Tag: education

My Reading List


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:

1. Composition

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

2. Colour

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