jackiediedam December 1, 2017

Last year I shared a gift guide for the artist in your life. It was really well received so I wanted to add to the list this year.
This time I want to give you some ideas of what types of books to choose, if you are planning on getting one! Some of these books I own, and some are on my own wish list. I hope you find the perfect book for that special person!

Jackie Diedam - Books Illustration


Henri Rousseau – Arcaic Naiveté – I got this book at an exhibition in Venice a few years ago as a souvenir. It has been ever since a main source of inspiration and a great escape for whenever I hit a creative block. Henri’s work was magical, pure and naive, and this book is a stunning collective of his works and works that inspired him and that got inspired by him.

Animalium – A beautifully designed book about animals. I think any illustrator can use this as a research source in it’s works.

Botanicum –  A beautifully designed book about botany. I think any illustrator can use this as a research source in it’s works. 🙂 It’s part of the same series as Animalium.

Here we are – Notes for living on Planet Earth – Oliver Jeffers is, in my opinion, one of the genius of our times. His sensibility to talk and illustrate stories is incomparable. I have almost all of his books, and this one is on my wish list already. This book is about our world and he dedicated it to his son.

Florence Broadhurst
– This is one of my favorite books ever. It’s a lovely biography of Florence, designer and artist, and it’s very inspiring. Her beautiful designs are until today extremely successful and knowing about her life and career is amazing. She was definitely extraordinary.

The Secret Lives of Color – This is an amazing book where you can find out the background of colors, concerning origin, fashion, politics and social impact. It’s on my wish list!

The world of Ornament – A basic source of research about history of decorative arts and ornament styles.

David Hockney – David Hockney needs no further presentation, and I haven’t met someone who doesn’t love his work. This book is filled with pieces of his works and would make a great addition to any creative studio. It’s on my wish list.

Matisse’s Garden – Published by the MoMa, this book is a collective of his cutout works. It has cut paper illustrations and fold out interactive spreads, and all I want is to spend hours going through his impressive works.

Sunday Sketching – Christoph Niemann is my boyfriend’s favorite illustrator. He owns several of his books but this one is my favorite. It’s filled with his essays about being a creative professional and amazing illustrations commissioned by the New Yorker.