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Best Art Books

Dive into the visually stunning world of art with these top picks. Our compilation showcases the best art books as featured on celebrated book blogs, ranked by how frequency they've been recommended.

Recommendations from 68 articles, Emma Watson, Russell Brand, Joe Rogan and 44 others.
Best Art Books
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Beautiful Oops!
Barney Saltzberg - 2010-09-23
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Transform mistakes into beautiful opportunities with this award-winning, best-selling interactive book. Beautiful Oops! teaches children that mistakes can lead to creativity and discovery. The book features unique paper engineering with pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, tears, holes, overlays, bends, smudges, and more, demonstrating the magical transformation from blunder to wonder. A life lesson all parents want their children to learn - it's okay to make mistakes!
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The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt - 2013-06-27
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This playful, imaginative story will leave children laughing and playing with their crayons in a whole new way. Debut author Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers create a colorful solution to poor Duncan's problem: all of his crayons have quit! Each color has its own hilarious reason for no longer wanting to be used. What will Duncan do without his crayons? Find out in this charming book.
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Color and Light
A Guide for the Realist Painter (Volume 2) (James Gurney Art)
James Gurney - 2010-11-30
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Color and Light is a must-read for any artist looking to perfect their understanding and use of color and light in their paintings. Written by bestselling author and artist James Gurney, this book takes a practical approach to the fundamental elements of art while also delving into the science behind them. Gurney's beautiful paintings and extensive research make this book an indispensable tool for artists seeking to improve their craft.
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How to Draw
drawing and sketching objects and environments from your imagination
Scott Robertson - 2013-12-15 (first published in 2012)
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Learn how to draw any object or environment from your imagination with How to Draw! Geared towards artists, architects, and designers of all experience levels, this book teaches basic perspective drawing skills and provides a foundation for more complex forms. Discover the research and design processes used to generate visual concepts, and easily scan over 25 pages to access video tutorials through the Design Studio Press app. With over 26 years of teaching experience, the authors offer invaluable lessons and techniques to help you become a professional artist or designer. This book is a must-have for anyone who wants to learn how to draw or teaches others to do so.
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Press Here
Herve Tullet - 2011-03-30 (first published in 2010)
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A delightful and interactive book perfect for young readers and toddlers! Press the yellow dot on the cover and follow the instructions for an imaginative journey filled with surprises. With each page, children will be encouraged to press, shake, and tilt the book to see what happens next. A fun way to teach cause and effect, this unique picture book will keep kids giggling with delight as the dots multiply and change direction. Perfect for read-aloud fun for all ages, especially children ages 4-8.
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The Artist's Way
25th Anniversary Edition
Julia Cameron - 2002-03-04
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Unlock your creative potential with this powerful and inspiring book. First published 25 years ago, this international bestseller is more important than ever in today's cultural climate. In The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron takes readers on a 12-week journey to discover the link between their spiritual and creative selves. This groundbreaking program includes hundreds of highly effective exercises and activities, as well as introductions to two vital tools for creative recovery. Join a "Creative Cluster" of fellow artists and unleash your artistic renewal with this life-changing book.
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The Story of Art
E. H. Gombrich - 1967-01-01 (first published in 1950)
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Explore the evolution of art from early cave paintings to modern experimental works with this updated edition. Discover eight new artists, accompanied by fuller captions including mediums and dimensions, and experience six breathtaking fold-outs of iconic masterpieces like Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling and Van Eyck's Ghent Altarpiece.
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I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!
Karen Beaumont - 2005-04-01
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"Unleash your inner artist with this colorful and hilarious children's book. Follow along as one creative kid transforms his world with a dab of blue here, a splash of red there, and a goopy smear of green everywhere. With zany illustrations and playful rhymes, this book is sure to bring laughter and joy to storytime."
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Harold and the Purple Crayon
Crockett Johnson - 1996-01-01 (first published in 1955)
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An imaginative and whimsical tale of a young boy named Harold, armed only with a purple crayon, as he draws himself into exciting adventures. With prudence and creativity, Harold navigates his own landscapes, using his purple crayon to create landmarks, boats, and even a picnic. Perfect for encouraging creative thinking and imagination in children.
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Mouse Paint
Ellen Stoll Walsh - 1995-10-31 (first published in 1989)
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"Explore the fascinating world of colors with a playful trio of mice in this delightful picture book. Join three white mice as they encounter jars of red, blue, and yellow paint, discovering the magic of mixing colors along the way. With colorful and charming cut-paper illustrations, this book is a wonderful introduction to color theory for young readers. A captivating read that is both educational and fun for the whole family."
Creative Illustration by Andrew Loomis
The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
Broad Strokes by Bridget Quinn
How to Be an Artist by Jerry Saltz
Alla Prima II by Richard Schmid, Katie Swatland
Dalí. Les dîners de Gala by Taschen
The Skillful Huntsman by Khang le
van Gogh and the Sunflowers by Laurence Anholt
The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti by Rafael Schacter
Light for Visual Artists Second Edition by Richard Yot
Art Fundamentals by Gilles Beloeil
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
All the Beauty in the World by Patrick Bringley
Spider-Man by Ramin Zahed
The Legend of Zelda by Patrick Thorpe
Mix It Up by Herve Tullet
National Geographic The Photo Ark by Joel Sartore
Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees by Lawrence Weschler
Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
Imaginative Realism by James Gurney
Rendering in Pen and Ink by Arthur L. Guptill
Okami Official Complete Works by Capcom
The Art of BioShock Infinite by Irrational Games
Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting by John F. Carlson
Linocut for Artists & Designers by Nick Morley
The Art of Blizzard Entertainment by Nick Carpenter
The Artful Parent by Jean Van'T Hul
Peter Reynolds Creatrilogy Box Set by Peter H. Reynolds
Art by Patrick McDonnell
Only What's Necessary by Chip Kidd
Art, Inc. by Lisa Congdon
Valkyria Chronicles by Sega
Halo by Titan Books
Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail by Laurence Anholt
Henri's Scissors by Jeanette Winter
The Art Book, revised edition by Phaidon Editors
Watercolor for the Soul by Sharone Stevens
Soul of a Nation by Mark Godfrey
Rothko by Christopher Rothko
Noah Davis by Noah Davis
Street Art San Francisco by Annice Jacoby
Beloved Dog by Maira Kalman
The Artist's Guide by Jackie Battenfield
Stik by Stik
Every Person in New York by Jason Polan
Turner's Sketchbooks by Ian Warrell
My Name Is Georgia by Jeanette Winter
Daily Rituals by Mason Currey
Metropolitan Stories by Christine Coulson
Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton
Kuzma Vostrikov and Ajuan Song by Kuzma Vostrikov
1000 лет радостей и печалей (1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows by Ай Вэйвэй, Ai Weiwei
The Dot by Peter H Reynolds
Just Kids by Patti Smith
The $12 Million Stuffed Shark by Don Thompson
The Art of the Mass Effect Universe by Various
Picture This by Molly Bang
Figure Drawing for All It's Worth by Andrew Loomis
Composition of Outdoor Painting by Edgar Payne
Graffiti Women by Nicholas Ganz
The Art of Destiny by . Bungie
Human Anatomy for Artists by Eliot Goldfinger
Vincent's Starry Night and Other Stories by Michael Bird
Ghetto Gastro Presents Black Power Kitchen by Jon Gray, Pierre Serrao, Lester Walker, Osayi Endolyn
How to Sell Your Art Online by Cory Huff
Draw Paint Print like the Great Artists by Marion Deuchars
Covert to Overt by Shepard Fairey
Big Bad World of Concept Art for Video Games by Eliott J. Lilly
When Pigasso Met Mootisse by Nina Laden
Art Lab for Little Kids by Susan Schwake
Too Much Glue by Jason Lefebvre
Blek le Rat by Sybille Prou
Lines That Wiggle by Candace Whitman
Nick Cave by Damita Jo Freeman
Latoya Ruby Frazier by Dawoud Bey, Latoya Ruby Frazier, Dennis C. Dickerson, Laura Wexler
Steven Klein by Steven Klein, Mark Holborn
Living and Sustaining a Creative Life by Sharon Louden
Before Pictures by Douglas Crimp
Trespass. A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art by Carlo McCormick
Street Logos by Tristan Manco
From the Sculptor's Studio by Ina Cole
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Marina Abramovic by Marina Abramovic, Katya Tylevich
Art Monsters by Lauren Elkin
My Museum by Joanne Liu
Art & Fear by David Bayles
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
How to See by David Salle