I do not make book recommendations lightly. The first one of these gems I came across was when I was meandering through a book store killing time. I was struck by the title Show Your Work. Aside from the very bare bones but effective design, I liked the idea that it was not a “how to” book. I am not a fan of “how to” books because they often present themselves with the assumption that everyone is approaching a problem from the same situation, which is never the case.
These books can either function for the reader as a pep talk or a giant kick in the ass, depending on the reader’s frame of mind and immediate needs. They are extremely short (an average reader can probably complete any of the three in one evening) but I choose to savor them and only read a chapter or two a day. When I really enjoy a book, I want it to last awhile. They books are full of great quotes, fun and relevant artwork, and lots of common sense suggestions.
I had taken all three out of my local library but I have decided the information they contain will be useful at other points in my life and I will want to pick them up and page through them, if not read them again entirely. So I am purchasing all three books. For anyone who knows me and knows I am not a person who purchases things lightly, this is a testament for how essential I feel these books are for any practicing artist.