Top 10 Best Books to Read in Drawing - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Drawing. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Drawing - August 2021

A book whose sales have not diminished but rather increased dramatically since its publication 45 years ago, this bestselling classic is the ultimate manual of drawing taught by the late Robert Beverly Hale, who’s famed lectures and classes at New York City’s Art Student League captivated artists and art educators from around the world. Faithfully producing and methodically analyzing 100 master drawings—including works of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Rodin, Goya, and Rembrandt among others—Hale shows how these artists tackled basic problems such as line, light and planes, mass, position and thrust, and anatomy. With detailed analytical captions and diagrams, every lesson is clearly delineated and illustrated. Throughout, also, is commentary that sheds light on the creative process of drawing and offers deep insight into the unsurpassed achievements of the masters.

  • Author: Robert Beverly Hale
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; 10th edition (August 1, 1989)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, History & Criticism
  • ISBN: 978-0823014019
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches


2. The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Drawing - August 2021

When Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain was first published in 1979, it hit the New York Times bestseller list within two weeks and stayed there for more than a year. In 1989, when Dr. Betty Edwards revised the book, it went straight to the Times list again. Now Dr. Edwards celebrates the twentieth anniversary of her classic book with a second revised edition. Over the last decade, Dr. Edwards has refined her material through teaching hundreds of workshops and seminars. Truly The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain , this edition includes: the very latest developments in brain research new material on using drawing techniques in the corporate world and in education instruction on self-expression through drawing an updated section on using color detailed information on using the five basic skills of drawing for problem solving Translated into thirteen languages, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world's most widely used drawing-instruction guide. People from just about every walk of life—artists, students, corporate executives, architects, real estate agents, designers, engineers—have applied its revolutionary approach to problem solving. The Los Angeles Times said it best: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is "not only a book about drawing, it is a book about living. This brilliant approach to the teaching of drawing . . . should not be dismissed as a mere text. It emancipates."

  • Author: Betty Edwards
  • Publisher: Tarcher; 2nd Revised & enlarged edition (August 30, 1999)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-0874774245
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.75 x 9.5 inches


3. Rapid Viz: A New Method for the Rapid Visualization of Ideas

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Drawing - August 2021

Rapid Viz, Third Edition: A New Method for the Rapid Visualization of Ideas provides hands-on instruction on quick sketching skills and techniques that allow you to picture your ideas mentally, and then quickly convert those thoughts into visual reality on a piece of paper. The method is not designed to help you become a master illustrator, but rather a visual thinker and communicator. Emphasizing speed and simplicity, the Rapid Viz method breaks down drawing to the essentials, teaching the fundamental techniques of graphic art and design using only the simplest of tools: felt-tip pens or pencils and paper. Using a minimum amount of time, trouble, and effort, Rapid Viz enables you to nail down your ideas onto paper, rapidly converting your thoughts while they are still fresh, and then polish them for clear visual communication with others.

  • Author: Kurt Hanks
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 3rd edition (March 1, 2006)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1598632682
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.75 x 9 inches


4. FORCE: Dynamic Life Drawing: 10th Anniversary Edition (Force Drawing Series)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Drawing - August 2021

Bring your artwork to life with the power of the FORCE! Watch, listen, and follow along as Mike Mattesi demonstrates the fundamental FORCE line and explains dynamic figure drawing techniques through 30 videos that are launched through the book's companion App. Packed with superb, powerfully drawn examples, the updated third edition of FORCE features an all-new section on the "FORCE blob," and dozens of fresh illustrations. Mike Mattesi’s 10th anniversary edition of FORCE will teach readers how to put thought and imagination to paper. Whether you are an illustrator, animator, comic book artist, or student, you'll learn to use rhythm, shape, and line to bring out the life in any subject. The 10th Anniversary Edition contains numerous improvements. Around 30 videos are embedded within the book and accessible through the FORCE Drawing App. In the App, click on the image of the camera, point your mobile device’s camera at the page with the symbol, and then finally tap the video card image floating above the drawing to launch the video. Then sit back and watch the video that shows me creating that drawing and discussing my process. Many new drawings can be found within this edition and the addition of color now further clarifies the theory of FORCE.   Key Features The unique, dynamic learning system that has helped thousands of artists enhance their figure drawing abilities Dozens of updated illustrations and all-new content, exclusive to the 3rd edition Select pages can be scanned by your smartphone or other device to pull up bonus video content, enhancing the learning process Companion App: Nearly 50 videos are available on the free FORCE Drawing companion app that can be downloaded through Google Play or the Apple App Store

  • Author: Mike Mattesi
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 3rd edition (March 29, 2017)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, History & Criticism
  • ISBN: 978-1138919570
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches


5. White Space Is Not Your Enemy: A Beginner's Guide to Communicating Visually Through Graphic, Web & Multimedia Design

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Drawing - August 2021

White Space Is Not Your Enemy is a practical graphic design and layout guide that introduces concepts and practices necessary for producing effective visual communication across a variety of formats―from web to print. Sections on Gestalt theory, color theory, and WET layout are expanded to offer more in-depth content on those topics. This new edition features new covering current trends in web design―Mobile-first, UI/UX design, and web typography―and how they affect a designer’s approach to a project. The entire book will receive an update using new examples and images that show a more diverse set of graphics that go beyond print and web and focus on tablet, mobile and advertising designs.

  • Author: Kim Golombisky
  • Publisher: A K Peters/CRC Press; 3rd edition (October 3, 2016)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-1138804647
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches


6. Landscape Graphics: Plan, Section, and Perspective Drawing of Landscape Spaces

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Drawing - August 2021

Announcing the new revised edition of the classic industry reference! Landscape Graphic s is the architect’s ultimate guide to all the basic graphics techniques used in landscape design and landscape architecture. Progressing from the basics into more sophisticated techniques, this guide offers clear instruction on graphic language and the design process, the basics of drafting, lettering, freehand drawing and conceptual diagramming, perspective drawing, section elevations, and more. It also features carefully sequenced exercises, a complete file of graphic symbols for sections and perspectives, and a handy appendix of conversions and equivalents.

  • Author: Grant Reid
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; First edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-0823073337
  • Dimensions: 10.88 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches


7. Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes: Volume 2: The Walt Stanchfield Lectures

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Drawing - August 2021

Discover the lessons that helped bring about a new golden age of Disney animation! Published for the first time ever, Drawn to Life is a two volume collection of the legendary lectures from long-time Disney animator Walt Stanchfield. For over twenty years, Walt helped breathe life into the new golden age of animation with these teachings at the Walt Disney Animation Studios and influenced such talented artists as Tim Burton, Brad Bird, Glen Keane, and John Lasseter. These writings represent the quintessential refresher for fine artists and film professionals, and it is a vital tutorial for students who are now poised to be part of another new generation in the art form. * Legendary lessons from the master Disney animator who put the wiggle in Jessica Rabbit's walk! * Packed full of illustrations from some of the top animators in the world including Brad Bird, Glen Keane and John Lasseter * Two volumes and 800 pages of pure gold - offers in-depth advice and instruction on bringing characters to life Sample Pages from Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes, Volume 2 (Click images for larger versions)

  • Author: Walt Stanchfield
  • Publisher: Focal Press (April 6, 2009)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-0240811079
  • Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.5 x 1 inches


8. The Nine Old Men: Lessons, Techniques, and Inspiration from Disney's Great Animators

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Drawing - August 2021

Learn from the men who changed animation forever Walt Disney’s team of core animators, who he affectionately called his "Nine Old Men," were known for creating Disney’s most famous works, as well as refining the 12 basic principles of animation. Follow master animator and Disney legend Andreas Deja as he takes you through the minds and works of these notable animators. An apprentice to the Nine Old Men himself, Deja gives special attention to each animator and provides a thoughtful analysis on their techniques that include figure drawing, acting, story structure, and execution. The in-depth analysis of each animator’s work will allow you to refine your approach to character animation. Rare sequential drawings from the Disney archives also give you unprecedented access and insight into the most creative minds that changed the course of animation. Instruction and analysis on the works of each of the Nine Old Men broaden your creative choices and approaches to character animation Original drawings, some never-before-seen by the public are explored in depth, giving you behind-the-scenes access into Disney animation history Gain first-hand insight into the foundation of timeless characters and scenes from some of Disney’s most memorable feature and short films

  • Author: Andreas Deja
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1st edition (September 23, 2015)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-0415843355
  • Dimensions: 11 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches


9. Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Drawing - August 2021

Stephen Rogers Peck's Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist remains unsurpassed as a manual for students. It includes sections on bones, muscles, surface anatomy, proportion, equilibrium, and locomotion. Other unique features are sections on the types of human physique, anatomy from birth to old age, an orientation on racial anatomy, and an analysis of facial expressions. The wealth of information offered by the Atlas ensures its place as a classic for the study of the human form.

  • Author: Stephen Rogers Peck
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Illustrated edition (February 18, 1982)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0195030952
  • Dimensions: 10.01 x 7.44 x 0.64 inches


10. Drawing from Observation: An Introduction to Perceptual Drawing

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Drawing - August 2021

Perceptual drawing, in which one renders the physical world as it appears to an observer, is the focus of this new text for the introductory drawing course. With an emphasis on progressive skill development, Drawing from Observation offers a balanced mix of hands-on technique and perceptual theory while making a compelling argument for the long-term value of studying perception-based drawing.

  • Author: Brian Curtis
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2nd edition (May 22, 2009)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-0077356279
  • Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.6 x 9 inches