What are the best fundamental art reference books for illustrators and animators?

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    #1Cyclopedia Anatomicae

    Cyclopedia Anatomicae
    Cyclopedia Anatomicae is an instructive art guide book about basic anatomical drawing for artists and aspiring artists. It was written by Gyorgy Feher and Adras Szunyoghy. It was published October 31, 2006 by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers.
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    Joe Matthews
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is basically the entirety of art school in a book. This is great for students and experts. If you have the time and the skill to do it, this is the information you need. This is a book that truly makes it all up to you what you do with the information."
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    #2Drawing the Head and Hands

    Drawing the Head and Hands

    Drawing the Head and Hands is an art guide book about anatomical drawing specifically human portraiture for artists and aspiring artists. It was written by the infamous Andrew Loomis and was published January 18, 1956 by Viking Press.

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    Roy Simmons
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "If you want to learn how to draw this book is great and will help you so much."
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    #3Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter (James Gurney Art)

    Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter (James Gurney Art)

    Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter is an instructive art guide book for artists and aspiring artists. It was written by James Gurney and was published November 30, 2010 by Andrew McMeel Publishing.

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    Aaryan Singhal
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter is a good book for artists. It is useful for both beginners and experts. I have had it for years and still reference it from time to time. It teaches great techniques and fundamentals. Anyone can learn a great deal from this book."
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    #4Figure Drawing for All It's Worth (How to draw and paint)

    Figure Drawing for All It's Worth (How to draw and paint)

    Figure Drawing for All It's Worth (How to draw and paint) is an instructive art guide book about the fundamentals of drawing. It was written by the infamous Andrew Loomis and was published January 1, 1971 by Viking Adult.

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    Peter Delgado
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I wanted to kick up my stick figures into something more realistic and bought this book. I’m not a trained artist and this book is more geared to such, but still it helped me do some basic work. Now my stick figures have been fleshed out."
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    #5Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators (Force Drawing Series)

    Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators (Force Drawing Series)

    Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators (Force Drawing Series) is an instructive art guide book about life-like animation techniques for animators. It was written by Mike Mattesi and was published September 10, 2006 by Focal Press.

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    Brandon Hudson
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I think Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators is one of the best fundamental art reference books. It has a lot of great information to help you learn the techniques of drawing. This book doesn't feel outdated like a lot of reference books do. It was a great buy."
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    #6Color and How to Use It (Artist's Library series #05)

    Color and How to Use It (Artist's Library series #05)
    Color and How to Use It (Artist's Library series #05) is an instructive art guide book about the proper use of the color for artists and aspiring artists. It was written by William F. Powell and was published January 1, 1984 by Walter Foster Publishing.
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    #7Humongous Book of Cartooning

    Humongous Book of Cartooning

    Humongous Book of Cartooning is an instructive art guide book about animation for artists and aspiring artists. It was written by Christopher Hart and was published September 22, 2009 by Watson-Guptill.

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    Teresa Russell
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Who doesn't love cartoons?! Drawing is just another step and this book is great at helping your master your skills."
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    #8Creative Illustration

    Creative Illustration

    Creative Illustration is an instructive art guide book for artists and aspiring artists written by the infamous Andrew Loomis. The Eight Printing March 1969 edition was re-published October 9, 2012 by Titan Books.

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    Sharon Hicks
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "One of the best fundamental art reference books for illustrators and animators is Creative Illustration by Andrew Loomis. I keep going back to certain sections of the book and each time I read it I feel like I learned something else. This is a must have book for all artist! "
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    #9Secret Language of Color

    Secret Language of Color

    Secret Language of Color: Science, Nature, History, Culture, Beauty of Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, & Violet is an art history non-fiction book written by Joann Eckstut. It was first published in 2013. 

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    Elizabeth Campbell
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I purchased this while on a journey to broaden my artistic knowledge and abilities. This book beautifully showcases the concept of color and how it came to fruition. "
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    #10Legal Guide for the Visual Artist

    Legal Guide for the Visual Artist

    Legal Guide for the Visual Artist is a guide book for artists and aspiring artists about legalities of the art world. It was written by Tad Crawford and was published January 1, 1999 by Allworth Press.

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    Olivia Snyder
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is a very informative book for beginner and experienced artists. It gives an extreme amount of legal information for those who know nothing about it. "
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    #11Layout & Background (Walt Disney Animation Archives)

    Layout & Background (Walt Disney Animation Archives)

    Layout & Background (Walt Disney Animation Archives) is an instructive art guide book about layout and background techniques and the fourth installment in The Archive Series. It was published by Disney Editions.

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    George Johnston
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I used this a lot when I started my career as an artist and it really helped me get an understanding of background. I think every artist should check it out. "
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    #12Cartooning the Head and Figure

    Cartooning the Head and Figure
    Cartooning the Head and Figure was written by Jack Hamm. It was first published on April 1, 1967. In Cartooning the Head and Figure, Jack Hamm provides methods to help artists better illustrate the head and figure.
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    #13Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

    Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

    Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art is an art instructional book written by Scott McCloud. In Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, Scott McCloud provides tips and explanations for artists who want to make their own comics.

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    Sophia Lai
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I learned a lot from this book. If you are into animation and comics, I highly suggest you give this book a shot. It's written very well so it's easy to read even if you don't read regularly. Highly recommended."
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