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20 November 2012 @ 08:27 pm
Amazing haul of books from Freecycle!  


Over the weekend, I spotted an ad on Freecycle for a "box of art books". I assumed it would be a collection of old, out of date art history books - but hey, I like those! I e-mailed the owner and said that if it was still available, I'd love the books. We arranged for me to pick them up late Saturday night.

Well, I showed up and, to put it bluntly, the haul was amazing! It was not one box of books, but three. I didn't get a chance to look at them 'til I got home, but all I can say is WOW. It's a good collection of books, and we're talking at least $1000 worth of books when these were new. If I were to sell them all, I estimate that I could probably get between $300-$400, easily.

But I don't want to sell most of them. A lot of the books are art instruction, and one of my big goals after I graduate is to get back into the habit of regular art-making. So these books are perfect. There's also a large collection of fantasy art, which I think is very cool, too.

Here is the list of titles in the lot, arranged topically:

ART BOOKS
The Art of Walt Disney: From Mickey Mouse to the Magic Kingdoms by Christopher Finch
Imagine: The Art of Imaginary Friends Studio
The Great American Pin-Up by Charles Martignette/Louis K. Meisel
Nude Body Nude by Howard Schatz
The Art of Silver by Stephen Silver
Gesture Drawings and Sketchbook from Life by Ryan Woodward

ARCHITECTURE
Victorian Houses by Dover Publications
Views of Rome Then and Now by Giovannie Battista Piranesi
Drawing Workbooks: Places by Bruce Robertson

FANTASY
Darkwerks by Brom
Offerings by Brom
Drawing & Painting Fantasy Figures: From the Imagination to the Page by Finlay Cowan
The Book of Sea Monsters by Bob Eggleton
Spectrum 7: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art by Cathy & Arnie Fenner
Fairies by Brian Froud
Great Book of Dragon Patterns by Lora S. Irish
Fantasy Art Masters by Dick Jude
Dreams by Luis Royo
Malefic by Luis Royo
Secrets by Luis Royo
Women by Luis Royo
The Book of the Dragon by Montse Sant
Star Wars: Panel to Panel by Randy Stradley
Fairies and Elves by Time Life Books
Dreams: The Art of Boris Vallejo

DRAWING INSTRUCTION
See Feel Trace Draw IT by Sheldon Borenstein
How to Animate Film Cartoons by Preston Blair
Cartoon Animation by Preston J. Blair
Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life by George B. Bridgman
Virtual Pose: The Ultimate Visual Reference Series for Drawing the Human Figure by Mario Henri Chakkour
Atlas of Foreshortening: The Human Figure in Deep Perspective by John Cody
Dynamic Figure Drawing by Burne Hogarth
Dynamic Wrinkles and Drapery by Burne Hogarth
Illustrator's Reference Manual: NUDES

DRAWING MANGA
Basic Pose by Hisashi Eguchi
How to Draw Anime & Game Characters Vol. 1
How to Draw Anime & Game Characters Vol. 2
How to Draw Anime & Game Characters Vol. 3
How to Draw Anime & Game Characters Vol. 4
How to Draw Manga: Bodies & Anatomy
How to Draw Manga: Drawing Bishonen
How to Draw Manga: Occult and Horror

DRAWING COMIC BOOKS
Visual Storytelling: The Art and Technique by Tony C. Caputo
Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative by Will Eisner
The Sandman: Endless Nights by Neil Gaiman
Making Comics by Scott McCloud

FILM PRODUCTION
Production Design & Art Direction: Screencraft by Peter Ettedgui
The Five C's of Cinematography by Joseph V. Mascelli
Story by Robert McKee

COMPUTER/INTERNET
Power Tools for Reason 3.0 by Kurt Kurasaki
Run Your Own Web Server Using Linux & Apache by Stuart Langridge
No Nonsense XML Web Development With PHP by Thomas Myer

TOTALLY RANDOM...
The New Art of Belly Dancing by Adela Vergara with Roman Balladine & Sula


Have I mentioned lately that I love Freecycle?