10 Best Resources for Aspiring Illustrators

I’m often asked to recommend books on becoming a professional illustrator. Below are my 10 best resources for aspiring illustrators. Knowledge is power, however applying the knowledge creates a professional. The list includes drawing books and business guides I consistently use as an illustrator.

  1. The Book of a Hundred Hands (Dover Anatomy for Artists), George B. Bridgeman
  2. Dynamic Figure Drawing, Bume Hogarth
  3. The Art of Animal Drawing: Construction, Action Analysis, Caricature (Dover Art Instruction), Ken Hultgren
  4. Animation (Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Archive Series), Walt Disney Company
  5. Cartoon Animation (Collector’s Series), Preston Blair
  6. Anatomy for the Artist, Jeno Barcsay
  7. Best Sketchbook, Use at least one sketchbook to practice the books listed above.
  8. How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books and Get Them Published, Bicknell and Trotman
  9. Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines, Graphic Artist Guild
  10. Your Perfect Home-Based Studio: A Guide for Designers and Other Creative Professionals, Poppy Evans

— Mark Wayne Adams, Publisher of Nicholas, that’s Ridiculous! A Story About Being a Boy