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Best Sketching Books That You Need

Our list of some of the best Sketching books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

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

 Best Sketching Books That You NeedWhy 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.
Author(s): Steven B. Reddy, Stephanie Bower, et al.

How to Sketch: A Beginner’s Guide to Sketching Techniques, Including Step By Step Exercises, Tips and Tricks (2014)

 Best Sketching Books That You NeedHOW TO SKETCHA Beginner’s Guide to Sketching Techniques, Including Step By Step Exercises, Tips and TricksDo you want to start sketching, TODAY? Do you always doodle on every piece of paper available on sight?
Author(s): Liron Yanconsky

Sketching from the Imagination: Creatures & Monsters (2019)

 Best Sketching Books That You NeedIn this inspiring addition to the popular Sketching from the Imagination series, we invite readers to explore the works of fifty artists from across the field of creature design. From magical and mythical beasts to aliens and mutant monsters, each page comes alive with wild and wonderful creations in a range of styles and mediums.
Author(s): 3dtotal Publishing

5-Minute Sketching — Architecture: Super-quick Techniques for Amazing Drawings (2016)

 Best Sketching Books That You NeedSketching has become very popular. In more than 60 cities around the world, from New Jersey, San Diego, and Montreal to as far as Moscow and Australia, “sketch crawls” find artists drawing what they see. A new social network has emerged where these sketch artists meet for group crawls and upload and share their work online. Like coloring, sketching taps into a desire to be creative in the bygone way of pencil and paper.
Author(s): Liz Steel

Beginner’s Guide to Sketching: Characters, Creatures and Concepts (2015)

 Best Sketching Books That You NeedThe ability to sketch confidently is an integral part to the beginning of any concept artist’s workflow! The Beginner’s Guide to Sketching: Characters, Creatures and Concepts teaches the fundamentals of sketching, showing how important concept sketching is to artists of all levels.
Author(s): 3dtotal Publishing

Sketching Stuff Activity Book – Nature: For People Of All Ages (Sketching Stuff Activity Books) (2019)

 Best Sketching Books That You NeedEveryone can sketch! If you love coloring books, then you’ll love the chance to make your own coloring pages! From the moment we were able to hold a crayon, we were all born artists. Though sometimes, as we grow up, we might forget that. These fun activities will quickly get you making your own drawings and coloring them before you can say wow, I made that! Whether you’re just starting out or simply need a fun way to relax or recharge your creativity, this is the book to try.
Author(s): Charlie O’Shields

Sketching – from Square One to Trafalgar Square (2013)

 Best Sketching Books That You Need“By far the best book on sketching I’ve seen.” – Robert Frank, President, American Society of Architectural Illustrators. Artist and illustrator Richard E. Scott opens his sketchbook and shares with you an innovative approach to learning freehand sketching.
Author(s): Richard E. Scott

5-Minute Sketching — People: Super-quick Techniques for Amazing Drawings (2016)

 Best Sketching Books That You NeedSketching has become an extremely popular pastime. For example, on YouTube, “Tips to Draw Better in 6 Minutes” has 1.7 million views, and “How to Draw Better in 2 Minutes”, has 2 million views. Every day, the website @Sketch_Dailies tweets an “inspiration” to 45,000 followers who can upload their work for juried selection. Why the rage? Simply put, drawing is a fun, meaningful and inexpensive way to spend precious time. It’s a renaissance of paper and pencil, an escape from digital overload.
Author(s): Pete Scully

Urban Watercolor Sketching: A Guide to Drawing, Painting, and Storytelling in Color (2014)

 Best Sketching Books That You NeedCOLOR YOUR LIFEBring new energy to your sketches of urban scenes with this fresh and simple approach to watercolor painting. Whether you’re an amateur artist, drawer, doodler, or sketcher, watercolor is a versatile sketching medium that’s perfect for people on the go—much like pen or pencil.
Author(s): Felix Scheinberger

The Sierra Club Guide to Sketching in Nature, Revised Edition (2018)

 Best Sketching Books That You NeedFeaturing simple step-by-step instructions and hundreds of illustrations, this sketching and watercolor primer reveals how creating art can enhance any outdoor experience.In this inspirational guide, Cathy Johnson, a nationally recognized artist, naturalist and teacher, offers personal anecdotes, exercises and useful tips that are perfect for every amateur artist.
Author(s): Cathy Johnson

Sketching from the Imagination: An Insight into Creative Drawing (2013)

 Best Sketching Books That You NeedConcepts are where all great ideas begin. Whether scribbled in a sketch pad or on a napkin, concepts are a way for artists to develop their skills and discover interesting shapes and forms that can be developed into their next masterpiece. In Sketching from the Imagination, 50 talented traditional and digital artists have been chosen to share their sketchbook works, from doodled concept sketches to fully rendered drawings.
Author(s): 3dtotal Publishing

Sketching from the Imagination: Fantasy (2014)

 Best Sketching Books That You NeedDrawings are the foundations of great fantasy art where concepts, thoughts, and inspirations first become an image. In Sketching from the Imagination: Fantasy, fifty talented traditional and digital artists have been chosen to share their sketchbook works and describe their artistic practices when forging new ideas as beautiful sketches.
Author(s): 3dtotal Publishing

The Urban Sketcher: Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location (2014)

 Best Sketching Books That You NeedCapture the bustle and beauty of life in your town.Experience life as only an artist can! Join the rapidly growing, international movement of artists united by a passion for drawing on location in the cities, towns and villages where they live and travel.
Author(s): Marc Taro Holmes

Best Sketching Books That You Need

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 sketching 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.

The Urban Sketching Handbook

Author(s): Suhita Shirodkar
ID: 2903427, Publisher: Quarry Books, Year: 2021, Size: 32 Mb, Format: epub

The Art of City Sketching: A Field Manual - Second Edition

Author(s): Michael Abrams
ID: 3094296, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2021, Size: 245 Mb, Format: pdf

Drawn on the Way: A Guide to Capturing the Moment Through Live Sketching

Author(s): Sarah Nisbett
ID: 3138170, Publisher: Quarry Books, Year: 2021, Size: 12 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly chart-busters according to Washington Post, others are composed 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 books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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