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Amazing Fantasy Art by Maria Trepalina

Hello folks! Today we have with us Maria Trepalina‘s amazing artworks. Maria has worked in cinema, advertising, the game industry, and at present she works independently. She is engaged in development of characters, storyboards, advertising illustrations, posters, mattepaints, 3D, etc.

Let’s enjoy her stunning works!

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Hope you enjoyed today’s article! Looking forward to hear which one is your favourite! See you next time!

 (Images are displayed here because they are licensed by their creator under Creative commons – Attribution. Exclusively to showcase and promote the artists work!)

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Amazing Illustrations by Florian Nicolle

Today we have with us some of the amazing illustrations of Florian Nicolle that she made between 2009 – 2011. Florian Nicolle (aka neo), is a  25 years old graphic designer and illustrator from France. Her clients include Puma, Los Angeles Times, ESPN classic, NIKE, Warner Bros, KHL, Hachette livre. You can find more of her work in her portfolio at Behance.

As you will see her style is very fresh and unique and as she describes it:

I try to create an image that retains its freshness of the first paint stroke, the expressions of the line have to be very free and spontaneous. While keeping a rigorous drawing. So i use fast techniques, like a bic, large brush, watercolor and chines ink.

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Hope you enjoyed today’s article! Looking forward to hear which one is your favourite! See you next time!

 (Images are licensed by their creator under Creative commons – Attribution (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) and are displayed here exclusively to showcase and promote the artists work!)

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Amazing Comic Illustrations by Christian Nauck

Today we have the amazing comic illustrations and digital paintings of Christian Nauck. Christian lives and works in Berlin and specialises in comics, digital painting and concept design.

Let’s now enjoy a small selection from his vast work. And if you like you can see more of his amazing paintings at his Behance portfolio.

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Hope you enjoyed today’s article! Looking forward to hear which one is your favourite! See you next time!

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Digital paintings by Jon Foster

Amazing Fantasy Paintings by Jon Foster

Today we have with us some of the amazing fantasy paintings of John Foster. Fantasy meets surrealistic elements in a very beautiful and unique painting style.

Jon Foster would have to be considered one of the top concept artists working today. He has a very strong following among the Sci-fi / Sci-fantasy community. He is a sought out speaker and lecturer on the subject and is a superstar illustrator who has won many of the top honors in the fantasy world, including two silver and three gold awards from Spectrum: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art. Jon also was awarded the David P. Usher/Greenwich Workshop Memorial Award in the Society of Illustrators annual 43, has been nominated twice for the Chesley Awards, and was winner of the 2008 Dark Scribe Quill Award for Best Cover.

Jon Foster’s works have appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Universal Orlando, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Tor Books, Simon and Schuster, Harry S. Abrams Books, Boston Globe, Underwood Books, Knopf, Delacorte, Del Rey Books, Scholastic, Fox Atomic, Little Brown, Nightshade books, Subterranean Press. He currently teaches at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design when he is not turning out a award winning illustrations.

Let’s see some of his amazing works, and don’t forget that you can find more in the artist’s portfolio.

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Images are displayed here because they are licensed as Creative Commons – Attribution by the artist in his Behance portfolio and for the sole purpose of promoting his work and art.

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The Amazing Digital Art of Warren Louw

Warren Louw is a freelance illustrator and character designer. He is one of the most celebrated new artists from South Africa who is self taught and works primarily in digital media. His ability to create images with meticulous detail and imagination has brought his illustrations to various publications, advertisements and websites across the globe.

Well recognized for his mastery of his renditions of beautiful women and a perfectionist in his digital illustrations, his work has been featured in print publications such as ImagineFX Magazine, various UDON Entertainment’s Capcom tribute books as well as the covers for UDON’s Dakstalkers graphic novel and DC Comics’ Power Girl.

Let’s now enjoy a small selection of his amazing digital paintings, and remember to visit his website or his deviant art profile to see more!

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Digital Painting by Warren Louw

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Digital Painting by Warren Louw

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Digital Painting by Warren Louw

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Digital Painting by Warren Louw

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Digital Painting by Warren Louw

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Digital Painting by Warren Louw

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Digital Painting by Warren Louw

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Digital Painting by Warren Louw

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Digital Painting by Warren Louw

All Artworks are Copyrighted by Warren Louw and are displayed here with his kind permission!

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Masters of Art: William Hogarth (1697 – 1764)

William Hogarth (10 November 1697 – 26 October 1764) was an English painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, social critic and editorial cartoonist who has been credited with pioneering western sequential art. His work ranged from realistic portraiture to comic strip-like series of pictures called “modern moral subjects”. Knowledge of his work is so pervasive that satirical political illustrations in this style are often referred to as “Hogarthian.”

Movements: Rococo

William Hogarth was born at Bartholomew Close in London to Richard Hogarth, a poor Latin school teacher and textbook writer, and Anne Gibbons. In his youth he was apprenticed to the engraver Ellis Gamble in Leicester Fields, where he learned to engrave trade cards and similar products. Young Hogarth also took a lively interest in the street life of the metropolis and the London fairs, and amused himself by sketching the characters he saw. Around the same time, his father, who had opened an unsuccessful Latin-speaking coffee house at St John’s Gate, was imprisoned for debt in Fleet Prison for five years. Hogarth never spoke of his father’s imprisonment.

He became a member of the Rose and Crown Club, with Peter Tillemans, George Vertue, Michael Dahl, and other artists and connoisseurs.

By April 1720 Hogarth was an engraver in his own right, at first engraving coats of arms, shop bills, and designing plates for booksellers.

Masters of Art: William Hogarth (1697   1764)    William Hogarth An Election Entertainment

William Hogarth – An Election Entertainment

In 1727, he was hired by Joshua Morris, a tapestry worker, to prepare a design for the Element of Earth. Morris heard that he was “an engraver, and no painter”, and consequently declined the work when completed. Hogarth accordingly sued him for the money in the Westminster Court, where the case was decided in his favour on 28 May 1728. In 1757 he was appointed Serjeant Painter to the King.

Early satirical works included an Emblematical Print on the South Sea Scheme (c.1721), about the disastrous stock market crash of 1720 known as the South Sea Bubble, in which many English people lost a great deal of money. In the bottom left corner, he shows Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish figures gambling, while in the middle there is a huge machine, like a merry-go-round, which people are boarding. At the top is a goat, written below which is “Who’l Ride”. The people are scattered around the picture with a sense of disorder, while the progress of the well dressed people towards the ride in the middle shows the foolishness of the crowd in buying stock in the South Sea Company, which spent more time issuing stock than anything else.

Other early works include The Lottery (1724); The Mystery of Masonry brought to Light by the Gormogons (1724); A Just View of the British Stage (1724); some book illustrations; and the small print, Masquerades and Operas (1724). The latter is a satire on contemporary follies, such as the masquerades of the Swiss impresario John James Heidegger, the popular Italian opera singers, John Rich’s pantomimes at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, and the exaggerated popularity of Lord Burlington’s protégé, the architect and painter William Kent. He continued that theme in 1727, with the Large Masquerade Ticket. In 1726 Hogarth prepared twelve large engravings for Samuel Butler’s Hudibras. These he himself valued highly, and are among his best book illustrations.

In the following years he turned his attention to the production of small “conversation pieces” (i.e., groups in oil of full-length portraits from 12 to 15 in. high). Among his efforts in oil between 1728 and 1732 were The Fountaine Family (c.1730), The Assembly at Wanstead House, The House of Commons examining Bambridge, and several pictures of the chief actors in John Gay’s popular The Beggar’s Opera.

Masters of Art: William Hogarth (1697   1764)    William Hogarth Before the Seduction and After

William Hogarth – Before the Seduction and After

In 1731, he completed the earliest of the series of moral works which first gave him recognition as a great and original genius. This was A Harlot’s Progress, first as paintings, (now lost), and then published as engravings. In its six scenes, the miserable fate of a country girl who began a prostitution career in town is traced out remorselessly from its starting point, the meeting of a bawd, to its shameful and degraded end, the whore’s death of venereal disease and the following merciless funeral ceremony. The series was an immediate success, and was followed in 1735 by the sequel A Rake’s Progress showing in eight pictures the reckless life of Tom Rakewell, the son of a rich merchant, who wastes all his money on luxurious living, whoring, and gambling, and ultimately finishes his life in Bedlam. The original paintings of A Harlot’s Progress were destroyed in the fire at Fonthill Abbey in 1755; A Rake’s Progress is displayed in the gallery room at Sir John Soane’s Museum, London.

In 1743–1745 Hogarth painted the six pictures of Marriage à-la-mode (National Gallery, London), a pointed skewering of upper class 18th century society. This moralistic warning shows the miserable tragedy of an ill-considered marriage for money. This is regarded by many as his finest project and may be among his best planned story serials.

Marital ethics were the topic of much debate in 18th century Britain. Frequent marriages of convenience and their attendant unhappiness came in for particular criticism, with a variety of authors taking the view that love was a much sounder basis for marriage. Hogarth here painted a satire – a genre that by definition has a moral point to convey – of a conventional marriage within the English upper class. All the paintings were engraved and the series achieved wide circulation in print form. The series, which are set in a Classical interior, shows the story of the fashionable marriage of the son of bankrupt Earl Squanderfield to the daughter of a wealthy but miserly city merchant, starting with the signing of a marriage contract at the Earl’s mansion and ending with the murder of the son by his wife’s lover and the suicide of the daughter after her lover is hanged at Tyburn for murdering her husband.

William Makepeace Thackeray wrote:

This famous set of pictures contains the most important and highly wrought of the Hogarth comedies. The care and method with which the moral grounds of these pictures are laid is as remarkable as the wit and skill of the observing and dexterous artist. He has to describe the negotiations for a marriage pending between the daughter of a rich citizen Alderman and young Lord Viscount Squanderfield, the dissipated son of a gouty old Earl … The dismal end is known. My lord draws upon the counselor, who kills him, and is apprehended while endeavouring to escape. My lady goes back perforce to the Alderman of the City, and faints upon reading Counsellor Silvertongue’s dying speech at Tyburn (place of execution in old London), where the counselor has been executed for sending his lordship out of the world. Moral: don’t listen to evil silver-tongued counselors; don’t marry a man for his rank, or a woman for her money; don’t frequent foolish auctions and masquerade balls unknown to your husband; don’t have wicked companions abroad and neglect your wife, otherwise you will be run through the body, and ruin will ensue, and disgrace, and Tyburn.

Hogarth’s work were a direct influence on John Collier, who was known as the “Lancashire Hogarth”. The spread of Hogarth’s prints throughout Europe, together with the depiction of popular scenes from his prints in faked Hogarth prints, influenced Continental book illustration through the 18th and early 19th century, especially in Germany and France. He also influenced many caricaturists of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Hogarth’s influence lives on today as artists continue to draw inspiration from the artist.

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William Hogarth – Marriage à la Mode

Hogarth’s paintings and prints have provided the subject matter for several other works. For example, Gavin Gordon’s 1935 ballet The Rake’s Progress, to choreography by Ninette de Valois, was based directly on Hogarth’s series of paintings of that title. Igor Stravinsky’s 1951 opera The Rake’s Progress, with libretto by W. H. Auden, was less literally inspired by the same series. Russell Banks’ short story “Indisposed” is a fictional account of Hogarth’s infidelity as told from the viewpoint of his wife, Jane. Hogarth’s engravings also inspired the BBC radio play “The Midnight House” by Jonathan Hall, based on the M.R. James ghost story “The Mezzotint” and first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.

Hogarth’s House in Chiswick, west London, is now a museum; it abuts one of London’s best known road junctions – the Hogarth Roundabout.

Hogarth is played by Toby Jones in the 2006 television film A Harlot’s Progress.

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William Hogarth – The Strode Family

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William Hogarth – Marriage à la Mode2

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William Hogarth – Portrait of a Young Woman

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William Hogarth – Portrait of Mary Edwards

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William Hogarth – Soliciting Votes

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William Hogarth – The Marriage of Stephen Beckingham and Mary Cox

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William Hogarth – The Orgy

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William Hogarth – The Shrimp Girl

 

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Masters of Art: Nicolas Poussin (1594 – 1665)

Nicolas Poussin (15 June 1594 – 19 November 1665) was a French painter in the classical style. His work predominantly features clarity, logic, and order, and favors line over color. His work serves as an alternative to the dominant Baroque style of the 17th century. Until the 20th century he remained the major inspiration for such classically oriented artists as Jacques-Louis David, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and Paul Cézanne.

He spent most of his working life in Rome, except for a short period when Cardinal Richelieu ordered him back to France to serve as First Painter to the King.

Please note that Poussin’s paintings are containing nudity and if that offends you don’t read the article!

Movements: Baroque, Classicism

Nicolas Poussin’s early biographer was his friend Giovanni Pietro Bellori, who relates that Poussin was born near Les Andelys in Normandy and that he received an education that included some Latin, which would stand him in good stead. Early sketches attracted the notice of Quentin Varin, a local painter, whose pupil Poussin became, until he ran away to Paris at the age of eighteen. There he entered the studios of the Flemish painter Ferdinand Elle and then of Georges Lallemand, both minor masters now remembered for having tutored Poussin. He found French art in a stage of transition: the old apprenticeship system was disturbed, and the academic training destined to supplant it was not yet established by Simon Vouet; but having met Courtois the mathematician, Poussin was fired by the study of his collection of engravings by Marcantonio Raimondi after Italian masters.

After two abortive attempts to reach Rome, he fell in with Giambattista Marino, the court poet to Marie de Medici, at Lyon. Marino employed him on illustrations to his poem Adone (untraced) and on a series of illustrations for a projected edition of Ovid’s Metamorphoses,  took him into his household, and in 1624 enabled Poussin (who had been detained by commissions in Lyon and Paris) to rejoin him at Rome. It has been suggested that it was this early friendship with Marino, and the commissioning of illustrations of his poetry (which drew on Ovidian themes), that founded, or at least reinforced, the prominent eroticism in Poussin’s early work.

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Nicolas Poussin – The Triumph of Neptune

Throughout his life Poussin stood apart from the popular tendency toward the decorative in French art of his time. In Poussin’s works a survival of the impulses of the Renaissance is coupled with conscious reference to the art of classical antiquity as the standard of excellence. His goal was clarity of expression achieved by disegno or ‘nobility of design’ in preference to colore or color. Perhaps his concern with disegno can best be seen in the line engraved copies of his works; among the many who reproduced his paintings, some of the most successful are Audran, Claudine Stella, Picart and Pesne.

Themes of tragedy and death are prevalent in Poussin’s work. Et in Arcadia ego, a subject he painted twice (second version is seen at right), exemplifies his cerebral approach. In this composition, idealized shepherds examine a tomb inscribed with the title phrase, which is usually interpreted as a memento mori: “Even in Arcadia I exist”, as if spoken by personified Death. Poussin intended his figures to “display the most distilled and most typical attitude and emotion for the role they were playing”, but he was concerned with emotion “in a generalized and not specific way … Thus in both compositions of Et in Arcadia Ego (Chatsworth and Louvre) the theme is the realization of death in life. The specific models hardly matter. We are not intended to have sympathy with them and instead we are forced by the artist to think on the theme.”

Poussin is an important figure in the development of landscape painting. In his early paintings the landscape usually forms a graceful background for a group of figures; later he progressed to the painting of landscape for its own sake, although the figure is never entirely absent. Examples are Landscape with St. John on Patmos (1640), (Art Institute of Chicago) and Landscape with a Roman Road (1648), (Dulwich Picture Gallery).

The finest collection of Poussin’s paintings is at the Louvre in Paris. Other significant collections are in the National Gallery in London; the National Gallery of Scotland; the Dulwich Picture Gallery; the Musée Condé, Chantilly; the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; and the Museo del Prado, Madrid.

Initially, Poussin’s genius was recognized only by small circles of collectors. (In the two decades following his death, a particularly large collection of his works was amassed by Louis XIV.) At the same time, it was recognized that he had contributed a new theme of “classical severity” to French art.

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Nicolas Poussin – Venus and Adonis

Benjamin West, an American painter of the 18th century who worked in Britain, based his canvas of the death of General Wolfe at Quebec on Poussin’s example. As a result, the image is one in which each character gazes with appropriate seriousness on Wolfe’s death after securing British domination of North America.

Jacques-Louis David resurrected a style already known as “Poussinesque” during the French Revolution in part because the leaders of the Revolution looked to replace the frivolity and oppression of the court with Republican severity and civic-mindedness, most obvious in David’s dramatic canvas of Brutus receiving the bodies of his sons, sacrificed to his own principles, and the famous death of Marat.

Throughout the 19th century, Poussin, available to the ordinary person’s gaze because the Revolution had opened the collections of the Louvre, was inspirational for thoughtful and self-reflexive artists who pondered their own work methods, notably Cézanne, who strove to “recreate Poussin after nature”, and the Post-Impressionists. In addition to formal considerations, also appealing was the eroticism of some of Poussin’s classicizing subjects.

In the twentieth century art critics have suggested that the “analytic Cubist” experiments of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque were founded upon Poussin’s example. In 1963 Picasso based a series of paintings on Poussin’s The Rape of the Sabine Women. The work of Jean Hugo was also influenced by Poussin.

The most famous 20th-century scholar of Poussin was the Englishman Anthony Blunt, Keeper of the Queen’s Pictures, who in 1979 was disgraced by revelations of his complicity with Soviet intelligence.

Today, Poussin’s paintings at the Louvre reside in a gallery dedicated to him.

 

Masters of Art: Nicolas Poussin (1594   1665)    Nicolas Poussin The Nurture of Bacchus

Nicolas Poussin – The Nurture of Bacchus

Masters of Art: Nicolas Poussin (1594   1665)    Nicolas Poussin Acis and Galatea

Nicolas Poussin – Acis and Galatea

Masters of Art: Nicolas Poussin (1594   1665)    Nicolas Poussin Apollo and Daphne

Nicolas Poussin – Apollo and Daphne

Masters of Art: Nicolas Poussin (1594   1665)    Nicolas Poussin Apollo and the Muses Parnassus

Nicolas Poussin – Apollo and the Muses (Parnassus)

Masters of Art: Nicolas Poussin (1594   1665)    Nicolas Poussin Bacchanal of Putti II

Nicolas Poussin – Bacchanal of Putti II

Masters of Art: Nicolas Poussin (1594   1665)    Nicolas Poussin Cephalus and Aurora

Nicolas Poussin – Cephalus and Aurora

Masters of Art: Nicolas Poussin (1594   1665)    Nicolas Poussin Helios and Phaethon with Saturn and the Four Seasons

Nicolas Poussin – Helios and Phaethon with Saturn and the Four Seasons

Masters of Art: Nicolas Poussin (1594   1665)    Nicolas Poussin Midas and Bacchus

Nicolas Poussin – Midas and Bacchus

Masters of Art: Nicolas Poussin (1594   1665)    Nicolas Poussin The Empire of Flora

Nicolas Poussin – The Empire of Flora

Masters of Art: Nicolas Poussin (1594   1665)    Nicolas Poussin The Finding of Moses I

Nicolas Poussin – The Finding of Moses I

 

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Asian Super-girls! by Yuko Shimizu

Hello folks today we have with us some awesome illustrations from Yuko Shimizu which she created over the years for various of her clients. Yuko Shimizu is an award-winning Japanese illustrator based in New York City.

Her first monograph which includes works from past ten years of her career was published from Gestalten in 2011. Her fist children’s book Barbed Wire Baseball is due to be out in spring of 2013 from Abrams Books.

Let’s enjoy her awesome works!

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Asian Super girls! by Yuko Shimizu

Asian Super girls! by Yuko Shimizu

Asian Super girls! by Yuko Shimizu

Asian Super girls! by Yuko Shimizu

Asian Super girls! by Yuko Shimizu

Asian Super girls! by Yuko Shimizu

Asian Super girls! by Yuko Shimizu

Asian Super girls! by Yuko Shimizu

Hope you enjoyed today’s article! Looking forward to hear which one is your favourite! See you next time!

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Amazing Cartoon Illustrations by Anna Kulakovskaja

Today we have the amazing cartoon illustrations and character designs of Anna Kulakovskaja.

Let’s enjoy a small selection from her work, and if you like you can see more of her amazing illustrations at her Behance portfolio.

Amazing Cartoon Illustrations by Anna Kulakovskaja   Anna Kulakovskaja→Mother with kids and dog

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Get Started with Drawing!

Get Started with Pencil Drawing Basics

Have you ever been in front of an empty paper, holding a pencil in your hand and thinking: “I can’t draw…”

Well you probably have! And don’t feel guilty about it. It’s the majority of people who think that way.

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But let me ask you something. Can you perform a surgery? Fly a helicopter? Scuba Dive? Identify an Accipiter striatus?

Well, if you have trained and practice doing it you probably can. If not isn’t it obvious that you won’t be able to do it?

Same is with drawing. Drawing is a skill too, and as every skill it can be acquired through extensive practice and guidance. There are no short-cuts in doing something well.

Talent do exist of course, but think of it more as a head start. Imagine two people going to university to study nuclear physics, one of them has to work to support himself, the other has all the money in the world and don’t have to. Well in the end they’ll be both nuclear physicists. It’s just that one has to try harder. And my two cents is that in the end of line, the best one will be the one who tried harder.

So the question is not if you can draw. The question is are you willing to learn?

If you are,  I’d like to share with you a selection of good and cheap books to get you started.

And by the way If you don’t have drawing supplies don’t go crazy buying everything you come across in the art supply store.

A pencil and paper is all you need!

Ok, then! Let’s get started with our books selection, hand picked and ordered in a mini-course form to get you started!

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

This inspiring book makes drawing in a realistic style easier than you may think and more fun than you ever imagined!

Authors Mark and Mary Willenbrink (Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner) cover it all—from choosing materials and the correct way to hold your pencil, to expert advice on the tricky stuff, like getting proportions and perspective right, drawing reflections, and designing strong compositions. (It’s not as scary as it sounds…not with Mark and Mary as your guide!)

At the heart of this book, a series of fun, hands-on exercises help you practice and perfect your strokes—24 mini-demos lead up to 9 full step-by-step demos. Each exercise builds on the previous one as you develop your skills, build your confidence, and enjoy yourself along the way. The lessons you learn by drawing simple subjects such as coffee mugs, clouds and trees will help you take on progressively more challenging matter like animals, still lifes, landscapes and portraits…the kinds of subjects and scenes you’ve always dreamt of drawing.

This book is just the ticket for budding artists of any age. It’s never too early and never too late to discover the pure joy of drawing!

Pencil Drawing Techniques

Here is a really good book for the artist who wants to develop his or her pencil drawing abilities, whether it’s to improve your preliminary sketch work, or to create beautiful pencil drawings complete in their own right. Pencil Drawing Techniques brings together six of today’s best artists, all of whom are incredibly fine instructors as well.

The artists show you how to develop your skill and ability in handling pencil technique. Ferdinand Petrie shows you how to handle pencils and produce a controlled variety of lines, values, and textures. Then he shows you exactly how to use these techniques to draw landscapes in a range of styles and compositions.

Rudy De Reyna explains pencil basics, and explores perspective, size relationships, form, and structure. Douglas grave teaches you how to begin drawing portraits by building a drawing step-by-step. Norman Dams and Joe Singer demonstrate how you can use the pencil to produce spectacular drawings of animals. John Blockley and Richard Bolton show you how pencil drawings can capture the essence of a subject and help you work out a plan for painting it. Finally, Bet Borgeson teaches you all the secrets of colored pencil work and demonstrates a whole new dimension.

The book is divided into seven sections: how to handle a pencil, fundamentals of drawing, drawing landscapes, drawing portraits, drawing animals, drawing for watercolors, and handling color pencils. The copious illustrations show in detail how the artists use their techniques. For the artist who uses the pencil, Pencil Drawing Techniques is an an excellent instructional book of ideas for using the pencil creatively.

Keys to Drawing

In this book, Bert Dodson shares his complete drawing system—fifty-five “keys” that you can use to render any subject with confidence, even if you’re a beginner.

These keys, along with dozens of practice exercises, will help you draw like an artist in no time.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Restore, focus, map, and intensify
  • Free your hand action, then learn to control it
  • Convey the illusions of light, depth, and texture
  • Stimulate your imagination through “creative play”

Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil

You won’t believe the incredible drawings you can create using common pencils and the special techniques illustrated in this book. These methods are so easy that anyone—from doodler to advanced artist—can master them in minutes! Step by step, you’ll learn how to capture the look of metal, glass, weathered wood, skin, hair and other textures. Two detailed start-to-finish demonstrations show you how to use these textures to create drawings that look so real they seem to leap right off the page.

The Big Book of Realistic Drawing Secrets: Easy Techniques for drawing people, animals, flowers and nature

If you’re not getting the kind of true-to-life results you want in your drawings (or if you can’t even draw a straight line), Carrie and Rick Parks can help. As award-winning teachers, they have a proven game plan for helping artists of all levels overcome common problems and see immediate improvement in their work. As professional composite artists, they know the tricks and tools for achieving incredibly lifelike results. In this friendly, foolproof guide to drawing, they share it all:

  • Easy-to-master techniques for achieving a convincing sense of depth
  • How to draw challenging textures like metal and fur
  • Putting personality into your portraits
  • 40+ step-by-step demonstrations featuring a variety of people, animals and nature

Easy enough so that beginners can jump right in, and comprehensive enough to help more accomplished artists refine their skills. This book covers all the essentials, teaching you the secrets of realistic drawing one step at a time, building the skills you need to tackle any subject convincingly–even those you’ve always thought were beyond your reach. Before you know it, you’ll be turning out picturesque landscapes, stellar portraits–any subject that inspires you to put pencil to paper!

Pencil Drawing: Project Book for Beginners

The age-old art of drawing is one of the most important foundations of all the visual arts—and it’s also a relaxing and enjoyable pastime! This book offers a simple, step-by-step approach to learning the fundamentals of sketching—from starting with basic shapes to rendering accurate still lifes, landscapes, animals, and portraits. You will learn techniques used to render various textures, including glass, metal, foliage, and fur. Even if your only experience with a pencil is writing with one, you’re still perfectly capable of executing these easy-to-follow basics. Everyone who wants to practice and perfect their drawing skills will find this project book created by Walter Foster Publishing and Reeves to be a valuable tool.

That’s all folks! Hope you will find today’s books and advice useful and start expressing yourself through drawing! It might take you some time to reach Leonardo DaVinci’s sketching skills but you will definitely have fun through your journey!