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04 April 2005, 05:08 AM
Hi there.

I know a lot of you are probably into illustration whether it be using 3d, Photoshop, or even Illustrator, and I also know there are tons of good books out there on illustration. However, I was wondering, which ones might you folks recommend? There's so many out there I really don't know where to start, so any sort of help would be really appreciated!


04 April 2005, 04:46 AM
Grr. Surely someone here has suggestions :)

04 April 2005, 06:09 AM
Creative Illustration by Andrew Loomis, available for download online. Google and you'll find it.

04 April 2005, 07:52 AM
Are you looking for a book that shows examples of great illustration? or a book that teaches illustration? or a book that talks about the business of illustration?

04 April 2005, 09:54 AM
I found this ( Five Loomis books in a zip-folder (including the creative illustration one). Those are gifs and jpegs (from combined into one .pdf so the quality isnt very high.

04 April 2005, 10:27 AM
Here is the (somewhat) official site for Loomis' pdfs:

04 April 2005, 10:57 AM
i'm no great artist but ive found the most effective use of books is to get collections of great illustrators works and just study their paintings, drawings etc. look at the way they use the elements of art (especially colour, space, line etc.) and discover for yourself ways to use this in your own work. It also makes for a more personal style if you do this rather than just follow direct methods. just look through the sticky about "Artists we love (", a lot of the artists (especially the less current ones) will have books around, then its just a case of finding them.
hopefully that made some sense and wasn't a pointless rant:bounce:

04 April 2005, 04:30 PM
Illustration House publishes a great thick book collection of US illustrators annually.

You can find some of the back issues at Bud Plant

Also, Spectrum puts out a collection of contemporary artists that is a mixed bag, but usually has good stuff in it.

As for where to start, I'd say start with an artist or style that interests you, and then try to find what their influences were; who inspired them.


04 April 2005, 05:25 PM
Thanks for the replies, all!

my apologies for my vague request- I'm looking for a book that shows examples of illustration work and perhaps explains a little theory (lighting or what have you) behind it.

I appreciate the replies! Thanks!

04 April 2005, 10:37 PM
Start at the beginning-
Find ANY book on the Brandywine artists and their students. You'll see the history of illustration appear before your eyes and you'll see the why as well as the how. I've included links to (
Amazon doesn't always have the best price.


Dean Cornwell: The Dean of Illustrators (
N.C. Wyeth and the Branywine Artists (
Maxfield Parrish and the Illustrators of the Golden Age (

For technique there are a few GREAT modern books I'd reccomend--

Fantasy Art Masters: The Best Fantasy and Science Fiction Artists Show How They Work ( Artists include: Rick Berry, Jim Burns, Brom, Fred Gambino, John Howe, Alan Lee, Don Maitz, Dave McKean, Chris Moore, Steve Stone.
The Guide to Fantasy Art Techniques ( Artists include Jim Burns, Ian Miller, Patrick Woodroffe, Phillip Castle, Syd Mead, Chris Foss, Martin Bower and Boris Vallejo.

Just about any "art of" book includes a how to these days. Hope that helps.

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