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[QUOTE] For you artistic fellows, what sorts of things whether courses or books or other things have you found especially useful in gaining a better understanding of visual art(aside from just unending practice and studying everything)? [/QUOTE] Let me share a secret with you. If you're interested in learning classical, academic, representational art, this is the only book you will ever need: Cours de Dessin by Charles Bargue: [URL=http://www.geraldmackerman.com/]http://www.geraldmackerman.com/[/URL] You can purchase it directly from the publisher here, for much cheaper than Amazon or anywhere else: [URL=http://www.daheshmuseum.org/bargue_promo.php]http://www.daheshmuseum.org/bargue_promo.php [/URL] This is the western art equivalent of a secret Kungfu manual full of arcane power. It's a comprehensive drawing course put together by Charles Bargue, one of the best draftsmen who ever lived. It was a fixture in European art academies from the 1860s up until the post WW2 era where representational art fell out of favor. The Cours de Dessin is not so well known today, but it's picking up steam again. Alot of professors still incorporate prints from the course into their own classes. And that Dahesh Museum book is the first time in modern history that anyone's gathered all the prints together in one place. It's really really priceless knowledge. The most interesting thing about the Cours is that it doesn't just teach technique, it teaches sensibility. It is meant to impart a sense of good taste that has been refined through thousands of years of art history. "Taste" is a highly subjective, dicey subject, but I believe that there is a pulse of beauty and dignity to the very refined aesthetic championed in the Cours de Dessin that most human beings can relate to on an innate level. Leafing through its pages, you can see how it has influenced artists world wide to this day (super hero comics and Capcom come to mind immediately--especially the latest work from Ikeno which is gobsmackingly stylized and academic). If you want to get better at drawing, the Cours de Dessin is peerless.
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