Inspiring Books & Artists

Drawing books I’ve particularly enjoyed and learned a lot from:

  • Framed Ink: Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytellers  – Marcos Mateu-Mestre
  • Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter – James Gurney
  • Dynamic Figure Drawing – Burne Hogarth
  • Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth – Andrew Loomis
  • Imaginative Realism – James Gurney
  • How to Draw – Scott Robertson , Thomas Bertling
  • Bridgman’s Complete Guide to Drawing From Life – George B. Bridgman
  • Figure Drawing Without a Model – Ron Tiner
  • See, Feel, Trace, Draw It – Sheldon Borenstein
  • Fun with a pencil – Andrew Loomis
  • Perspective Drawing Handbook – Joseph D Amelio
  • Drawing Cutting Edge Anatomy – Christopher Hart
  • Bridgman’s Complete Guide to Drawing From Life – George B. Bridgman
  • Drawing the Head and Hands – Andrew Loomis
  • Successful drawing – Andrew Loomis
  • Drawing the Human Head – Burne Hogarth
  • Drawing Dynamic Hands – Burne Hogarth
  • The Art of Animal Drawing – Ken Hultgren
  • Perspective! For Comic Book Artists – David Chelsea
  • Drawing Cutting Edge Comics – Christopher Hart
  • How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way – Stan Lee, John Buscema
  • Perspective Made Easy – Ernest R. Norling
  • Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators – Michael D. Mattesi
  • Art of Drawing the Human Body – Inc. Sterling Publishing Co.

… recommendations are highly welcome!

My contemporary artistic heroes are: Bruno Gentile (Hydropix)Martin DeschambaultRaphael Lacoste, & Feng Zhu

I admire them not only in terms of the artwork they have created, but also a lot due to seeing them work (videos, tutorials…). I love how they have an intuitive approach and are focused on production speed and customer oriented mindset, so that the client can always walk in and get a feel of what’s being built. As a person + artist I really love how Iain McCaig thinks. Iain is also the one artist I’ve heard most loudly proclaim a vision very similar to mine in that it is so very easy to create evil/negative artwork, but it is my desire and goal to create artwork that (while still dealing with dramatic subjects) on a deeper level gives off positive constructive energy.

Oh, and of course I can’t not mention the one and only, one of a kind and fantastic Marshall Vandruff. His logic and view of things has me in awe every single time!