Fundamentals

Preston Blair

If you're just starting out and can only get one book, get this one. EVERYTHING is there, from composition, to posing, to how to draw a simple hand.

Scott Robertson, Thomas Bertling

Super technical, but it eases you into it. By the end you're drawing things you didn't think were possible.

Ernest R. Norling

Solid, understandable, step-by-step perspective instruction.


Figure and Anatomy

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George B. Bridgman

This was one of the first books on anatomy construction I ever bought. It helped me to think of the forms in a more 3 dimensional way. I still fall back on what I learned in this book.

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Michael Hampton

One of the best books on learning how the figure works in three dimensions. Taught in a progressive and understandable manner.

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Stephen Rogers Peck

Great for learnign about each particular muscle group and how it works. 


Character Design

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Ben Caldwell

I know Ben personally, and can say he's a great teacher. This book teaches the fundamental truths about character design in a delightful and charming way. A must have for cartoonists. 

Ben Caldwell

Fantasy cartooning builds upon it's predecessor and gives some more great insight into designing characters. 

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Tom Bancroft

What's cool about this book is Bancroft got some of the best artists across a varied field of disciplines to design the same character. It's cool to see so many ways to design one character. You can learn a lot from it.

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Tom Bancroft


Animal Drawing

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Terryl Whitlatch


Inking

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Arthur L. Guptill

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Gary Martin, Steve Rude

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Yasuhiro Nightow


Making Comics

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Brad Guigar, Dave Kellett, Scott Kurtz, kris Straub


Color and Rendering


Composition

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Durwin S. Talon


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