3 Books You Absolutely Need!

Written by Rohn Strong

If you’re like me, you love books. You drink up books like they’re water. This week I have three books I am OBSESSED with and have devoured this week. A few all in the same day.

1) Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

This book is by the popular author Austin Kleon. You may have read his book, Steal Like an Artist, which was a pretty groundbreaking way of looking at creativity and creating.

This is a sequel of sorts that focuses on how to share your work, network, and generally gain a bit of excitement about whatever it is you are creating.

I really love the advice he offers including the bit about letting your ego go. It’s important for us to get a boost of humility in our lives every now and then. I think this is a MUST read for anyone with a creative business.

2) Art Inc. by Lisa Congdon

I was sold on this book by a review…which is pretty rare for me. I usually ignore the reviews (they can be horrid!) but when I read:

“If you want to make a living as an artist, you better steal everything you can from this book.” -Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like An Artist

I knew I needed to grab this book. I’ve loved every aspect of Lisa Congdon’s work. The information between its pages really speaks to me as an artist and designer. If you are in any type of creative business you should grab this book…and quickly.

The best part of this book is that it offers information from other artists on how they did it — went for the dream of being a professional artist who makes her living from art. The stories are simple but powerful.

3) Flowers in Colored Pencil by Cynthia Knox

If you’re a fan of colored pencil paintings you’re probably a fan of Cynthia Knox. Her work harkens back to the classic oil painters but using a medium most of us are familiar with.

In this book she teaches her method of developing a colored pencil painting through simple step-by-step demonstrations. She throws in a lot of helpful tips and tricks and also discusses basic flower shapes, anatomy, photographing references, and setting up dynamic still lifes.

This is a must have for beginning colored pencil artists.

I hope y’all like these books and grab a copy for yourself! Just click the links on the photos and you’ll be taken right to Amazon or check for them at your local indie bookstore!

Have a great Thursday y’all!


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