Art for Everyone
Pick up new skills or polish old ones with drawing guides from Dover.
The last month of summer is a special time. The sun is lower in the horizon and the shadows are long — in other words, the light is perfect for sitting outside with a pencil, some paper, and an urge to draw. Take up art as a new hobby or strengthen your skills with Dover’s Art Instruction catalog.
Artists young and old can learn a lot from the How to Draw series. These fun and basic books help artists of all ages get past any self-doubts or hurdles by starting with a handful of techniques.
How to Draw begins with a few basics: all drawing can be broken down into shapes: circles, triangles, squares, etc. These easy shapes can be combined in various ways to create all living creatures under the sun! This first book would make a great project for adults and children working together. How to Draw also has blank practice pages along with step-by-step instructions.
Other titles in the series include How to Draw Pets and How to Draw Animals, useful books for young artists who are ready to branch out. How to Draw Pets begins with your basic dog and cat. How to Draw Animals goes further into the animal kingdom, with instructions for elephants and giraffes, to name a few.
There’s no need to be afraid of drawing the one animal most of us are closest to: human beings! How to Draw People will teach you how to draw fun and easy forms that have motion and character. There’s no excuse to think you can’t draw!
Older children or adults ready to take on more challenging forms can step their animal drawing game with How to Draw Dogs, Cats and Horses. This book has different breeds of dogs, animal faces from different perspectives, and horses in motion. Explanations and instructions, along with encouragement, will allow you to create some wonderful artwork.
Let’s talk hands. With approximately 27 bones, let alone all of the tendons, they are a challenge! Hands express emotion, character, and reveal age and occupation, and it’s worth studying the best waay to draw them. Drawing Hands: With Over 1000 Illustrations includes detailed anatomy studies (and some unusual perspectives) and hands of all ages and sizes.
Speaking of perspective … Dover has a book for that! Perspective Drawing Handbook outlines the basics of the near, the far, and the in-between. Go beyond the vanishing point — where parallel lines appear to meet — and learn how to put what you see onto paper.
When you’re ready to put down the eraser, you’re ready for paint, ink, and charcoal. Pen & Ink Drawing is a collection of 140 drawings and explanations, along with some philosophy and instruction. Examples of what makes a pleasing composition are also included, many of which start with basic geometric shapes.
Light and Shade in Charcoal, Pencil and Brush Drawing will teach you how to achieve depth and shape. The source of all art is light, and therefore reproducing what we see includes the absence of light. This classic book will walk you through exercises that you can complete on your own including many classic studies of shapes with light of varying intensity and direction.
You are already an artist. Dover can help you become more satisfied with your work with amazing classics from masters of line and form.