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Best Drawing Instruction Books: The Ultimate Collection

Looking for the best Drawing Instruction books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

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

 Best Drawing Instruction Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis 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

2. The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw (2016)

 Best Drawing Instruction Books: The Ultimate CollectionFor the first time ever, drawing instructor and graphic novelist Mark Crilley brings his easy-to-follow artistic instruction to aspiring artists in the form of a comic book, providing you with a one-of-a-kind how-to experience. In The Drawing Lesson, you’ll meet David—a young boy who wants nothing more than to learn how to draw. Luckily for David, he’s just met Becky—his helpful drawing mentor. Page by page, Becky teaches David (and you!) about the essential fundamentals that artists need in order to master drawing, all in a unique visual format. In panel after panel, Crilley provides…
Author(s): Mark Crilley

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

 Best Drawing Instruction Books: The Ultimate CollectionHow 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. This book contains a series of fun, hands-on exercises that will help you see line, shape, space and other elements in everyday objects and turn them into detailed works of art in just a few simple steps. The…
Author(s): Catherine V Holmes

4. Drawing for the Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Drawing (Art for the Absolute Beginner) (2006)

 Best Drawing Instruction Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis inspiring book makes drawing in a realistic style easier than you may think and more fun than you ever imagined!Authors Mark and Mary Willenbrink (Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner) cover it all—from choosing materials and the correct way to hold your pencil, to expert advice on the tricky stuff, like getting proportions and perspective right, drawing reflections, and designing strong compositions. (It’s not as scary as it sounds…not with Mark and Mary as your guide!)At the heart of this book, a series of fun, hands-on exercises help you practice and perfect your…
Author(s): Mark Willenbrink, Mary Willenbrink

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

 Best Drawing Instruction Books: The Ultimate CollectionDrawing 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. Inside you’ll find: #1,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #2 in Colored Pencil Guides #1 in Pastel Drawing #1 in Figure Drawing Guides Would you like to ?If…
Author(s): Mark Kistler

6. Perspective Made Easy (Dover Art Instruction) (1999)

 Best Drawing Instruction Books: The Ultimate CollectionPerspective, the author tells us, is easy; yet surprisingly few artists are aware of the simple rules that make it so. This easy-to-follow book — the first devoted entirely to clarifying the laws of perspective — remedies the situation. In it, the author uses over 250 simple line drawings to illustrate the concepts involved.Beginning with clear, concise, immediately applicable discussions of the horizon, vanishing point, and the crucial relationship of eye level to perspective drawing, you’ll learn how to place figures and objects in a drawing, depict interiors, create…
Author(s): Ernest R. Norling

7. Everyday Sketching and Drawing: Five Steps to a Unique and Personal Sketchbook Habit (2018)

 Best Drawing Instruction Books: The Ultimate CollectionWhy do so many adults come to view drawing as difficult or fraught with anxiety? Traditional art instruction is often bogged down with jargon, rules, and admonishments that unintentionally stifle the joy of drawing for its own sake.Steven Reddy’s new and easy approach to drawing instructs sketchers to document their unique and compelling lives in realistic yet playful sketches that record the places, spaces, and objects that help define them as individuals. He reminds artists to slow down, notice, and attend to the sketch-worthy scenes and subjects that are unstaged and always there in our…
Author(s): Steven B. Reddy, Stephanie Bower, et al.

8. The Practice of Oil Painting and Drawing (Dover Art Instruction) (2012)

 Best Drawing Instruction Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis instructive volume introduces not only the techniques of oil painting but also the underlying principles of figure drawing. Written by a distinguished Pre-Raphaelite painter, portraitist, and book illustrator, the treatment begins by explaining the construction of the figure, head, and limbs. Succeeding chapters illustrate these teachings with examples of images by the Old Masters, including paintings from the Italian, Dutch, Spanish, French, and British schools. The Birmingham Daily Post pronounced this volume “probably the most useful handbook for art students that has yet been published.” Students at every level of…
Author(s): Solomon J. Solomon, James Gurney

9. Talking, Drawing, Writing: Lessons for Our Youngest Writers (2007)

 Best Drawing Instruction Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn the early grades, talking and drawing can provide children with a natural pathway to writing, yet these components are often overlooked. In Talking, Drawing, Writing: Lessons for Our Youngest Writers Martha Horn and Mary Ellen Giacobbe invite readers to join them in classrooms where they listen, watch, and talk with children, then use what they learn to create lessons designed to meet children where they are and lead them into the world of writing. The authors make a case for a broader definition of writing, advocating for formal storytelling sessions, in which children tell about what they know, and for focused…
Author(s): Martha Horn, Mary Ellen Giacobbe

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

 Best Drawing Instruction Books: The Ultimate CollectionNothing 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. He supplies templates for each; an extensive array of “menus” of head and body types, outfits, and accessories; and detailed, accessible, step-by-step demonstrations and drawing exercises. Plus, Hart showcases some of the best anime…
Author(s): Christopher Hart

11. Drawing Trees (Dover Art Instruction) (2007)

 Best Drawing Instruction Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis concise guide features easy-to-follow steps for capturing the natural beauty and magnificence of trees. Over 100 illustrations spotlight dozens of different varieties, including Oak, Willow, Pine, and Palmetto. Topics include shading techniques, composition, portraying shadow and light, and approaches to outlining.Author and illustrator Victor Perard, a graduate of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, was an art instructor at New York City’s Cooper Union for twenty years. This informative volume reflects his extensive teaching experience and provides practical advice for artists at every level. #73,788 in…
Author(s): Victor Perard

12. Light, Shade and Shadow (Dover Art Instruction) (2008)

 Best Drawing Instruction Books: The Ultimate CollectionDuring the first half of the twentieth century, E. L. Koller wrote a series of art instruction books for home study, designed to simplify various techniques for beginning artists — and help established artists polish their craft. The books are as relevant — and the information as essential — to artists today as it was then. A classic in this series, Light, Shade and Shadow, shows how the study of light is a necessary foundation for creating an appealing work of art. Even the most beautiful drawing can appear flat without shading. But with this expert guide, every artist can learn how to use shadow to add visual dimension…
Author(s): E. L. Koller

13. The Practice and Science of Drawing (Dover Art Instruction) (1972)

 Best Drawing Instruction Books: The Ultimate CollectionMuch of the learning to practice as well as to appreciate art is concerned with understanding the basic principles. One of these principles is what Harold Speed calls “dither,” the freedom that allows realism and the artistic vision to play against each other. Very important to any artist or work of art, this quality separates the scientifically accurate from the artistically accurate. Speed’s approach to this problem is now considered a classic, one of the few books from the early years of this century that has continued to be read and recommended by those in the graphic arts.In this…
Author(s): Harold Speed

14. Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces (2003)

 Best Drawing Instruction Books: The Ultimate CollectionEven if you’re an absolute beginner, you can render strikingly realistic faces and self-portraits! Instructor and FBI-trained artist makes it simple with foolproof step-by-step instructions that are fun and easy to follow. You’ll quickly begin to: Proven, hands-on exercises and before-and-after examples from Parks’ students ensure instant success! It’s all the guidance and inspiration you need to draw realistic faces with precision, confidence and style! #155,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #214 in Figure Drawing Guides #33 in Drawing (Books) #123 in Human Figure Art (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a…
Author(s): Carrie Stuart Parks

Best Drawing Instruction Books: The Ultimate Collection

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 Genesis and download some drawing instruction 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.

Drawing Farm and Zoo Animals

Author(s): Raymond Sheppard, Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe
Publisher: Dover Publications, Year: 2018, Size: 94 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2329286

Pencil, Ink and Charcoal Drawing

Author(s): Charles X. Carlson
Publisher: Dover Publications, Year: 2013, Size: 64 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2328270

Drawing of the Hand

Author(s): Joseph M. Henninger
Publisher: Dover Publications, Year: 2013, Size: 29 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2328271

Pen & Ink Drawing

Author(s): Frank J. Lohan
Publisher: Dover Publications, Year: 2013, Size: 19 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2333829

On the Art of Drawing

Author(s): Robert Fawcett
Publisher: Dover Publications, Year: 2012, Size: 23 Mb, Download: mobi
ID: 2329270

The Art of Painting and Drawing Animals

Author(s): Fredric Sweney
Publisher: Dover Publications, Year: 2012, Size: 27 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2333809

Making Antique Furniture Reproductions: Instructions and Measured Drawings for 40 Classic Projects

Author(s): Franklin H. Gottshall
Publisher: Dover Publications, Year: 2012, Size: 25 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2334218

Principles of Figure Drawing

Author(s): Alexander Dobkin
Publisher: Dover Publications, Year: 2010, Size: 45 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2333791

Drawing and Illustration: A Complete Guide

Author(s): John Moranz
Publisher: Dover Publications, Year: 2008, Size: 17 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2329249

The Technique of Pencil Drawing

Author(s): Borough Johnson
Publisher: Dover Publications, Year: 2008, Size: 16 Mb, Download: mobi
ID: 2329272

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

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