When I created this list I asked my artist friends about it. Most of them said that it’s difficult to be inspired and expand your horizons after you attend art school. There are plenty of opportunities to be creative but fewer ways to learn about the art world. While you could get someone to show you the ropes, they found it beneficial just to pick up one of the best books for artists and read away.
At this point, you’re probably asking, “How can a book benefit me?”. Well, artists tend to work alone and find it better to learn from experience. With no coworkers or peers, it can be hard to come up with new concepts.
I believe that art is ever-changing and that you must never stop learning. You should want to experience growth and be able to change as an artist.
When it comes to talent as an artist, you need a method to learn new techniques that can help you develop. Honing your skills and adapting to the modern world is what makes art so unique, after all.
If you’re struggling to understand the art world, these few books I recommend can make a difference. These gather inspiration and teach different art techniques. They also list different strategizing business ideas that can help you feel like you’re connected and one of us.
If you don’t want to sit there and browse online for books for hours on end, then I can help by suggesting a handful of good reads.
The list includes some recommendations from people we look up to. So, without further hesitation, here’s the list.
Best Books for Artists
The Stoic Creative Handbook: Struggling Creatives Are Driven By Passion. Thriving Artists Are Driven By Purpose.
Question: What five books would you recommend to young people interested in your career path & why?
- The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
- Drawing is Thinking by Milton Glazer
- How to See by David Salle
Sorrell, CEO of the communications house/ad agency, WPP, has a rather eclectic mix this summer:
- Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency—James Andrew Miller
- Universal Man: The Seven Lives of John Maynard Keynes—Richard Davenport-Hines
- Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future—Ashlee Vance
Unsolicited, but here’s my advice for visual thinkers (and others) who want to be better writers:[...]
Cartoonists, because their work demands work from two disciplines (writing/art, poetry/design, words/pictures), are highly instructive when it comes to visual people learning to write, writers learning to make art, etc. (Check out Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics for more.)