Drawing and Painting Guides: New Art Books

If your new year’s resolution was to pick up some artistic skills, you’re in luck! This month we’ve got an influx of great arty how-to, including drawing, sketching, and painting. Maybe even branch out further and try paint pouring with The Paint Pouring Workshop, or get into comics and animation with Draw Great Characters and Creatures.

Overdrive cover Botanical Line Drawing, Peggy Dean (ebook)
Botanical Line Drawing teaches you how to start with the simplest doodles, building into more elaborate, delicate illustrations. These simple line drawings will allow you to branch out and have fun with your own personal style, as well as inspire you to add flourishes to other projects.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Draw great characters and creatures : 75 art exercises for comics and animation / Johnson, Beverly
“Learn to make your characters unique, compelling and lifelike with these 75 exercises for all skill levels, including beginners. Topics include tools and materials; shapes; personalities; facial expressions; body language; character interaction; and costuming. Character types featured include more than just humans; learn how to draw animals, plants, creatures and more.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The 15-minute artist : the quick and easy way to draw almost anything / Holmes, Catherine V.
“If you want to draw but think you don’t have the time to learn -or feel too intimidated to start- 15-Minute Artist invites you to jump in. Bestselling author Catherine Holmes provides more than 60 step-by-step projects for depicting animals, food, plants, household items, and more–and you can complete each one in just 15 minutes. Her tutorials break the process down so you can achieve quick, satisfying results.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The paint pouring workshop : learn to create dazzling abstract art with acrylic pouring / Ferro, Marcy
“Jump into the exciting world of paint pouring — and instantly create dazzling, abstract art — with this comprehensive how-to guide by the popular founder of the Mixed Media Girl YouTube channel. In this fun, colorful guide, Marcy Ferro explains everything about working in this popular form.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Ink : do more art / Davies, Bridget
Ink is the first in an exciting new practical-art series on popular mediums, including acrylic, oil, pencil and gouache. The books will cover painting techniques, creative ideas and applications, and the fun of mixing with other mediums. Many of the techniques and ideas will be demonstrated through the work of some of the world’s greatest artists and illustrators. With its contemporary aesthetic and accessible content, the series will appeal to artists of all abilities.” (Catalogue)

Urban sketching step by step / Meier-Pauken, Klaus
“The next inspiring instalment by artist and architect Klau Meir-Pauken, showing you how to sketch our industrial, hustling, urban world – and discover your inner artist. Reawaken the art of our ancestors and join the growing movement of reactionary artists, and learn how to capture our fast-paced world in this inspiring book by popular artist and author, Klaus Meier-Pauken.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Painting masterclass : creative techniques of 100 great artists / Hodge, Susie
“The book is organized into seven chapters covering important genres: nudes, figures, landscapes, still life, heads, fantasy and abstraction. Each chapter selects a cross section of artists and examines their practice in detail, using key paintings. Light and shade, rhythm, form, space, contour and composition are all covered in detail.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The field guide to drawing & sketching animals / Pond, Tim
“Artist Tim Pond’s lively and engaging book fuses science with art, providing the reader with the skills, techniques and knowledge they need to create sketches of animals filled with life and movement. Combining scientific knowledge with expert practical guidance is key to creating successful drawings of animals, and Tim’s ability to convey this in a way that is both accessible and engaging makes this a unique and inspiring guide suitable for artists of all levels.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

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