The best books to inspire you to sketch

Stephen Silver Author Of The Silver Way: Techniques, Tips, and Tutorials for Effective Character Design
By Stephen Silver

The Books I Picked & Why

Marc Davis: Walt Disney's Renaissance Man

By Disney Book Group, Marc Davis

Marc Davis: Walt Disney's Renaissance Man

Why this book?

This book is filled with artwork and sketches that are filled with energy. I love that Mark Davis offers a variety of different styles and development roughs that are so inspiring and make you want to sketch. The value I received from acquiring this book was giving me a greater sense of appreciation for playing with different mediums.


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How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way

By Stan Lee, John Buscema

How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way

Why this book?

How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way teaches artists step by step how to build construction and energy into their poses. Helping you create more dynamic versions. I love that it is really clear and simple to understand giving the artists extreme value that will guide them whenever they draw from imagination or from life.


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Cartoon Animation with Preston Blair: Learn Techniques for Drawing and Animating Cartoon Characters

By Preston Blair

Cartoon Animation with Preston Blair: Learn Techniques for Drawing and Animating Cartoon Characters

Why this book?

I believe this is one of the greatest books for breaking down and understanding the emotion and simplicity of construction. I love that it offers a variety of animals and humans to draw from and it can save you so much time by teaching you the basic fundamentals of drawing cartoon faces that will guide you throughout your career.


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The Illusion of Life

By Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnson

The Illusion of Life

Why this book?

This book offers so much knowledge into the animator's role in the animation process. I love that it covers a variety of positions in animation and offers some really fun sketches in there that inspire you to practice drawing. A book like this can be so valuable that you may not even have to take an animation class after reading it.


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Drawing the Head and Hands

By Andrew Loomis

Drawing the Head and Hands

Why this book?

I feel like this book lays down the original context in how to draw the human head and body that thousands of teachers use to teach others. I love how he goes step by step giving you the opportunity to really learn what is important. A book like this can save you hundreds of dollars as it is the original source in my opinion.


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