Which books on drawing and sketching are the best? Which are really nice, easy, beautiful and useful? Read on for our top picks for all ages…

The top 10 best books of all time to stimulate and develop your drawing skills

Have you always wanted to learn to draw, but not sure where to start? View the book list below to see which book can help you on your way. We start our recommendations with the top 10 best books about Sketching of all time. This list has been updated this year, including all the recent titles.

Best Books About SketchingAuthor
Drawing for the Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Drawing Mark Willenbrink
Keys to DrawingBert Dodson
Perspective Made EasyErnest Ralph Norling
Drawing the Head and HandsAndrew Loomis
The Natural Way to Draw: A Working Plan for Art StudyKimon Nicolaïdes
Art FundamentalsGilles Beloeil
Draw Great CharactersBeverly Johnson
Sketching from the Imagination: Creatures and MonstersMarisa Lewis; L A Williams
Pocket Art: Portrait DrawingJoanna Henly
Drawn to Life Don Hahn

The updated top 10 list: the best books about sketching

How to Draw Cool Stuff: A Drawing Guide for Teachers and Students

The illustrations in this book teach you how to take it step-by-step when starting your drawing adventure. Go from easy shapes to a more complicated work by following the basics in this guide.

Strathmore (25-050 200 Learning Series Drawing Animals Pad

In the Strathmore series this is the book on how to draw animals. Christopher Hart takes you by the hand and lets you follow the instructions to complete your animal drawing projects.

The Big Book of Realistic Drawing Secrets: Easy Techniques for drawing people, animals, flowers and nature

The authors of this book want you to know that you don’t have to accept the fact that your drawing lack details. The secret lies in learning the techniques to improve your drawings.

Drawing for the Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Drawing (Art for the Absolute Beginner)

We can’t imagine that no-one had drawn in his life, but if you haven’t, then this is the book to start with if you are planning on drawing any time soon.

Drawing for Beginners: How to Draw and Shade for Realism

This next book on our top ten list is also for beginners, but this book focuses more on the realistic part of a drawing, which can be worked at by adding shade. Basic skills and knowledge is shared with you, and texts are easy to understand and then put into practice.

The Fantasy Artroom (Dover Books on Art Instruction and Anatomy)

Is your drawing genre more orientated towards fantasy? Then we think you will love ‘The Fantasy Artroom’. Discover the methods of how to use your creativity while drawing fantasy elements.

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

Lockdown? Holiday? Bored? Try a new hobby and read this book on how you can learn to draw within the timeframe of only a month. Anyone can draw, just take the time to teach yourself from the contents of this book.

30-Minute Drawing for Beginners: Easy Step-by-Step Lessons & Techniques for Landscapes, Still Lifes, Figures, and More

If you only have thirty minutes a day to spare and you want to start drawing, then this book will give you the steps to improve your drawing skills. Find out what techniques you can use and do the exercises that go with each lesson. You will enjoy your new drawing adventure.

The 15-Minute Artist: The Quick and Easy Way to Draw Almost Anything

From learning how to draw in 30 days and 30 minutes, to this book that says you can learn it in only 15 minutes; that is what ‘The 15-Minute Artist’ aims at. There are 60 smaller projects in this book that you can complete. Every step you take will perfect your sketching skills.

How to Draw People: Step-by-Step Lessons for Figures and Poses

Do you want to switch from drawing apples to drawing people? Then we suggest taking this book and begin with the lesson on drawing human figures. Your drawings will look more realistically with the help of Jeff Mellem and the assignments in this book. 

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