Sunday, June 6, 2010
Reference Material and book recommendations
While chatting with local artist Joanna Matuck last night at my show she asked me where I get a lot of my reference material for clothing of the late 19th and 20th Century.
Well, I have three really great books I go to. One of which is Costume 1066-1990s by John Peacock. It probably THE best book I got while I was at college. I had originally gotten it because I was doing a Doctor Who related story for my senior project. The story featured the Third Doctor as portrayed by Jon Pertwee and I needed to find as many pictures of frilly shirts and Inverness Capes as I could.
I was still fairly green when it came to the internet and finding reference material on that so I happened upon this book when I was visiting one of the small local bookstores around the college.
Little did I know at the time how much this book would be a huge influence on my artwork. It was probably THE BEST book I got while I was in college. Mind you, I also got the books Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud as well as both Graphic Storytelling and Comics & Sequential Art by Will Eisner during that time period.
But this book is STILL the best book I got in college.
Two other books I got much later were MEN A Pictorial Archive From Nineteenth-Century Sources 412 Copyright-free Illustrations for Artists and Designers and WOMEN A Pictorial Archive From Nineteenth-Century Sources 488 Copyright-free Illustrations for Artists and Designers. Both books by Jim Harter.
Both books are not only great resources for drawing fashion from that time period but also for the line work. It's great for artists who work in crosshatch or wish to learn the technique.
I recommend you search Amazon.com for them. I'm sure they must have an updated version of John Peacock's book by now that goes past the 1990s. When I got my copy, we were still a year away from entering the new Millennium.
And if you get the opportunity, please check out Joanna Matuck's blog. Her artwork has an amazing Art Nouveau approach to it very similar to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and my personal favorite artist Aubrey Beardsley. Please click on the image below to check out her site: