As a creative, there is nothing worse then feeling uninspired. It's something I believe everyone faces from time to time. To help, I have put together a few of my favorite books. These range from illustrated books to my favorite novels. Here we go!
10. GRIMM'S COMPLETE FAIRY TALES
Fairy tales have inspired generations of creatives. They open your imagination to new and wondrous locations and characters. Granted, the Grimm tales can be a bit dark. However, they are also extremely imaginative and unique.
9. BORN IN CONCRETE, THE EK SERIES - Derek Stenning
This book of Derek Stenning's work is just stunning. Derek shows a great understanding of movement and composition with his book of astronaut illustrations. Flipping through this book is a must!
8. BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO DIGITAL PAINTING IN PHOTOSHOP
Over the last couple of years digital painting has exploded. I'm constantly blown away by all the art that can be made on the computer. Being the book hoarder I am, I ordered this book. It's fantastic. It's easy and fun to follow, and it gives a good foundation into digital painting.
7. PROGRESSIONS THE ART OF JON FOSTER
I'm sure many of you have heard the name Jon Foster. If you are a big fantasy reader, I'm sure you have seen his work on numerous book covers. He is a great fantasy artist and Progressions gives you a glimpse into his mind, and it is gorgeous.
6. TREASURES OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY - Donna Jo Napoli
I'm fascinated with Greek Mythology, so when I ran across this book I had to have it. If the stories don't catch your attention, Christina Balit's illustrations will. Plus its published by National Geographic, so you know its going to be good.
5. PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS SERIES - Rick Riordan
As you can tell, I have a problem when it comes to mythology. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians and the Hero's of Olympus series are some of my very favorite books. They are up there next to Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Eragon series. To answer your question, yes, I read like a 12 year old girl.
Also, you should read the The Kane Chronicles. They are based on Egyptian mythology and are just a awesome and funny as the Percy Jackson series.
4. ART OF THE BOOK OF LIFE - Jorge R. Gutierrez + Guillermo Del Toro
This book came out only a few weeks ago, and it has become one of my favorite go-to books. The book is everything you want in an Art of the Movie book. The illustrations are rich and detailed, and the character design is fabulous.
3. HYPERBOLE AND A HALF - Allie Brosh
Laugher is the ultimate mood changer and when I'm just not "feeling it," I grab Hyperbole and a Half. Allie Brosh is the ultimate laugh factory and her illustrations are the crowning jewel. When you are feeling stuck, grab this book and take a half hour to just smile and laugh like you are wearing a dinosaur costume.
2. LEVIATHAN TRILOGY - Scott Westerfeld
This series is so good! It's about a girl named Deryn Sharp who is a commoner, and a girl disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman, but her secret is in constant danger of being discovered. For this series I must insist you listen to the audiobook. Alan Cumming is just brilliant with character voices and accents. But don't forget about the books themselves. They are filled with stunning illustrations by Keith Thompson.
1. RAMAYANA DIVINE LOOPHOLE (Sanjay Patel)
This book makes me drool! Not only is the context great, the illustrations make you want to weep. This is vector work at is very best. If you are thinking of purchasing any of these books, I insist it's this one. Seriously folks, it's so good.
These are just a few of my favorites from my vast collection. If you want to share some books with me or want some recommendations leave me a comment!