Hi all, this post is going to be a list of Art Books, Tutorials and other things I've found helpful when doing art over the years. First Up: Andrew Loomis His books were among the first serious how to draw/ art books I ever read, they were originally published in the 1930s, but have stood the test of time. This is what I'd recommend for those who are just starting out and want something that is easy to follow. Here are his three most popular/ top books (and the ones I looked at most). Figure Drawing for All it's Worth It's in the title, this one is all about drawing the figure, using the skeleton and simple shapes to build the figure + important stuff about proportions and measuring. Drawing the Head and Hands Two things that are the most difficult for most artists, I should go back and look at this one again myself. Creative Illustration Overall design and illustration. Would recommend looking at this one after the first two. These books were out of print for a long time, and only recently reprinted, so if you can't spare the for dead tree versions there are some free PDFs of these floating around the net. Next: Learning how to use your tools. This is primarily for if you want to do digital stuff. The books I'm listing focus on Adobe products, but it's a good idea to look for books about whatever software you choose to use. Illustrator Classroom in a Book If you want to use Illustrator you really need to go through one of these books, working in a vector based program is very different from using Photoshop, Painter, etc. Trying to learn it on your own by just fooling around with the program will leave you totally lost. Photoshop CS6 Classroom in a Book Everyone and their cat has used PS to draw stuff at some point, but it's good to go through these lessons and learn exactly what each tool is for and how it works. Vector Basic Training Another one about working in vector, but can be applied to more programs than AI. Focus is on good point placement and efficient ways to build shapes. Great for graphic design. There's a new edition out for 2015, which is probably good, but I haven't checked it out myself yet. I listed the Classroom in a Book for CS6 of PS and AI because those are the ones I've used, however if you have an older/newer version then it's probably best to get the one for that version. And Finally: Other Books and Online Tutorials. How to Draw This one is all about how to draw objects and environments correctly in perspective. More for the person who wants to get into advanced stuff. I'm still working through this one. How to Render The follow up book to How to Draw, this one is all about lighting and rendering after you've drawn your scene/object with the perspective you want. Many of the examples from How to Draw appear in this book again, now fully rendered. Proko - How to Draw Site with a whole bunch of video tutorials on drawing. Similar to the Andrew Loomis books, and Free! Lastly let me plug this site: Chris Oaley.com Good podcast and general posts on art and writing. The main thing I take away from his site is not to become depressed about your art, and keep at it.