I was recently approached by Sheperd.com to compile a list of books to recommend. What is Shepherd? Here’s what their website says on the subject: “Shepherd is like wandering around your favorite bookstore but reimagined for the online world… along with little notes from authors pointing out their favorite books.”
The recommendations on the website are all over the map. Some recent ones are: “The best young adult shifter romance books” “The best science fiction books in aesthetic universes” “The best historical fiction books about the Tudors” and “The best Christian romance with spiritual and romantic passion”. Since the Shepherd people had chosen me because of the popularity of my perspective instructional books, I decided that my list would be “The best books to make you a better artist.”
My list is: Revealing Illustrations: The Art of James McMullan by James McMullan, A Closer Look: The Art Techniques of Patrick Woodroffe by Patrick Woodroffe, The Artist’s Complete Guide to Facial Expression by Gary Faigin, The Magic Mirror of M.C. Escher by Bruno Ernst, and Architectural Graphics by Francis D. K. Ching. Check out my page on the site to find out why!
While you’re there, you can follow a link to purchase any of the books I recommend, as well as my own Perspective! for Comic Book Artists .