book suggestion for learning to draw for complete begineer?

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  12 December 2010
book suggestion for learning to draw for complete beginner?

hi friends, i am complete beginner and want to learn to draw, i would really appreciate if you guys can recommend me any good book..however i did a lot of search and came up with two good books.' the natural way to draw ' and drawing at the right side of the the problem with the natural way to draw is that its really hard to follow as it needs three hours a day , i am learning art as hobby and it would be hard for me to take out three hours every day from by schedule and live models and other things which is not possible for me to arrange .....and the book drawing at the right side of the mind is more focused on portrait drawing and dosent talk much about perspective n all however i know we can still apply those rules to draw other things...but still i am looking for a book which starts with the absolute basic which can teach me how to draw objects , environment, still life in perspective even with my imagination..not just by looking at things ....however i am more interested in drawing characters but feel its impossible to start drawing good looking characters without the foundation of perspective , forms and shapes lighting etc.... in short i am complete beginner and want to start to draw but not sure how and where to begin ...

Last edited by vins2010 : 12 December 2010 at 09:16 PM.
  12 December 2010

looking forward for suggestion
  12 December 2010
Red face

I am on the same road as you for a novice artist. My thoughts and suggestions below:

Unfortunately the only way to get good at drawing is start drawing and anything else is to actually do it and do it consistently!, "a knife would go blunt, if not sharpened regularly".

You are absolutely right, if you are serious about drawing and drawing at professional level needs a very good understanding of the basics foundations of art. Having a solid foundation of the following would help you not only in drawings but other areas such as painting, architecture etc.

To list a few.

1. Perspective.
2. Anatomy (for figure drawing purposes).
3. Lights and Shadows.
and many more.....

1. Perspective Made Easy
2. Andrew Loomis collection - can't really go pass this great resource if you're serious about figure drawing.
3. Glenn Vilppu's Drawing Manual and Anatomy collection (might cost a bit but good resource).

Just my two cent.

Hope that helps.
I only believe in hardwork!, genius don't exists in my world!!!
  12 December 2010
I would go through "Drawing on the right side of the brain" first as it will help cement what the artist feels when deep into "drawing mode".

The projects in that book are also in manageable time blocks suited for your part-time aspirations.

Then go through the books mentioned in the previous post.

Do not jump into drawing from imagination without the basics; it will discourage you and in the long run will set you back rather than help you.
  12 December 2010
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