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Best Drawing Books: The Ultimate List

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Drawing books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

The Master Guide to Drawing Anime: How to Draw Original Characters from Simple Templates (2015)

 Best Drawing Books: The Ultimate ListNothing brings anime artists more satisfaction than creating original characters to use in a comic strip or graphic novel. Bestselling how-to-draw author Christopher Hart helps them reach this goal by providing insight into the six most popular anime types: schoolgirls, schoolboys, preteens, vengeful bad guys, humorous personalities, and fantasy figures.
Author(s): Christopher Hart

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition (2012)

 Best Drawing Books: The Ultimate ListTranslated into more than seventeen languages, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world’s most widely used instructional drawing book. Whether you are drawing as a professional artist, as an artist in training, or as a hobby, this book will give you greater confidence in your ability and deepen your artistic perception, as well as foster a new appreciation of the world around you.
Author(s): Betty Edwards

The Drawing Book for Kids: 365 Daily Things to Draw, Step by Step (Woo! Jr. Kids Activities Books) (2017)

 Best Drawing Books: The Ultimate ListThe most comprehensive how to draw book for kids! This children’s drawing book gives you 365 things to draw every day for an entire year – animals, objects, food, plants, vehicles, sports, holidays and more. Every mini drawing lesson is broken down into easy to follow step by step instructions, so that all budding artists can create a masterpiece. This book is perfect for kids 9-12 +, but kids age 6-8 with a high interest in art will be able to follow our diagrams easily as well.
Author(s): Woo! Jr. Kids Activities

How to Draw Cool Stuff: A Drawing Guide for Teachers and Students (2014)

 Best Drawing Books: The Ultimate ListHow to Draw Cool Stuff shows simple step-by-step illustrations that make it easy for anyone to draw cool stuff with precision and confidence. These pages will guide you through the basic principles of illustration by concentrating on easy-to-learn shapes that build into complex drawings. With the step-by-step guidelines provided, anything can become easy to draw.
Author(s): Catherine V Holmes

You Can Draw in 30 Days: The Fun, Easy Way to Learn to Draw in One Month or Less (2011)

 Best Drawing Books: The Ultimate ListDrawing is an acquired skill, not a talent–anyone can learn to draw! All you need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and the willingness to tap into your hidden artistic abilities. With Emmy award-winning, longtime PBS host Mark Kistler as your guide, you’ll learn the secrets of sophisticated three-dimensional renderings, and have fun along the way–in just 20 minutes a day for a month.
Author(s): Mark Kistler

How to Draw with Photorealism: Drawing and Shading Techniques – Beginner to Advanced (2019)

 Best Drawing Books: The Ultimate ListThis book will help you improve your drawing and shading skills. You will learn how to apply pencils for a realistic, professional result correctly. The famous pencil artist and art teacher, Jasmina Susak, will demonstrate for you the techniques of drawing lifelike portraits and 3-dimensional objects.
Author(s): Jasmina Susak

Pen and Ink Drawing: A Simple Guide (2015)

 Best Drawing Books: The Ultimate ListPen & Ink Drawing: A Simple Guide covers the essential aspects of pen and ink drawing and more. It explores basic materials and instruments; fundamental properties of strokes and pen control; key elements of shading; and indispensable techniques for creating vibrant textures. As a bonus, a chapter is devoted to what the author refers to as, the secret Line of Balance.
Author(s): Alphonso Dunn

The Big Book of Realistic Drawing Secrets: Easy Techniques for drawing people, animals, flowers and nature (2009)

 Best Drawing Books: The Ultimate ListThis is the book that can teach anyone to draw (yes, even you!)If you’re not getting the kind of true-to-life results you want in your drawings (or if you can’t even draw a straight line), 224 pages #5,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #4 in Pencil Drawing #4 in Figure Drawing Guides Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?
Author(s): Carrie Stuart Parks, Rick Parks

Drawing on the Brain Starter Kit: The Definitive (2013)

 Best Drawing Books: The Ultimate ListTranslated into more than seventeen languages, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is an international bestseller. This starter kit contains Edwards’s two essential books—Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain and the indispensable companion book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook.
Author(s): Betty Edwards

Best Drawing Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some drawing books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Figure-drawing for beginners

Author(s): Dorothy Furniss
ID: 878390, Publisher: Budgeman , Year: [194-], Size: 103 Kb, Format: epub

Earth wisdom

Author(s): Dolores LaChapelle ; photos. by Steven J. Meyers, drawings by Randy LaChapelle.
ID: 2739176, Publisher: Guild of Tutors Press,, Year: c1978., Size: 76 Mb, Format: pdf

Graph Drawing and Network Visualization: 30th International Symposium, GD 2022, Tokyo, Japan, September 13–16, 2022, Revised Selected Papers

Author(s): Patrizio Angelini, Reinhard von Hanxleden
ID: 3625055, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2023, Size: 38 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really hot items according to Washington Post, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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