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You don’t have to be an artist to do art. And if you are an artist – guess what – you still need to do all the regular stuff.
How to Be an Artist Without Losing Your Mind, Your Shirt or Your Creative Compass by JoAnneh Nagler – This is the book you slap people with if they say, “Just follow your bliss!” Art is a job and you have to be your own boss. Not easy. This book is a damn good place to start.
Art Before Breakfast by Danny Gregory – You might not want to be a professional, but dammit – you’re creative and you wanna create more! But with every single other thing in the world pulling at you – how?! Here’s a collection of instructions, exercises, activities, tips all designed to get you back in the creation groove.
Manage Your Day-To-Day from Jocelyn K Glei, but with contributions from too many people to list here – If you find yourself careening thru your days like a toddler who accidentally drank a shot of mescal and then climbed onto a trampoline, this might be what the substance-abuse counselor ordered. You won’t need the whole book, but chances are you’ll find a few tools designed specifically for whatever ails you: managing your social media addiction? fitting creativity into your schedule? shaping or eliminating multi-tasking? Get tuned up.
Sketch!: The Non-Artist’s Guide to Inspiration, Technique and Drawing Daily Life from France Belleville-Van Stone – Oooo this book is fun. I reviewed it last year, and the habits it taught me have stuck. I had the thought, “I want to learn how to sketch things”, and this lovely crumpet got me well on my way.
Sharpie Art Workshop by Timothy Goodman – The Swiss Army Knife of the writing instrument world, Sharpies can do it all. Do art with your Sharpie with this book.
Adapt or Wait Tables: A Freelancer’s Guide by Carol Wolper – From an uber-freelancer, this straight-to-the-point little volume will teach you how to navigate the freeing & frightening waters of freelancery, and it’s fun to read.
Don’t Get a Job… Make a Job by Gemma Barton is a smash course in designing your way into a design career. You can’t just go around dropping off resumés anymore; whether it’s an entrepreneurial attitude or a specific technique for getting your work noticed, Barton’s book offers pro-active approaches to getting jobs.
More art books, if ya want’em.
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