-By Dan dos Santos
Don’t know what to get for the Artist in your family this holiday? Or maybe you simply don’t know what to ask for yourself? From modestly inexpensive to incredibly lavish, here are 10 holiday gift ideas sure to make any artist happy!
Feel free to put your own suggestions in the comments section.
1. Inspire Pro – iPad Painting App
2. Audible.com Subscription
Cost: $21 for a 3 month Trial subscription
If your Artist is anything like me, they spend long hours, working alone, in the middle of the night. Audiobooks are a fantastic way to constructively pass the time, while not distracting you from the work you need to get done.
3. Spectrum 18
Spectrum has been my default Christmas present for years. The book is so chock full of amazing art, I can’t think of an artist that wouldn’t find something in there to love!
4. Drawing the Head and Hands, by Andrew Loomis
Loomis’ books are staples in the art instruction world, and this particular title has recently been reprinted. Since it was just released a month or two ago, it’s quite likely your Artist doesn’t have it yet!
5. Instructional DVDs
7. Winsor & Newton Shannon Easel
8. Smith & Vector 1200 Watt Light Kit
A must own for the budding Illustrator. Good reference is invaluable to a good illustration; and good reference requires good light. If you don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on a professional strobe kit, this is the next best option. The kit is versatile, and comes with everything you need. I used this exact kit for the first 10 years of my professional career.
10. Illustration Master Class Tuition
Cost: $2000, includes tuition, room and board.
It’s certainly not cheap, but it is definitely worth every single penny. If your Wife or Husband is an aspiring illustrator, consider spoiling them rotten this Holiday. I promise you… This is a gift that your loved one will remember for the rest of their life!