5 Best Books for Beginners at Drawing

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Posted on June 24, 2014 by

Drawing and sketching can be difficult for some, and people with no formal experience in these skills often seem to think themselves no good at art. But, like any other skill, good principles of drawing can be learned and acquired by those who are willing and patient enough to practice and who truly do want to draw. If you’re interested in learning how to draw, then consider looking into one of these books, designed specifically for beginners and written by professionals. In addition to their helpful techniques and easy-to-follow guides, each book in this list is well-reviewed by critics and customers, and was published within the last decade to stay up-to-date and reflect some of the most current trends in drawing and art. These books may be exactly what you need to help get you started on your path to amazing artistic ability!

1. You Can Draw in 30 Days: The Fun, Easy Way to Learn to Draw in One Month or Less by Mark Kistler

Written by famed PBS artist Mark Kistler, this book focuses on teaching beginners how to draw with basic fundamental principles, accessible instructions that walk you through each step, and measurable progress that helps you build on your new skills day-by-day. It contains directions and examples for drawing a number of things from simple shapes to more complex 3-D figures, and hundreds of line drawings for you to practice on and learn from. Requiring just a small amount of practice at a time for a month, this book provides an easy and effective way for beginners to master central concepts of drawing in no time.

2. One Zentangle a Day: A 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun by Beckah Krahula

This book serves as a crash course in zentangles, a trendy new style in the world of art and sketching. This style focuses on repeating lines, curves, and other marks for meditative purposes and bringing them together to form larger wholes in pattern and design. With whole chapters devoted to use of color, development of style, and other central aspects of drawing, the book includes daily practice exercises and easy individual steps to guide beginners through the process of sketching zentangles and weaving them together for purposes of therapy, enjoyment, and the creation of beautiful art.

3. Art for Kids: Drawing: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need to be the Artist You’ve Always Wanted to Be by Kathryn Temple

Designed for children who want to be able to imitate the likeness of things they see in the real world, this book is a great place for a young aspiring artist to get started. It focuses on the concept that anyone can draw with the proper training and that each person’s unique style is equally valid in the world of art. With plenty of visual examples to learn from, and chapters devoted to basic techniques such as lines, shading, and perspective, this book is well equipped to help young beginners learn.

4. The Big Book of Drawing Secrets: Easy Techniques for Drawing People, Animals, Flowers, and Nature by Carrie Stuart Parks and Rick Parks

Written by successful teachers and professional artists, and designed to help artists of any skill level improve their technique, this book focuses on drawing real-life subjects in order to help guide you from basic knowledge into more refined ability and more realistic drawing. It features chapters on specific techniques, portraits and faces, and practice activities that give you the chance to follow along easily. Whether you have some practice already or no talent at all, this book’s realistic examples and helpful individual steps can teach tips and techniques that will help you bring life to any scene you see.

5. Drawing for the Absolute Beginner: A Clear and Easy Guide to Successful Drawing by Mark Willenbrink and Mary Willenbrink

Focusing on realistic and lifelike drawing, this book is designed to help beginners learn the basic techniques of drawing, from contour sketches to linear perspective and angles to dealing with lighting and shading. In addition to covering the major topics of drawing, the book features examples, demos, and step-by-step guides to help you draw a number of different objects, figures, and scenes. The guidance from experienced artists, as well as the accessible practice exercises, make this book a great starting point for beginners who love to learn and are passionate about wanting to draw.

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