Author: Sherry Helms
This blog-post is dedicated to all those readers who are connected with the beautiful and ever-inspiring world of Art in some way. With the support of our editorial team, we have managed to shortlist some most productive and informative Books on Art compiled by the veterans of the Art World.
To make the blog post clear and concise, we have come up with a list of Books on Art that is classified in five most popular Art categories. Each of the categories is having two books to read, which we consider are best epitomizing their respective categories and must be fruitful to the readers concerning field of art. Here’s the list:
1) Drawing Books – This category includes books about fine art drawing for artists and those wanting to learn how to draw.
The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain – Pretty helpful for self-improvers, this book is an excellent pick for adults who haven’t picked up a pencil for years to draw on papers. Children may also find this interesting productive as Betty Edwards takes a reader-friendly approach to teach people how to draw.
An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers – Popular visual journalist and author Danny Gregory in this book have collected the excerpts from the personal visual journals of top illustrators, designers and artists from the globe, offering a sneak peek into their worlds of creative imaginations. Designers and artists concerning all mediums will find insight and inspiration from this book for their creative lives.
2) Painting Books – This category is about books about fine art painting for artists and those wanting to learn how to paint or improve their painting.
Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter – This is a book for students and amateurs and all those who want to know more about the connection of color and light and how these two interact in life and in a painting. Author James Gurney examines how light reveals form, the properties of color and pigments, and the wide variety of atmospheric effects. It is comprehensive guide with a glossary, pigment index, and bibliography that will ultimately become an indispensible tool for any artist.
Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn’t Exist – An award-winning fantasy artist, James Gurney instructs and inspires in this book on How to Paint What Doesn’t Exist. Through this book, he teaches budding artists and fans of fantasy art step-by-step the techniques that help creating believable pictures of imaginary subjects, such as dinosaurs, ancient Romans, alien creatures, and distant worlds.
3) Artists – This category includes books about fine artists from any movement, period or style and their works.
Masters of Deception: Escher, Dali & the Artists of Optical Illusion – This book examines the artistic creations which manipulate perspective so cleverly that they simply outwit our brains, creating an optical illusion. It will help you understand how optical trick works. Including the very famous waterfall image created by Escher, this book focuses on different masterworks of several artists of optical illusions.
Wall and Piece – This book revealing the art works of Banksy, Britain’s now-legendary “guerilla” street artist, has been both the best selling and top rated book for a very long time. Bansky has painted the walls, streets, and bridges of towns and cities throughout the world. His works not only found places in New York City’s major art museums, but also exhibited at London’s Tate Gallery.
4) Art History – This category covers the books having overviews of the history of art which are not restricted to one artist only.
The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern – In this book, the author Carol Strickland offers an illustrated tutorial of prehistoric to post-modern art from cave paintings to video art installations to digital and Internet media. A comprehensive guide to explore about the changing forms of art.
Art: A World History – Covering a long list of artists from ancient times to present, this book provides timelines and interesting facts like brief bios of artist, the current locations of the featured masterpieces, and the official names of each artistic period. Along with tons of images, it dedicates a few pages to each artist to describe his/her art forms and works.
5) Art Business – Books which we dedicate to this category feature practical aspects of the business of art for artists and the inspiring stories of people in the art business.
Seven Days in the Art World – In a series of beautifully paced narratives, Sarah Thornton reveals that business, personal quests and personality cults, and big bucks are the cardinal points in the contemporary art world. She investigates the drama of a Christie’s auction, the workings in Takashi Murakami’s studios, the elite at the Basel Art Fair, the eccentricities of Art forum magazine, the competition behind an important art prize, life in a notorious art-school seminar, and the wonderland of the Venice Biennale.
How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist: Selling Yourself Without Selling Your Soul – This is an ultimate guide to taking control of your career and making a good living in the art world. By the good worth of her nearly three decades of experience, Caroll Michels offers a wealth of insider’s information on getting into a gallery, being your own PR agent, and negotiating prices, as well as innovative marketing, exhibition, and sales opportunities for various artistic disciplines.
Here, in this blog-post, we are just concentrated on the most popular forms of Fine Art – Drawing and Paintings. But our specific category of Art Books has a long-stretched boundary with books on many other forms of Art like Calligraphy, Cave, Clipart, Color, Creations, Design, Drawing, Erotic, Exhibitions, Florals, Iconography, Landscape, Mehndi, Mosaic, Museums, Music, Painting, Photography, Printing, Sculpture, Seascape, Sketch, Symbolic, Types of Dances, Typography, etc. You can look for books on Art form of your choice.