I am sharing my reading plan of carefully selected self-study art books for the next X months, mainly to have it defined for myself somewhere so that I know what I have committed to and stop switching from one thing to another. I have thoroughly researched tons of recommendations in these areas and most of the books I have chosen are well regarded classics, some from real art masters.
I have a lot more on my long list, but I have to start small so I don’t get lost.
The aim is to focus on the following areas that I need to improve first:
Composing Pictures, Donald W. Graham
Composition: Understanding Line, Notan and Color, Arthur Wesley Dow
Framed Ink: Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytellers, Marcos Mateu-Mestre
The Elements of Color (or The Art of Color: The Subjective Experience and Objective Rationale of Color), Johannes Itten
Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter, James Gurney
3. General illustration
Famous Artists Course (I have chosen this as the starting point)
Creative Illustration, Andrew Loomis
4. Watercolour technique
Watercolour painting technique, P.P. Reviakin
Watercolor Artist’s Guide to Exceptional Color, Jan Hart