anonymous asked:

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)

Artbooks / Artist Books:

  • The Making Of (Brecht Evens)
  • MUSES (Conrad Roset)
  • Rebus (James Jean)
  • Pareidolia (James Jean)
  • Le Petit Théâtre de Rebecca (Rebecca Dautremer)
  • Sketchbook (2011-2012 + 2013) (Jared Muralt)
  • Mattias Unfiltered (Mattias Adolfsson)
  • The First in Line (Mattias Adolfsson)
  • The Second in Line (Mattias Adolfsson)
  • The Third in Line (Mattias Adolfsson)
  • The Art of Loish (Loish)
  • The Art of Rise Of The Guardians
  • The Art of How To Train Your Dragon (1 + 2)
  • The Art of Mr. Peabody and Sherman
  • The Art of Big Hero 6
  • Rooftops of Paris (Fabrice Moireau, Carl Norac)
  • Rome Sketchbook (Fabrice Moireau, Dominique Fernandez)
  • London Sketchbook (Graham Byfield, Marcus Binney)
  • New York Sketchbook (Fabrice Moireau, Jerome Charyn)
  • Paris Sketchbook (Fabrice Moireau, Mary A. Kelly)
  • Provence Sketchbook (Fabrice Moireau, John Burdett, Philippe Testard-Vaillant)
  • Tekkon Kinkreet Art Book: Background Sketches
  • Tekkon Kinkreet Art Book: Background Paintings


  • Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk (Danielle Krysa)
  • The Illustrator’s Guide to Law and Business Practice (Simon Stern)
  • Making Great Illustration (Derek Brazell, Jo Davies)
  • Print & Pattern (1 + 2) (Bowie Style)

There’s also this site which I love cuz it shows you all these amazing artbooks but i also hate it because it shows all this amazing artbooks that I can’t afford.