My Favorite "How To" Books

May they be a source of inspiration, guidance, and clarity. 


If you're just starting out and can only get one book, get this one. EVERYTHING is there, from compostion, to posing, to how to draw a simple hand.

Cartoon Animation
Preston Blair

Super technical, but it eases you into it. By the end you're drawing things you dind't think was possible.

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

Solid, understandable, perspecitve instruction.

Perspective Made Easy
By 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


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