Amazing Art Books – Guest Post

Book Reviews

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.

I think my other favorite art books are concept art collections, either for movies or video games. The ones I own are all for video games – Hyrule Historia, Deco Devolution: The Art of Bioshock 2, and a few Diablo concept art books. I love flipping through the pages of character design, and even the more mundane things like armor and item design are so interesting to look through. You can find more of his work on his website

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?

By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!

  • I own Hyrule Historia and love it! My college roommate was an animation major and she was always looking at concept art and art books for inspiration…she was also a huge geek like me….

  • Kay

    They are just so much fun to browse through! I love looking through styles that drastically differ from my own…such a source of inspiration. And Hyrule Historia is the best! 🙂