Want to Improve Your Drawing Skills?

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Do you love to draw? Always finding yourself doodling in the margins of every notebook, textbook or napkin in front of you? Whether you are drawing for pleasure or for work it can be a rewarding, cathartic experience.

Personally, I feel my drawing skills are lacking.  My mother on the other hand is quite gifted at drawing both with or without a model to follow.  What amazes me about how she draws is the precision in her ability to render a face.  I’ve tried but my attempts turn out looking like soulless ghouls instead of beautiful, happy faces.  Yet, my daughter likes how I draw and want me to illustrate some stories she’s written.  Oh, boy.  I feel I’m in over my head.

Thankfully, help is on the way.

If you are looking for ways to improve your drawing or take your skills to the next level then check out these new titles from Quarry Books and Walter Foster Publishing.

An Illustrated Sourcebook
ISBN: 9781631593772 | Quarry Books | October 1, 2017
$19.99, US $25.99The perfect book for budding artists, How to Draw Almost Every Day challenges and inspires you to draw one simple illustration each day of the year. Each daily exercise is broken down with step-by-step diagrams, making the process easy to understand. You’ll learn to draw items from everyday life, like food and clothing, as well as seasonal images including snowmen and pumpkins. We have also included inspiring project photos to show you how to incorporate the doodles into greeting cards, calendars, invitations, gift wrap, and more!
Jump into Sketching with Limited Time, Tools, and Techniques

ISBN: 9781631593444 | Quarry Books | October 1, 2017$17.99 US, $23.99Sketching is more popular than ever, but busy lives leave almost no room for sitting down with a pad and pen, and practicing. Here’s a secret though: you do have time each day to practice, you just need to incorporate sketching into your daily life. Sketch Now, Think Later covers the tools, techniques and tips that author and Urban Sketching Correspondent of Boston Mike Daikubara has developed in his more than 15 years as a practicing artist, and will show you how to fully dive into any sketching situation with limited time and tools, and still be able to produce memorable, great looking, fun sketches! 




Learn to Draw Favorite Characters, Including Rey, BB-8, and Kylo Ren, in Graphite Pencil
ISNB: 9781633222632 | Walter Foster Publishing | October 10, 2017
$19.95 US, $25.95


Learn to Draw Star Wars: The Force Awakens brings modern Star Wars iconography to life in stunning graphite pencil, transforming memorable characters including Rey, Poe Dameron, BB-8, and Kylo Ren (along with Leia, Han Solo, and R2-D2) into detailed, realistic portraits. Lucasfilm collaborator and professional artist Russell Walks guides artists step by step and provides insightful notes, drawing tips, and memorable moments for each character from the film. This book allows readers to develop and strengthen their drawing skills, while experiencing this legendary series in a whole new light.


More than 100 Fun and Simple Step-by-Step Projects for Learning the Art of Basic Perspective
ISBN: 9781633224162 | Walter Foster Publishing | October 1, 2017
$21.95 US, $28.95 CANJust for Fun: Perspective takes a complicated topic and makes it easy and fun for aspiring artists and art enthusiasts! Even if you’ve never picked up a pencil or paintbrush, you can follow the simple, step-by-step instructions, and create realistic, proportionate artwork using perspective. With approachable and contemporary drawings and paintings as well as lots of tips, instructions, and inspiration, you’ll master perspective in no time.

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