Monday, May 14, 2018

Art Books : FREE Downloads Available online!

I thought of having a separate post of the listings of all the art books that are available online absolutely FREE for the artist community. I shall keep updating this post as and when I come across any such web links. 

Andrew Loomis
Art Book Collection (in PDF version)

George B. Bridgman: 
Constructive Anatomy (Link 1, Link 2)
Book of a Hundred Hands

John H Vanderpoel
The Human Figure

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Drawing Human head & Expressions!

Drawing facial expression is very important for an artist. It helps you to show the range of human emotion in your art. When I was looking for books which would help me to get the facial expression drawings right, I came across two highly recommended books to study from. One was" Facial Expressions: A Visual Reference for Artists " by Mark Simon and the other one was The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression" by Gary Faigin. But before that, I would recommend reading human anatomy books for learning to draw human head first. It gets easier to draw various expressions once you are aware of the underlying bone structure. Some of the best books to read for drawing human head would be Andrew Loomis' "Drawing the head and hands" and "Figure drawing for all its worth". Andrew Loomis books are freely available online. You can download all of them here. Apart from Loomis, books written by Burne Hogarth, George Bridgman, Jack Hamm, Stephen Roger Peck, Eliot Goldfinger etc are also highly recommended ones. It's easy to get overwhelmed by this huge list of books. It all depends on whose approach you find easier to follow. Every book, whether it falls on the recommended list or not, teaches you something or the other. So never underestimate any book. To become a better artist one must have a "sponge-like" attitude. Soak in all that bits and pieces of information you come across in your art journey.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Mickey Mouse

When I was nominated for a Quickie Mickey challenge on Instagram, I realized that I have never done any sketch of Mickey mouse before. It's surprising that I never ever attempted to sketch this Disney character. Donald Duck was my all time favorite since my younger days. 

So for the challenge, I wanted to come up with a small story for the image and what else I could think of when the IPL (Indian Premier League) cricket season is going on. Currently, it's IPL season here in India and Mickey mouse thinks he can multitask, that is, cooking dinner while watching cricket. But he fails to understand that chopping onion is not the best thing to do while watching TV. :D

Ok, I know, this certainly doesn't look any "quick sketch" from any of the angles, lol. I just wanted to make it as a finished piece rather than leave it as a sketchbook art.