Hi, do you have recommendations on artist books? For illustrators?
Anon, it honestly depends on your taste and what you’re looking for. Personally, I am a slut for artbooks, but that includes fine art, animation, graphic, fashion, literally anything. Everything that is art-related, I want.
That being said, I can give you a list of books that I own or have read that do have something to do with illustration. Not just artbooks or artist books, but any books. But you must keep in mind that these are books I like for various reasons and whether they would help you for anything, I have no idea, but they are all amazing books and I wholeheartedly recommend you get your hands on them if you can. So…
Theory / research / learning books:
Text and Image (Mark Wigan)
Contemporary Comics Storytelling (Karin Kukkonen)
Whatcha Mean, What’s a Zine? (Mark Todd, Esther Pearl Watson)
Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles (Rolf G. Kuehni)
Before my trip, I read the book Rooftops of Paris. It contains utterly beautiful watercolor paintings by Fabrice Moireau depicting this “levitated, almost unreal world”. To capture his views, he would slip into apartment buildings, pretending to live there, and painted while perched precariously on high. I wasn’t quite as bold as Fabrice, but was determined to capture this landscape of form, pattern, and rhythm. There is nothing like the feeling of stepping out onto a rooftop to suddenly have Paris there in front of you, in all its magic, at an unfamiliar altitude.