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4 Books every artist should read!

Today we handpick the essential books every illustrator should dive into.

Passionate about illustration? Thinking of diving into a new career, skill, or hobby? We have rounded up some of the best books you should be reading to explore the world of illustration.

1. Fifty Years Of Illustration - By Lawrence Zeegen & Caroline Roberts

"This book charts contemporary illustration's rich history: from the rampant idealism of the 1960s to the bleak realism of the 1970s, and from the over-blown consumerism of the 1980s to the digital explosion of the 1990s, followed by the increasing diversification of illustration in the early twenty-first century."

2. Show Your Work! - By Austin Kleon

"In his New York Times bestseller Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon showed readers how to unlock their creativity by “stealing” from the community of other movers and shakers. Now, in an even more forward-thinking and necessary book, he shows how to take that critical next step on a creative journey―getting known."

3. How To Be An Illustrator - By Darrel Rees

"This book offers practical help and guidance to aspiring illustrators. All areas of the job are covered – how to create a portfolio; the most effective ways to approach would-be clients; how to prepare for meetings and negotiate contracts; and how to handle, deliver, and bill a job. There is advice on how to avoid the pitfalls that can undermine crucial first impressions; how to set up a studio; and how to maintain a flow of work and manage one's time and cash. Success in self-promotion, creating websites, self-publishing, and the pros and cons of agents are all explored."

4. Figure Drawing for all it's Worth - By Andrew Loomis

"The illustrator Andrew Loomis (1892-1959) is revered among artists - including comics superstar Alex Ross - for his mastery of figure drawing and clean, Realist style. His hugely influential series of art instruction books have never been bettered, and Figure Drawing is the first in Titan's programme of facsimile editions, returning these classic titles to print for the first time in decades."

We hope this has brought your day value & if you have any recommendations don't hesitate to leave a suggestion below!

Ben & co

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