Art Books I Love

Reading is right up there on my favorite list with doing any kind of art. I could spend all day reading, in fact, I have. So, books about art, I just can’t resist. Learning from and being inspired by other artists is so important, and the artists that wrote these books are some of the best. Here are few books that have taught me things I didn’t even learn in my college art classes.

“Sketchbook for the Artist,” by Sarah Simblet

This is a wonderful book that tells you all about drawing. It covers all mediums and styles as well as giving instructions on perspective and composition. It also includes art history covering several famous artists. If you want to get better at drawing, this book is a must.


“Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain,” by Betty Edwards

If you think that you can’t draw, just read this book and try some of the exercises. I have taught so many complete beginners how to draw using the methods in this book. No matter what your artistic level, you will be able to learn something from this book though. The art theory is just mind blowing.



“Drawing People,” by Barbara Bradley

If you like to draw people, like I do, get this book. It’s amazing.



“Color and Light,” by James Gurney

I saved the best for last. James Gurney is one of my very favorite artists. I remember pouring over his Dinotopia series as a girl and I gained even more respect for him after reading this book. Gurney explains in detail everything a painter needs to know about color and how it interacts with light. If you are an illustrator or painter, this book is essential.

I hope you found this helpful. Please, comment and tell me some of your favorite art books!





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