Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pencil Drawing - October 2021

Books in the pencil drawing genre include all about the creation of visual art using a granite pencil. Pencil art is a basic of sketching. It is a subgenre of the drawing genre. The pencil drawing genre books assist artists in creating a realistic rendition of an image by giving attention to highlights, shadows, and reflected lights. They also include beginners to advanced guides of photorealism, drawing, and shading techniques. Modern pencil art is all about creating three-dimensional images and lifelike portraits. Most of these books consist of illustrations explaining each step. Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Pencil Drawing.

1. Lettering and Modern Calligraphy: A Beginner's Guide: Learn Hand Lettering and Brush Lettering

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pencil Drawing - October 2021

Learn to letter! Learn to letter and create beautiful designs with this beginner's guide and workbook! Every page is filled with tips, tricks encouragement and practice space to kickstart your lettering journey! Learn 5 different alphabet styles, upper and lower case letters, practice connections and dive into design and composition with this beautiful lettering book. At the end of this book, there are also 15 beautiful lettering projects to help you bring together your knowledge and skill and help you begin to create beautiful works of art! You can do this!! Let us teach you how to upgrade your handwriting and learn this amazing and fun form of art The Book Contains: Learn five different alphabet styles Upper and lower case letters Detailed instructions 15 beautiful lettering projects

  • Author: Paper Peony Press
  • Publisher: Paper Peony Press (October 27, 2017)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-1948209007
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.26 x 10 inches


2. Pretty Simple Lettering: Modern Calligraphy & Hand Lettering for Beginners: A Step by Step Guide to Beautiful Hand Lettering & Brush Pen Calligraphy Design

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pencil Drawing - October 2021

Pretty Simple Lettering: Modern Calligraphy & Hand Lettering for Beginners| Paper Peony Press Learn the art of hand lettering with this comprehensive how-to book, full of beauty, knowledge, and inspiration! Pretty Simple Lettering is the perfect book for any hand letterer, whether you're new to the art or an experienced designer looking to expand your skill. In the book, you will learn the basics of creating alphabets in many different styles, how to develop those styles into one that is uniquely your own, and how to turn your lettering into beautiful pieces of art. Learning the basics of hand lettering can be pretty simple! Whitney breaks down 10 individual alphabets in various lettering styles, including upper and lower case, showing you how to form each letter, turn those letters into words, and turn those words into works of art! Discover the tools, techniques, and tricks of the trade from a seasoned lettering artist who has been in the business since 2014. In the final sections of this book, learn how Whitney approaches every design as she leads you through a step-by-step tutorial outlining her process of composition. The last section of the book is filled with project pages for you to create your own works of art to hang on your wall or gift to a friend! Every project is surrounded by gorgeous floral designs, adding a special touch of whimsy to your final creation!

  • Author: Whitney Farnsworth
  • Publisher: Paper Peony Press (July 13, 2019)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-1948209472


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

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pencil Drawing - October 2021

Pick up your pencil, embrace your inner artist, and learn how to draw in thirty days with this approachable step-by-step guide from an Emmy award-winning PBS host. Drawing is an acquired skill, not a talent -- anyone can learn to draw! All you need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and the willingness to tap into your hidden artistic abilities. With Emmy award-winning, longtime PBS host Mark Kistler as your guide, you'll learn the secrets of sophisticated three-dimensional renderings, and have fun along the way -- in just twenty minutes a day for a month. Inside you'll find: Quick and easy step-by-step instructions for drawing everything from simple spheres to apples, trees, buildings, and the human hand and face More than 500 line drawings, illustrating each step Time-tested tips, techniques, and tutorials for drawing in 3-D The 9 Fundamental Laws of Drawing to create the illusion of depth in any drawing 75 student examples to encourage you in the process

  • Author: Mark Kistler
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; CSM edition (January 4, 2011)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Drawing
  • ISBN: 978-0738212418
  • Dimensions: 7.38 x 0.75 x 9.25 inches


4. Perspective Made Easy (Dover Art Instruction)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pencil Drawing - October 2021

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, concise, immediately applicable discussions of the horizon, vanishing point, and the crucial relationship of eye level to perspective drawing, you'll learn how to place figures and objects in a drawing, depict interiors, create shade and shadows, and achieve all the other elements necessary for a successful perspective drawing. By repeatedly stressing important points, Mr. Norling teaches you to make them second-nature. Moreover, his approach is so simple and direct that no matter how little raw talent or experience you have, you will soon be able to apply these techniques almost instinctively. Mastery of perspective is a basic skill every artist must have. This simple, nontechnical guide will enable you to master its essentials in a relatively short time. Clear and concise, this book is an essential addition to any artist's bookshelf.

  • Author: Ernest R. Norling
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 31537th edition (January 19, 1999)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-0486404738
  • Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches


5. Pen and Ink Drawing: A Simple Guide

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pencil Drawing - October 2021

Pen & Ink Drawing: A Simple Guide covers the essential aspects of pen and ink drawing and more. It explores basic materials and instruments; fundamental properties of strokes and pen control; key elements of shading; and indispensable techniques for creating vibrant textures. As a bonus, a chapter is devoted to what the author refers to as, the secret Line of Balance. This book is not just written to instruct but also to inspire enthusiasts of pen and ink and drawing as well.

  • Author: Alphonso Dunn
  • Publisher: Three Minds Press; Illustrated edition (December 11, 2015)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Drawing
  • ISBN: 978-0997046533
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.38 x 11 inches


6. How to Draw Cool Stuff: Shading, Textures and Optical Illusions

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pencil Drawing - October 2021

“How to Draw Cool Stuff: Basics, Shading, Texture, Pattern and Optical Illusions” is the second book in the How to Draw Cool Stuff series. Inside you will find simple illustrations that cover the necessities of drawing cool stuff. Specific exercises are provided that offer step-by-step guidelines for drawing a variety of subjects. Each lesson starts with an easy-to-draw shape that will become the basic structure of the drawing. From there, each step adds elements to that structure, allowing the artist to build on their creation and make a more detailed image. Starting with the basic forms, the artist is provided a guide to help see objects in terms of simplified shapes. Instructions for shading to add depth, contrast, character and movement to a drawing are then covered. The varieties of texture and pattern that can be included in an artwork offer another layer of interest and depth to a design. These elements are necessary to indicate the way something looks like it feels in a work (texture) or creating the repetition of shapes, lines or colors (patterns). Illustrated optical illusions involve images that are sensed and perceived to be different from what they really are, showing examples of how the mind and the eyes can play tricks on each other. All you need is a piece of paper, a pencil and an eraser and you are ready to draw cool stuff. Once the drawing is complete, it can be colored, shaded or designed in any way you like to make it original. Following these exercises is a great way to practice your craft and begin seeing things in terms of simple shapes within a complex object.

  • Author: Catherine Holmes
  • Publisher: Library Tales Publishing, Incorporated; 1st edition (March 7, 2015)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-0692382516
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.54 x 10 inches


7. How to Draw Manga Furries: The Complete Guide to Anthropomorphic Fantasy Characters (750 illustrations)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pencil Drawing - October 2021

With How to Draw Manga Furries , you'll follow the lead of five professional Japanese artists as they show you how to bring dynamic fantasy characters to life—on the page or on screen! Furries are anthropomorphic characters—animals who have human traits (not to be confused with kemonomimi , or humans with some animal features!). They're widely popular in manga, anime and cosplay—from fan favorites like Wolf's Rain and Lackadaisy to the newer Beastars and BNA: Brand New Animal . The genre allows creators to be more imaginative, freeing artists from traditional human personality traits, actions and physical appearance. With the help of the expert authors, you'll learn to draw: Anatomically correct furry manga bodies, skulls, faces, appendages and tails with human proportions Characters based on cats, dogs, wolves, foxes, goats, birds, whales, sharks, crocodiles, dragons—and more! Furries seen from their most powerful perspective—from muzzle to rump to flipper tip Illustrations shown from many various angles with different poses, positions and movements And so much more! With this book as your guide, your imagination will run wild as you create memorable heroes, wicked villains and compelling sidekicks with your pen or on screen. * Recommended for artists 10 & up *

  • Author: Hitsujirobo
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (September 14, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Drawing
  • ISBN: 978-4805316832
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches


8. Constructive Anatomy (Dover Anatomy for Artists)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pencil Drawing - October 2021

"Excellent. The most valuable, detailed anatomical studies (which are also beautifully drawn) of all parts of the figure." — American Artist "The best book on artist's anatomy available anywhere." — Art Students League News Countless artists and students since the 1920s have used this and other books by George B. Bridgman (for nearly 50 years a teacher at the Art Students League in New York) for a solid foundation and understanding of human anatomy. They have found, and continue to find, that his unique way of discovering the vitalizing forces in the human form and realizing them in drawing carries the student pleasantly over one of art's most severe hurdles. Bridgman's superb anatomical sketches, of which there are nearly 500 in the book, also bring clearly to fruition his lucid theories of how to draw the human body in its structure and its complex movements. Constructive Anatomy, an anatomical reference guide for the working artist, sculptor, and student, graphically shows important parts of the human body, both in motion and in repose — hand, wrist, thumb, fingers, forearm, arm, armpit, shoulder, neck, head, eye, nose, ear, mouth, chin, trunk (front, side, and back), pelvis, hip, thigh, leg, knee, ankle, foot, and toes. Drawings of bone and muscle structure of the working of the joints and the interrelation of the various parts of the body are mainly concerned with movement of all sorts — movements that are described in detail as well as illustrated. The bending, twisting,and turning, creasing and interlocking of the various parts of the body are represented in drawing as the wedging of masses in specific ways that are clearly defined by Mr. Bridgman. Every artist will save tedious hours of research with this simple but effective approach, and will be delighted with its directness and fervor.

  • Author: George B. Bridgman
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Later Printing Used edition (June 1, 1973)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Drawing
  • ISBN: 978-0486211046
  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches


9. How to Draw with Photorealism: Drawing and Shading Techniques – Beginner to Advanced

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pencil Drawing - October 2021

This book will help you improve your drawing and shading skills. You will learn how to apply pencils for a realistic, professional result correctly. The famous pencil artist and art teacher, Jasmina Susak, will demonstrate for you the techniques of drawing lifelike portraits and 3-dimensional objects. No matter what your experience level is, you can draw by following these easy step-by-step demonstrations. Whether you want to create drawings of fruits, learn how to draw water droplets or how to draw a face, eyes, nose, and lips, these drawing techniques and expert tips will show you how to get great results with graphite pencils.Using her simple and unique approach to lifelike drawings, the author makes any subject approachable. You will also learn how to create smooth human skin, and straight and curly hair through the highly detailed tutorials. In this book, you will find more than 200 high-quality images with all the visible details and written explanations for each step. If you want to take your drawings to the next level, this is the book for you. With the skills mastered from this book, you will be able to draw anything with ease, and you will be enriched with professional tips and advice that you will be able to take with you and apply to your future drawings.

  • Author: Jasmina Susak
  • Publisher: Independently published (July 19, 2019)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Drawing
  • ISBN: 978-1090461162
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.53 x 11 inches


10. How to Draw Manga: Basics and Beyond!

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pencil Drawing - October 2021

You want to draw manga, and Manga University will show you how. You'll get VERY good at this. After all, we've been teaching people just like you for over 20 years. "How to Draw Manga: Basics and Beyond!" is the latest in Manga University's lineup of best-selling instructional books. The book features more than 1,000 illustrations drawn by Japanese manga artists whose work has appeared in leading publications, including Shonen Sunday and Young Jump. You will learn how to draw like a professional because your teachers are professionals. We've divided the book into four easy-to-follow chapters that will have you drawing original characters from head to toe in no time at all: Heads First! We begin at the top, with a chapter on how to draw heads. After all, heads are the first thing most people notice, in both art and out in the real world. And in art, just like in the real world, you want to make sure your characters make a vivid first impression ... whether they're completely human, or totally out-of-this-world. Let's Make Faces! The expression the eyes are the window to the soul is particularly true when it comes to manga. You can tell a lot about a character's personality by peering into their eyes. In this chapter, we explain the basics of drawing eyes. But we don't stop there. We also cover noses, mouths, ears, and hair. All About Bodies! Once we've covered faces, we move on to teaching you how to draw bodies. We go over the differences between male and female body proportions, count heads to determine the heights of our characters, and learn how to draw hands, arms, feet, and legs. Strike a Pose! Our book's final chapter is all about making a physical statement. We show characters standing tall, sitting down, throwing punches, giving hugs, and more. Because even beautifully drawn characters look boring if they're frozen stiff. The book also includes a section on manga tools. Plus, you'll get to know the artists who contributed to the book through exclusive interviews in which they talk about their favorite manga and anime series, hobbies, how they work, and more!

  • Author: Manga University
  • Publisher: Japanime Co. Ltd. (May 24, 2019)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Drawing
  • ISBN: 978-4921205409
  • Dimensions: 7.63 x 0.44 x 10.13 inches