For the Very Best in Artistic Gift Giving
Discover our editors’ picks for the very best in artistic gift giving this year, from resources for artists to fun projects perfect for holiday making.
Beginners & Fun Filled
Drawing for the Absolute Beginner is a classic that shows the basics of sketching, drawing, shading and finishing details in a clear way for absolute beginners or those who need a refresher.
Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley offers lots of variety and instruction for those who have been following him on YouTube for years, as well as those who are new to this fun manga style! This book works well alone or as a backup to Mark’s videos.
Color Super Cute Animals is packed with more than 50 adorable original animal designs printed on one side of the page for you to color. LOVE the cute look of these pages, and this one is sure to be favorite even after the coloring craze of the early 21st century is over!
Executive Editor of North Light Books
I’ve been a fan for some time now of Mau-Kun Yim’s art–it seems that in every drawing there’s some intriguing mark that draws me in. His book Lessons in Masterful Portrait Drawing, written in collaboration with Iris Yim, is a must-have for anyone interested in classical approaches to the figure.
Art Journey Abstract Painting is a survey of contemporary abstract art that is worth your time. Whether you work in abstraction or not, this book has something to teach you about form, rhythm, color, and more.
Managing Editor of Artists Magazine
Contemporary Masters and an Overflow of Variety
The new book, Daniel E. Greene, Studios and Subways, chronicles the life and art of this American realist master. With insightful commentary by writer and editor Maureen Bloomfield, and 208 pages of full-color reproductions of Greene’s dazzling work in oil and pastel, this collection is not only a must-have for any fan of the artist, but for anyone with an interest in the power of the painting to excite and inspire.
Dawn Emerson is fun to watch at work. She’s one of those artists who puts her whole body into painting. So, it’s no surprise that her book, Pastel Innovations, is not a book for armchair-reading. This is a book that encourages you—with more than 60 techniques and exercises–to get up and go directly to your painting space, to start exploring and playing with new tools and materials, and to make creative discoveries that will bring new energy to your art-making.
As editor Rachel Rubin Wolf says, “One cannot overstate the value of value in painting and drawing.” In Splash 18, the topic is addressed in a collection of exceptional watercolor paintings that celebrate the importance of light and dark. With 130 different artists contributing to the book, it overflows with variety—in subject, in style and in approach. In its 18th edition, this annual release continues to be a go-to source for watermedia inspiration.
Editor-in-Chief of Watercolor Artist Magazine
One and Only One
If I had only one gift to give to all the artists in my life as we start a whirlwind holiday season and begin a brand new year, I would give Celebrate Your Creative Self.
This book is like a shock to the system in the very best way. It is an acknowledgment of how crucial and special living an artful life can be for us. I like to think that I celebrate our mutual creativity every time I come to work and write to you, artists. I think you do the same every time you stop by and soak up the arty goodness we have cooking. But sometimes we all need a recharge and that is what this book does — gives us tips an tricks to get reacquainted with our creativity, which is really the best part of us, right?
This book is one we can gift to ourselves but also one to reach for if you want to give the gift of creativity to others. I say a hearty cheers to that–and to living inspired. My best to you!
Editor of Artists Network