Best individual artists books according to redditors

We found 186 Reddit comments discussing the best individual artists books. We ranked the 72 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/owetre18 · 2573 pointsr/interestingasfuck

The album forgot to mention why is was created.

The artist remembered being a little kid, before knowing how to read, and wanted to recreate the feeling of looking at an encyclopedia for the first time. Seeing all of the pictures and charts and diagrams, knowing they mean something but not what that something is.

Edit: You can get the book here. It's hardcover, and also an art piece, so don't be too surprised by the price.

u/the_okkvlt · 33 pointsr/BeAmazed

Here you go boss hog: Sketchy Stories: The Sketchbook Art of Kerby Rosanes

Not the same sketchbook, but another one by the same artist

::EDIT:: I have that one and a couple of his coloring books. They are all amazing and an incredible value.

u/nu2readit · 14 pointsr/calvinandhobbes

He most recently contributed to a book honoring the art of cartoonist Richard Thompson. Sadly Thompson too young of Parkinsons, but I still recommend his strip Cul de Sac.

u/searust · 14 pointsr/WTF

It's actually being reprinted later this year by Rizzoli. It is on Amazon for pre-order at $75... this is the price that the Abbeville edition was back in the mid-80s.

u/InvalidNinja · 12 pointsr/comicbooks

No shots of the inside but here's the book

u/TitleLinkHelperBot · 7 pointsr/FreeEBOOKS

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u/musiu · 7 pointsr/AmateurRoomPorn

Something else came to my mind. I own this book, it's like a pseudo-science encyclopedia from a different world with drawings that make no sense and stuff you can't read. it's awesome.

wiki entry, [Amazon link] (

u/Do_not_reply_to_me · 6 pointsr/interestingasfuck

> I've heard talk that there may be more pressings made soon at higher volume, making it more affordable

u/the_light_of_dawn · 6 pointsr/RetroFuturism

World of Edena

The Incal

Astounding stuff.

u/obscure_robot · 6 pointsr/Heavymind

Amazon says the release date is October 29.

Interestingly, they are doing release-date delivery for the Codex as well as the Autechre and Boards of Canada vinyl pre-releases I put in the same order. Amazon used to only do release-date delivery for video games.

u/DadJokesAndMore · 6 pointsr/pics

Ode to Happiness, only $800+ dollars at less than 70% approval rating.

No thanks.

u/noclipsatwork · 5 pointsr/gifs

Not sure if it's the exact book from the gif but the artist sells one just like it on Amazon

Sketchy Stories: The Sketchbook Art of Kerby Rosanes

u/jordanlund · 5 pointsr/graphicnovels

The Xenozoic Tales omnibus is amazing:

u/Tsunder-plane · 5 pointsr/lifeisstrange

I'm aware that some of his work has been featured on this subreddit before but I wanted to congregate it all into a single post for everyone's convenience!. Kuvshinov is one of my favorite artists and is known for beautiful portraiture. I particularly love his ability to work in different styles.

Check out more of his work on his tumblr ( and instagram( You can support him on his patreon ( or get a hold of his new artbook (!

EDIT: sorry for anyone seeing this post 3 times in different ways. I'm relatively new to posting on Reddit and was having issues. I've hidden the other posts so hopefully I don't mess up your feed

u/eleanorxrigby · 5 pointsr/KitchenConfidential

Currently reading Heritage by Sean Brock. I really like Bar Tartine if you have any interest in preservation. Gjelina is on my Christmas list. For something really different, Salvador Dali's cookbook was just released.

edited for formatting

u/pibb_xtra · 4 pointsr/tipofmytongue

We Go To The Gallery. It's a book, but the scans were going around the internet. Here's a page.

u/CaptainApollyon · 4 pointsr/C_S_T

I'm not the most prolific reader but there are certainly a few people presenting hypothesis that I enjoy so ill put forward their work.

Ralph Ellis's King Jesus series

also comics, comics are good i bought this book for my brother i've read most of it online it is pretty neat :Moebius Library: The World of Edena

u/stopandwatch · 4 pointsr/nottheonion

> Codex Seripiphanus this one? googling Codex Seripiphanus brought up 0 results

u/KoffieAnon · 3 pointsr/futureporn

Chris Foss is amazing... I can highly recommend this book here

u/jsvegas · 3 pointsr/whatisthisthing

correct! I think a lot of old techniques are explained in this book

u/MrFutur3 · 3 pointsr/drawing

here, he’s also gonna release these water tattoos

u/alienbaconhybrid · 3 pointsr/pics

Because it’s boring and that’s why we have cameras. Why draw if you can’t bring something new into the world?

The way the picture was rendered it’s also likely traced:

u/Thefriendlyfaceplant · 3 pointsr/RetroFuturism

He has a book which is pretty good value considering it's a big heavy full-colour hardcover.
Guardians of the Galaxy istself really is a celebration of concept art as a whole. There's also Oliver Pron who designed the environments which is why they're all so lush, intricate and vast. Same goes for Doctor Strange the weird fractal buildings and everything all have his signature.

u/mattreyu · 3 pointsr/news

Thankfully the notebooks have been digitized, so you can even buy a copy off Amazon. You can't really do that with a musical instrument.

u/lobster_johnson · 3 pointsr/bandedessinee

Moebius also created another Incal-like fantasy series that is not as well known: The Edena cycle, originally published in five volumes, and today available in a single volume in English as The World of Edena. It's the only epic series that he wrote himself without any collaborators, but it's about as crazy and imaginative as anything he did together with Jodorowsky. The style is quite close to The Incal, but a little cleaner and less "dirty".

Simon Roy's Prophet series (still ongoing) is fantastic and very Moebius/Jodorowsky at times.

I'd also recommend Benoit Peeters' Obscure Cities series.

u/aliensun · 3 pointsr/books

Oh, sorry for being vague. The edition pictured has a black cover, released in the early 80s in Italy and eventually the US and is a collectors item (expensive), think it was in two volumes as well. In 2006 they reprinted it, it has a small pamphlet about the author in Italian but translations can be found online. It's not hand drawn or handwritten but it's printed really well so it looks like it. THICK art paper with rugged edges is used, and the ink quality is very nice. The one I have is the 2006 edition 2010 reprint. Here's the Amazon link
EDIT: Sorry, just checked ,edges are not rugged, still a beautiful, weird book nonetheless. And it comes as a single volume just to clarify.

u/robotvsbadger · 3 pointsr/shutupandtakemymoney
u/nbcaffeine · 3 pointsr/Lovecraft
u/ImpossibleKintsugi · 3 pointsr/Marvel
u/kolwrath · 2 pointsr/EliteDangerous

I'd like to more too.

Like this :,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/zswgdysfpugdampmodv4.jpg

The Type-6 turbulence pack was a good start. Don't think it sold well though.

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EDIT 2 : Forgot the guys name, but stuff like the Chris Foss's designs

u/TheGoshDarnedBatman · 2 pointsr/books

The post is dated 2013, so the book is already available.

Amazon page

u/WholeBrevityThing · 2 pointsr/books

Codex Seraphinianus is now back in print, my wife bought it for me for my anniversary in January.

u/euklyd · 2 pointsr/manga

That all being said, as mentioned by /u/TotoroTheGreat, artbooks are actually a really good bet, and since your friend particularly enjoys the colorful art, an artbook would work very well for that, and they won't break your budget.

An example would be something like this, although obviously you should look for something for a series your friend enjoys.

If I had to suggest a completely blind gift, I would go for the Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind box set, which can be found on Amazon for relatively cheap, at least in the US (although still a bit pricey, so it may not match your budget, especially if they live outside the US). It's a classic (the movie based on the manga is fairly well-known even in the West), and the translation and physical media of this release is very high quality.

u/comicsnerd · 2 pointsr/gifs
u/MorningNoonNight · 2 pointsr/graphicnovels

Thank you so much for posting these pictures! They look amazing. This is exactly what I'm looking for. World of Edena is being published in english, though I'm not sure if it's the same publisher. Hopefully, this means they'll be publishing the short stories and Airtight Garage as well.

Edit: Found some information about further english releases:

"Following the debut of The World of Edena this fall, Dark Horse and Moebius Production are also announcing the next installments in the Moebius Library over the next few years, including The Art of Edena, Inside Moebius Part 1, Inside Moebius Part 2, Inside Moebius Part 3, and The Art of Moebius."

u/teddybard · 2 pointsr/translator
u/TecnoPope · 2 pointsr/ImaginaryMindscapes

I'm a moebius fanatic. His artwork lines my walls. Have you gotten Garden Of Aedena yet ? Probably my favorite thing from him.

Will check Satania right now.

u/stumpyking · 2 pointsr/TheCulture

just ordered this, for further inspiration:

Hardware: The Definitive SF Works of Chris Foss

u/coogzzz · 2 pointsr/Heavymind

Credit: Josh Barkey

He put out an art book recently which I really enjoyed, check it out if you get a chance and want to support an artist :)

u/xtiaaneubaten · 2 pointsr/ArtHistory

Painters have always used various optical devices, I dont think it detracts from their painting, its just another tool.

Its the Hockney-Falco thesis that you are referring to, he discusses it in depth with proof in this book, its an interesting read, Id give it a whirl if I were you.

u/Sufficient_Egg · 2 pointsr/childfree

The one in Florida? I love going to there and the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Art.

As an artist, children in museums and galleries make me nervous. Too many works and too many sticky, grabby hands. The little ones just don't get too much out of it. I have never seen a happy small child in a fine arts gallery.

Although, children are the reason for my favorite funniest museum moment. My family and I were in the gift shop of the St. Pete MoA and I found this satire book in the children's section (it's funny and highly inappropriate). When we said something to the cashier, she said that she's gotten a lot of people saying the same thing, but every time that they moved the books out of the children's section, their boss would throw a fit and make them put it back.

I would have loved to see the aftermath of a small kid picking up that book and asking their parent about God being dead.

u/CommanderZx2 · 2 pointsr/comicbooks

There is the cheaper pocket edition, but that has fewer pages and is smaller in size.

u/americansteel · 2 pointsr/ArtHistory

A lot of the best literary works can depend greatly on your background. For example, I have many friends who are technicians of one sort or another, so technique was one point to strengthen their connection to art. I might get them to watch Tim's Vermeer and then read David Hockney's Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters. I understand that these assumptions about technique are still theory, but many find it interesting and relatable.

u/Smugasaurus · 2 pointsr/homeworld
u/fordag · 2 pointsr/PenmanshipPorn

Amazon link

u/MENDACIOUS_RACIST · 2 pointsr/educationalgifs

Wait till you see this

Basically the Old Masters had a bunch of aids like this that helped them create sublime, photorealistic renderings in oil.

u/bewseyD · 2 pointsr/books

Have you heard of Chris Foss? He is an illustrator who did paintings for innumerable pulp SF covers, mostly in the 70s and 80s. You should check out Hardware, a collection of his prints that was recently published. Fun fact: he was also the illustrator for The Joy Of Sex.

u/SirJoseph366 · 2 pointsr/ArtHistory

Also check on David Hockney's Secret Knowledge, if you find this interesting

u/margalicious · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

So cheap!

Thank you for this Halloween contest :3

u/fersnerfer · 1 pointr/SpecArt

You want books by either Chris Foss or John Harris. Both are cover artists from the 80s and I think still do modern scifi covers as well. John Scalzi's books are all by John Harris.

I have The Definitive Works Of Chris Foss and thumbing through it makes me feel like I am twelve again.

u/a_over_b · 1 pointr/sanfrancisco

Nice idea! Your request reminded me of two similar pieces, which I'm pointing you to for inspriation.

First, you might like this guy's take on everyday architecture and life in SF. His (usually single panel) illustrations ran for a number of years in the local paper:

Paul Madonna - All Over Coffee

Paul Madonna website

Second, here is a collection of prints that were created for the national park that covers most of our coastline:

GGNRA branding case study

Regarding your project, the next few I'd do are Muir Woods, the Pier 39 sea lions, the Ferry Building, and AT&T Park.

u/bkr4f · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I don't have a specific one but my interest started as a kid when I had a fascination with old maps. You know how they would have little sea monsters sketched in the oceans? I think what I like so much is the imagery.

I've always wanted to page through the Codex Seraphinianus it's my lazy quest to find it in a dusty corner of a used book shop.

u/amazon-converter-bot · 1 pointr/FreeEBOOKS

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u/glowingmember · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

Oh man. We have a small collection of these that I am always looking to expand (although my four large billy bookcases groan every time I think about it).

I think my current favourite is my Chris Foss art book. I'm a huge fan of retro sci-fi artwork, and would love to add some art books of Moëbius or Giger or Syd Mead to my stack.

Seconding what others have said - find a movie or videogame that you love the look of. Chances are they've put out an art book just for people like us who love this shit. Some of the books in my collection include books showcasing visuals from Destiny, Mass Effect, Diablo III, How To Train Your Dragon, Brutal Legend, Myst, Doctor Who... and some others I can't remember and am too lazy to get up and look at.

u/hellraiser401 · 1 pointr/todayilearned

It is believed that the artist (or author, depending on how you classify the piece) was inspired by memories of his childhood of him paging through an encyclopedia before he was able to read. This work is created to replicate that feeling of awe and wonder produced by his experience. The early editions of the book have been sold for thousands of dollars. Attached is an imgur link with additional pictures of the book with descriptions of the believed chapter subjects as well as an Amazon link to purchase the book yourself:

u/workaccountoftoday · 1 pointr/Psychonaut

I don't know if it's really what you're looking for, but I've been interested in getting the Codex Seraphinianus sometime. Not your typical "story" or anything but it certainly would be interesting to run through.

u/hiyosilver64 · 1 pointr/wallpapers

Just found this at Amazon if anyone is interested:

Hardware: The Definitive SF Works of Chris Foss Hardcover – September 6, 2011
by Chris Foss

u/joshbarkey · 1 pointr/Art

If you'd like to see more of my art, check out the "Look Inside" feature on my art-book here:

u/Cultun · 1 pointr/JoeRogan

A re-released version is available soon on Amazon as the author is apparently still alive.

u/SNM_2_0 · 1 pointr/IAmA

he in fact has published his advise, check this out, "Ode to Happiness"

u/amcolley · 1 pointr/toptalent

So beautiful. I teared up a little. I wish he would publish it as a book. I would buy it.


Y’all. Sketchy Stories: The Sketchbook Art of Kerby Rosanes

u/r1243 · 1 pointr/HelpMeFind

it's not just any Amazon link, it's certain specific links which can essentially be traceable back to you, and usually give you a benefit if someone buys an item through your link. I just gave Amazon as an example as their affiliate links are fairly widespread. this link, for example, is not an affiliate link - it simply directs to the item, and has no additional information linked to it.

u/km_alexander · 1 pointr/Fantasy

My wife bought me a hardcover copy of the Rizzoli printing of The Code Seraphinius. (This one I think: It's incredible. The printing, binding, and feel of the book is stunning. I have spent many hours flipping through it already.

u/BrainBrain · 1 pointr/scifi

New Foss book coming out next year...


u/iamthetlc · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Apparently he collaborated on a picture book called "Ode to Happiness":

u/-G-G- · 1 pointr/conspiratard

Just ordered my copy of the new edition of The Codex Seraphinianus, can't imagine how bad it would make the Tin-foilers freak out if they saw it.

u/nontemperate · 1 pointr/Fantasy

Crazy good price.

Preordered it a couple of months ago and it just came in today.

u/salziger · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This is a really sweet contest. Thank you for it!

Instead of for myself, I'd like this for my husband (from his wishlist) and
this for my mom (from my mom's wishlist). They've both done so much for me and it would be nice to surprise them with a little something.

Here, kitty kitty!

u/AlastorCrow · 1 pointr/TokyoGhoul

If you liked this, please don't hesitate to show some love for the series by purchasing a copy of the Tokyo Ghoul [Illustrations] art book. I own both a Japanese and an English copy and it's certainly worth every penny. Not only does it come with interesting insight and commentary from Ishida Sui himself, the English version is printed on high quality paper that helps showcase every last bit of detail of the artwork and comes with a sturdy and gorgeous hardcover.

You can purchase them online or in-store through:

Barnes & Noble




>Product description

>A full-color art book showcasing the terrific and terrifying work of Sui Ishida, creator of the hit manga and anime Tokyo Ghoul.

>Tokyo Ghoul Illustrations: zakki features artwork and behind-the-scenes notes, commentary and ruminations from  Tokyo Ghoul creator Sui Ishida. Discover the creative process that brought the hit manga and anime to life, in gloriously ghoulish full color.

u/lickmyplum · 0 pointsr/woahdude

Actually, all you need is a projector. That's how this sort of thing is done - much like paint by number without the outlines done for you. You might like David Hockney's book Secret Knowledge about the use of optics in art.