Drawn to it: new art books

Here we have all you need to develop your existing drawing practise or get started with some basics.  Sketching scenes, animals and anatomy is the bread and butter of most artists; we’ve made these picks to offer a little bit for anyone planning on picking up a pencil or paintbrush.

Archetypes / Halstead, Diana
“In the 1990s Diana Halstead broke with the formal abstract paintings she had been exhibiting in the preceding years, and in a rush of work created a remarkable series of drawings, a selection of which are contained in this book. Halstead used an unusual technique in the works. Looking at them, we seem to see an artist entering a trance state, becoming fused, confused, with animals. Men and women have beaks. Heads crumble and regrow.  Mullet leap from fleshy hips. The distinctions between the human and the non-human dissolve. Nature reclaims us.”–Introduction by Scott Hamilton.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Anatomy for the artist : a complete guide to drawing the human body / Crouch, Jennifer
“An understanding of anatomy is essential to being able to draw the human body, whether at rest or in movement. With more than 200 beautiful illustrations, Anatomy for the Artist is a comprehensive guide to drawing the human body with skill and sensitivity. Fully annotated with step-by-step explanations that will help you to create accurate images with ease, it is the perfect reference for the beginner or the more experienced artist looking to improve their technique.” — From back cover.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

I paint what I want to see / Guston, Philip
“How does a painter see the world? Philip Guston, one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century, spoke about art with unparalleled candour and commitment. Touching on work from across his career as well as that of his fellow artists and Renaissance heroes, this selection of his writings, talks and interviews draws together some of his most incisive reflections on iconography and abstraction, metaphysics and mysticism, and, above all, the nature of painting and drawing.” — Publisher’s website.” (Catalogue)

How to draw 100 animals : from basic shapes to amazing drawings in super-easy steps / Hodge, Susie
“Discover 100 wonderful and majestic creatures to draw! There are no written instructions to follow – just basic shapes and pencil strokes. Even if you’ve never drawn anything before, you will be amazed at how quickly you will achieve incredibly impressive drawings. Every project also shows two finished examples of the animal – one shaded with pencil and the other with colour. This is the perfect book for budding artists yearning to draw their favourite animals.  (Adapted from Catalogue)

Cats : draw over 50 fabulous felines in 10 easy steps / Lecouffe, Justine
“If you want to draw cats but don’t know where to start, this is the book for you! 10 Step Drawing: Cats will help you turn simple shapes into beautiful cat drawings in just ten steps. Each drawing starts with easy, geometric shapes and simple guide lines, and the cats are drawn in a variety of poses that typify the particular breed. Each drawing includes a helpful colour palette so readers can easily find the right colours to finish their drawing. There are even instructions for adding simple details to give each creature its own personality.” (Catalogue)

Dogs : draw over 50 delightful dogs in 10 easy steps / Lecouffe, Justine
“If you want to draw dogs but don’t know where to start, this is the book for you! 10 Step Drawing: Dogs will help you turn simple shapes into beautiful dog drawings in just ten steps. Each drawing starts with easy, geometric shapes and simple guide lines, and the dogs are drawn in a variety of poses that typify the particular breed. Each drawing includes a helpful colour palette so readers can easily find the right colours to finish their drawing. There are even instructions for adding simple details to give each creature its own personality.” (Catalogue)

Sketching for the absolute beginner / Cronin, Peter
“Sketching is more than just drawing quickly. It is training your eye and hand to work together, to respond immediately and naturally to the scene before you. If you have ever wanted to sketch, but lacked the confidence to start, this is the book for you. Artist Peter Cronin teaches you how to sketch through simple step-by-step exercises and larger projects, all in a friendly and relaxed manner. Learn to sketch with a range of media, from graphite pencil to charcoal, pen and wash and more, all the while building the skills you need to tackle more complex and rewarding artworks.” (Catalogue)

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