Creative Inspiration

How to be an Illustrator

  • by Darrel Rees (Author)
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing; 2 edition (February 18, 2014)

This book offers practical help and guidance to aspiring illustrators. All areas of the job are covered – how to create a portfolio; the most effective ways to approach would-be clients; how to prepare for meetings and negotiate contracts; and how to handle, deliver, and bill a job. There is advice on how to avoid the pitfalls that can undermine crucial first impressions; how to set up a studio; and how to maintain a flow of work and manage one’s time and cash. Success in self-promotion, creating websites, self-publishing, and the pros and cons of agents are all explored.

International illustrators are interviewed, discussing how they got their break in the industry, their experiences with clients, their methods of promoting work, and more. In addition, leading art directors describe their approach to commissioning illustration, how they spot new talent, their thoughts on promotional material, and their advice to up-andcoming illustrators.

Packed with useful tips gleaned from the author’s own career as an illustrator, and his work as an agent handling some of the best new talent, the book is an essential read for anyone looking to succeed in illustration.

Price - $24.95

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The Marker Playbook: 44 Simple Exercises to Draw, Design and Dazzle with Your Marker – Build Your Skills: Use Your Tools!

  • by Ana Montiel (Author)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (April 1, 2016)

“For Coloring Book Graduates!”

Draw and design right on the pages of this fun, modern, approachable practice and inspiration book focusing on one of the most popular drawing tools – markers of all kinds!

This playful, colorful exercise book is filled with fun, contemporary, beautiful illustrations by leading illustrator Ana Montiel. Markers of all types, including thin and wide-lined markers, are explored as artistic tools in this volume of the Playbook Series.

The exercises explore mark making, patterns, geometrics, simple drawings, texture, and composition and includes professional tips and tricks that will enhance your skills as you work through the book. Each spread has one page filled with art examples and an exercise, with room to draw and create right in the book. The Marker Playbook is printed on high-quality, uncoated paper, allowing you to doodle or draw anywhere that inspiration strikes.

Explore texture, pattern drawing, geometrics, meditative doodling and more with this all-in-one learning and practice book. This is a great volume for artists, designers, doodlers, illustrators, painters, pattern illustrators, and zentanglers of all ages. You will not want to miss it!

Price - $19.99

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Sketch, Think, Draw (The Naked Notebooks)

  • by Giancarlo Iliprandi (Artist)
  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Moleskine (December 30, 2015)

When looking at the travel journals of Giancarlo Iliprandi, one of the masters of Italian graphic design, you can see how sketching can become a way of looking at reality, and therefore a way of designing communication. Travel journals and bundles of paper filled with sketches and drawings show, much like the engine underneath the bonnet, the processes that make Iliprandi tick. As he himself says «action precedes thought» and, in this case, it is the sketch precedes the birth of the idea.

 

Price - $32.00

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100 Things to Draw With a Circle: Start with a shape, doodle what you see.

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books; Ntb edition (May 1, 2016)

“For Coloring Book Graduates!”

What comes to mind when you think of a circle? Depending on its size, it could be a planet, a manhole cover, an orange, a leopard’s spot. What if there are lots of circles on a page? Depending on how they’re placed, they might suggest a galaxy of stars or a bunch of grapes, a flea circus, or a polkadotted dress. It all depends on who is doing the looking. A follow-up to100 Things to Doodle With a Triangle, this is the second in a series of draw-in books based on geometric shapes.

100 Things to Draw With a Circle is a doodling book that loosens the imagination, and inspires creative thought. Circles and other basic geometric shapes are at the core of art, they’re the structures where form and drawing begin.

In this book, illustrator Sarah Walsh provides you with circles that appear as prompts on every page: one or many, large and small, colorful or not, peeking from the bottom or tumbling from the top — you fill in the rest. If one triangle suggests a game of checkers and another a snowman, one a drop of rain in a puddle, or another a patch of dandelions, a circle is meaningless until you decide what it wants to be. The simplest of shapes brings you back to the basics and lets you create anything you can see in your imagination. Abstract or realistic, minimal or over-the-top, there are no wrong choices in this book — and you don’t have to be a master at drawing. Pick up your pencil, see what the shapes suggest and where your imagination leads you.

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Creative Boot Camp: An Interactive Journal to Jump-Start Your Creativity!

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Pauper Press; Gjr edition (August 26, 2015)

Develop creativity in thinking, writing, your approach to life, work, and more!

  • Practical and inspirational, this vibrant guided journal demystifies the creative process and helps break down barriers to innovation.
  • Packed with activities and strategies to try.
  • Thought-provoking quotations throughout.
  • Notice your mind, dream things up, see things from a fresh point of view.
  • Enjoy productive playtime in the world of self-expression and problem-solving!
  • Elastic band attached to cover keeps your place or keeps journal closed.
  • Inside back cover pocket for notes and more.
  • 6-1/4 inches wide by 8-1/4 inches high (15.9 cm wide by 21 cm high).
  • Hardcover.
  • 160 pages.

Teacher, speaker, therapist, artist, radio broadcaster, and author of more than half a dozen books, Nannette Stone draws upon the depth of her experience in putting together this unique volume. She lives in New York.

Price - $12.99

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One Drawing A Day: A 6-Week Course Exploring Creativity with Illustration and Mixed Media

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (October 1, 2011)

Through 46 daily exercises which make up a complete 6-week course, you will keep your artistic skills sharp and your imaginations fertile by doing One Drawing A Day. Each spread in the book features a beautiful drawing by one of 8 professional illustrators, with a description and comments by the illustrator as well as a companion exercise. Each exercise includes suggestions for various mediums or mixed-media solutions, advice on how to approach and execute the drawing, as well as professional tips. The book also includes exercises designed to spark new ideas and increase creativity.

Price - $22.99

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