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10 Drawing Books That’ll Teach You Everything You Need to Know About Sketching

Books on How to DrawDrawing the Head and Hands by Andrew Loomis

Like How to Draw What You See, Andrew Loomis’ Drawing the Head and Hands is vintage—it made its debut in 1956! Its lessons, however, still instruct artists and inspire creatives today. The now-vintage drawings highlight how to draw portraits at a variety of angles and facial proportions, as well as hands in the same way.


Books on How to DrawAnatomy for the Artist by Sarah Simblet and John Davis

Sarah Simblet and John Davis’ book Anatomy for the Artist remains a preeminent text on rendering the human body. It features specially commissioned photos of male and female models, in addition to Simblet’s illustrations that demonstrate how to “see inside the human frame” and understand how muscle groups and the skeletal structure work together.


Books on How to DrawDraw 50 Animals: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Elephants, Tigers, Dogs, Fish, Birds, and Many More by Lee J. Ames

With 50 step-by-step instructions on how to draw lions, penguins, giraffes, and more, this book is bound to keep you busy. Author Lee J. Ames didn’t stop there—he has released many more subjects you’ll want to learn how to draw.


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

We often think of drawing as a talent, but artist and author Mark Kistler insists that it’s an acquired skill. With his book, anyone can tap into their “hidden artistic abilities” and learn how to draw in three dimensions. All you need to do is commit 20 minutes a day for a month.


Books on How to DrawDrawing Dimension – Shading Techniques: A Shading Guide by Catherine V. Holmes

If you want to delve into the world of realistic drawing, you’re going to have to learn how to shade. Through the lessons that Drawing Dimension offers, you’ll come away with an understanding of how to create highlights and blend tones using different drawing techniques.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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