Library - The Vintage Inkwell Academy (2024)


The exceptional, rare and unique TVIA Library. Hosting over 100 of the best curated vintage art instruction books. Guaranteed to teach you the foundation and keys to become the best illustrator, animator, or artistic content creator you can be.

Some of the books below are figure drawing and art instructional materials, often displaying illustrated or photographed nude models. Please be advised they are NSFW and are reserved exclusively as educational resources for MATURE art students and viewers only. Also be aware that some content may contain racially offensive images and/or statements reflective of the time period they were created.

Chinese Jie Pou (Anatomy) Figure Drawing (PDF)
Proporções do Corpo Humano by Renato Silva (PDF)
The Human Figure by John H. Vanderpoel (J.C. Leyendecker’s Teacher) (PDF)
The Proportions of the Human Body by Bertram Windle (PDF)
Figure Drawing Demonstrations Step by Step by Glenn Vilppu (PDF)
The Human Figure In Motion by Eadweard Muybridge (PDF)
A Guide to Figure Drawing by George Edgar Hicks (PDF)
A Manual on Drawing the Human Figure by Len A Doust (1936) (PDF)
Figure Drawing for Children by Caroline Hunt Rimmer (1893) (PDF)
Better Figure Drawing by Cecile Hardy (PDF)
Still-Life and Figure Drawing by International Correspondence Schools, Edmund Leonard Koller (PDF)
Drawing the Head and Hands by Andrew Loomis (PDF)
Figure Drawing for All it’s Worth by Andrew Loomis (PDF)
Bridgman’s Complete Guide to Drawing From Life by George B. Bridgman (PDF)
The Book of a Hundred Hands by George B. Bridgman (PDF)
The Human Machine by George B. Bridgman (PDF)
Mastering Drawing the Human Figure From Life by Jack Faragasso (PDF)
The Art of Figure Drawing by Charles H. Weigall (PDF)
Practical Graphic Figures by E.G. Lutz (1925) (PDF)
Dynamic Figure Drawing by Burne Hogarth (PDF)
Drawing the Human Head by Burne Hogarth (PDF)
Drawing Dynamic Hands by Burne Hogarth (PDF)
The Figure by Walt Reed (PDF)

Anatomy for Artists by John Marshall (PDF)
Duval’s Artistic Anatomy (PDF)
An Atlas of Anatomy for Artists by Fritz Schider (PDF)
Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist by Stephen Rogers Peck (PDF)
Practical Art Anatomy by E.G. Lutz (PDF)
Anatomy and Drawing by Victor Perard (PDF) Constructive Anatomy by George B. Bridgman (PDF)
Muscle References and Perspectives for Artists by Garnabiel (PDF)
Diehl’s Anatomy for Artists and Students (PDF)
Artistic Anatomy by Walter Farrington Moses (PDF)
Dynamic Anatomy by Burne Hogarth (PDF)
Art Students' Anatomy by Edmond J. Farris 1961 (PDF)
A Handbook of Anatomy for Art Students by Arthur Thomson 1915 (PDF)

The Comic Guide for the Artist-Writer-Letterer by Charlton Comics (PDF)
Secrets Behind the Comics by Stan Lee (PDF)
Billy Hon’s Famous Cartoon Book (PDF)
Cartooning Self Taught by Bill Nolan (PDF)
How to Draw Funny Pictures by Zim and E.C. Matthews (PDF)
Cartooning Made Easy by Charles Lederer (PDF)

How to Become a Cartoonist by The Washington School of Cartooning (PDF)
Merritt Course on Creative Cartooning by John Merritt (PDF)
A Trip to the Sausage Factory by Neil McAllister – The Comic Book Creation Process (PDF)
The Know-How of Cartooning by Ken Hultgren (PDF)
Rules for Making Comics by Alex Toth (PDF)
How To Draw Comics Comic by John Byrne (PDF)
Pocket Cartoon Course 1943 (PDF)
Commercial Art and Cartooning by E.C. Matthews 1925 (PDF)
The Landon School of Illustrating and Cartooning Preview (PDF)
The Landon School – How to Market your Ability (PDF)
How to Draw Cartoons by Clare A. Briggs (1926) (PDF)
Commercial Art and Cartooning by Eric Christian Matthews (1925) (PDF)
The Cartoonist's Art by John Campbell Cory (PDF)
Cartooning for Everybody by Lawrence Lariar (PDF)

Advanced Animation by Preston Blair (PDF)
Cartoon Animation by Preston Blair (PDF)
Animated Cartoons By E. G. Lutz (PDF)
How to Make Animated Cartoons by Nat Falk (PDF)
Dynamics of the Animated Drawing (PDF)
Gesture Drawing for Animation by Walt Stanchfield (PDF)
How TV Cartoons are Created by Alex Toth (PDF)

How to Draw, A Practical Book of Instruction in the Art of Illustration by Leon Barritt (PDF) Line, An Art Study by Edmund J. Sullivan (PDF)
Charles Bargue – Drawing Course (PDF)
Fun With a Pencil by Andrew Loomis (PDF)
Successful Drawing by Andrew Loomis (PDF)
Creative Illustration by Andrew Loomis (PDF)
Freehand Drawing by Anson K. Cross (PDF)
Drawing Made Easy by Charles Lederer (PDF)
The Lederer Art Course by Charles Lederer (PDF)
Drawing and Sketching in Pencil by Arthur L. Guptill (PDF)
Sketching and Rendering in Pencil by Arthur L. Guptill (PDF)
Practical Art by Manuel Rosenberg (PDF)
Handbook of Drawing by William Walker (PDF)
Drawing Made Easy by Joseph Cummings Chase (PDF)
The Art of Drawing in Lead Pencil by Jasper Salwey (PDF)
Drawing Made Easy by E.G. Lutz (PDF)
Practical Drawing by E. G. Lutz (PDF)
Augsburg’s Drawing Book I (PDF)
Augsburg’s Drawing Book II (PDF)
Augsburg’s Drawing Book III (PDF)
The Practice and Science of Drawing by Harold Speed (PDF)
Drawing for Art Students and Illustrators by Allen W. Seaby (PDF)
The Decorative Illustration of Books by Walter Crane (PDF)
The Illustration of Books by Joseph Pennell (PDF)
Modern Illustration by Joseph Pennell (PDF)
A Handbook of Illustration by A. Horsley Hinton (PDF)
Fashion Drawing and Design by Luie M. Chadwick (PDF)
Applied Drawing by Harold Haven Brown (PDF)
A Practical Handbook of Drawing for Modern Methods of Reproduction by Charles G. Harper (PDF)
A Complete Guide to Drawing Illustration Cartooning and Painting by Gene Byrnes (PDF)
Planes of the Head by John Asaro 1976 (PDF)

Rendering in Pen and Ink by Arthur L. Guptill (PDF)
How to Draw in Pen and Ink by Susan E. Meyer and Martim Avillez (PDF)
Pen and Ink Drawing 101 by author unknown (PDF)
The Art of Comic Book Inking by Gary Martin (PDF)
Elements of Pen and Ink Rendering by International Library of Technology (PDF)
With Pen and Ink by James Hill (PDF)
Crosshatching Technique by Bryan Schiavone (PDF) Pen Drawing by Charles D. Maginnis (PDF)

Drawing the Draped Figure by George B. Bridgman (PDF)
Famous Artists School – Costume and Drapery (PDF)
The Artist's Guide to Drawing the Clothed Figure by Michael Massen (PDF)
Dynamic Wrinkles and Drapery by Burne Hogarth (PDF)
The Treatment of Drapery in Art by George Woolliscroft Rhead 1904 (PDF)

Light and Shade by Anson K. Cross (PDF)

How to Color Comics the Marvel Way (PDF) Coloring Comics, Old School by Todd Klein (PDF)
Coloring Comics, Old School by Todd Klein - Part Two (PDF)

Composition by Arthur Wesley Dow (PDF)
Famous Artists School – Composition (PDF)
Practical Pictorial Composition by E.G. Lutz (1926) (PDF)

Perspective Drawing Handbook by Joseph D’Amelio (PDF)
Perspective Made Easy by Ernest R. Norling (PDF)
Perspective for Artists by Rex Vicat Cole (PDF)


Lettering for Commercial Purposes by Hugh Gordon (PDF)

Hand Lettering by The Chappell Art School (PDF)

The Artistic Anatomy of Animals by Edouard Cuyer (PDF)
The Artist’s Guide to Animal Anatomy by Gottfried Bammes (PDF)
An Atlas of Animal Anatomy for Artists by W. Ellenberger, H. Dittrich and H. Baum (PDF)
The Art of Animal Drawing by Ken Hultgren (PDF)

On Drawing Trees and Nature by J.D. Harding (PDF)
Trees and Tree Drawing by Edward C. Clifford (PDF)
Flowers and Plants for Designers by Henry Irving and Edward F. Strange (PDF)
How to Draw Landscapes Trees Ships etc. by Richard Pettigrew Leitch (1882) (PDF)

Just Open Your Sketchpad by Paul Foxton (PDF)
The Teachings of Howard Pyle (PDF)
Tips and Technique from J.C. Leyendecker (PDF)
An Evening in the Classroom of Harvey Dunn (PDF)
Michelangelo Paintings, Sculptures, Architecture by Ludwid Goldscheider (PDF)
The Work of Michelangelo by Fritz Knapp (PDF)

The Case for Kirby by Chris Tolworthy (PDF)
Siegel and Shuster's Reign of the Superman Fanzine 1933 (PDF)
The Great Comic Book Heroes by Jules Feiffer 1965 (PDF) Comix, A History of Comic Books in America by Les Daniels 1971 (PDF)
The Steranko History of Comics 1 by Jim Steranko 1970 (PDF)

The Steranko History of Comics 2 by Jim Steranko 1970 (PDF)

1939 Detective Comics #30 Script by Gardner Fox (PDF)
Writer's Digest 1940 Number 2, Vol. 20 - Pages 13 and 18 (PDF)
Writer's Digest 1941 Number 10, Vol 21 - Page 39 (PDF)
Writer's Digest 1941 Number 11, Vol 21 - Page 34 (PDF)
Writer's Digest 1941 Number 1, Vol 22 - Page 24 (PDF)
Writer's Digest 1946 Number 2, Vol 26 - Page 13 (PDF)
Writer's Digest 1947 Number 11, Vol 27 - Page 10 (PDF)
Writer's Digest 1950 Number 4, Vol 30 - Page 17 (PDF)
Writer's Digest 1953 Number 8, Vol 33 - Page 18 (PDF)
Writer's Digest 1957 Number 7, Vol 37 - Page 62 (PDF)
The Losers #1 Comic Script (PDF)
Visual Language - Writing for Comics by Anina Bennett (PDF)

Drawing and Artist Supplies 1932 (PDF)

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