Thursday, 30 November 2017

Creative Life - My Top 5 Creative Books

As a creative human I am constantly seeking new creative books, podcasts, exhibitions, blogs and events. In my home studio I have shelves full of books which I'm constantly going back and re-reading, or flicking through in times where I need visual inspiration or reference.

Personally I'm looking for motivational, visually inspiring, informative books that are fun to read as well as being beautiful to look at. When I'm in bookshops my rule is if I don't want to put it down and can't stop thinking about it, then it has to come home with me. I can't think of a book that I regret buying.

In this post I wanted to share my Top 5 creative books, all of which I'm totally in love with. Here goes...

Champagne & Wax Crayons
Ben Tallon

A personal & down-to-earth look into the realities of living a creative life by Author & Freelancer Ben Tallon. Themes of this book include Creative Education, Freelance Struggles & Creative Agents to name just a few. Not to mention it has an awesome cover (Illustrated by Ben himself) as well as cool little illustrations inside to accompany the text.

This is a must-read for anyone thinking about starting a career in the Creative Industries.

Buy it here!

Creative Pep talk
Andy J. Miller

Creative Pep Talk by Andy J. Miller is a beautiful collection of uplifting illustrated quotes from 50 different artists. Its stunning front to back and if you're interested in lettering it's also a great source of visual inspiration. Reading this book is like getting a hug and a pat on the back to tell you that you're going to be ok, just keep going.

Its perfect for a quick pick-me-up or read the whole thing if you're in need of some serious Pep in your step.

Buy it here!

Make Your Own Luck
Kate Moross

Make Your Own Luck by Kate Moross is an exciting & inspirational look into the life and D.I.Y attitude of Kate's creative career as a Designer & Illustrator. Its jam-packed full of examples of projects she's worked on and details how the project came about and what the outcome is like.

Reading about the diversity of exciting projects she's worked on literally makes you feel like the sky's the limit for your own creative career.

Creative Confidence
Tom Kelley & David Kelley

The Authors of Creative Confidence Tom & David Kelley have heaps of industry experience and often refer to real life examples to explain their ideas. One of the recurring themes of this book is that creativity is for everyone, you just have to have the confidence to unleash it.

It tackles topics such as facing your fears, coming up with innovative ideas, overcoming creative problems, all of which suggest that Creative Confidence is the key, and give you practical advice on how to gain more.

Buy it here!

Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk
Danielle Krysa

Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk is a funny and insightful guide to creative truths and the struggles of living a creative life. I love the way that this book is set out, making it simple to read, be it in one sitting or dipping in and out when you need a boost of inspiration.

Because it's been written in such a friendly and personal way it feels a lot like you are talking to a friend about your creative struggles. It also has brilliant, funny & very relatable illustrations by Artist Martha Rich in full colour throughout.

Buy it here!


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