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The Pencil
Paul Calle

We consider this be the quintessential book on pencil! A serious book about pencil and drawing technique. You will be totally inspired as well as trained with the demonstrations/instruction in this book. In our opinion, Paul Calle is the master of pencil! [Review by L. Diane Johnson]

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Brigman's Complete Guide to Drawing From Life
George B. Brigman


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Keys to Drawing
Bert Dodson

One of the best drawing books ever written next to Nicolades. Great for self-instruction and reference. Clearly written, easy to understand and follow...and to learn from. [Review by L. Diane Johnson]

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Getting Started in Drawing
Weldon Blake, Ferdinand Petrie

The ability to draw what you see is one of life's delightful accomplishments. 19 detailed, step-by-step demonstrations -- you can learn how to draw Still Life's (flowers, fruits, vegetables), Landscapes (that create a feeling of space), Portraits (capturing the essence of an individual), Water (a quiet lake or thundering sea), & more.

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Pencil Drawing Techniques
David Lewis

Great overall book on drawing in pencil. Excellent illustrations and step by step instructions. Good for all levels of study and for reference.

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The Natural Way to Draw:
A Working Plan for Art Study
Kimon Nicolaides

THE standard book for art schools teaching studio art. If you don't get any other book on fine art drawing...get this one. [Review by L. Diane Johnson]

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How to Draw Heads and Portraits
Jose Maria Parramon

Great resource for portrait painting.

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Colored Pencils for All:
A Comprehensive Guide to Drawing in Color
Michael Warr

Comprehensive primer on the medium of colored pencil. Great, basic book!

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Drawing in Color
Lee Hammond

Now anyone can draw incredibly realistic animals--even if they've never drawn before! Lee Hammond's amazing, easy-to-follow techniques enable even first-time artists to render a variety of wonderful animals, from cats and dogs to horses, squirrels, tigers and more. Hammond's special graphing system makes all the difference, enabling the reader's brain to translate animal poses from a picture into startlingly realistic drawings on the page. Additional guidelines detail the methods used to duplicate eyes, ears, mouths, feet, fur and hides. Readers will also learn how to layer, blend and shade their work, just like the pros!

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Basic Colored Pencil Techniques
Bet Borgeson

Excellent, fundamental book from Bet Borgeson, considered to be THE expert on colored pencil

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TheColored Pencil
Bet Borgeson


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Colored Pencil for the Serious Beginner
>Bet Borgeson

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Colored Pencil Portraits Step by StepTechniques
Ann Kullberg


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Colored Pencil Solution Book
Janie Gidlow, Barbara Benedetti Newton


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Capturing Soft Realism in Colored Pencil
Ann Kullberg


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More great titles we recommend:

You Can Draw
Bruce Robertson
Fabulous book on the fundamentals of drawing.
(Out of Print, try to obtain at your local library or have
Amazon do a search for you.)
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Drawing & Painting With Colored Pencils
Stefan Birker

Drawing the Head & Figure
Jack Hamm
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The Elements of Drawing
John Ruskin
Very focused look at drawing, composition and color, including exercises & in-depth descriptions to promote understanding. Effectively illustrated. For the serious art student and professional...no fluff...all substance. [Review by L. Diane Johnson]
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How to Draw and Paint What You See
Ray Smith
(Out of Print, try to obtain at your local library or have Amazon do a search for you.)
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How to Draw the Human Head
Louise Gordon
Excellent, structured yet sensitive treatment of the human head. You will love working with this book.
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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
A Course in Enhancing Creativity
Betty Edwards
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New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook
Betty Edwards
Millions of people have learned to draw using the methods of Dr. Betty Edwards. Now, in an essential companion to her bestselling classic, Edwards offers readers the key to mastering this art form: guided practice in their newfound creative abilities. Here are forty new exercises that cover each of the five basic skills of drawing. Each practice session includes a brief explanation and instructional drawings, suggestions for materials, sample drawings, and blank pages for the reader's own drawings. Also provided in this spiral-bound workbook is a pullout viewfinder, a crucial tool for effective practice. While The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain focused primarily on portrait drawing with pencil, this workbook gives readers experience in various subject matter-still life, landscape, imaginative drawing-using alternative mediums such as pen and ink, charcoal, and conte crayon. For all those who are taking a drawing class, who have already received instruction through a book or course, or who prefer to learn by doing, this volume of carefully structured "homework" offers the perfect opportunity to reinforce and improve their skills and expand their repertoire.
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Step by Step Guide to Drawing the Figure
John Ray
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Creative Colored Pencil Portraits
Vera Curnow
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A Pocket Guide to Sketching
Ray Evans
A terrific book on how to sketch outdoors from supplies to techniques.
(Out of Print, try to obtain at your local library or have
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Architectural Sketching & Rendering
Stephen K. Kliment
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