| ||On Writing Well by William Zinsser|
Zinsser's book is not only another excellent guide for composition but a discussion of the development and adoption of modern language. Anyone interested in historically accurate voicings would do well to read this book.
| ||A Kick in the Seat of the Pants : Using Your Explorer, Artist, Judge and Warrior to Be More Creative|
This man really isn't as violent as his titles are. He's just... very zealous? (Sylver)
| ||Realms of Tolkien : Images of Middle-Earth|
With over a dozen artists, this book provides a great diversity in the way Tolkien's works are visualized. From the intense detail of Alan Lee and Ted Nasmith to the graceful brush strokes of Cor Blok, this book is a must-have!
| ||Beowolf: A Verse Translation|
his is a version of Beowolf just coming out this August. Perhaps it will be worth looking into.
| ||Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist by Stephen Rogers, Peck |
I practically live by Peck's "Atlas of human Anatomy for the Artist. e's a bit long-winded and scientifically technical, but if you're erious about accuracy, you'll know the figure down to the tiniest bone. ince bones are the base, it's the best place to start. He's got bones, uscles, joints and limbs from every angle, plus this description of exual differences, a section on age, race, varieties of physique, some hotos, beautifully rendered bone drawings, "Agents of Expression", and n and on... --Jennifer, Gallery 33
| ||Adobe Photoshop 5.5 Classroom in a Book |
Designed to instruct you on the variety of tools available in Adobe Photoshop 5.5 that will help you produce sophisticated graphics for the Web and print. Each lesson provides step-by-step instructions for creating a specific project. Softcover. CD-ROM included.
| ||The Elements of Style by William Strunk & EB White |
The definitive language manual. Unlike the Harbrace handbook, which is a hefty tome, Strunk's Style is flimsy, thin: a short read. Strunk took pride in the smallness of his book - in writing he was a master of clarity and presence, and this book is especially strong in its discussion of those areas.
| ||The Encyclopedia of Fantasy|
This huge volume is the first comprehensive encyclopedia of the fantasy field. Not only does it describe the genre authoritatively, but it redefines it, offering an exciting new analysis of this highly diverse and hugely popular sphere of art. With more than 4,000 entries and over one million words, this volume covers every aspect of fantasy--literature, film, television, opera, art, and comics
| ||J.R.R. Tolkien : The Hobbit and the Complete Lord of the Rings|
As far as i'm concerned this is THE work other Fantasy writers have to measure up to. Even though the story in terms of action and plot turns is a little bit outdated; the first thing you have to remember is the year it was written. Those were different times and there were other factors and circumstances that might have influenced the author.
| ||Draw 50 Horses |
Arabians, Pintos, Morgans and Clydesdales: jumping, bucking, rearing, grazing and kicking -- all are in this collection of 50 drawings.
| ||Draw 50 Flowers, Trees and Other Plants|
By Lee J. Ames P. Lee Ames, Paperback, 1st ed., 64pp. The draw "50 flowers, trees and other plants" shows aspiring artists how to draw with ease by following the step-by-step methods.
| ||The Artist's Handbook|
A fully illustrated, highly detailed practical guide to painting, drawing, and printmaking. Another top-flight, how-to book from Dorling Kindersley, in the format--and the class--of The Photographer's Handbook. More than 1,000 photographs, drawings, paintings, etc.
| ||The Languages of Tolkien's Middle Earth By Ruth S. Noel|
| ||Greek Gods and Heroes|
A book recounting the heroes and gods of greek myth. It is supposed to be very good.
| ||A Whack on the Side of the Head : How You Can Be More Creative|
This book helped me out years ago to get rid of blocks such as "it has to be the wrong answer or it's the right answer" thinking. I recommend all of this author's books. (Sylver)
| ||Pencil Sketching, 2nd Edition (Paperback)|
The complete, classic guide to the art of pencil sketching. So many art books give long-winded descriptions of what to do, and even how to do it, yet they fail to capture the essence of what makes a drawing good. Wang concentrates on simple elements and rules of thumb, providing a wealth of wisdom in a few words and pictures.
| ||Castles : Their Construction and History |
This book has detailed floor plans and scale dimensions!
| ||What People Wore : 1,800 Illustrations from Ancient Times to the Early Twentieth Century|
One great guide to different costumes from various countries and through the ages.
| ||Celtic Knots: Mastering the Traditional Patterns (Celtic Design)|
A new step-by-step guide to the most popular form of Celtic design by Aidan Meehan, who is well known as a teacher and practitioner of Celtic design. Artists, designers, calligraphers, and craftspeople everywhere will find this book invaluable. Celtic knotwork is the single most widely appealing form within the rich repertoire of Celtic design. Aidan Meehan's new book provides step-by-step instruction for anyone who wants to master the traditional methods of freehand Celtic knot design and then progress to designing fresh knotwork patterns and variations
| ||The Art of Michael Whelan by Michael Whelan |
Award-winning artist Whelan has illustrated the work of almost every major author in speculative fiction. Here are featured all the artist's major recent paintings, as well as a series of 25 never-before-seen works produced especially for this book. Over 100 full-color reproductions.
| ||Adobe Photoshop Handbook|
Covers Mac and the Windows versions of Adobe PhotoShop. Tips and tricks you will not find in the user's manual. Includes full color art, step-by-step techniques and more. Adobe PhotoShop has become the industry standard in image-manipul
| ||"Fantasy Art Techniques" by Boris Vallejo, Foreword by Isaac Asimov.|
I'd recommend this book even to those who seem to dislike the subject matter and style of Boris' work. Only a fool would deny that the technical execution of these paintings is superb. The artist takes you through the creation process, complete with illustrations, tips and step-by-step descriptions. If you want to succeed at painting in oils, look this one up and read it.
| ||Sketching With A Pencil: For Those Who Are Just Beginning|
Hamilton explains, in a fine text accompanied by many simple sketches and finished drawings, how to sketch. He succeeds in encouraging development of competence and increasing satisfaction for amateur artists using the simple materials of paper, pencil, and eraser. Concentrates on fundamentals: how to hold a pencil and compose a drawing; and creating the illusions of depth and distance.
| ||Knotwork And Spirals: A Celtic Art Workbook|
Let the therapeutic power of Celtic art enter your world. Follow the ever-changing directional flow of the spiral as you reflect on the experiences of life, death and rebirth. Reproduce intricate knotwork designs as the past, present, and future commingle into an endless tapestry of life. Dozens of patterns some adapted from manuscripts and stone crosses, others from rough sketches that are gradually refined are presented in a workbook format by an acclaimed Celtic artist
| ||The Story of Art by E. H. Gombrich|
E.H. Gombrich's The Story of Art is one of the best introductory books on the history of art available today. The combination of Gombrich's insight into various art movements (particularly his discussion of Impressionism and Cubism) and the inclusion of many quality reproductions make this book exceptional.
| ||"Colored Pencils for All : A Comprehensive Guide to Drawing in Colour " by Michael Warr.|
A Comprehensive Guide to Drawing in Colour
| ||Inside Adobe Photoshop 5.5 |
In Inside Adobe Photoshop 5.5, Gary Bouton's learning methodology is set up to give you hands-on experience with Photoshop's features, using either the imagery created in the book or the user's own. Gary goes well beyond simply reviewing the features and grounds his readers in the most practical and useful aspects of Photoshop-the real-world uses of this powerful program-before delving into the more complex, arcane, or esoteric uses of the program. Each chapter includes a balance of textual... read more
| ||On Writing by Stephen King|
The collected thoughts of a very successful author. While some of his suggestions are only loosely related with the craft itself, his book remains a rich resource nonetheless. This book contains a much more thorough discussion of tone, voice, diction, and rhythm than has been provided here.
| ||"The Encyclopedia of Oil Painting Techniques" by Jeremy Galton. |
I just love this series. Same as "The Encyclopedia of Fantasy and Science Fiction Art Techniques", featured on the FARP main page, this book is wonderfully presented and enlightening, and it will inspire you.
| ||THE WRITER'S BLOCK : 786 Ideas to Jump-Start Your Imagination.|
Here's the first book on writer's block that's packaged in the shape of a block. (3" x 3" x 3") With 672 pages and more than 200 photographs throughout. Next time you're stuck, just flip open THE WRITER'S BLOCK to any page and you'll find an idea or exercise that will jump-start your imagination.
| ||Creating Characters: A Writer's Reference to the Personality Traits That Bring Fictional People to Life|
Well-organized, examines many angles of a character. This book will help you dig into your characters to make them stand out, to make them more interesting and believeable. This book is more useful to a story writer than many story writing books.
| ||The Illusion of Life : Disney Animation|
Written by the ultimate Disney insiders, this "bible" of animation has become a legend in itself. This volume seeks to explain the process that makes Disney's animation unique--what sets the work of the Disney studios apart from other animation products. Here are original sketches of best-loved Disney characters, how memorable movie sequences were made, and anecdotes about working with Walt. Full-color throughout. National ads/media.
| ||An Introduction to Acrylics (The Dk Art School)|
The DK Art School series provides all the fundamental techniques both adult and juvenile artists need. At the heart of each book are twelve projects that explore the methods of the great masters. Each specially commissioned painting is broken down in step-by-step color photos that show every stage of its creation. Lists of materials, subjects, and techniques complete each volume. 300 color photosAn Introduction to Acrylics (The Dk Art School)
| ||Eyewitness: Cat|
Same story. This goes more in depth than the Zoobook on cheetahs. Also quit interesting to read!
| ||Eyewitness: Eagles & Birds of Prey|
I have to admit, childrens books seem to be your best bet for nice musculature studies. This particular book goes quite a bit more in depth than the Zoobook on eagles.
| ||Drawing in Perspective.|
Booknews, Inc. , June 1, 1995. Translation of a German work (1993, Ravensburger Buchverlag Otto Maier GmbH) intended for graphic artists. After coverage of vanishing points, points of view, and perspectives, presents a systematic survey of one-, two-, and three-point perspective; shadows; reflections; and computer-aided drawing. Abundantly illustrated. No bibliography. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
| ||History of Art by H. W. Janson, Anthony F. Janson.|
This one I have read. It has amazing art work from every period of time. It is a wonderful book to learn history of art from.
| ||The Animator's Workbook|
An award-winning animator offers a complete course on the principles and techniques of drawn animation, covering every aspect of the process. In clear text and step-by-step drawings, he shows how to capture movement, expression, and emotion. Full-color illustrations.
| ||The Artist's Complete Guide to Figure Drawing: A Contemporary Perspective on the Classical Tradition|
If you are serious about taking a traditional approach to figure drawing and want to produce artwork of the finest quality, this is the book to look at. If you just want to learn to do quick sketches then you might look elsewhere, since the approach discussed is time-consuming and painstaking.
| ||Color Mixing Bible|
144pp by Ian Sidaway. All You'll Ever Need to Know about Mixing Pigments in Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Gouache, Soft Pastel, Pencil, and Ink!
| ||Drawing Dynamic Hands|
A reference work for artists providing a system for visualizing the hand in an infinite number of positions from a multitude of angles. Drawings show anatomical structures, actions, functions, movement and foreshortening.
| ||Dynamic Figure Drawing|
Figure drawing is the most essential--and the most difficult--of all skills for the artist to learn. In this book, Bruce Hogarth, one of the founders of the School of Visual Arts in New York, introduces his own revolutionary system of figure drawing, which makes it possible to visualize and accurately render the forms of the human body from every conceivable point of view. 300+ drawings & diagrams.
| ||The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression|
A wonderful, unique resource for any artist depicting human heads and faces. As a professional who needs to recreate realistic human expressions in the computer, I keep it by my desk. Every step, from initially designing the head to every muscle involved in a pose, is explained and illustrated in detail.
| ||Oil Painting for the Serious Beginner|
"Oil Painting for the Serious Beginner : Basic Lessons in Becoming a Good Painter" by Steve Allrich. This author is one great teacher. He's very helpful, thoughtful, clear and logical. The chapters flow like a river, with over 100 illustrations to accompany the text. I personally learned quite a few things from it.
| ||The Big Book of Drawing and Painting the Figure|
The latest addition to the popular Big Book series, this volume will inspire every artist, working in every medium, who wants to include human figures in his or her artwork. Over 500 full-color illustrations.
| ||Harbrace College Handbook, revised 13th edition, John C. Hodges editor |
This is a typical college composition text. It's an excellent tableside reference for any question you might have concerning the language's structure, certainly
| ||Exploring Colored Pencil |
Angelo's newest book excels in every way possible: instructive, beautiful, and enjoyable to read. Angelo is an excellent teacher. Example: each section has 3 sets of exercises, one for each level of artist (beginner, intermediate, and advanced). All exercises are open-ended and offer as many opportunities for learning as you are willing to pursue. I also have two of her videos ("Realistic Colored Pencil Textures" and "Drawing Your Loved Ones: Pets") which are excellent as well. I'm ordering her older book (Colored Pencil Basics) today!
| ||The Copyright Handbook |
Writers, publishers, journalists, editors, librarians and anyone who works with words needs to understand copyright law. The Copyright Handbook provides step-by-step instructions and all the forms necessary to protect all kinds of written expression under U.S. and international copyright law.
| ||Patent, Copyright & Trademark: A Desk Reference to Intellectual Property Law|
Nolo is recognized for its attention to legal accuracy and clarity, and in Patent, Copyright & Trademark...the reputation is deserved.
| ||The Copyright Handbook : How to Protect & Use Written Works|
Providing forms and step-by-step instructions on such topics as transfer of copyright ownership, works for hire, fair use, and infringement, an updated edition offers copyright law guidance for writers, publishers, and educators.
| ||The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain|
The classic drawing-instruction book that teaches how to draw better from what you see.
| ||Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain|
Edwards uses the latest in brain research to explain how anyone can learn to draw more accurately and creatively. This edition contains a new illustrated section in color, several fully revised chapters, new sample drawings, and a new section on handwriting.
| ||Affirmations for Artists|
Sounds intriguing, worth a try. (Sylver)
| ||Creative Whack Pack|
It's not what you think! It's "An illustrated deck of 64 creative thinking strategies to enhance every player's creativity. Complete instructions are included with cards." (Sylver)
| ||100 Keys to Great Acrylic Painting|
100 Keys to Great Acrylic Painting by Judy Martin Hardcover Spiral edition
| ||Complete Guide to Drawing and Painting|
Hardcover, 288pp, covers Pencils, Charcoal, Pen and Ink, Watercolor, Oil, Acrylic, Pastels...
| ||Voice and Style by Johnny Payne |
Another resource for study-prone authors. The entire book is on the subject of voice, and it should be able to answer just about any question that arises.
| ||Aliens and Alien Societies (Science Fiction Writing Series)|
Whether you're a writer or a reader of science fiction, this how-to guide provides thought-provoking analyses of the ways in which aliens and alien societies can be portrayed convincingly. It's almost as fascinating as the many classic SF texts it analyses.
| ||How to Tell a Story : The Secrets of Writing Captivating Tales|
This book by Peter Rubie and the late Gary Provost is filled with the kind of hands-on advice you'd get from very good writing instructors. More clearly than in many other books, Rubie and Provost explore the nature of character, objectives, and obstacles, and demonstrate that plot and structure derive from character and conflict. While the book is primarily intended for writers of fiction and nonfiction narrative, the principles can also be used by screenwriters and playwrights, and in fact most of the authors' examples are taken from films.
| ||The Writer's Guide to Character Traits|
This book goes into a lot of detail about character traits. Very interesting book to help you develop your characters. It helps to understand why people do the things they do.
| ||Something in My Eye by Michael Whelan |
Michael Whelan's Art is incredible, and this book is simply beautiful. If you're wondering where you've seen this guy's artwork before, he did the cover of the paperback for Tanith Lee's Red as Blood which is in this book, as well as other art you may recognize. Fantastic!
| ||Graphic Artists Guild Handbook of Pricing & Ethical Guidelines|
First published in 1973, the Graphic Artists Guild Handbook has become the essential source for fair prices and practice. Assembled by the national organization for graphic artists, this 10th edition contains the latest information on business, pricing and ethical standards for nearly every discipline in the visual communications industry, from advertising to publishing to corporate markets.
| ||Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines|
raphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines, 11th Edition is the industry bible, containing information all graphic artists and their clients need to buy and sell work in a totally professional manner. This edition has been revised and updated to provide all the information you need to compete in an industry moving at lightning speed.
| ||Eagles (Zoobooks)|
Another Zoobook, this one covering the eagle. I love these books!
| ||Ostriches and Other Ratities (Zoobooks)|
Okay one more Zoobook, this one on Ostriches!
| ||Cheetahs (Zoobooks Series) by Wildlife Education Ltd Staff|
Actually, I recommend looking at any Zoobook! They have wonderful skeleton and musculature drawing of the animal, and they're quite cheap, when compared to other books.
| ||Draw Horses With Sam Savitt |
For those who are studing horse to artist form to motion the horse...
| ||The Art of Storytelling: How To Write A Story....Any Story|
Written by popular writer and film historian, this book tightly outlines the techniques applied to writing the great American novel, blockbuster screenplay, or any other work of fiction. Producer Stanley Rubin writes " You want to write- and sell what you write - Read this book." Actor Abe Vigoda writes Michael Druxman wrote me one of the best roles I've ever had. Now after reading this book, I understand how he went about doing it." This book delivers everything it promises. Only 128 pages, but every word counts!
| ||The Complete Anime Guide : Japanese Animation Film Directory & Resource Guide |
Annual guide to anime films of that year.
| ||Hands-On English|
An excellent source on how to work your grammar. The author of this book also has a website, http://www.GrammarAndMore.com, at which you can join her two very helpful mailing lists.
| ||Big Eyes, Small Mouth: A Universal Japanese Anime Role-Playing Game. |
This book is all about the anime-role play genre. Reviewed as not only about mecha, but of fantasy, sci-fi, and other subjects of the genre. Innovative in it's use of fan art,this book has recieved high praise. (Sylver)
| ||A comprehensive encyclopedia of fantasy and science fiction art techniques.|
First published in 1996, this A-Z features professional tips and step-by-step instructions for a variety of styles, from horror to heroic fantasy and creatures to characterisation. There are entries on all major tools and techniques, such as acrylics, airbrush, animation & computer software, pen & ink and explanations on how to apply each one.
| ||Celtic Quilts: A New Look for Ancient Designs|
These all-new, timesaving techniques show you how to create exquisite, interlacing Celtic patterns more simply and quickly than ever before! Just "baste" designs with fusible web, machine applique with "invisible" stitches, and add dramatic color and texture with decorative threads. A mix of ancient and modern Celtic patterns is provided
| ||Castles and Fortresses |
The large coloured glossy photos gives striking details of castle architecture. The presentation is professional giving ahistory of castles and pictures in proper order starting with about the last thousand years till the present where it ends with the fairy-tale Cinderalla castle in Disney World. The grouping according to countries with full maps of the various town and villages is quite helpful. The glossary is also quite helpful to newcomers not familiar with the language of keeps, turrets, manor etc. This is a great piece of work of toursts, architects, artists, historians and castle lovers in general. If you need another book with detailed floor plans and scale dimensions, try "Castles - Their Construction & History" by Sidney Toy. Its a useful backup to this book.
| ||Adobe Photoshop Creative Techniques : Creative Techniques|
This book is an excellent example of a title which contains easy, quick step-by-step solutions to fast Photoshop techniques! If you are looking for a book that will give you a quick one-page solution for a creative technique executed through Photoshop, then this is the title for you! Each page contains one fast technique in a simple to follow step-by-step fully pictoral example! Also, Photoshop's many tools are grouped in easy to find color-coded sections. I highly recommend this book for those who need an easy to use, fast step-by-step, fully illustrated Photoshop special effect type title! ENJOY!
| ||Adobe Photoshop 5 Classroom in a Book|
For those of us who have been trying to learn Photoshop by just hacking around on it, this is a great book. Shows all the shortcuts and options you've been missing, and gives you different types of interesting graphics to work with. The lessons are useful in learning Photoshop if your are both an beginner or intermediate user of the program. And the techniques used in the examples are also handy in everyday Photoshop use. I use it both for it's lessons , and for reference.
| ||Anime Interviews : The First Five Years of Animerica, Anime & Manga Monthly (1992-97) |
Edited by Trish Ledoux who performs translations for many anime video distribution houses, this book is for a magazine that reviews all kinds of anime and manga. (Sylver)
| ||Art of Comic-Book Inking |
Art of Comic-Book Inking by Gary Martin Steve Rude, Paperback, 109pp.
| ||The Art of Comic-Book Inking Vol. II.|
Gary Martin's The Art of Comic-Book Inking has become an industry-standard how-to guide for ink artists, but Gary hasn't been resting on his laurels.
| ||The Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes and Heroines: 16 Master Archetypes|
By Tami D. Cowden, Caro LaFever, Sue Viders. There are numerous books on creating characters, writing believable stories, etc. This book will help you spark ideas and conflict.
| ||Painting with Water-Soluble Oils|
By Sean Dye, Hardcover, 1st ed., 144pp. 15 Artists Show You How to Create Successful Paintings with This Exciting New Medium.
| ||Pencil Dancing : New Ways to Free Your Creative Spirit|
Pencil Dancing offers readers a fresh take on developing creative confidence, overcoming blocks and taming their inner critics. They'll discover fun and effective ways to achieve satisfying creative expression and enrich their daily lives, approaching creativity from the point of view of a "dance" between conscious and unconscious, left and right brain, creator and critic, logic and creativity.
| ||45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters by Victoria Schmidt.|
Screenwriter Schmidt offers a book for writers struggling with characterization, emphasizing interesting, believable women characters. Looking to mythology for such types as Aphrodite, Artemis, and Zeus, Schmidt concisely outlines each type's cares and concerns, strengths and weaknesses, and likely reaction to common problems.
| ||How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy by Orson Scott Card Card|
This book provides invaluable advice for every science fiction and fantasy writer interested in constructing stories about people, worlds and events that stretch the boundaries of the possible...and the magical. They'll learn: * what is and isn't science fiction and fantasy, and where their story fits in the mix * how to build, populate, and dramatize a credible, inviting world readers will want to explore * how to use the MICE quotient--milieu, idea, character and event--to structure a successful story * where the markets are, how to reach them and get published There's no better source of information for writers working in these genres. This book will help them effectively produce exciting stories that are both fascinating and market-ready.
| ||World Building - Science Fiction Writing by Stephen Gilett|
This book is designed to give science fiction writers the solid grounding they need in real science to make their fictions read like fact. World Building is a blueprint in words, calculations, tables and diagrams to help writers transport readers from one world to another.
| ||The Beginner's Guide Acrylics : A Complete Step-By-Step Guide to Techniques and Materials (The Beginner's Guide Series)|
Paperback - 96 pages Reprint edition (August 1997)
| ||The Anime Companion : A Guide to Cultural Arcana in Japanese Animation. |
I guess this book is what it says! (Sylver)
| ||The Art of Compelling Fiction|
This is one of the best books written about writing fiction. It's easy to read and understand. The exercises are priceless and extremely helpful. The author talks to you rather than at you. If you're going to be a writer, this is a book you should definately read.
| ||Alchemy with Words: The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy|
By Darin Park abd Tom Dullemond. Written by new and established voices of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Alchemy With Words offers something for writers at all levels. Its sage advice will help you avoid many amateur mistakes. Explore World Building, Religions, Food, Fighting & Weaponry and much more, to craft an exceptional story.