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saesaeseki  asked:

Hi Mayumi! Wanted to say how much I admire and love your stuff! everything you do is so perfect ^_^ I was just wondering, what books would you recommend to any artist to learn how to draw figure drawing and character designs better? I notice how confident and strong your lines are and how they communicate so well in your drawings. Thanks a bunch :) and cant wait to see more beautiful work!

Hi Masae! Thank you! I’m glad you like my stuff ^^
As for books, there are a few that I like to keep handy all the time:

all the Andrew Loomis books
Karl Gnass’s Spirit of the Pose
Mike Mattesi’s Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators
Henry Yan’s Figure Drawing Tips and Tricks

I actually haven’t read too many books on design yet, so I don’t really have any, but I do have a lot of artbooks and artists’ sketchbooks. Here are some of the ones I find myself picking up again and again:

Lifestyle Illustration of the 60s by Rian Hughes
Koji Morimoto’s Orange
Louie Del Carmen’s Muse vol. 1 and 2
Claire Wendling’s books Desk, Daisies
Walt Disney Animation Studios Archive Series: Design
anything with Earl Oliver Hurst in it
anything with Rene Gruau in it
anything with Annette Marnat in it
anything with David Downton in it

Hope this helps!