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I'm looking on Amazon Japan for pose books, and the Google machine translation is awesome.

From a book on kimono and poses with people in and partly out of it:
Making a manga artist Pose collection Delusional pose collection SPROUT

Suzuya called the strongest bang of this century. The second popular series that Mr. appointed Mr. as a model.
For this time, we will
raise your new delusions on the theme of kimono, such as Yukata and Hakama! Of course, the figure of bare duck is exposed as well!
The pictures are nice, but I have so little call to draw people (or ducks) in and out of kimono that I can't justify ¥2500 for it.
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RocketNews24 points out a pro manga artist who posts 2-minute drawing tips videos. I've watched a couple, and there's no dialogue, and while there's some Japanese text, you don't need to be able to read it to watch them draw and get benefit from it.
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aaagh I have been stalking this guy's military stock photos for months now, because I am too chicken to just email* and ask what he charges for his pack of 500 military stock photos. I haven't actually don anything with them yet, but they make my fingers itch to paint something using them.


*social anxiety YAY!
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Unsplash.com: free-to-use high-res photos. They release 10 new photos every 10 days, and the prior photos stay on the site, as far as I can tell.

FYI

Jun. 22nd, 2012 09:27 am
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You can get the AutoDesk Sketchbook Copic Edition free: http://www.blendernation.com/2011/08/02/autodesk-sketchbook-copic-edition-free/ It's a limited version so it doesn't contain the full capabilities of Autodesk's Sketchbook (which I'm not familiar with so I can't tell you what they are, although I gather it doesn't contain the full range of brushes/tools), but it looks to be a decent program for sketching and simulating marker work. I've installed it, but won't get a chance to play with it until this weekend.

English version of the official page: http://copic.jp/en/sketchbook-ce.html
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Artists and others interested in this sort of thing: Part Asian, 100% Hapa, a book of photos of, well, part-Asian 100% Hapa people, is available in Kindle format for $2.99 as an Amazon Kindle Deal of the Day.

You do not need to own a Kindle to look through it - you can use a Kindle app on your computer, and in all honestly I'd recommend doing that anyway as it's better in color. (Note: I have no idea if the ebook edition is color or not, but the Kindle doesn't currently display color.)
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Awesome art reference via [livejournal.com profile] little_details: Photos of athletes, showcasing the vast range of different body types.

I am absolutely fascinated by how the sprinters have worked on developing their upper bodies in addition to their lower bodies, while the marathoners remain as slender as possible. I suspect that as a marathoner, you want as little mass weighing you down as possible*, but I don't know how adding muscle mass to the upper body would help sprinters. Anyone know?




*And I'm actually getting this thought from Top Gear, where I learned that to make your car go faster, you rip out as much as possible to get it as light as possible, leading the guys to rip out seats, doors they don't happen to be using, etc. when engaged in silly challenges. :D
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A pin-up calendar of X-rays of women in suggestive positions. Possibly NSFW if your work doesn't like that sort of thing.

The first thought I was struck with when looking at it was "Now I can see how the bones fit together!!"
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Via [personal profile] nijibug: videos of the mangaka of Otoyomegatari (and Emma) creating her artwork. I haven't had a chance to look at them yet, as I'm snowed under at my Real Job [tm].
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[livejournal.com profile] octopedingenue linked to this Japanese BL pose book, and I spent some time exploring the "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought" section on amazon.co.jp to find some interesting reference books.

What seems to be a traditional Japanese town ref book
The British Male Uniform Collection
Male Nude Collection (in all seriousness, looks like an artistic pose book)
The AWESOME BOOK OF HANDS that I own (It's all photos of hands!)
18th century European costume?
Martial arts in slow motion (well, a sequence of photos for each move)
More ot the same, with weapons!
BOOK OF GIANT PROPELLERS (probably industrial area reference; or maybe even specifically naval industrial)
Surgical art reference! (enough medical drama manga out there, it's probably useful!)
Western costuming Ranging from an awkward-looking Julius Caesar to the New Deal, it looks like.
Viking reference!
Cowboy reference!

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