Beginning Artists here are some resources and some basic tips for you to begin your quest:
Books To Get You Started:
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain - Betty Edwards
Drawing With Children - Mona Brookes (Also helpful for adults)
Anatomy for the Artist - Sarah Simblet (photo book)
Perspective for the Comic Book Artists - David Chelsea
The DC Comic Guide to Coloring and Lettering Comics - Mark Chiarello &Todd Klein
The DC Comic Guide to Pencilling Comics - Klaus Janson
The DC Comic Guide to Coloring Inking Comics - Klaus Janson
How to Draw the Marvel Way - Stan Lee & John Buscema
Comic and Sequential Art - Will Eisner
Graphic Storytelling - Will Eisner
Books some people like and others hate:
Dynamic Anatomy -Burne Hogarth
Dynamic Figure Drawing - Burne Hogarth
Dynamic Wrinkles and Drapery - Burne Hogarth
Dynamic Light and Shade - Burne Hogarth
Books That Will Give Further Insights to Comics
Understanding Comics - Scott McCloud
Reinventing Comics - Scott McCloud
Making Comics - Scott McCloud
Other Artist Names to Look Up On Google:
*Please note: Every artist may not agree with the above books (particularly the Burne Hogarth books.) Take them all with a grain of salt. I have included this list of books since they are all in my personal library, and I have learned something from them. (Even the Hogarth ones)
Basic Tips To Get You Started:
- Get a pencil, and eraser and a piece of paper
Draw what you see - anything and everything. (Vase, Person, Car, Toilet Paper, Trees, Bolts, Fruit, Cats, Dogs, Shoe, House, The Universe...)
The longer you look at something before drawing, the better the drawing will be.
Then Look some more.
Draw from life.
Draw from life or the source first, then from imagination.
Use reference material.
Take life drawing classes.
Take art classes.
Study shape and form
Study it all over again.
Try, try and try again until you get it right.
LOOK. REALLY LOOK. Then draw.
THINK. Think about what you're drawing. WHY are you drawing it.
Keep working at it until it looks like what you want it to. (Use Eraser)
Be your harshest critic. Walk away from your drawing for a while, and come back to it with "new eyes" to see where things may be off or wrong.
Ask your family for honest feedback (they usually give it. It usually hurts.)
Ask advice from other artists - pro's or people you admire.
Hold image up into a mirror to see where things might be off.
Draw a horizon line into every picture (even if you erase it later)
Draw. Draw. Draw.
*anyone else with suggestions, tips or exercises for the starting artist add your 2 cents.
Websites - Tutorials Etc.
(I have some somewhere - if anyone else is willing to submit a list of good website tutorials or links by all means.)
Request for this thread:
Please, let's not make this into a "discussion thread". Just add your recommended books, websites or tips and advice. Lets make this into a resource thread so Beginning Artists don't have to keep asking all the time and so we don't have to keep answering the same questions all the time.
If someone ends up having a specific question about a technique, tip or book, Private Message whomever placed it so we can keep this thread strictly as a resource.
And lets make this one of the kickingest Art Resources on the web.
Rich, if you're watching this - would this be worthy of being a sticky post?