Top Five Books For Learning to Draw and Paint

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If you cannot draw or paint to save your life, these are the books you would need to get you out of that life threatening situation.

So if you feel like you don’t have any talent, work your way through this library, one book at a time, and you’ll build up the skills that will make people think you’re talented. Talent is just dedication to learning the skills with a bit of obsession.

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Betty Edwards
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
Betty Edwards

Edwards has dozens of exercises that will be a creative catalyst to have you going from stick figures to realistic accurate portraits in mere months.

Being Visual by Bette Fetter
Being Visual by Bette Fetter

Being Visual : Raising a Generation of Innovative Thinkers
Bette Fetter 

Discover how children learn to draw and learn to teach them in a way that lets them draw freely and expand their visual thinking. Fetter is both an artist and a Montessori teacher.

Color and Light by James Gurney
Color and Light by James Gurney

Color & Light
James Gurney

I’ve loved James Gurney’s art since I ordered a Dinotopia book from Scholastic in fourth grade. He’s a master of articulating the way color and light change the objects we’re all familiar with, from the way light filters through trees to the reason why telephone wires look black in front of the sky and white in front of dark buildings. You’ll have to get this book to learn more 😉

Figure Drawing for all its worth by Andrew Loomis
Figure Drawing for all its worth by Andrew Loomis

Figure Drawing for All it’s Worth 
Andrew Loomis 

From the golden age of illustration comes the advice from a master artist who breaks down the complexities of the human body so that you can memorize them and understand the anatomy. Absolutely necessary for anyone whose work depicts a human figure.

Anatomy for the Artist Jenő Barcsay
Anatomy for the Artist by
Jenő Barcsay

Anatomy for the Artist
Jenő Barcsay

If you know the bones and muscle structure of the body you can draw any pose from memory. Drawing from memory frees up your compositions and allows you to create more directly from your imagination. This book is the replacement for classical art instruction, as this kind of figure drawing is no longer taught in most modern art institutions as postmodernism made this virtuoso knowledge appear obsolete.

Author: Katana

Katana Leigh is a professional international artist with her paintings at home in Canada, the USA, Costa Rica, Australia, and more. Find her on Artist Katana Shop, Google! and Instagram

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