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We have compiled the list of Best Reference Books on Art subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of best books on Art along with reviews.

Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Art subject and came out with a recommended list of best books. The table below contains the Name of these best books, their authors, publishers and an unbiased review of books on “Art” as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these top books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

List of Art Books with author’s names, publishers, and an unbiased review as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books.

1. Fundamentals of Art and Design

1. “Art Fundamentals: Color, Light, Composition, Anatomy, Perspective, and Depth” by 3DTotal Team and Gilles Beloeil

“Art Fundamentals: Color, Light, Composition, Anatomy, Perspective, and Depth” Book Review: This book is designed for art enthusiasts. The concepts author has talked about he book include: basic subjects such as color and light, composition, perspective and depth, anatomy, and portraying emotions, color relationships and how to choose colors that work well together, Rule of Thirds, Rule of Odds, Golden Triangle, and Divine Proportions, power of storytelling in an image and how the slightest tilt of an eyebrow can transform happiness into anger.

2. “CMF Design: The Fundamental Principles of Colour, Material and Finish Design” by Liliana Becerra

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“CMF Design: The Fundamental Principles of Colour, Material and Finish Design” Book Review: This book is designed for art enthusiasts. The contents in the book include: Introduction to CMF DesignWhat is CMF Design?, The IndustryThe CMF Design Professional Q&A with Suzette Henry, Emotional Context, Perceived Value, Culture Evocative, Nature Visual Design Languages, Functional Context,Target Consumers, Physical Environment, Product Categories, Time to MarketMarketplace, CMF Creation, Functional Attributes of Colours, Colour Affinity Darks and Lights, Quiet and Loud Colour, Conventions Brands and Colours, Colour Measuring Tools, Culture and Context of Colours, Cultural Context Black, Perilous JuiceWhite, Filling GoodnessRed, Pippin’ Hot Ice Orange, Clever SnapYellow, Don’t Worry, Be Corny Green, Lucky LickBlue, Keep it Cool Purple, Beat the Boost Silver, Intergalactic Mind Gold, Flamboyant RewardMaterial Design, Materials, First Material Combination Strategies, Material Design Based on Sustainability Case study: Designing Sustainable Materials with the BMWi Series Q&A with Sandy McGill, Material Design Based on Manufacturing Process Case study, Machined Aluminium with Neal Feay, Surface Design Based on Product StrategyCase study, Merging Surface Design and Product Strategy with rohi, Finish Design, Sensorial Finishes, Elevating Value, Functional Finishes Q&A with Nancy Holman, Metals, Plastics, Textiles, Leather, Wood, Glass, and Coatings.

3. “Design Elements, Color Fundamentals: A Graphic Style Manual for Understanding How Color Affects Design” by Aaris Sherin

“Design Elements, Color Fundamentals: A Graphic Style Manual for Understanding How Color Affects Design” Book Review: This book is designed for art enthusiasts and designers. Contents covered by the book include: Introduction: Color in Design, Chapter 1: Communicating with Color: What Is Color?, Theory in Practice, Choosing a Color Palette, Color Systems, Chapter 2: Form and Space: Form and Space, Elements of Design Color and Image, Type in Color, Chapter 3: Meaning and Emotion: Color and Psychology, Mood and Symbolism, Culture and Place, Aspects of Color, Color as Identifier, Chapter 4: Organizing with Color: Catching a Viewer’s Attention, Series and Structure, Infographics, Layouts, Color in Motion and Media, Chapter 5: Rules for Working with Color: Color Quick Start, Ten Rules for Working with Color, Real-Life Exceptions, Strategies for Working with Clients.

4. “How To Draw Cartoons and Caricatures” by Mark Linley

“How To Draw Cartoons and Caricatures” Book Review: This book is designed for kids as well as adults who are interested in cartoon and caricature drawing. Contents covered in the book include: Raise a smile, Prompt a laugh, simply easy, more fun with faces, hands and feet, lay it on, lurk out and about, cartoon kids, watch a birdie, animal antics, pin up your pin ups, lots of ideas, st about your friends, how to draw caricatures, ways and means, how to help yourself, slightly done,not Burnt!, Fun with faces, get out!, big head, small body, return to school, famous faces, late greats, turn on the telly, please be a sport, how to make money.

5. “Drawing Ideas: A Hand-Drawn Approach for Better Design” by Mark Baskinger and William Bardel

“How To Draw Cartoons and Caricatures” Book Review: This book is designed for kids as well as adults who are interested in cartoon and caricature drawing. Contents covered in the book include: Raise a smile, Prompt a laugh, simply easy, more fun with faces, hands and feet, lay it on, lurk out and about, cartoon kids, watch a birdie, animal antics, pin up your pin ups, lots of ideas, st about your friends, how to draw caricatures, ways and means, how to help yourself, slightly done,not Burnt!, Fun with faces, get out!, big head, small body, return to school, famous faces, late greats, turn on the telly, please be a sport, how to make money.

6. “VFX Fundamentals: Visual Special Effects Using Fusion 8.0” by Wallace Jackson

“VFX Fundamentals: Visual Special Effects Using Fusion 8.0” Book Review: This book is designed for art enthusiasts and vfx designers. The topics covered by the author include: Visual Effects: Set Up Your VFX Content Development Workstation, The Foundation of Raster for VFX: Pixels, Color, and Alpha, The Foundation of Motion for VFX: Frames and Codecs, The Foundation of Audio for VFX: MIDI, Wave, and Sample, The Foundation of 2D Vector for VFX: Point, Path, and SVG, The Foundation of 3D Vector for VFX: Models and OpenGL, Professional VFX Software: Blackmagic Design Fusion, VFX Pipeline Composition: Using the Flow Node Editor, VFX Pipeline Animation: Using the Timeline Editor, VFX Pipeline Motion Control: Using the Spline Editor, VFX Pipeline Pixel Isolation: Animated Polyline Masking, VFX Pipeline Automated Masking: Matte Generators, VFX Pipeline Pixel Tracking: Using Motion Tracking, VFX Pipeline 3D Production: Compositing 3D Assets, VFX Pipeline 3D Rendering: Shader, Material, and Texture, VFX Pipeline 3D Modeling: 3D Text-Title Creation, VFX Pipeline 3D Animation: 3D Text-Titling Modifiers, Advanced VFX Pipeline Effects: 3D Particle Systems, Advanced VFX Pipeline Physics: 3D Particle Physics and Advanced Interactive VFX: i3D Content Publishing.

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2. Fine – Arts Drawing and Painting

1. “Landscape Drawing in Pencil (Dover Art Instruction)” by Frank M Rines

“Landscape Drawing in Pencil” Book Review: Concise and beautifully illustrated, this guide provides invaluable instruction on the art of pencil drawing. It covers the basics of holding the pencil, applying different strokes, shading, perspective, and the rendering of different textures, as well as the finer points of pictorial composition and drawing from nature. Based on the author’s years of experience teaching art students at all levels, this book is ideal for home or class use. Its thirty-six evocative sketches range from English castles to American bridges, with a few detailed close-ups showing how to surmount some of the problems of depicting rocks, roofs, standing water, or leafy tree branches. The accompanying text describes how artists at every level of experience can develop their own pencil technique by employing fundamental rules.

2. “The Drawings (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)” by Heinrich Kley
3. “The Practice and Science of Drawing (Dover Art Instruction)” by Harold Speed
4. “The Practice Science of Drawing (Classic Reprint)” by Harold Speed

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“The Practice Science of Drawing” Book Review:The best things in an artist’s work are so much a matter of intuition, that there is much to be said for the point of view that would altogether dis courage intellectual inquiry into artistic phenomena on the part of the artist. Intuitions are Shy things and apt to disappear if looked into too closely. And there is undoubtedly a danger that too much knowledge and training may supplant the natural intuitive feeling Of a student, leaving only a cold knowledge of the means of expression in its place. For the artist, if he has the right stuff in him, has a consciousness, in doing his best work, Of something, as Ruskin has said, not in him but through him. He has been, as it were, but the agent through which it has found expression.

5. “A Treatise on Painting (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)” by Leonardo da Vinci and Leon Battista Alberti

“A Treatise on Painting” Book Review: Leonardo da Vinci’s written observations about painting rank among the most remarkable from any era. Never edited by the author himself into a single coherent book, these writings were compiled many years after Leonardo’s death into the principal repository of his practical thoughts on the techniques of drawing and painting. A Treatise on Painting begins with precise instructions on drawing the human body and then moves on to techniques of rendering motion. Other topics include perspective, composition, the expression of various emotions, creating effects of light and shadow, and color. With 48 anatomical drawings by Nicholas Poussin and geometrical and architectural designs by Leon Battista Alberti, this famous volume remains one of the world’s most useful and valuable art instruction books.

6. “How to Draw: Drawing and Sketching Objects and Environments” by Scott Robertson

“How to Draw: Drawing and Sketching Objects and Environments” Book Review: How to Draw is for artists, architects and designers. It is useful to the novice, the student and the professional. You will learn how to draw any object or environment from your imagination, starting with the most basic perspective drawing skills. Early chapters explain how to draw accurate perspective grids and ellipses that in later chapters provide the foundation for more complex forms. The research and design processes used to generate visual concepts are demonstrated, making it much easier for you to draw things never-before-seen!Best of all, more than 25 pages can be scanned via a smartphone or tablet using the new Design Studio Press app, which link to video tutorials for that section of the book!With a combined 26 years of teaching experience, Scott Robertson and Thomas Bertling bring you the lessons and techniques they have used to help thousands of their students become professional artists and designers.This book is indispensable for anyone who wants to learn, or teaches others, how to draw.

7. “Drawing: Faces & Expressions: Master the art of drawing a range of faces and expressions – step by step (How to Draw & Paint)” by Diane Cardaci

“Drawing: Faces & Expressions: Master the art of drawing a range of faces and expressions – step by step (How to Draw & Paint)” Book Review: This book is helpful for the students and professionals interested in the field of art and drawing. It focuses on the techniques for drawing faces and expressions. It provides guidance on selecting tools and materials such as pencils, papers and erasers. It also covers tips and techniques for drawing and shading such as volume, depth, render and textures. The book includes step-by-step projects and examples for drawing human faces. It also includes projects on elderly portrait, adult portrait and child portrait. In addition, it discusses the classical approach for rendering using graphite pencil.

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