Sunday Mailbag: Inspirational Art Book?

April 30th, 2017 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: Is there a book you can give credit to being the one that inspired you as an artist?

A: No, not really. Not an art instruction book anyway. I was more inspired by comic books than art instruction books.
If I had to pick my favorite art instruction book of all time, I think it would be Jack Hamm‘s “Drawing the Head and Figure”. The art in it is horribly dated now (originally published 1963) but it’s amazingly complete and concise with nothing but great information on drawing people. A must have in your library IMO.
Thanks to Michael Klen for the question. If you have a question you want answered for the mailbag about cartooning, illustration, MAD Magazine, caricature or similar, e-mail me and I’ll try and answer it here!


  1. jailerjoe says:

    I purchased the Arbor House Book of Cartooning by Mort Gerberg in 1983 and still have it on my bookshelf. Of course Cartoonist Profiles by Jud Hurd were all awesome!


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