9 illustration books every artist should read

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Passionate about illustration? Want to hone your skills further or simply make a start? No matter your experience or skill level, you need the best illustration books!

In this post, we round up the must-read books for illustrators, whether beginner or professional. We've scoured the web to find titles that give an overview of the history of illustration, instructional books to enable you to master the fundamentals of the craft, and books to inspire you. There's something for everyone here, no matter what it is you're looking for. 

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Gary Evans is a journalist with a passion for creative writing. He's recently finished his Masters in creative writing, but when he's not hitting the books, he loves to explore the world of digital art and graphic design. He was previously staff writer on ImagineFX magazine in Bath, but now resides in Sunderland, where he muses on the latest tech and writes poetry. 

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