I usually try to write up the books I read each year. This year I apparently read 250, according to goodreads. Hmm. I’m going to make it more palatable by doing it in themed groups.
Here are the drawing books. Because I’m writing a book on drawing, I gave myself permission to buy whatever I wanted. The photo shows 92 of them, some owned before last year, but most… well. It was a very good year.
Link means terrific, star+link means favorite, no link means good, and no mention means I’m sparing you or I forgot to list it. I’ll leave it to you to decide…
(If I reread it, you know it’s great, right?)
Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor
Marks and Meaning V.05 Dave Gray’s mind, on a plate. See my review.
Cartooning:Philosophy and Practice
The Sketchnote Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Visual Note Taking
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels
Make a World by Ed Emberly
Thinking with a Pencil
Back of the Napkin/Unfolding the Napkin
I must have opened those two a dozen times while working on my book.
* Design Fundamentals: Notes on Visual Elements and Principles of Composition a MUST
Design Fundamentals: Notes on Color Theory
Design Fundamentals: Notes on TypeDrawing
Design Drawing [With CDROM] Francis D.K. Ching
Draw Like This!: How Anyone Can See the World… by Christopher Locke Architectural Drafting: Procedures & Processes
100 + 1 Drawing Ideas: 100 + 1 Drawing Ideas for Sketchnoters and Doodlers
Draw to Win: A Crash Course on How to Lead, Sell, and Innovate With Your Visual Mind (My least favorite of the Dan Roam books, still very good.)
* Lettering for Architects and Designers by Martha Sutherland Best book- hands down- to learn writing and lettering.
Draw Your Own Alphabets: Thirty Fonts to Scribble, Sketch, and Make Your Own My favorite of this type of book, fonts to copy.
Lettering tips for artists, graphic designers, and calligraphers
Drawing Type: An Introduction to Illustrating Letterforms
Hand Lettering Ledger
Creative Lettering and Beyond
* Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes and Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity by David Sibbet (Also Visual Teams and Visual Leaders)
The Graphic Facilitator’s Guide
The Big Book of Flip Charts
Beyond Words: A Guide to Drawing Out Ideas for People Who Work with Groups
Sketchbook/ Drawing Collections/ Misc
An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers
2nd Class: Creating Curious Collage, Dubious Documents, and Other Art from Ephemera
Petroglyphs: Ancient Language, Sacred Art Sabra Moore
Playing with Sketches
The Urban Sketching Handbook: Reportage and Documentary Drawing: Tips and Techniques for Drawing on Location
Pedagogical Sketchbook: Introduction by Sibyl Moholy-Nagy Paul Klee
I Miss My Pencil
The Trickster’s Hat
Diagrams and Infographics
Atlas of Knowledge: Anyone Can Map
The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge
Canvases and Models for thinking
Design a Better Business: New Tools, Skills, and Mindset for Strategy and Innovation
What’s Your Big Idea
Design the Life You Love
Feel free to browse my office bookshelf.