These reading lists provide guidance on the best art books about drawing, painting, colour, composition, botanical art, landscape art and art business plus good art bookshops.
If you've got a query leave a comment at the end of the page.
WHICH ARE THE BEST ART BOOKS? This site provides ONE BOOKMARK to all the other sites listed below. Find out which are the favourite books of many artists.
Learn the answers to which are the best books about composition and design, colour, drawing and sketching. Find out which are the favourite books of botanical artists. Check out the best reference books for artists
This site covers books - and book reviews:
- for people wanting to learn to draw
- about creativity and creative drawing
- about drawing at an advanced level,
- for people wanting to develop their drawing skills
- for those wanting to learn about drawing by masters through the ages
- about specific drawing techniqes
- about using a sketchbook about drawing materials
This site lists BRAND NEW books about drawing and sketching due to be published in 2012 on a month by month basis and highlights major new books which I recommend. It includes all formats - as hardback, paperback and ebook. Each book highlights the type of format, nature of the book and the reception and reviews it has had to date.
Find out about new books about drawing and sketching published in 2011 - in hardback, paperback and ebook editions. Listings on a month by month basis but are selective and do not list every book. Each book highlights the type of format, nature of the book and the reception and reviews it has had to date.
Do you need an instruction book about how to paint in oils? Or want to develop your skills in painting with oils? Are you interested in knowing more about oil painting and oil painters? Find out about art instruction books and books about artists painting in oils which can fill in the gaps...
- Do you want to find out more about watercolour art and artists who use watercolour? Do you need an instruction book about how to paint in watercolour? Do you want to develop how you paint using watercolour? Find out about art instruction books about...
Find out about new books about painting published in 2011 - in hardback, paperback and ebook editions. Listings are on a month by month basis. Each book highlights the type of format, nature of the book and the reception and reviews it has had to date.
This site identifies leading art books about colour and includes art book reviews - for books about understanding colour, using colour, mixing colour. It was created out of The Colour Project on Making A Mark and book reviews on the blogs of participating artists.
This site identifies leading art books about composition and design and includes reviews of art books about composition and design.
Learn about the best botanical art and botanical illustration books. Includes reviews of
* botanical art instruction books - for those wanting to develop their skills and
* books about famous botanical artists and painters of flowers in the past and present.
Do you want to learn about landscape art? Do you want to find out which which are the best books about painting landscapes? Do you want to know more about famous landscape artists? This site covers books - and book reviews - for people wanting to learn more about landscape art.
Do you want to learn more about the business of being an artist? Looking to improve your marketing of your art - and your sales? Want to make the jump to full-time artist or illustrator but not sure what you don't know that you need to know? Thinking about setting up and art gallery and looking for tips? If any of the above apply then this site has a book which can help These are the best books on and about the art business which are available on Amazon. So while you learn more about art you can save on your business expenses!
Do you want to find out more about art and artists? Do you find 'artspeak' just plain confusing? Do you want to know what that art term means? Do you need a dictionary of artists? Find out about reference books for artists which fill in the gaps in the books you currently have in your library.
This site is developing a list of good art bookshops. Starting with bookshops in London, the intention is to identify other good bookshops in the UK and other countries
Best Books - top rated, best selling and/or new
What are your best art books?
Do leave a comment and tell me which are your best art books - and why.