Hello there, I’m Kayly! I blog over at My Open Sketchbook and I’m so excited to be on Jess’ blog today! When I was thinking up topics for a guest post I was thinking about incorporating art and books, and then Jess had the brilliant idea of chatting about art books! Genius!
I think art books can be a great resource for so many reasons. For me, they are always a huge source of inspiration. Anyone who works creatively knows that feeling of getting into a slump, and when that happens to me, I love to flip through the art books I have and just soak in the gorgeous artwork. It’s a great way to get a quick inspiration boost.
Other than inspiration, they are often a great reference resource as well. I’ve been lusting after a copy of Masters of Anatomy Book One: The Ideal Male & Female Body, which is a compilation of different anatomy references and drawings from a huge array of artists. I love how many different styles there are, and that it includes so many examples of how ‘improper’ anatomy can work beautifully to give a character real personality.
Masters of Anatomy was originally a Kickstarter project, but you can still purchase a copy from their site. Kickstarter is a great resource for finding art books to buy – one of my favorites that I own came from a Kickstarter backed project: The Art of John Avon: Journeys to Somewhere Else.
Flipping through this book is just amazing. It’s filled with glorious fantasy landscapes and rich colors; I just love it. As someone who really struggles with landscape drawings, or backgrounds in general, this is a giant book of eye candy.
While the internet is filled to the brim with artwork to peruse through at your leisure, I still feel that having a physical art book in your hands is a much better experience (just as I prefer a physical book to an ebook as well!). I definitely want to add more art books to my personal collection – how about you? What are some of your favorite art books?