There are many fabulous art books about creativity, art, paintings and artists. Sometimes even artists need a day off to sit down and relax. They can enjoy reading a good art book with a cup of tea. Struggling to find amazing art books to read? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
In this article, we have listed some amazing books that every artist should read.
Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artistic Creation
This book is written by two artists, Ted Orland and David Bayles. This book helps give its readers insight into the roadmap for overcoming the obstacles that artists face on the creative side of their lives. This book is a guide for artists that encourages them not to give up even when it comes to a path of struggle. Must read.
The design of everyday objects
This book is written by Don Norman. Many artists may not find this book appealing, but this book takes us on a psychological journey of how and why certain designs work while others fail. It is an interesting read.
Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist
This book is written by Stephen Rogers Peck. This is one of the most recommended books for every artist as it comes with comprehensive illustrations showing muscles, bones and much more. This book helps artists learn the differences in human anatomy when it comes to adults, women, men, children, and different body sizes. It shows the human figure from a very technical point of view which every artist should understand as it is valuable.
The War of the Arts
This book is a must read for any artist. Steven Pressfield’s The Art War is essential reading for anyone trying to overcome resistance, the evil force that holds them back from showing their creativity and reaching their potential. Highly recommended.
The artistic spirit
The Spirit of Art was written about 100 years ago by Robert Henri. It makes the list of the most influential artists’ books and remains one of the best-selling books on art and creativity. This book provides insight into the minds of America’s most influential artists. This book is not just about how to make art, but a complete guide on how to become an artist. The Spirit of Art is quite an interesting but enjoyable read.
Hawthorne on painting
This book is written by Charles Webster Hawthorne. This book is divided into different sections that focus on landscape, still life, watercolors and much more. Each section of this book begins with an essay and walks readers through basics like color palettes, shapes, colors, characters, posters, and more. The book has a lot to offer especially to young new talents.
Techniques and materials of oil painting
Oil Painting Techniques and Materials by Harold Speed, a must-read for any painter. If you want to learn all about paint application, brushstrokes, color schemes, and edge quality, this is the book for you. This book also contains great informative chapters on designs, colors, tone and composition.
Fly like an artist
The author of this book is Austin Kleon. Fly Like an Artist is a book for all artists, architects and designers with great ideas to adopt. The book is filled with fantastic concepts for all artists, be they architects, musicians, painters or writers. It’s a quick read, and it’s an important book because it shows the challenges facing modern artists today.