10 “How to Draw” Books That Will Help You Sketch the Animal Kingdom

Best Animal Drawing Books

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Whether you want to improve your drawing skills or learn how to render a new subject, how-to-draw books can be an excellent resource. These educational tools come with step-by-step explanations that will help break down complicated topics into approachable sections. This is especially helpful when learning how to sketch different kinds of animals and understanding their anatomies. That is why we've put together a selection of the 10 best animal drawing books to help you sketch creatures big and small.

If you're new to the world of animal drawing, then The Complete Beginner's Guide to Drawing Animals is a great book to get you started. In addition to going over the essential art supplies you'll need, it will also explain basic drawing techniques and how to render different textures like fur, scales, and feathers. On the other hand, if you prefer a classic step-by-step book that will provide references to numerous species, Draw 50 Animals is a must-have. There's even a companion book, called Draw 50 Sea Creatures, that will teach you how to draw sharks, whales, and more.

Scroll down to see our selection of the 10 best animal drawing books.

If you need some new art supplies before you start drawing, then be sure to check out our guides on the best drawing pencils, best sketchbooks, and best colored pencils.

Learn how to sketch the animal kingdom with these educational drawing books!


The Complete Beginner's Guide to Drawing Animals

Beginners Guide to Drawing Animals

Walter Foster | $22.95


How to Draw Animals in Simple Steps


Draw 50 Animals

How to Draw 50 Animals

Lee J. Ames | $9.19


The Creature Garden: An Illustrator's Guide to Beautiful Beasts & Fictional Fauna


How to Draw Cats, Dogs, and Other Favorite Pets

How to Draw Pets

J.C. Amberlyn | $22.99


Drawing Wildlife

How to Draw Wildlife

J.C. Amberlyn | $22.95


The Field Guide to Drawing and Sketching Animals

How to Draw and Sketch Animals

Tim Pond | $22.95

How to Draw and Sketch Animals

Tim Pond | $22.95


Drawing: Horses: Learn to Draw Step by Step


The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds


Draw 50 Sharks, Whales, and Other Sea Creatures

How to Draw Sea Creatures Book

Lee J. Ames | $9.19

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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