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Review: Drawing for the Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Drawing

Although I’ve always been interested in art, it wasn’t until my teen years that I started taking it seriously and actively seeking to better my skills. While most of my friends had gone to art school or received lessons of some sort, I had no professional experience when it came to drawing or painting. I would watch how they would add techniques to their sketches or paintings that I wanted to learn. Eventually, I asked my high school art teacher what his recommendations were so that I could learn art on my own time.


Among several other books he told me to check out, that was unique and detailed in its lessons is Drawing for the Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Drawing. It is a book that I still refer to now when I have to brush up on some of my techniques or when I was to teach someone about sketching.




  • The book is divided into 6 chapters with 53 lessons in total. Throughout the chapters, you learn about things such as easy sketching techniques, shading, angles, proportions, and figure drawing. Each lesson leads up to the next with 9 final lessons throughout the book.


  • Each lesson defines any new terminology used and how each one affects how your sketch turns out. All terms are supplemented with various illustrations.


  • Each lesson has a list of all the materials you will need for the lesson.


  • With the list of materials you receive extensive information on how to use the materials. For example, there are certain ways to hold the pencils for shading, and there are different pencils to use for the specific type of shading you are trying to accomplish.



  • While the book states that this is for beginners, I recommend it for anyone that has some experience or as a supplement to an art class.


  • Doesn’t give exact measurements when given proportions.


Overall, this is a book that got me started on refining my skills. I would recommend it to anyone that has some experience with drawing or sketching but needs intermediate lessons on shading and proportions. If this is the type of book you need to get to the next level of your skill sets, you can buy it here.


If you have any questions or comments please leave them below. Thank you for reading and I hope that this book does for you what it did for me!


  • vivek

    Im an absolute beginner at sketching or art of any kind. Is it difficult to purchase the materials necessary to go through this book?
    i know its probably not the right fit for someone like me but I’m planning on joining an art class soon so thought this would be a good supplement. thanks!

    • admin

      Not at all! most of the materials are erasers and various types of pencils. I definitely recommend it as a supplement. Best of luck!

  • Jacqueline

    An art book for beginners. I would not have guessed, although I don’t know why. Somehow drawing to me always seemed to be a talent one possessed not something one could learn. If I followed the instructions in this book, how successful would I be? Is the book engaging to the non-artist? I have art on my walls, and I wonder at the talent that drew it. Is this more of a hobby book or can it move one to be a professional?

    • admin

      I think that this book caters more to people that have done a little bit of art and want to enhance their skills. If you are looking for something that is a little easier I would recommend “You Can Draw in 30 Days” by Mark Kistler. It’s a fun, easy book. Hope that helps and thanks for reading!

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