Wow, December already and I’ve been so busy I haven’t had much time for blogging about art. With Christmas approaching I thought it would be nice to list my favourite art-related books for anyone who may be searching for gift ideas for their artist friends. I’m mainly an oil painter so there is a bias towards painting but hopefully this list is useful to all:
A lovely hardback book full of 18th, 19th and 20th century Japanese paintings, prints and woodcuts to illustrate the poetry.
Two Massive books full of great advice on drawing for animation that can also really improve any form of art, especially drawing or panting the figure and animals. Also just a really interesting read.
I’m fairly late reading Grayson Perrys’ book about contemporary art, but I’m glad I finally have.
My favourite title for developing creativity and coming up with ideas for your artistic endevours.
Lots of amazing pictures covering lots of art styles from realism to modernism but not much text to read. A great introduction to some Russian Art Masters.
A great book with lessons by Juliette Aristides that I discovered when I first began painting again. Aimed at representational, classical painting but helpful to painters of all styles and skill levels.
Some great advice on best practices when using oil paints in a small, useful book. This changed the way I clean and store brushes.
A fun, small book with advice for artists at all stages of their career about creativity and confidence in your art.
A useful book for starting out as an Artist, covering working with Galleries, Artists statements and Biographies and lots more.
OK this may be cheating a bit but this is probably the most important book for an artist to have at all times. Lots of blank pages to fill in with your own amazing ideas and drawings!
Just so you know, I don't get any money from any of the links above. 🙂 Find our more about my work on my art portfolio page
Have a great Festive Season, stay safe and fingers crossed for an end to this pandemic next year!