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RECOMMENDED BOOKS FOR ILLUSTRATION STUDENTS:

Fifty Years of Illustration by Lawrence Zeegen
Charting the rich history of contemporary illustration, Fifty Years of Illustration flits through the 1960s right up to the early 21st century, showing how illustration has diversified during this time. The book highlights the historical periods, giving context to each of the pieces sociologically, politically and culturally. It’s a good read if you’re interested in learning more about the impact of the modern day on the kind of art produced.

An Illustrated Life by Danny Gregory
An artist’s journal is packed with sketches and captions; some rough, some polished. The margins sometimes spill over with hurriedly scrawled shopping lists and phone numbers. The cover may be travel-worn and the pages warped from watercolours. Open the book, and raw creativity seeps from each colour and line. The intimacy and freedom on its pages are almost like being inside the artist’s mind: You get a direct window into risks, lessons, mistakes, and dreams.

The Picture Book: Contemporary Illustration by Angus Hyland
The Picture Book is like a mini bible for illustrators giving a comprehensive survey of exciting work from illustrators across the globe. Each artist’s work is featured alongside a short and illuminating profile, offering engaging stories from real people to help inspire your own journey as an illustrator. There are snippets of advice from the artists on how to feel inspired and how to turn your ideas into artwork.

Art Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist
Artists who dream of turning their passion into a career need only expert guidance in Art, Inc. Lisa Congdon unveils the multiplicity of ways to make a living from art, including illustration, licensing, fine art sales, print sales and teaching and offers practical advice on cultivating a business mindset, selling and promoting work and more. Trade secrets from art world pros including such luminaries as Paula Scher, Nikki McClure and Mark Hearld make Art, Inc. the ultimate resource for aspiring artists ready for success.

100 Great Children’s Picture Books by Martin Salisbury
All great work is likely to have been inspired by something along the way and 100 Great Children’s Picture Books is a visual feast for illustration. Looking at books from around the world over the past one hundred years, there are so many different illustration styles, inviting you to experiment with your own illustration style. Book illustration is a major avenue to explore as an illustrator so this book gives a ton of inspiration for anyone thinking of taking their work to that level. 

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side

The Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques

Since 1940, when it was originally published, The Artist’s Handbook has been indispensable for thousands of practising artists and art students. The book has remained continuously in print through many editions and has some more than a quarter of a million copies. It is, as American Artist Magazine calls it, the “artist’s bible,” an invaluable reference for the painter, sculptor, and printmaker. During the past few years, however, new art movements and new research have led to many changes in the technology of artist’s materials. With the assistance of Mayer’s window, Bena, and his colleagues, Viking and Steven Sheehan, Director of the Ralph Mayer Center at Yale University, have prepared this latest revision of the book, which is now completely updated and expanded. 

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PICTURE BOOK DESIGN

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GOUACHE

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WATERCOLOUR

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ACRYLIC

https://www.craftsy.com/blog/2016/05/how-to-mix-acrylic-paint/

https://www.goldenpaints.com/technicalinfo_mattfldacr

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COLOURED PENCILS/PENCILS

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QueSy7J_BFo

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRBrvBKiyUU

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Skillshare -online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more.
Creativebug – pride themselves in bringing the latest in art and craft education to their members, they work with renowned artists to do just that.
Juxtapoz: –  Art & Culture
Contemporary Daily Art: – just as it says on the tin!
Booooooom -launched in 2008 by Vancouver-based artist Jeff Hamada. Over the last decade, Booooooom has established itself as an authoritative voice in the new contemporary art scene, highlighting emerging talents, and launching the careers of many young artists internationally.
This isn’t Happiness—Art, photography and design
Colossal—Art, design, and visual culture
It’s Nice That—Graphic design and visual culture
Friends of Type—Typography
IllustrationMundo: A well-known website that supports the illustration community showcasing various artworks.
Illustration age Created by Illustrator Thomas James, ILLUSTRATION AGE is a blog and professional resource for Illustrators. We regularly feature hand-picked resources such as Online Classes, Digital Tools, Art Director Contacts, Competitions, Books

Podcasts

Design of the Picturebook – just as it says on the tin!
Grain Edit Grain edit is focused on classic design work from the 1950s-1970s and contemporary designers that draw inspiration from that time period.
Brown Paper Bag is an illustration-loving blog that celebrates the field in its many forms…more than just interested in editorial images you’d see in magazines, they chronicle embroidery,  illustrated products, and beyond; the all important parts of our visual culture!
Illustration Friday: is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation.

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