As a personal mapping enthusiast, I have been collecting books that inspire me to keep drawing detailed pictures, even though I would not consider myself a visual artist. The pen to paper, having no idea what forms will come out, thrills me. It is pure emotional drawing….much like we did when we were children. The colors, shapes, images and words all come from a very deep and personal place. It feels good to have an intimate map of my internal state – it gives me a release and it is a “visual aid.” I have explained my pictures to friends and suddenly we have a glimmer of understanding and sudden connection. The picture tells a story I may not quite be able to put in words but I still need to express it. Below are a bunch of books that you can check out for inspiration and guidance, but if you want to start right away click here for my video prompt on personal mapping.