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Art is Hard! Reccomend me some books on intro art? [Solved]
I'd like to begin with a sweeping background of why I went to college to get an art degree and ended up getting shafted into an English Literature degree due to course availability...
...but I think I just summed it up pretty nicely.
Now, years later, with time on my hands and money in my pocket, I want to learn to Art.
However, Art classes at my university only meet during the day,which is bad for me as I have a job to do. So, outside of reading the Penny-Arcade Artist's corner threads, sketching regularly using resources like Posemaniacs, and floundering dangerously like a magician's apprentice in the potion room, I'm looking for some formal resources.
I'm mostly interested in the human form (and not the anniemays or comic book kind), but any helpful text for a total novice would be appreciated. Preferably, I'd like to stay away from the "For Dummies!" sort of texts because I'm not looking to become an ace in an afternoon. I'm pretty darn serious about doing this the old fashioned way, minus a classroom setting. Textbooks and such are preferred.
Considering how awesomely I was assisted in my last (and similar) request for software, you guys are clearly the best place to turn! Suggestions, oh great and wise H/A Patrons?