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Recommendations from 25 articles, Alexis Ohanian.
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Keys to Drawing
Bert Dodson - Aug 15, 1990 (first published in 1985)
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Anyone who can hold a pencil can learn to draw.In this book, Bert Dodson shares his complete drawing system--fifty-five "keys" that you can use to render any subject with confidence, even if you're a beginner.These keys, along with dozens of practice exercises, will help you draw like an artist in no time.You'll learn how to:Restore, focus, map, an...
Perspective Made Easy
Ernest R. Norling - Jan 19, 1999 (first published in 1939)
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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, co...
How to Draw What You See
Rudy De Reyna - Jan 01, 1996 (first published in 1972)
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The 35th anniversary edition of the classic how-to book that has helped millions of artists learn to draw.When it was originally published in 1970, How to Draw What You See zoomed to the top of Watson-Guptill's best-seller list--and it has remained there ever since. "I believe that you must be able to draw things as you see them--realistically," wr...
Figure Drawing for All It's Worth
Andrew Loomis - May 31, 2011 (first published in 1943)
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The illustrator Andrew Loomis (1892-1959) is revered among artists - including comics superstar Alex Ross - for his mastery of figure drawing and clean, Realist style.His hugely influential series of art instruction books have never been bettered, and Figure Drawing is the first in Titan's programme of facsimile editions, returning these classic ti...
Drawing the Head and Hands
Andrew Loomis - Oct 25, 2011
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The illustrator Andrew Loomis (1892-1959) is revered amongst artists - including the great American painter Norman Rockwell and comics superstar Alex Ross - for his mastery of figure drawing and clean, Realist style. His hugely influential series of art instruction books have never been bettered. Drawing the Head and Hands is the second in Titan's ...
Drawing for the Absolute Beginner
A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Drawing (Art for the Absolute Beginner)
Mark Willenbrink - Nov 02, 2006
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This inspiring book makes drawing in a realistic style easier than you may think and more fun than you ever imagined!Authors Mark and Mary Willenbrink (Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner) cover it all--from choosing materials and the correct way to hold your pencil, to expert advice on the tricky stuff, like getting proportions and perspective ri...
Framed Ink
Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytellers
Marcos Mateu-Mestre - Aug 31, 2010
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The ultimate guide to visual storytelling! How to make the audience "feel" the story while they are "reading" the story. Using his experiences from working in the comic book industry, movie studios and teaching, Marcos introduces the reader to a step-by-step system that will create the most successful storyboards and graphics for the best visual co...
The Drawing Lesson
A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw
Mark Crilley - Jul 05, 2016
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An instructional art book in narrative graphic novel form that uses the tale of one aspiring young artist and his reluctant mentor to impart easy-to-follow lessons on the fundamentals of drawing.With over 10 million views and growing, Mark Crilley's YouTube drawing instruction videos have an enormous worldwide legion of fans and have been featured ...
How to Draw
drawing and sketching objects and environments from your imagination
Scott Robertson - Dec 15, 2013 (first published in 2012)
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How to Draw is for artists, architects and designers. It is useful to the novice, the student and the professional. You will learn how to draw any object or environment from your imagination, starting with the most basic perspective drawing skills. Early chapters explain how to draw accurate perspective grids and ellipses that in later chapters pro...
Draw 50 Animals
The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Elephants, Tigers, Dogs, Fish, Birds, and Many More...
Lee J. Ames - May 08, 2012 (first published in 1974)
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Fifty furry, scaly and feathered friends are here for aspiring young artists to draw....
Successful Drawing by Andrew Loomis
Pop Manga by Camilla d'Errico
Step-By-Step Drawing Book by Fiona Watt
Light for Visual Artists by Richard Yot
Beginner's Guide to Creating Manga Art by Steven Cummings
Doodle Adventures by Mike Lowery
Drawing People by Barbara Bradley
A Foundation Course in Drawing by Peter Stanyer
Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner by Claire Watson Garcia
The Master Guide to Drawing Anime by Christopher Hart
You Can Draw in 30 Days by Mark Kistler
Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley by Mark Crilley
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Ed Emberley's Complete Funprint Drawing Book by Ed Emberley
The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head by William Maughan
Classic Human Anatomy by Valerie L. Winslow
The Skillful Huntsman by Khang Le
Manga for the Beginner by Christopher Hart
Human Anatomy for Artists by Eliot Goldfinger
Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces by Carrie Stuart Parks
The Manga Fashion Bible by Christopher Hart
Drawing Manga Animals, Chibis, and Other Adorable Creatures by J.C. Amberlyn
Tangle Art and Drawing Games for Kids by Jeanette Nyberg
How to Draw a Unicorn and Other Cute Animals with Simple Shapes in 5 Steps by Lulu Mayo
Designing Creatures and Characters by Marc Taro Holmes
Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner, Revised by Claire Watson Garcia
Learn to Draw and Paint by Curtis Tappenden
Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o
Little Leaders by Vashti Harrison
How to Draw 101 Animals by Dan Green
The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare
Pen and Ink Drawing by Alphonso Dunn
How to Draw Pokemon by Tracey West
How to Draw People by Barbara Soloff Levy
Art for Kids by Kathryn Temple
Force by Mike Mattesi
The Complete Watercolorist's Essential Notebook by Gordon MacKenzie
Kawaii Doodle Class by Pic Candle
Botany for the Artist by Sarah Simblet
Drawing Dragons by Sandra Staple
Charles Bargue by Gerald Ackerman
WORKBOOK by Betty Edwards
The Big Book of Realistic Drawing Secrets by Carrie Stuart Parks
My First I Can Draw by Thomas Nelson
Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm
Mastering Composition by Ian Roberts
The Art of Zentangle by Margaret Bremner
The Art of John Harris by John Harris
The Realism Challenge by Mark Crilley
Step-by-Step Drawing Animals by Fiona Watt
The Girls' Doodle Book by Andrew Pinder
The Nine Old Men by Andreas Deja
How to Draw Manga by Manga University
Your Artist's Brain by Carl Purcell
Step-by-Step Drawing People by Fiona Watt
Draw Manga Faces for Expressive Characters by Hosoi Aya
642 Things to Draw by Chronicle Books
Marvel Doodles by Marvel Book Group
You Will be Able to Draw Faces by the End of This Book by Jake Spicer
Figure Drawing Atelier by Juliette Aristides
I Can Draw Animals by Ray Gibson
Adventures in Lettering by Dawn Nicole Warnaar
Journal of Delacroix by Hubert Wellington
Drawing Perspective by Matthew Brehm
The Boys' Doodle Book by Andrew Pinder
The Artist's Guide to Drawing Animals by J.C. Amberlyn
Manga Crash Course by Mina Petrovic
How To Draw Lifelike Portraits From Photographs - Revised by Lee Hammond
Mightier Than the Sword #1 by Drew Callander
Learn to Draw Your Favorite Disney*Pixar Characters by Disney Storybook Artists
Drawing With Children by Mona Brookes
Drawing for Kids How to Draw Number Cartoons Step by Step by Rachel A Goldstein
Let's Make Some Great Fingerprint Art by Marion Deuchars
Draw 50 Sharks, Whales, and Other Sea Creatures by Lee J. Ames
Cardboard Creations by Barbara Rucci
Step By Step Drawing Dinosaurs by Fiona Watt
Watercolor Artist's Guide to Exceptional Color by Jan Hart
Oodles of Doodles by Nikalas Catlow
Sketching for Architecture + Interior Design by Stephanie Travis
My Book of Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg
Drawing for Kids with Letters in Easy Steps ABC by Rachel A Goldstein
Draw-It-Yourself Adventures by Andrew Judge
Legendary Visions by UDON
Hello Nature by Nina Chakrabarti
Doodle Your Day by Anita Wood
Draw 50 Cars, Trucks, and Motorcycles by Lee J. Ames
20 Ways to Draw a Tree and 44 Other Nifty Things from Nature by Eloise Renouf
Drawing and Sketching Portraits by Jacquelyn Descanso
Drawing for Kids How to Draw Word Cartoons with Letters & Numbers by Rachel A Goldstein