Books for Growing Illustrator Artists

As an illustrator artist with years of experience in different mediums and art types, I’ve gone through and read a number of books to help me on my journey. Some of these books have been great for learning new art techniques, building my online presence and helping broaden perspectives whilst some just didn’t do the trick. That’s why I’ve put together a list of my favourite books which helped me on my journey, and I’d recommend them to any growing illustrator artist.

Number 1: Just F*cking Do It

I found this book transformative. Just F*cking do it by Noor Hibbert is the book you need to take control of your life and do that thing you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t had the guts to do. Written by a life and business coach, this book combines psychology, strategy and spirituality into one incredible book.

Number 2: What the bleep should I post? 

What the bleep do I post is a must-read for those looking to expand their art businesses through social media and online marketing! With over 150 creative content ideas for your social media and online marketing. Perfect for those looking to take their business to the next level, and grow their online presence!

Number 3: Art Inc.

Art Inc. is an essential guide for building your career as an artist. I found this book so informative and useful when looking for ways to build my art career. It was particularly useful as someone looking to pursue a career in art full time and thought the advice, tips and tricks were particularly helpful.

Number 4: The 1-Page Marketing Plan 

The 1-Page Marketing Plan is a great read to help you learn much more about the world of online marketing. As well as how to sell your products through your online presence. This book focuses on how to get new customers, earn more money from your work and help your business stand out from others within the industry.

Number 5: Deep Work

Deep Work is an extremely helpful book to help you learn how to focus on your work. It shows you how to turn your work into success, especially in the world we live in today. It provides real ways to properly focus on your goals as well as great tips on achieving your end goals. This book is especially great for ambitious artists who sometimes struggle to stay focused through a project.

Number 6: Find Your Artistic Voice

Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic is one of my favourite reads as an artist, especially as an artist using papercraft as my main focus. This book helped me focus on my skills and get even more creative with my art. This book interviews a number of artists just like us, who provide real, practical answers for the questions and struggles we’ve all had.

Have you read any of these books? I’d love to hear which books you found the most useful for your career as an artist!



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