My Favorite “How To” Books -- Jake Parker


Cartoon Animation Preston Blair

How to Draw: Drawing and Sketching Objects and Environments from Your Imagination Scott Robertson, Thomas Bertling

Perspective Made Easy Ernest R. Norling

Figure and Anatomy

Constructive Anatomy George B. Bridgman

Figure Drawing: Design and Invention Michael Hampton

Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist Stephen Rogers Peck

Character Design

Fantasy Cartooning Ben Caldwell

Action! Cartooning Ben Caldwell

Creating Characters With Personality Tom Bancroft

Character Mentor Tom Bancroft

Animal Drawing

Animal Drawing: Anatomy and Action for Artists Charles R. Knight

Animal Anatomy for Artists: The Elements of Form Eliot Goldfinger

Animals Real and Imagined Terryl Whitlatch


Rendering in Pen and Ink Arthur L Guptill

The Art of Comic Book Inking Gary Martin, Steve Rude

Pen & Ink Yasuhiro Nightow

Making Comics

Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice Ivan Brunetti

Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels Scott McCloud

How to Make Webcomics Brad Guigar, Dave Kellett, Scott Kurtz, Kris Straub

Color and Rendering

How to Render: the Fundamentals of Light, Shadow and Reflectivity Scott Robertson, Thomas Bertling

Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter James Gurney


Dream Worlds: Production Design for Animation Hans Bacher

Framed Ink: Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytellers Marcos Mateu-Mestre

Panel Discussions Durwin S. Talon



Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist James Gurney

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