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20 Best Sketching Books

Best Sketching Books

The Big Book of Realistic Drawing Secrets: Easy Techniques for drawing people, animals, flowers and nature by Carrie Stuart Parks and Rick Parks


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), Carrie and Rick Parks can help. As award-winning teachers, they have a proven game plan for helping artists of all levels overcome common problems and see an immediate improvement in their work. As professional composite artists, they know the tricks and tools for achieving incredibly lifelike results. In this friendly, foolproof guide to drawing, they share it all:

   • Easy-to-master techniques for achieving a convincing sense of depth
   • How to draw challenging textures like metal and fur
   • Putting personality into your portraits
   • 40+ step-by-step demonstrations featuring a variety of people, animals, and nature


Easy enough so that beginners can jump right in, and comprehensive enough to help more accomplished artists refine their skills. This book covers all the essentials, teaching you the secrets of realistic drawing one step at a time, building the skills you need to tackle any subject convincingly–even those you’ve always thought were beyond your reach. Before you know it, you’ll be turning out picturesque landscapes, stellar portraits–any subject that inspires you to put pencil to paper!

Sketch Book: Notebook for Drawing, Writing, Painting, Sketching or Doodling, 120 Pages, 8.5x11 (Premium Abstract Cover vol.4) by Spark Drawing

Sketchbook Journal & Notebook: A Large Journal with Blank Paper for Drawing, Doodling, Painting, Writing, School, Class and Home !

  • Good quality white paper.
  • Best for crayons, colored pencils, watercolor paints, and very light fine tip markers.
  • Extra large size (8.5″ x 11″)
  • 120 pages
  • Premium design.
  • Beautiful abstract cover

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

Drawing 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 twenty minutes a day for a month. Inside you’ll find:
  • Quick and easy step-by-step instructions for drawing everything from simple spheres to apples, trees, buildings, and the human hand and face
  • More than 500 line drawings, illustrating each step
  • Time-tested tips, techniques, and tutorials for drawing in 3-D
  • The 9 Fundamental Laws of Drawing to create the illusion of depth in any drawing
  • 75 student examples to encourage you in the process
 

The 15-Minute Artist: The Quick and Easy Way to Draw Almost Anything by Catherine V. Holmes

 
If you want to draw but think you don’t have the time to learn—or feel too intimidated to start–15-Minute Artist invites you to jump in. Bestselling author Catherine Holmes (How to Draw Cool Stuff) provides more than 60 step-by-step projects for depicting animals, food, plants, household items, and more—and you can complete each one in just 15 minutes. Her tutorials break the process down so you can achieve quick, satisfying results. In addition to pencil renderings, Catherine demonstrates techniques for working with charcoal, pen, and colored pencil, and provides tips and sidebars on blending, texture, perspective, and shading.

Urban Watercolor Sketching: A Guide to Drawing, Painting, and Storytelling in Color by Felix Scheinberger

COLOR YOUR LIFE

Bring 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. Accomplished designer and illustrator Felix Scheinberger offers a solid foundation in color theory and countless lessons on all aspects of watercolor sketching, including:

Fundamentals like wet-on-wet, glazes, and washes
Materials and supplies to bring on your travels
Little-known tips and tricks, like painting when water
isn’t handy and seeking out inspiration

Vibrant watercolor paintings grace each page, and light-hearted anecdotes (why do fish make great subjects to paint, you may be wondering…) make this a lively guide to the medium. With an open mind and sketchbook, you will be ready to capture the moments around you in luminous color with confidence, creativity, and ease—no matter what your skill level may be.

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How to Sketch: A Beginner's Guide to Sketching Techniques, Including Step By Step Exercises, Tips and Tricks by Liron Yanconsk

HOW TO SKETCH

A Beginner’s Guide to Sketching Techniques, Including Step By Step Exercises, Tips and Tricks

Do you want to start sketching, TODAY? Do you always doodle on every piece of paper available on sight? Did you never get the chance to FINALLY commit to sketching and drawing?

If you answered yes, then HOW TO SKETCH is the book you need!

Inside this huge (300+ pages) book you will find step-by-step guidance from the moment you draw your first line, and until you are able to observe objects and joyfully sketch them. Liron is a great believer in the “anyone can do it” approach, and this belief resides in every chapter and page of this book.

Inside HOW TO SKETCH you will find:

  • The basic mindset for sketching
  • Sketching techniques (As well as tricks…)
  • Perspective drawing
  • Shading and creating depth
  • Creating beautiful textures
  • Diverse exercises for you to gain basic experience – the heart of the book
  • Liron’s super personal approach to teaching art

Perspective Made Easy (Dover Art Instruction) Paperback – Illustrated, January 19, 1999 by Ernest R. Norling

Perspective, 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 shade and shadows, and achieve all the other elements necessary for a successful perspective drawing. By repeatedly stressing important points, Mr. Norling teaches you to make them second-nature. Moreover, his approach is so simple and direct that no matter how little raw talent or experience you have, you will soon be able to apply these techniques almost instinctively.
Mastery of perspective is a basic skill every artist must have. This simple, nontechnical guide will enable you to master its essentials in a relatively short time. Clear and concise, this book is an essential addition to any artist’s bookshelf.

Drawing and Painting Expressive Little Faces: Step-by-Step Techniques for Creating People and Portraits with Personality--Explore Watercolors, Inks, Markers, and More by Amarilys Henderson

In Drawing and Painting Expressive Little Faces, artist and popular Skillshare instructor Amarilys Henderson shares her practical and creative techniques for drawing and painting faces with style and personality.

  • Gathering supplies. Consider the creative possibilities of watercolor, ink, and markers, and create a mobile sketch pack so you can capture faces and expressions on the go.
  • Simplifying the face and identifying proportions. Use photos to simplify the face’s key elements, learn about facial proportions and factors and variables for placing facial features, and apply these concepts through a simple warm up using a single color to paint a face in multiple values.
  • Facial shapes and features. Learn about the five basic facial shapes and how to modify the chin line, ears, and hairline, and how to draw and paint mouths, eyes, and noses and make alterations to show pose and personality. 
  • Mixing color. The pigments and brushes you’ll need to achieve a wide range of realistic skin tones, shadows, and expressions.
  • Bringing faces to life. Navigate the process from start to finish, learn to adjust line quality to suggest different genders and ethnicities, and change up artistic styling to put a unique spin on your creations. 
  • Project ideas. Get inspired by some cool ways to apply your new skills: party invitations, repeat patterns, comic books, and more!

Don’t be intimidated by the challenge of drawing and painting faces. Improve your face game with Drawing and Painting Expressive Little Faces!

Draw 50 Animals: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Elephants, Tigers, Dogs, Fish, Birds, and Many More... Part of: Draw 50 (28 Books)

Fifty furry, scaly, and feathered friends are here for aspiring young artists to learn how to draw, including a lion, a giraffe, a dinosaur, a penguin, a bunny, a shark, and much more. It’s easy to bring these animals to life the Draw 50 way.

Over the past thirty years, celebrated author Lee J. Ames’s distinctive drawing method has proven successful for those wishing to draw anything from animals to airplanes. The books in the Draw 50 series have inspired creativity in millions and shown artists from beginning to advanced levels how to draw.

How to Sketch Landscapes: Beginner's Drawing Tip & Quick Landscape Sketching Exercises by Liron Yanconsky

Do you want to start sketching landscapes, TODAY? Do you always doodle on every available paper on sight? Did you never get the chance to FINALLY commit to sketching and drawing?If you answered yes, then HOW TO SKETCH LANDSCAPES is a the book you need!Inside you’ll find great theoretical and practical advice on sketching, as well as quick and simple landscape sketching exercises. Liron is a great believer in the “anyone can do it” approach, and this belief resides in every chapter and page of this book.Inside HOW TO SKETCH LANDSCAPES you will find:– The basic mindset for SKETCHING- The basics of sketching (practical tips)- Landscape Sketching exercises: nature and urban- Liron’s super personal approach to teaching sketching

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How to Draw with Photorealism: Drawing and Shading Techniques – Beginner to Advanced by Jasmina Susak

This 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. No matter what your experience level is, you can draw by following these easy step-by-step demonstrations. Whether you want to create drawings of fruits, learn how to draw water droplets or how to draw a face, eyes, nose, and lips, these drawing techniques and expert tips will show you how to get great results with graphite pencils.Using her simple and unique approach to lifelike drawings, the author makes any subject approachable. You will also learn how to create smooth human skin, and straight and curly hair through the highly detailed tutorials. In this book, you will find more than 200 high-quality images with all the visible details and written explanations for each step. If you want to take your drawings to the next level, this is the book for you. With the skills mastered from this book, you will be able to draw anything with ease, and you will be enriched with professional tips and advice that you will be able to take with you and apply to your future drawings.

The Complete Urban Sketching Companion: Essential Concepts and Techniques from The Urban Sketching Handbooks--Architecture and Cityscapes, ... People and Motion, Working with Color Part of: Urban Sketching Handbooks (7 Books)

This book includes key drawing techniques and strategies from four books in the Urban Sketching Handbook series: Understanding PerspectiveWorking with ColorArchitecture and Cityscapes, and People and Motion. Learn how to draw unique buildingsurban landscapes, and lively street scenes, incorporating interesting elements and striking color and lighting. Get tips on sketching with accurate perspective with easy methods and great examples to guide you along. Discover ways to capture motion, whether it’s a group of dancers or commuters on the move. Become confident in adding color to artwork by learning about different mediums and color mixing techniques.

In The Complete Urban Sketching Companion you’ll also find:

  • Simple tools and materials to get started
  • Ways to build a well-composed scene
  • Techniques for drawing urban environments to scale
  • How to construct a sketch in layers
  • Tips for rendering different types of perspective
  • Strategies for creating dramatic shadows
  • How to include a range of color values to create depth
  • Ideas for interpreting movement and gesture
  • Methods for drawing individuals and crowds

Get started on your urban sketching adventures today, and start capturing life

Sketch Book: Large Notebook for Drawing, Doodling or Sketching: 109 Pages, 8.5" x 11". Marble Background Cover Sketchbook Blank Paper Drawing and Write Journal by Ronnie Brown

Sketch Book & Blank Paper Drawing and Writing Notebook :

This Blank Sketchbook has 109 blank pages. Good Quality white paper. Extra Large Size 8.5 x11. You can use this book to sketch, doodle and draw. Great gift for artists, adults, students and kids!

5-Minute Sketching -- Architecture: Super-quick Techniques for Amazing Drawings by Liz Steel

Sketching 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.

5-Minute Sketching — Architecture can help artists of all abilities — but especially novices — to understand and reproduce real-life perspective in their drawings. The rules of perspective will become instinctive and the artist can focus on the creative: decorative forms, the setting, the mood, the people, and the activity that gives life to architecture.

This book features a comprehensive collection of expert tips, ideas and inspirational examples of amazing 5-minute sketches of architecture. Its bite-sized approach shows how little time is needed to make drawing a part of everyday life.

Classic Human Anatomy in Motion: The Artist's Guide to the Dynamics of Figure Drawing by Valerie L. Winslow

Fine-art instruction books do not usually focus on anatomy as it relates to movement, despite its great artistic significance. Written by a long-time expert on drawing and painting human anatomy, Classic Human Anatomy in Motion offers artists everything they need to realistically draw the human figure as it is affected by movement. Written in a friendly style, the book is illustrated with hundreds of life drawing studies (both quick poses and long studies), along with charts and diagrams showing the various anatomical and structural components.

This comprehensive manual features 5 distinct sections, each focusing on a different aspect of the human figure: bones and joint movement, muscle groups, surface form and soft tissue characteristics, structure, and movement. Each chapter builds an artistic understanding of how motion transforms the human figure and can create a sense of expressive vibrancy in one’s art.

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Sketching from the Imagination: Creatures & Monster by 3dtotal Publishing

In 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. Each artist offers their personal commentary, advice, and tips on drawing techniques and concept design processes, making Sketching from the Imagination: Monsters & Creatures a rich and exciting volume for any reader, whether they’re looking for an intriguing menagerie of artwork to browse, or for artistic and professional insights by a wide range of talented and imaginative creators.

Drawing Dimension - Shading Techniques: A Shading Guide for Teachers and Students (How to Draw Cool Stuff)

Shading is one of the easiest ways of adding depth, contrast, character, and movement to your drawings. By controlling pencil pressure and stroke, understanding light and having knowledge of blending techniques, an artist can enhance their work and offer the “wow” factor needed to produce realistic artworks. Drawing Dimension – A Shading Guide for Teachers and Students offers a series of shading tutorials that are easy to understand and simple to follow. It goes beyond the standard “step by step” instruction to offer readers an in-depth look at a variety of shading techniques and their applications. Inside this book is a series of lessons designed to teach you how to add dimension to your own drawings, how to analyze real life objects and shade, create highlights, blend tones, and produce realistic drawings with ease. We will explore hatching, cross hatching, and stippling techniques and learn how to use contrast to set a mood and create a focal point. At last – we’ll put all of these skills to the test and work together to produce a beautiful piece of art. Drawing Dimension – A Shading Guide for Teachers and Students includes many resources to help you along the way through examples, tips on what you should aim for, and pitfalls to avoid. Each lesson is tailored to help you refine your shading techniques so you can add more depth and realism to your work. The book is perfectly suitable for beginners and moderates of all ages, students and teachers, professionals and novices; anyone can learn how to shade like a pro!

The Urban Sketching Handbook: 101 Sketching Tips: Tricks, Techniques, and Handy Hacks for Sketching on the Go (Urban Sketching Handbooks)

Illustrator, architect, and international workshop instructor and Urban Sketcher Stephanie Bower has collected 101 of her best insider drawing tips, hacks, and techniques and shares them in this fully illustrated, portable book. Learn shortcuts to getting your perspective right, determining your composition, and balancing your light and shadow. This book collects many basic drawing techniques into one handy volume:
  • How to draw a great line
  • Using ellipses to draw arches
  • How towers are like wedding cakes
  • The importance of your eye level line in sketching
  • and 97 things more!
The book also features beautiful example illustrations from Urban Sketchers around the globe! Whether you are new to sketching or are an experienced artist, this book is chock-full of useful, practical, and clever tips to take your drawing to the next level.

The Urban Sketching Handbook series offers location artists expert instruction on creative techniques, on-location tips and advice, and an abundance of visual inspiration. These handy references come in a compact, easy-to-carry format with an elastic band closure—perfect to toss in your backpack or artist’s tote.

How to Draw: 53 Step-by-Step Drawing Projects (Beginner Drawing Books) by Alisa Calder

Simple Step-by-Step Instructions Make Drawing Easy!

How to Draw: 53 Step-by-Step Drawing Projects is perfect for beginners who want to quickly gain a sense of mastery in their drawing. Suitable for children, teens, and adults who want to practice and improve their drawing skills. Contains easy-to-follow drawing tutorials that will teach you how to draw everything from basic shapes such as cubes and spheres, to animals, common objects, vehicles, and even people. Each step-by-step tutorial will guide you from the first step to the finished drawing. Each diagram on the left shows you how to draw the object one step at a time. Simply follow along drawing in the space provided on the right-hand side. Add each detail as shown until the picture is finished.

Perfect for budding artists of any age who want to increase skill and learn to draw quickly.

Sketching for Architecture + Interior Design: A practical guide on sketching for architecture and interior design students by Stephanie Travis

Stephanie Travis’ new book teaches architecture and interior design students all they need to know about sketching. With the advancement of technology, the debate surrounding hand drawing versus computer–generated imagery has become a hot topic. Having grown up with computers, today’s interior design and architecture students are extremely adept at creating computer imagery, but often lack confidence in their freehand sketching skills, or do not know how to sketch at all. Sketching, and the careful observation that it entails, is essential for the successful development of the next generation of designers whether they practice architecture, interior or product design.

Forty–five step–by–step exercises take the student from the simple three–dimensional forms of furniture, to interiors, to complex building exteriors, and cityscapes. Technical topics covered include tools, line weights, perspective, proportion, composition, shading, serial views, and context. Exercises are illustrated with beautiful sketches specially created by the author.