Monday, 22 February 2016

Books on drawing

Having previously stated that I neither buy nor know much about art books, or go crazy for equipment, I have recently succumbed. The reason may be down to the Art Bootcamp I've been involved in for February.

It goes like this:
  • I get inspired by lots of great art from fellow participants in the bootcamp
  • Realising that the longer timescales of my main art isn't in the spirit of daily creations I decided that drawing was a better option. 
  • I think my draughtsmanship is fairly good, but I'm aware that some aspects of my drawing definitely could improve (don't we all?), so I thought I should look again at which books might help. 

First off:

Compendium of Drawing Techniques: 200 Tips and Techniques for Drawing the Easy Way

This one had glowing reviews on Amazon and I can see why in a way. The price is fair, the illustrations are wonderful and inspiring. It's up to date and the text (not too much) is helpful and written in a nice tone.

There were some nice tips and I learnt a few new tricks, but I doubt I'll be using it that much. If I was starting out, or curious about techniques, materials and ideas, this would be a great book. An important problem for me is that it's a thinnish paperback and tightly bound which makes it awkward to hold open.

I should've known really as I've seen similar books and for me they are a bit like a shopping catalogue: lots of pretty stuff to buy and tempt, materials to check and a bewildering array of things one can do. Admittedly, this book is definitely one of the best of this type of book at this level

Ultimately, not for me and maybe a waste of money.

Second one:


  1. Thanks for the recommendation on the second book! I have one similar in look which is all about anatomy. Every anatomical illustration is drawn in pencil. Magnificent stuff.

    1. I have the excellent anatomy for artists which is equally for medical students as for artists. Lovely book with lovely photographs and drawings. Perhaps a bit too technical rather than "artistic" but it lays down the foundations well and teaches you to really look.
      Much better than the figure reference books I bought years ago and never used or look at now.