While I like many types of books and read both fiction and non-fiction, the ones listed below have been influential (to varying degrees) during the ongoing "art development" phase of my life.
Just as I hope you'll find my choices to be stimulating, I find it interesting to hear about the books that have been influential for you. Please email me input on your reading list and feedback on mine.
Theory and Practice
Ocvirk – Stinson – Wigg – Bone
This is an old book, circa 1960’s, that has been updated several times. It was the basic textbook for an Art 101 college course that I took years ago. Probably any basic art textbook will suffice. When looking for a basic book like this, you'll want a complete guide to art theory that gives some art history and explains the basic principles of design.
Stimulating Creativity in Design
This book looked at creativity in a different way by reducing the process to a twelve-step program. Many people in all areas of the arts have found this program quite helpful. I tried working through the whole process and while it did not all work for me, some of the parts and some of the information was quite helpful.
The following is a list of books that are full of exercises and theories about making art and getting the creative juices flowing in a “hands on” way. Each has a different twist but all have merit and can have interesting things to try when wanting to stretch and/or grow in a new direction.