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  1. Really Cheap and Really Useful Books for Illustrators

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    We are going to do something a little different for today’s post. I recently picked up a copy of The Anatomy of Costume from Amazon for the enthralling price of 1 pence. A perfectly good book, in a perfectly acceptable condition. This got me thinking, how great it would if there were a whole list of useful art books that were being sold for a penny? I did a little Google-fu to see what was out there already, after not finding anything I decided to make my own list and share it with you, my fellow Loungers.

    This list of 30 books breaks down into four main categories, Reference, Tutorial, Fine Art and Other. I specifically chose books from a broad range of creative fields and would have loved to throw in a couple books on design or architecture, but sadly could not find anything worthy for so cheap.

    Just in case some of you are thinking, what is the point of buying a book when you have a wealth of reference of the internet? Firstly, as shocking as it may seem, not everything is on the internet; sometimes that dissected image of that flower you need can only be found in a book. Personally, I prefer working with a book in front of me rather than a screen. Ultimately buying books will introduce you to things you weren’t looking for, which is the best way to expand your pool of inspiration. Not to mention, these books are a penny, you cheapskate!

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  2. Kate Beaton

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    Canadian comics artist Kate Beaton is a best known for her hugely popular webcomic Hark! A Vagrant. Born in Nova Scotia, Beaton studied history in New Brunswick. Her interest in history, and historic figures form a re-occuring theme in her work. As exemplified in her self-published book Never Learn Anything from History, which won her a Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent in 2009. Continuing the award momentum, Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant won the 2011 Harvey Award for Best Online Comics Work, and she topped that in 2012 winning three Harveys, for Humor, Online Work, and Best Cartoonist.

    For those of you (myself included) whom like your comics a little more on the tangible side, you can pick yourself up a Hark! A Vagrant book.

  3. Ingvard The Terrible

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    Rarely am I completely blow away by an artist, but every now and then I find one that does. Ingvard The Terrible is a very talented “Illustrator” and self proclaimed “Viking” and “root beer enthusiast”, “Born the last of five mighty sons to a Danish mother and Swedish father.” His main focus is children’s book illustration however he is also very adept in graphic design. Other than Ingvard’s epic style his overall brand as an illustrator is nothing but pure adventure.

    “Kings tremble at the mention of his name; nations flee at the sight of him; and Art Directors and Editors claw over each other to obtain his remarkable illustration services.”

    Want more? Feel free to brave his mighty website.

  4. History of 3d-Animation & CGI

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    In less than 40 years, CGI & 3D graphics have moved from a mere twinkle in the eye to become one of the most popular creative industries in the world. Each year we are seeing more and more 3D and Special effects enhanced movies appearing on our cinema screens. 3D generated illustration, movies and advertising has now become the dominant force in comparison to traditional art-working methods.

    The history of CGI This is a great link to a page where you can watch clips of groundbreaking CGI movies such as Tron in chronological order. There is some handy info about the films as well.

    A History of CGI in Movies Is another great source, written by Simon Vreeswijk. This page also includes some fantastic video clips and details.

    In depth CGI timeline This is a fascinating page that looks at the evolution of CGI and details specific developments in technology that brought us to where we are today.