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Below is a list of books I’ve come across that I’ve found to be very useful. The ones highlighted in purple I feel are must reads. None of these are links, you’re going to have to find them the old school way. -L

Comics and The Visual Narrative

99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style, by Matt Madden

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, By Scott Mcloud

Comics & Sequential Art, By Will Eisner

Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative, By Will Eisner

Book arts

Structure of the Visual Book, Keith Smith

Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Book making /Technique

Handwritten: Expressive Lettering in the Digital Age, by Steven Heller and Mirko Ilic

The Pen and Ink Book: Materials and techniques for Today’s Artists, by Jos. A. Smith, Watson and Guptil Publ.

Constructive Anatomy, by Bridgeman, Dover Publ.

Dynamic Light and Shade, by Burne Hogarth, Watson and Guptil Publ.

Dynamic Anatomy, by Burne Hogarth, Watson and Guptil Publ.

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, by Betty Edwards

The Business of Art

Inside the Business of Illustration by Steven Heller and Marshall Arisman

The Artist’s Friendly Legal Guide , by F. Conner, P. Karlen, J. Perwin, D. Spatt

Business and Legal Forms for Illustrators, by Tad Crawford , Allworth Press

Legal Guide For the Visual Artist, by Tad Crawford

Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market, Writer’s Digest Books /Annual

The Business of Illustration, by Steven Heller & Teresa Fernandes

Graphic Artists Guild Handbook : Pricing and Ethical Guidelines/ annual

The Ultimate Portfolio, by Martha Metzdorf

The Graphic Artist’s Guide To Marketing & Self Promotion , by Sally Prince Davis

Working From Home, by Paul & Sarah Edwards

The Freelancer’s Business Book. Kalia Lulow


Artist Beware , by Michael McCann , Publ. Watson & Guptil is a must read.


The Artist’s Way : A Spritual Path to Higher Creativity, by Julia Cameron

The Blank Canvas- Inviting the Muse , by Anna Held Audette , Pub. Shambhala /Boston & London

**Design Synectics: Stimulating creativity in design, By Nicholas Roukes , Publ. Davis Publications

**Art Synectics By Nicholas Roukes , Publ. Davis Publications

The Education of an Illustrator, by Heller and Arisman, Allworth Press / NY

The Education of a Designer, Allworth Press / NY


Getting To Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, by Roger Fisher & William Ury , Penguin Books

The Haggler’s Handbook, Leonard Koren & Peter Goodman , W. W. Norton

You Can Negotiate Anything : How to Get What you Want, Herb Cohen , Lyle Stuart Inc. Publ.

Calming Upset Customers:staying effective during unpleasant situations, by Rebecca Lo. Morgan Crisp Publ.


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