Posted by: bluesyemre | November 22, 2020

24 Books Every #Artist Needs on Their #Bookshelf

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Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting your creative career, there’s always more to learn. From brushing up on your marketing skills or learning how to sell your art online, there’s no end to the business skills that can help you push your career further. Because, as we all know, it takes more than raw talent to make it as an artist. Ambition, tenacity, and the willingness to grow are just some of the characteristics that will help you build your career.

And while there are no shortage of articles online to help—including our own section of creative career advice—sometimes you just need to pick up a good book. Luckily, there are fantastic resources out there to help you with all aspects of the art business. From learning how to set prices to techniques on how to keep you inspired and productive, there are endless books to help your career survive, and thrive.

Ready to start building your library? Clear some room on the bookshelf for our list of 24 books every artist needs to own. Looking for inspiration and encouragement?

FIND YOUR ARTISTIC VOICE: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO WORKING YOUR CREATIVE MAGIC BY LISA CONGDON

THE CREATIVE HABIT: LEARN IT AND USE IT FOR LIFE BY TWYLA THARP

CREATIVE CONFIDENCE, UNLEASHING THE CREATIVE POTENTIAL WITHIN US ALL BY TOM KELLEY & DAVID KELLEY

POCKET FRIDA KAHLO WISDOM BY HARDIE GRANT

ART & FEAR: OBSERVATIONS ON THE PERILS (AND REWARDS) OF ARTMAKING BY DAVID BAYLES & TED ORLAND

MIND YOUR BUSINESS: A WORKBOOK TO GROW YOUR CREATIVE PASSION INTO A FULL-TIME GIG BY ILANA GRIFFO

HOW TO BUILD YOUR ART BUSINESS WITH LIMITED TIME OR ENERGY BY CORINNA THURSTON

ART, INC.: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE FOR BUILDING YOUR CAREER AS AN ARTIST BY LISA CONGDON

ART/WORK: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW (AND DO) AS YOU PURSUE YOUR ART CAREER BY HEATHER DARCY BHANDARI & JONATHAN MELBER

THE BUSINESS OF BEING AN ARTIST BY DANIEL GRANT

REAL ARTISTS DON’T STARVE BY JEFF GOINS

THE ARTIST’S GUIDE: HOW TO MAKE A LIVING DOING WHAT YOU LOVE BY JACKIE BATTENFIELD

ETSY-PRENEURSHIP: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO TURN YOUR HANDMADE HOBBY INTO A THRIVING BUSINESS BY JASON MALINAK

ART MONEY & SUCCESS BY MARIA TROPHY

SHOW YOUR WORK! BY AUSTIN KLEON

I’D RATHER BE IN THE STUDIO: THE ARTIST’S NO-EXCUSE GUIDE TO SELF-PROMOTION BY ALYSON STANFIELD

ART-WRITE: THE WRITING GUIDE FOR VISUAL ARTISTS BY VICKI KROHN AMOROSE

GUERRILLA MARKETING FOR ARTISTS BY BARNEY DAVEY

SELLING FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY BY NIGEL MERRICK

HOW TO SELL ART: A SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO CREATING RELATIONSHIPS WITH COLLECTORS AND CLOSING THE SALE BY J. JASON HOREJS

HOW TO SELL YOUR ART ONLINE BY CORY HUFF

ARTS & NUMBERS: A FINANCIAL GUIDE FOR ARTISTS, WRITERS, PERFORMERS, AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE CREATIVE CLASS BY ELAINE GROGAN LUTTRULL

DON’T PANIC: A LEGAL GUIDE (IN PLAIN ENGLISH) FOR SMALL BUSINESSES & CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS BY ART NEILL & TERRI KAROBONIK

BUSINESS AND LEGAL FORMS FOR FINE ARTISTS BY TAD CRAWFORD


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