CAD program.
Natural Way to Draw
about drawing "the impulse to draw is as
natural as the impulse to talk" and "It
has only to do with the act of correct
observation...". I think he sums it up for
everybody interested drawing and art education.
Considered by many one of the best books ever
written on the subject. His method builds from
simple drawing assignments - gesture drawing,
drawing from memory, curtain drawings, poses, to
adding water color and ink, and 5-hour marathons
in the advanced sections. I've only scanned this
book but very much look forward to diving into
Simmons pours 30 years of pen and ink experience
into this marvelous book. A working artist and
Fine Arts Instructor at Henderson State
University in Arkansas, he'll show you so many
different effective inking techniques he'll start
you thinking you don't ever have to use color
again. An absolute must for those of you thinking
about op/ed type caricatures and for anyone
wanting to master the art of cross-hatching.
Pencil" is to pencil drawing as "The
Technical Pen" is to ink drawings. Mr. Calle
has a unique and vibrant style of drawing - so
detailed and line-intense his drawings shimmer in
front of you. Active, dynamic, electric - all
adjectives that come to mind when you see his
technique. Built on a foundation of hatching,
you'll learn techniques that can bring a whole
new level of texture to your drawings.
that help you
"get your hands dirty"
Learning to draw and actually drawing seems
to excite that part of your brain that likes to keep on
making things, the part that just loves to create. But
sometimes getting to the drawing board is tough - you're
full of doubts, you get hyper-critical, in a word you get
stuck. Here we offer you a handful of books we think
offer a helping hand. We've also added a few books
that'll bolster your imagination, crank up your
creativity, and skyrocket your "Idea Generating
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My # 2 most recommended book:
Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way"
||For those of you having trouble getting
started drawing, (or any art, craft, discipline,
even entrepeneuring ) I highly recommend this
book. Ms. Cameron outlines a 12 week guided,
intensive program where you'll start from scratch
getting to the root of your hesitation and
rediscovering your own gifts.
|The program is built around the
daily discipline of morning writing and a weekly
"artist's date". Simple prescription
with powerful results. Probing and insightful. Julia
Cameron's "The Artist Way"
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How to Get What You Really Want
from the cover: "A unique step-by- step plan
to pinpoint your goals and make your dreams come
true". Couldn't have said it better myself.
everybody has genius in them. Somewhere.
Unappreciated, neglected genius is at the root of
our restlessness. Ms. Sher has the knack of
ferreting that out and then tying it down to real
world steps to make it a touchable, actionable
a book you'd expect to find at a site about
drawing caricatures but I'm a firm believer that
if you're serious about pursuing any art or
discipline you're going to run into obstacles.
Your number one obstacle won't be time, it won't
be money, it'll be yourself. Mr. Bly's greatest
strength lies in his ability to make old stories,
poetry, and manhood (seriously!), into a usable,
urgent, timely masterpiece. I've bet I've read
this book eight or nine times trying to really
figure it out. Probably my favorite non-fiction
book of all time. Not just for guys.
To order press Einstein
Wenger, Richard Poe (contributor)
Drawing is a visual function. And
just like Betty Edwards explains so well in her
book above, drawing is away to tap into the whole
other, largely forgotten, mostly unconscious part
of our brain. Drawing is just one road to it.
|In the Einstein
Factor, author Wenger details powerful
exercises he's worked decades developing. By
studying Albert Einsteins letters, laboratory
notes and habits, Wenger aims (and succeeds) at
uncovering clues about the way Einstein's brain
works, how other great thinkers come up with
their ideas - and how you and I can benefit from
what he's uncovered.
I like this book because it shows
you all the different ways your mind works in
images and pictures - how it's constantly tossing
up images, sensations and emotions. You'll learn
to build an awareness of the subtle offerings
that come from deep within your own mind, from
your own subconscious. You'll learn to respect
those pictures and "visuals" as clues
to something going on that's much greater, much
more profound than just "coming up with
If you're after more
than just "right-brain access" you'll
learn a whole arsenal of techniques and tools to
access your creative, image-spewing, at times
even danger-predicting "quiet" mind.
To order press Einstein
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Jump Start Your
By Doug Hall
Rather than trying to squeeze
ideas out of your tired brain like toothpaste
from an empty tube, Doug Hall takes a radical
approach: fill your brain, your visual
environment, your sonic surroundings, your
physical space with pictures, sounds, foods and
objects connected to your area of interest. Make
your brain nothing less than a multi-sense
stimulated, over flowing whirlpool full of
everything connected to your subject - before you
try to conjure up idea one on your own. Very
unique in his approach.
||At some point some of you will
want to make money with your new hobby. Some
people will ask "is it really
possible?". All I can say is look in the
yellow pages - look at all the people already
making money doing things you'd love to be doing.
If you're starting from scratch, yes,
it will take a little longer. But then anything that
hasn't taken a little hard work or an investment of time
is probably not going to stand up in the long run.
I thought I would always be "above"
exploiting my own talents for money. Then I hit a wall.
The Moslems have a saying: "In the Mosque I give my
alms to Allah, but outside I have to keep my camel tied
up". To me this meant you have a world that's very
personal and private to you, and then you have the real
world. In the real world you have to feed yourself, care
for your family, do all your day to day things.
How do you do that, pay the bills - and enjoy your
life? I've found building a business out of and around my
skills and talents has to be one of the most gratifying
and fulfilling things things I've ever done.
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