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More Reader-Recommended Books for Artists

December 8, 2009

The Art Book recommendations keep pouring in from the members of the EFII community.

In response to two recent posts called 7 Illustration Books You Need to Read and Reader-Recommended Books for Artists, which both aim to highlight some great resource books for Illustrators and add them to the growing collection in the EFII Bookstore, and share them with with the Illustration community.  Today I’d like to highlight 5 more books that have been given the nod by your fellow Illustrators, so now I’ll let the readers speak.  Thanks to everyone for taking the time to give their feedback.

The Business Side of Creativity

Scott Serkland: One of the most dog eared books on my shelf is “The Business Side of Creativity” by Cameron S. Foote. I don’t know if it has been updated recently but it’s a great resource nonetheless.

Business and Legal Forms for Illustrators

Scott Serkland: Another must have is “Business and Legal Forms for Illustrators” by Tad Crawford.

Daybook: The Journey of an Artist

Leland Purvis Daybook is an artist’s journal describing the life of the mind in carrying a creative life through the complexity of daily living. Very strong stuff, no matter what kind of artist you are.

The Art Spirit

Leland Purvis: The Art Spirit, by Robert Henri. Henri was an American impressionist and art teacher in New York in the first quarter of the 20th Century. Some of the very best applied-philosophy for artists I’ve ever encountered.

Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn’t Exist

Tariq Hassan: I also would round out this selection with James Gurneys book on fantasy illustration, similar Jon Hodgson’s.

Thanks so much to everyone for your recommendations.  Your participation at Escape From Illustration Island makes this site a more valuable resource for everyone.  As I mentioned above, all these great books are now available for purchase in the EFII Bookstore.

Do you have a favorite book that you’d like to recommend to your fellow creators?  Please share it in the comments section.

Would you like to write a review of your favorite book to submit as a guest post to EFII?  If so, you can send it to Thomas James at

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2009 10:05 PM

    In case you’re interested, I did a comprehensive series of blog posts earlier this year all about my favorite illustration/painting/visual storytelling books. They run the gamut from general illustration to perspective to painting to comics. This is my personal list of “basics” that I think every illustrator should have handy.


  2. December 10, 2009 9:24 AM

    “Behind the Camera” by Ron Schick

    Alright, OK, it’s a history book of sorts but any illustrator who puts as much thought and persistence into their research imagery as Norman Rockwell did is inherently going to create a richer, more well conceived composition. The “how to” is there but the inspiration and dedication are the keys. And it is fun, too.


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