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Gift suggestions for the illustrator in your life

From gadgets to gear we try to cover what the illustrator in your life is going to want this holiday season. From the practical to the impractical I’m sure you can find something on this list whether you’re buying for yourself or a loved one. Let’s start with the practical gifts first.


Pencil – $14.25
Every illustrator needs a great pencil and Alvin Draft Matic Mechanical Pencils is my favorite. The size I personally draw with is 0.5mm, but each artist has their own tastes.

Sketchbook – $12.00
You can never go wrong with a simple sketchbook with some nice high quality, acid-free paper in it. Every creative person loves to have a nice sketchbook that they can pull out whenever inspiration hits.

The Art of Brave – $40.00
This is one of my favorite books of the year. It’s always on my art desk when I’m drawing and I find myself flipping through it just to get inspired. Read my full thoughts on this book here.

Graphic Artist Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines 13th Edition – $23.32
This book is essentially a bible for illustrators. It’s not only an instructional book on how to run your freelance company, it also has lots of legal documents so you can cover your bacon.

2013 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market (Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market) – $29.99
If you write or illustrate for young readers with the hope of getting published, the 2013 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market is the trusted resource you need.

The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss – $35.00
When people first think about children’s books the name Dr. Seuss always seems to come into the conversation. These fabulous, whimsical paintings, created for his own pleasure and never shown to the public, show Dr. Seuss in a whole new light. I myself am personally hoping to get this one this holiday season.


Wacom Tablet – 80.00 to 500.00
Whether you’re getting a starting tablet or going for one of the higher end models, if you don’t already have a Wacom tablet, the holidays are always a good time to pick one up or to ask Santa for one.

Wacom Nib – $35.00 (Intuo3) (Intuo4)
Most people don’t think of this but, your Wacom pen nibs will eventually become dull just like normal pencils. That’s why it’s great to get this Pen Pro Accessory Kit. No one would think to buy it and the illustrator in your life will love it because they didn’t even think of it. This might take a little research you’ll need to know what kind of pen they have for their tablet already.

SketchBook Pro – $60.00
I know I’ve been singing the praises of sketchbook Pro all year but, that’s because I really love using it. It’s one of the best applications I’ve found for doing digital sketching. Plus it won’t break the bank.

Desktop toys
Almost every time I walk past a designer or illustrators desk they’ve got some sort of inspirational item on their desk. For me I normally find that to be a toy. I don’t really have a suggestion for anything here because that’s completely up to the taste of the illustrator but, I just thought it would be a good suggestion for anyone looking to buy a gift for someone.


I Draw Pictures All Day T-Shirt
Finally, I know this is a little dorky but, I have this t-shirt and I love to wear it. It really simplifies the conversation of what you do for a living.

Hope this helps you with your holiday shopping. Now if you’ll excuse me I need to send this link to my wife.

Happy Holidays!

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