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The Complete Art School Portfolios Guide: Artists & Inspiration

Look at both art history & contemporary art

Resources for art history and contemporary art are growing every day, and the speed and access that you now have to all of that information is simply staggering for us old folks who grew up without the Internet!

You might think that you can just research drawings online, but actually, there is a range and diversity of drawings in books at the library that have yet to be documented online. (let’s face it, Rembrandt and Artemsia Gentileschi were never on Instagram.)

Browsing for famous paintings and sculpture, etc. online works is super convenient and easy, and definitely Google your heart out!  However, there are certainly a lot of drawings that are obscure enough that many are simply not available online.

Contemporary Painting

Human Figure
Jenny Saville
Kehinde Wiley
Amy Sherald
Jordan Casteel
Lucian Freud
Faith Ringgold
Devan Shimoyama
Nicole Eisenman
Lisa Yuskavage
Kerry James Marshall
Dana Schutz
Dan Thompson
David Hockney
Somaya Critchlow
Alex Katz
Wangari Mathenge
Gerald Lovell
Elizabeth Peyton
Will Cotton
Tajh Rust
Eric Fischl
Chris Ofili
Cecily Brown
Eric Telfort
Nadia Waheed
Yuqi Wang
Dan Thompson
Alice Neel
Henry Taylor
Alex Grey
Jonathan Lyndon Chase
Kerry James Marshall
Joy Labinjo
Arcmanoro Niles
Kenturah Davis

George Condo
Beauford Delaney

Human Figure
John Currin
Balthus
Janet Hulings Bleicken
Dasha Shishkin
Inka Essenhigh
Paul Cadmus
Julie Heffernan
Kyle Staver
Paula Rego
Will Cotton
Jacob Lawrence
Vincent Desiderio
Odd Nerdrum
George Tooker
Philip Pearlstein
David Hockney
Lou Fratino
Jennifer Packer
Typhus Kapar
Jerrell Gibbs
Kudzanai-Violet Hwami
Devan Shimoyama
Zhang Xiaogang
Paula Rego
Cecily Brown
M. F. Husain
Peter Doig
Allison Schulnik
Hyman Bloom
Charles Henry Alston
Lois Mailou Jones

Landscape
Thomas Sgouros
Wolf Kahn
David Hockney
Antonio Lopez Garcia
Mark Tansey
Michael Mazur
Georgia O’Keefe
Henry O. Tanner
Matthew Smith
Leon Kossoff
Anselm Kiefer
Peter Doig
Alexis Rockman

Portraits
Alex Katz
Marilyn Minter
Elizabeth Peyton
Marlene Dumas
Francesco Clemente
Sam Messer
Zhang Xiaogang
Gary Hume
Nelson Shanks
Anne-Karin Furunes
Edwin Harleston
Amy Sherald
Luc Tuymans
Robert S. Duncanson
Chuck Close
Frank Auerbach
Anthony Janello

Abstract
Susanna Heller
Chip Allen
Ross Bleckner
Elliott Hundley
Shara Hughes
Tauba Auerbach
Anoka Faruquee
Cristi Rinklin
Pat Steir
Julie Mehretu
Will Hutnick
Carrie Moyer
Fred Tomaselli
Katherine Bradford
Joan Mitchell
Anselm Kiefer
Daniel Zeller
Sarah Walker
Michael Mazur
Jean-Michel Basquiat
George Miyasaki
Jack Whitten
Norman Lewis
Cy Twombly
Alma Thomas
McArthur Binion
Odili Donald Odita
Marco Maggi
Charline von Heyl
Amy Sillman
Jacqueline Humphries
Laura Owens
Simon Periton

Abstract
Marc Handelman
Alfred DeCredico
Ghada Amer
Joe Overstreet
Laura Owens
James Little
Mark Bradford
Freddie Styles
Ryan McGinness
Rashid Johnson
Mark Bradford
Philip Guston
Sam Gilliam
Eric Aho
Valerie Jaudon
Mark Innerst
Darren Waterston
Howardena Pindell
Matthew Wong
Mary Heilmann
Hilma af Klint
Frank Bowling
Sol LeWitt
Adam Pendleton
Tomashi Jackson
Torkwase Dyson

Still Life
Giorgio Morandi
Janet Fish
Wayne Thiebeaud
Kathleen Speranza
Caroline Larsen
Audrey Flack
Richard Estes
Kate Brinkworth

Contemporary Drawing

Landscapes
Antonio López García

Hilary Brace
Bunny Harvey
Isca Greenfield-Sanders

Abstract
Paul Noble
Toba Khedoori
Shazia Sikander
Daniel Zeller
Julie Mehretu
Judith Ann Braun
Silke Schatz

Sketches for 3D
Maya Lin
 
Claes Oldenburg
Frank Gehry
Zaha Hadid
Christo & Jeanne-Claude

Human Figure
Jenny Saville
Antonio López García
Raymond Pettibon
Diane Victor
Lorna Simpson

Historical Drawing

Historical Painting

Figure
Artemisia Gentileschi
Johannes Vermeer
Hieronymus Bosch
Rembrandt
Jean-Honoré Fragonard
Jean-Antoine Watteau
John Everett Millais
Francisco de Zurbarán
Pontormo
Jacques-Louis David
Caravaggio
Nicolas Poussin
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

Surrealism
René Magritte
Marc Chagall
Marcel Duchamp
Hans Bellmer
Frida Kahlo
Giorgio de Chirico
André Breton
Joan Miró
Dorothea Tanning
Leonora Carrington
Méret Oppenheim
Kay Sage
Max Ernst
Salvador Dalí
Man Ray

Figure, 20th century
Alice Neel

Chaim Soutine
Oskar Kokoschka
Edward Hopper
Tamara De Lempicka
Paul Gauguin
Max Beckmann
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Egon Schiele
Erich Heckel
Emile Nolde
Otto Mueller
George Grocz
Edvard Munch
Otto Dix
Jacob Lawrence
James Tisot
Balthus
Graham Sutherland
Joaquín Sorolla
Anders Zorn
Ilya Repin

Figure, Pre-Raphaelites
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
John William Waterhouse
Edward Burne-Jones
John Collier

Figure
Sandro Botticelli
Georges de la Tour
Raphael
Peter Paul Rubens
Jean-François Millet
George Bellows
Grunewald
Rembrandt
Lucas Cranach
Andrea Mantegna
Théodore Géricault
Eugene Delacroix
El Greco
Jan van Eyck
Giotto
Piero della Francesca
Thomas Eakins

Figure, Impressionists
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Mary Cassatt
Berthe Morisot
Édouard Vuillard
Pierre Bonnard
Édouard Manet

Pop Art
Roy Lichtenstein
Keith Haring
Andy Warhol
James Rosenquist
Rober Indiana
Frank Stella
Jim Dine
Tom Wesselman

Landscape
Maxfield Parrish
J. M. W. Turner
George Inness
Winslow Homer
William Wendt
Nicolaes Pieterszoon Berchem
Maynard Dixon
Thomas Moran
Claude Lorrain
Thomas Cole
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
John Constable
Caspar David Friedrich
Edgar Alwin Payne

Still Life
Siméon Chardin
Giorgio Morandi
Evert Collier
Willem Kalf
Harmen Steenwijck
Jan Davidsz. de Heem
Willem Kalf
Juan Sánchez Cotán
Juan van der Hamen
Paul Cezanne
Willem Claesz. Heda
Antoine Vollon
Pieter Claesz
William Merritt Chase

Abstract
Mark Rothko
Arshile Gorky
Willem de Kooning
Paul Klee
Pat Steir
Joan Mitchell
Alexander Calder
Eva Hesse
Richard Diebenkorn
Robert Motherwell
Jasper Johns
Elaine de Kooning
Wassily Kandinsky
Piet Mondrian
Franz Kline
Amy Sillman
Agnes Martin
Brice Marden
Kazimir Malevich
Jackson Pollock
Helen Frankenthaler

Sculpture

Contemporary Sculpture
Tim Hawkinson
Kirsten Hassenfeld
Tracey Emin
Ruth Asawa
Jeff Koons
Diana Al Hadid
Bruce Nauman
Roxy Paine
Kara Walker
Damien Hirst
Marc Quinn
Cornelia Parker
El Anatsui
Petah Coyne
Lonnie Holley
Huma Bhabha
Nathalie Miebach
Jennifer Maestre
Louise Bourgeois
Anish Kapoor
Damián Ortega
Tara Donovan
Damien Hirst
Maurizio Cattelan
Sarah Lucas
Jessica Straus
John Udvardy
Jessica Stockholder
Chapman Brothers
Lynda Benglis
Peter Voulkos
Lee Bul
Richard Deacon
Sopheap Pich
Andy Goldsworthy
Nick Cave
Rashid Johnson
Judy Pfaff
David Hammons
Charles Gaines
Theaster Gates
Senga Nengudi
Teresita Fernández
Glenn Ligon
Betye Saar
Shirley Tse
David Altmejd
Samara Golden
Yasue Maetake
Rachel Whiteread
Hu Xiaoyuan
Melvin Edwards

Figurative Sculpture
Bruno Lucchesi
Ron Mueck
Bob Taplin
Duane Hanson
Antony Gormley
Sachiko Akiyama
Ana Mendieta
Pat Keck
Judy Fox

Historical/Modern Scupture
Antoine Bourdelle
Auguste Rodin
Umberto Boccioni
Michelangelo
Alexander Calder
Edmonia Lewis
Medardo Rosso
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt
Henry Moore
Barbara Hepworth
Jan Arp
Alberto Giacometti
Donatello
Wilhelm Lehmbruck
Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Louise Bourgeois
Camille Claudel
Germaine Richier
Hans Bellmer
Edgar Degas
Lorenzo Ghiberti
Marcel Duchamp
Alexander Archipenko
Constantin Brancusi
Claus Oldenburg

Video
Ryan Trecartin
Martine Gutierrez
Shirin Neshat
Bill Viola
Ann Hamilton
Michal Rovner
Lana Z. Caplan
Jon Rafman
Mika Rottenberg
Korakrit Arunanondchai
Matthew Barney
Nam June Paik
Laurie Anderson
Bruce Nauman
Joan Jonas
Gary Hill

Murals
David Alfaro Siqueiros
Diego Rivera
Elba Lightfoot
José Clemente Orozco
Thomas Hart Benton
Alexis Rockman
Banksy
John Singer Sargent, BPL
Shepard Fairey

Textiles
Jim Drain
Julia Bland
Nick Cave
Annie Albers
Jeffrey Gibson
Junichi Arai
Eliza Squibb
Gwendolyn A. Magee
Bauhaus weaving
Mike Kelley
Faith Ringgold
Sheila Hicks
Ana Teresa Barboza
Olga de Amaral
Gunta Stölzl
Lenore Tawney

Performance Art
Marina Abramović
Wu Tsang
Yoko Ono
Aki Sasamoto
Chris Burden
Ana Mendieta
Lorraine O’Grady
Paolo Canevari
Vito Acconci
Pope.L
Ana Mendieta

Glass
Dale Chihuly
Josiah McElheny
Lino Tagliapietra
Harvey Littleton
Richard Harned
Dante Marioni
Ginny Ruffner
Marvin Lipofsky
Martin Blank
Andries Dirk Copier

Installation
Jenny Holzer
Jessica Stockholder
Tracey Emin
Rachel Whiteread
Do-Ho Suh
Portia Munson
Alex Da Corte
Yayoi Kusama
Adrienne Tarver
Sarah Sze
Lisi Raskin
Richard Serra
Chiharu Shiota
Mona Hatoum
Anna Schuleit Haber
Christo & Jeanne-Claude
Matthew Ritchie
Randall Thurston
Xu Bing
Sandy Skoglund
Ann Hamilton
Yayoi Kusama
Oliar Eliasson
Mark Dion
Judy Chicago
Richard Prince
Takashi Murakami
Rirkrit Tiravanija
Kevin Beasley
Martin Creed
Sanford Biggers
Teresita Fernández
Martin Puryear
Ai Weiwei
Subodh Gupta
Kimsooja
Gina Osterloh
Chitra Ganesh
Robert Irwin
James Turrell
Jenny Holzer
Barbara Kruger

Illustration

Children’s Books
Bob Staake
Eric Carle
Ezra Jack Keats
Peter Sis
David Macauley
Edward Gorey
Lane Smith
Maurice Sendak
Shaun Tan
Mo Willems
Quentin Blake
Tomie dePaola
Oliver Jeffers
William Steig
Leo Lionni
Richard Scarry
James Gurney
Shel Silverstein
Fred Gwynne
Anita & Arnold Lobel
Oge Mora
Dr. Seuss
A.A. Milne
Don Freeman
Ludwig Bemelmans
Crockett Johnson
Margaret Wise Brown
P.D. Eastman
Yuyi Morales
Leo and Diane Dillon
Kevin Henkes
Jan Brett
James Ransome
Jerry Pinkney
Trina Schart Hyman
Ed Young
Grace Lin
Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Julie Benbassat

Editorial Illustration
Marly Gallardo
JooHee Yoon
Bob Staake
Philip Burke
Victo Ngai
Seymour Chwast
Stephen Kroninger
Chester Don Powell
Marshall Arisman
Sue Coe
Edward Penfield
Brad Holland
Norman Rockwell
Kadir Nelson
Anita Kuntz
Daniel Adel
Yuko Shimizu
Maira Kalman
Paul Barnes
Nicolas Duffau
Dadu Shin
Christoph Niemann
Miki Sato
George Cruikshank
Edel Rodriguez
Julia Rothman
Malika Favre
Petra Eriksson
Edel Rodriguez
Barry Blitt
J.C. Leyendecker
Alex Kiesling

Comics
Junji Ito
Daniel Clowes
Jack Kirby
Dan Wasserman
Walt Kelly
Scott McCloud
Steve Ditko
Harvey Kurtzman
Alex Toth
Milton Caniff
Bill Watterson
Lynda Barry
Harvey Pekar
Mike Mignola
Neal Adams
Neil Gaiman
Harvey Kurtzman
Tove Jansson
Raina Telgemeier
Dav Pilkey
Alison Bechdel
Frank Miller
Sandra Boynton
Jeff Kinney
Robert McCloskey
Naoki Urasawa
Mike Allred
Steve Dillon
Jim Lee
Skottie Young
Maia Kobabe
Rick Geary

Comics
Winsor McCay
Osamu Tezuka
Charles Schultz
Tillie Walden
Art Spiegelman
Harvey Pekar
Alison Bechdel
Jules Feiffer
Jillian Tamaki
Robert Crumb
R. Kikuo Johnson
Mike Mignolla
Roz Chast
Chris Ware
Rube Goldberg
Alex Toth
Dave Berg
Will Eisner

Manga
Takehiko Inoue
Yusuke Murata
Akiko Higashimura
Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Hitoshi Iwaaki
Yoshitoki Oima
Osamu Tezuka
Chica Umino
Sumito Owara
Fumi Yoshinaga
Hiromu Arakaw
Tsubasa Yamaguchi
Junji Ito
Dean Cornwell

Adult Books
NC Wyeth
Nick Bantok
Ralph Steadman
Barry Moser
Kit Williams
Maxfield Parish
Dean Cornwell
Arthur Rackham
Edmund Dulac
Aubrey Beardsley
Kay Nielsen
Erté
George Barbier
Warwick Goble
Jessie Willcox Smith
Harry Clarke
Barry Moser
Mead Schaeffer
Rick Geary
Edward Steed
Aubrey Beardsley
H.R. Giger
Edward Lear
Song Kang
Shaun Tan
Gary Kelley
David Wiesner
Frank Frazetta

Caricature
Philip Burke
Al Hirschfeld
Robert Risko
Edward Steed
Tom Bachtell
Steven Kroninger
Mort Drucker
Norman Mingo
Harvey Kurtzman
Sebastian Krüger
Jack Davis
Al Jaffee

Concept Art
Nicholas Kole
Noah Bradley
Hicham Habchi
James Paick
Eytan Zana
Matt Rhodes
Andreas Rocha
Ryan Meinerding
Bobby Chiu
Syd Mead
Ralph McQuarrie
Eyvind Earle
Mary Blair
Maurice Noble
Ryan Meinerding
Andy Park
TB Choi
Jeremy Fenske
Jordan Grimmer
Lorenzo Lanfranconi
Space Gooose
Ryan Lang
Fanny Poulain
Seung Eun Kim
Su Wang
Jax Jocson
Carlo Arellano
Florian Moncomble
Dominik Mayer

Photography
Francesca Woodman
Annie Leibovitz
Dorothea Lange
Diane Arbus
Alfred Stieglitz
Richard Avedon
Wolfgang Tillmans
Vivian Maier
Julien Mandel
Steve McCurry
George Platt Lynes
Lorna Simpson
Thomas Eakins
Vik Muniz
Laura Aguilar
William Eggleston
Henri Cartier-Bresson

Graphic Design
Saul Bass
Jessica Walsh
Emory Douglas
Milton Glaser
WPA Posters
Paul Rand
Stefan Sagmeister
Paula Scher
Chip Kidd
Jessica Hische

Architects
Renzo Piano
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Frank Gehry
Zaha Hadid
Daniel Libeskind
Norman Foster
Buckminster Fuller
Antoni Gaudí
I.M. Pei
Renzo Piano
Toyo Ito
Louis Kahn
Philip Johnson
Frank Lloyd Wright
Maya Lin
Philip Johnson
Norman Foster
Eileen Gray
Walter Gropius
Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky
Daniel Libeskind
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Le Corbusier
Isamu Noguchi

 

Animation
William Kentridge
Lotte Reiniger
The Brothers Quay
Hayao Miyazaki
Nalini Malani
Satoshi Kon
LeSean Thomas
Rebecca Sugar
Brothers Quay
Daniel Sousa
Suzan Pitt
Bill Plympton
Conner Griffith
Michael Langan
Saad Moosajee
Bee Grandinetti
Calvin Xingpei Shen
Yukai Du
J. Stuart Blackton
Eadweard J. Muybridge
Joseph Plateau
Caroline Leaf
Mary Ellen Bute
Wladyslaw Starewicz

Animation
Michel Gondry
Wendy Tilby
Leah Shore
Oskar Fischinger
Caleb Wood
Alexander Petrov
Jim Simon
Steven Woloshen
Signe Baumane
Jan Svankmajer
Joan C. Gratz
RUFFMERCY
Sally Cruikshank
Marcus Armitage
Yuri Norstien
Nina Paley
Sabrina Curry
Vrinda Zaveri
Caroline Leaf
Alexandre Alexeieff & Claire Parker
Norman McLaren
Winsor McCay
Émile Cohl

Film
Dušan Makavejev
Lola Arias
Natalia Almada
Věra Chytilová
Maya Deren
Jonathan Caouette
Chris Marker
Agnes Varda
Sergei Eisenstein
David Lynch
Matthew Barney
David Cronenberg
Mariam Ghani
Gabriel Lester

Mixed Media
Elinore Hollinshead
Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz
Alberto Burri
Faith Ringgold
Stephanie Syjuco
Betty Saar

Printmaking
Piranesi
Sidney Hurwitz
Frederick Mershimer
Andrew Raftery
Barry Moser
Vija Celmins
Carol Wax
Liz Shepherd
Carolyn Muskat
Hokusai
Michael Mazur
Chuck Close
Shepard Fairey
John Jacobsmeyer
Norman Ackroyd
Mikio Watanabe
John Martin

Apparel
Christian Laubautin
Alexander McQueen
Stella McCartney
Vivienne Westwood
Valentina
Rei Kawakubo
Elie Saab
Betsey Johnson
Madame Grès
Kate Spade
Madeleine Vionnet
Emilio Pucci
Elsa Schiaparelli

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