Best Art Books

A Listmania! list by J. Tejera "Tejera Illustration" (New Jersey)
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The list author says: "These are, in my opinion, some of the best art books out there, instructional and inspirational. This list will most likely grow with time"
Alla Prima: Everything I Know About Painting
1.  Alla Prima: Everything I Know About Painting by Richard Schmid
The list author says:
  "As my friend put it, "This book is better than grad school!" And you know what?  She's right.  Beautiful art and amazing insight into this living master's philosophy"
Used & New from: $205.75
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Drawings: Inspired By Life
2.  Drawings: Inspired By Life by Dorian Vallejo
The list author says:
  "Absolutely beautiful book exhibiting this master's fluency with the figure"
Used & New from: $44.99
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Middle-Earth: Visions of a Modern Myth
3.  Middle-Earth: Visions of a Modern Myth by Donato Giancola
The list author says:
  "Donato is one of the greatest living narrative painters.  His illustrations don't just sell the product.  They make the viewer think and jump into the vivid imagery he creates.  This book is just a sampling of his personal and professional work for one of his biggest passions: Lord of the Rings"
$18.05   Used & New from: $12.40
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Velazquez: The Technique of Genius
4.  Velazquez: The Technique of Genius by Jonathan Brown
The list author says:
  "For those interested in more than just looking at pretty pictures, this book really delves into the methods and historical setting of many of this Spanish master's greatest paintings.  Especially good for anyone interested in materials and technique"
Used & New from: $97.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Rembrandt: The Painter at Work
5.  Rembrandt: The Painter at Work by Ernst van de Wetering
The list author says:
  "Amazing book!  Dissects Rembrandt's paintings, materials, methods, mediums.  This book is not for the casual reader but for a serious artist interested in taking their art historical and technical knowledge to the next level"
$28.56   Used & New from: $28.22
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist
6.  Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist by James Gurney
The list author says:
  "James Gurney has created a world where dinosaurs and humans coexist.  In this book he explores various methods for taking what you imagine in your head and translating it onto paper or canvas.  In short, it's art school in book form."
$17.90   Used & New from: $12.72
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter
7.  Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney
The list author says:
  "The follow up to Imaginative Realism, this book goes even further into the science of color and how it can be applied by artists.  Fantastic and practical color theory book.  THIS is what should be taught in EVERY art school"
$14.49   Used & New from: $12.78
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)

Spectrum 17: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art
8.  Spectrum 17: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art by Cathy Fenner
The list author says:
  "Every year Spectrum showcases the very best sci-fi and fantasy art created in the past year.  This volume has some amazing work in it, but every past volume is just as awe-inspiring.  The Fenners truly appreciate the narrative qualities that fantastic art has to offer"
Used & New from: $50.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Kiddography: The Art and Life of Tom Kidd
9.  Kiddography: The Art and Life of Tom Kidd by Tom Kidd
The list author says:
  "I don't have enough good things to say about Tom Kidd and his art work.  There's just so much awesomeness in every page, it's hard to contain my childish giddiness"
Used & New from: $21.00
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Imaginistix: Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell: The All New Collection
10.  Imaginistix: Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell: The All New Collection by Boris Vallejo
The list author says:
  "Boris and his wife are the reason I became a painter.  Boris also happens to be the father of Dorian Vallejo, whose life drawing book is on this list.  This tag-team art making couple have been creating inspiring works of fantastic art for many many years"
$19.86   Used & New from: $10.99
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

Rubens: A Master in the Making (National Gallery London Publications)
11.  Rubens: A Master in the Making (National Gallery London Publications) by David Jaffé
The list author says:
  "Rubens was a prolific master well respected in his time.  His art has never lost appeal and inspires countless young painters to this day.  Such a beautiful collection of his work"
Used & New from: $54.33
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Peter Paul Rubens: The Drawings (Metropolitan Museum of Art Series)
12.  Peter Paul Rubens: The Drawings (Metropolitan Museum of Art Series) by Anne-Marie S. Logan
The list author says:
  "Another great Rubens book showcasing his drawings"
Used & New from: $114.98
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Sargent Portrait Drawings: 42 Works by John Singer Sargent (Dover Art Library)
13.  Sargent Portrait Drawings: 42 Works by John Singer Sargent (Dover Art Library) by John Singer Sargent
The list author says:
  "While there are lots of massive tomes showcasing the work of John Singer Sargent, this small book is a true gem.  In it there are several quick sketches and drawings by the greatest portrait artist in history."
$6.95   Used & New from: $1.36
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

Faeries: Deluxe Collector's Edition
14.  Faeries: Deluxe Collector's Edition by Brian Froud
The list author says:
  "Gorgeous illustrated book full of whimsy and imagination"
$23.24   Used & New from: $17.09
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)

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