The artist reference books listed above are part of my personal reference library. These are my main artist reference books for clay animal sculptures and concept art. I highly recommend each of them for any artist, especially those interested in representational art. These are the books I used for the Relative Measurements And Simple Horse Drawing Demonstration post.
I’ve found that my books, especially the ones that I work with while I’m sculpting, tend to fall apart quickly. They get covered in clay, I use heavy objects to sit on the books to keep them open (thus the bindings breaking), and they just don’t last very long.
When my first “An Atlas of Animal Anatomy for Artists” fell apart, I bought another one to replace it, but I just couldn’t bring myself to use the new book while sculpting (or to throw away the old one!). So, (this works best with paperback books) I tore the binding off of the old book and punched holes in the pages so that I could put them in an oversized binder (a regular binder wasn’t big enough).
The book is actually much easier to use now as I don’t need anything to hold it open anymore, and if I get more clay in it? Who cares! My backup (clean) copy is used for cleaner, 2D work such as drawing, but this one is also used for painting.
This is not my entire library of art books – far from it! I have many more including more anatomy and books for making concept art. I prefer hard copies to digital books for working on artworks, as touching a screen repeatedly is really annoying when your hands are covered in clay – so my opinion is you can never have enough books (and space for books!).
As such, there will be more book reviews in the near future!
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