10 top traditional art tools for December

This month, we've got our usual round up of the best new art books. It includes a look at the career of Mexico's most famous artist (that isn't Frida Kahlo – though it's not far off) whose work feels particularly relevant today. There's a monograph about one of Britain's most innovative comic book artists. And an unusual book by an artist who's really a writer. 

We've got a limited edition Moleskine with a Christmasy cover. We've got a cool arty calendar and diary for 2018. And we're also looking at how to master the fine art of textures – as well as all the tools you need to do it. 

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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.