what books do you recommend for sculpting?
Well, that rather depends on what sort of sculpting you want to do. Some books I have personally found useful in my learning, however:
- Bernini: The Sculptor of the Roman Baroque
- Greek Art and Architecture (was assigned this one in college, it’s a bit on the scholarly side but it’s a good jumping off point for researching any one Greek sculptor or period in art history)
- Roman Art
- Italian Renaissance Sculpture (really all of the books in this series)
- Anything by Phillipe Faraut is gold.
- Sculpting the Figure in Clay
Really though, don’t take my word for it, go visit your local library physically and get to know the Art & Architecture section for yourself, you’re far better off that way than relying on me or the Internet. My sculpture education has been so informal and piecemeal that I don’t have a good resource base to draw from– only my limited, hands-on experience. But there are SO MANY books on anatomy and sculpture and how to sculpt, and all these wonderful obscure ancient ones that don’t even show up online. Go visit your library if you can, I guarantee you’ll come away with something useful that you didn’t even think to Google. I’ve discovered many, many sculptors that way.