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Drawing Instruction

M. G. KING "mgking"
The list author says: "Looking for a good book that explains how to draw? Here are my recommendations for texts that actually teach something and not merely show samples of the author's work. All of the books here have, I think, something to recommend them. Their order in the list is accidental, not an evaluation."
Freehand Sketching
Freehand Sketching
"Good for buildings, urban studies,and scenery.  Not too strong on people or figure drawing."
Freehand Drawing for Architects and Designers: Watercolor, Colored Pencil, Black and White Techniques
Freehand Drawing for Architects and Designers: Watercolor, Colored Pencil, Black and White Techniques
"Strong as you would expect on architecture.  Gives a good process for perspective drawing.  Also a very good section on coloring drawings with wash and watercolor."
Keys to Drawing
Keys to Drawing
"One of the best all-around books of drawing instruction I have encountered."
The Artist's Sketchbook (Quarto Book)
The Artist's Sketchbook (Quarto Book)
"Good instruction and many ideas for keeping sketchbooks, which if you want to learn to draw you should keep and work in daily.  Also a delightful book to look at."
Pen and Pencil Drawing Techniques (Dover Art Instruction)
Pen and Pencil Drawing Techniques (Dover Art Instruction)
"Can be a bit prescriptive, but good on offering steps to the finished drawing and excellent on the area of tonal studies.  Worth the price for that aspect."
Sketches from Japan
Sketches from Japan
"An interesting book.  Contains the author's sketches made during a visit to Japan, as well as a basic explanation of a system used for architectural and design drawing.  The system is based on the square and can be used in a variety of situations."
Drawing and Sketching (Collins Discover)
Drawing and Sketching (Collins Discover)
"A good starter book.  Plenty of step-by-step explanations and examples.  Especially strong on natural and landscape drawing."
A Cézanne Sketchbook: Figures, Portraits, Landscapes and Still Lifes (Dover Books on Fine Art)
A Cézanne Sketchbook: Figures, Portraits, Landscapes and Still Lifes (Dover Books on Fine Art)
"Not a whit of instruction here, but you can see how a master did it and try to imitate some of his drawings.  Many preliminary studies and you can see some of his goofs, which is especially good on those days when your self-criticism has reached new heights.  Yes, even Cezanne had to work at it!  Also includes some drawings by his young son."
Art of Sketching
Art of Sketching
"A well-rounded introduction in drawing with a number of exercises and illustrations of using different media, such as pencil, ink, and charcoal.  One caveat.  The book was originally published in Spanish, so some of the terms are not precise.  I found the text to talk about "ballpoint" when it meant "roller ball."  Still, not a major problem."