Top 10 Artist's Creativity Books
How to draw what you see by Rudy De Reyna

2. How to Draw What You See (1996)

AUTHOR: Rudy De Reyna | PUBLISHER: Watson-Guptill

The book has been a best seller since it was published in 1970. The artist takes the reader through progressively more difficult lessons. One should draw well if the lessons are completed. Any book that remains a best seller for 50 years has to be good.

The Beginning Drawing Atelier by Juliette Aristides

3. Beginning Drawing Atelier: An Instructional Sketchbook (2019)

AUTHOR: Juliette Aristides | PUBLISHER: Monacelli Studio

Written by one of America's finest classical realists, Juliette Aristides breaks down the drawing process into small, manageable lessons; presents them progressively; introduces time-tested principles and techniques in the Atelier tradition that are easily accessible. Cleverly designed allowing readers to draw in the book.

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

4. Theory: An essential guide to color-from basic principles to practical applications (2012)

AUTHORS: Patti Mollica | PUBLISHER: Walter Foster Publishing

An excellent guide to introduce the artists to color theory. Only 64 pages, so a fairly quick and easy course in the subject. The color quality of the illustrations is not great, which hurts a book on color theory

Artist's Drawing Techniques

5. Artist's Drawing Techniques (2017)


The book is full of handy drawing techniques, but most new artists will find the exercises challenging, and probably would find De Reyna's book more helpful. Probably the most extensive content with over 300 pages of any drawing book.

Drawing Dimension by Catherine Holmes

6. Drawing Dimension - Shading Techniques (2017)

ARTIST: Catherine Holmes | PUBLISHER: Library Tales Publishing

To add a three dimensional quality to drawings, shading is essential. This book fully covers all of the essentials of shading. Experience artists may find the book lacking, but a very good introduction for newer students.

Anatomy for the Artist by Sarah Simblet

7. Anatomy for the Artist (2001)

AUTHOR: Sarah Simblet | PUBLISHER: DK Publishing

Knowing anatomy is essential for drawing the human figure. There are many life-drawing classes but few anatomy ones This book serves an important need. Beautifully produced with wonderful anatomical photographs.

The Oil Painting Course You've Always Wanted by Kathleen Lochen Staiger

8. The Oil Painting Course You've Always Wanted
Guided Lessons for Beginners and Experienced Artists (2006)

AUTHOR: Kathleen Lochen Staiger | PUBLISHER: Watson-Guptill

A good primer for new artists learning oil painting. Easy to follow lessons and an adequate section on paint mixing. It goes more into materials than most book on the subject. Printed well and reasonably priced, a good book for new oil painters.

Watercolour fot the Absolute Beginner by Matthew Palmer

9. Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner (2014)

AUTHOR: Matthew Palmer | PUBLISHER: Search Press

For individuals just getting into art, watercolor is an excellent medium after drawing. Palmer's book is a great companion for the new artist who can't attend art classes. There are step-by-step painting exercises with a good description of the medium and papers.

Wild Ideas: Creativity from the Inside Out by Cathy Wild

10. Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist (2009)

AUTHOR: James Gurney | PUBLISHER: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Imaginative Realism is a great overview of the subject, and Gurney is one of the best practitioners of the craft. For anyone who want to paint in the genre, the book is a must for their library. Technical info into the painting process is lacking, and the book is probably best for artists with experience in the genre.

Painting Portraits in Acrylic by Hashim Akib

Painting Portraits in Acrylic
by Hashim Akib

Portrait painters usually work in color and occasionally in watercolor. Few work in acrylics, and Akib is one of the masters. Working early in his career as an illustrator, he has perfected the a vibrant portrait style. There are many painters who have physical difficulty with oil paints,but would want to paint the portrait. Ahib shows that acrylics can effectively render the portrait. The book covers many types of portraiture - from the self-portrait to full-length portraits - all with a striking, contemporary style.

Assuming nothing and starting from the basics - making it suitable even for the enthusiastic beginner - this book includes six step-by-step projects to follow; along with friendly but in-depth advice on color palettes; skintone; composition; working from photographs and models; markmaking; lighting; atmosphere and much more.For acrylic artists, the books opens new potential horizons to take their art.