Harold Speed's books influenced me greatly when I was first introduced to them years ago. I read them before I had begun any formal training and they still serve as a source of inspiration to this day. They are inexpensive and teeming with information. For those reasons I consider them both must reads.
Anthony Ryder's book hardly requires my endorsement. This book, his work and his instruction (I had the privilege of taking a week long workshop with him at the Waterstreet Atelier) have had a lasting impact on how I work and think.
As mentioned in a recent blog post, these two anatomy books are what I refer to most as I work from the figure. They work very well together.
I will add to this category as I go along. I love to read and will likely have a number of books to rotate in and out of this category. I'm putting this up first because they directly influenced my more recent narrative paintings.
BOOKS CONTAINING MY ARTWORK