The Best Art Books


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.


Making A Mark's Art Book Lists

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

Drawing


The Best Books about Drawing and Sketching

The Best Books about Drawing and Sketching
Do you want to learn how to draw? Not sure which book to buy? Want to find out which which are the best books about drawing and sketching?
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 

2013: Best NEW Art Books - Drawing

Trying to improve your drawing? Want to know about NEW books about drawing which have been published - or are about to be published? This site lists selected new books about drawing on a month by month basis in 2013. 



2012: NEW Books About Drawing

2012: NEW Books About Drawing
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.


2011: NEW Books About Drawing

2011: NEW Books About Drawing
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.



Painting



The Best Books about Oil Painting

The Best Books about Oil Painting
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...



The Best Books about Watercolour Painting





2013: Best NEW Books about Painting

2013: Best NEW Books about Painting
Find out about all the NEW books about painting and painters which will be published in 2013 - in hardback, paperback and ebook editions. Listings are on a month by month basis - as books are published. Please note this can vary closer to date as publication timetables slip. 

2012: Best NEW Art Books - Painting

2013: Best NEW Books about Painting
Find out about all the new books about painting and painters published in 2012 - in hardback, paperback and ebook editions. Listings are on a month by month basis - as books are published. Each book highlights the type of format, nature of the book and the reception and reviews it has had

2011: NEW Books about Painting

2011: NEW Books about Painting
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.



2011: Best NEW Art Books - Mixed Media

2011: Best NEW Art Books - Mixed Media
Explore the top new books about mixed media art published in 2011 - in hardback, paperback and ebook editions. Listings 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.


Art Basics


The Best Art Books - Colour


The Best Art Books - Colour
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.  


The Best Artist Guides for Mixing Colours

The Best Artist Guides for Mixing Colours
You know the principles about mixing colours - but you'd like more help - preferably in pictures. You want to know a lot more about which colours when mixed together produce another colour. Lots of colour charts in fact - done by somebody else! Below is that help! 


The Best Art Books - Composition and Design

The Best Art Books - Composition and Design
This site identifies leading art books about composition and design and includes reviews of art books about composition and design.





Subject Matter



The Best Botanical Art Books

The Best Botanical Art Books
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.


The Best Books about Landscape Art

The Best Books about Landscape Art
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.


Art Business


The Best Art Business Books 


The Best Art Business Books
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!

The Best Reference Books for Artists

The Best Reference Books for Artists
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.




 Art Bookshops - Resources for Artists

Art Bookshops - Resources for Artists
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


Makingamark's Top 10 Fine Art Books
Every month I'm listing the fine art books I've identified as being the top rated and best selling books across various categories of Amazon.com Art Books - including books yet to be published. Find out if you know which are the top rated and best selling art books for: * drawing * painting * artists * art business * new art books


Artists' 
Favourite Art Books
These are the favourite art books of people who read my blog - as suggested in January 2009. Readers were asked: (1) Do you have a favourite art book? (What is is it and why?) and (2) Is there one book which had a huge impact on you and your work?


The Best NEW Art Books
This site lists all the best new art books in the Amazon Arts & Photography Top 100 each month.  These are the most popular best new fine art books published in the last 90 days or are due to be published in the next 90 days - including very good books which might not reach the "best seller" or "top rated" for the listed categories.


Making A Mark Book List
This is a list of the art books I've bought and/or read this year. My aim is to share what I thought was worthwhile buying and why. I buy from Amazon, from art book shops and from dealers in second hand books. I'm also sent books to review. The books I acquire are not necessarily new books but those I buy are those that are books which survived my book test

What are your best art books?
Do leave a comment and tell me which are your best art books - and why.

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