Resources

My Favourite Drawing Resources

We all know it, it is easy to get lost in the web, not to mention distractet, and as a beginner it is not always easy to distinguish between the useful sources and stuff that doesn’t teach you the right things. No, I am not going to repeat the almighty phrase (learn the fundamentals! …well ok, I just did) but will list my resources that I found very useful when learning to draw. But be warned, there is no shortcut to good drawing skills, I learn that every day again and again. Prepare for a lifelong journey with a lot of ups and downs. Concerning the downs, and before we continue to my list, here’s a quick tip from my side. Enjoy the downs, lean into them, push through them. In my opinion, the easiest way to do this is if you grab a pencil and paper and study the fundamentals, e.g. do anatomy studies, see how other artist solve problems and study (copy) them. And a final comment: you will not find any “How to draw a head from front view” tutorials here, as I find these kind of “manuals” pretty useless. The thing is, that as soon as you understand how to draw simple forms in space, and you understand the principles of perspective and human anatomy you can draw ANYTHING from ANY angle without reference.

On this account I wish you good luck, enjoy the process and happy drawing!

 

Online Resouces

1. Ctrl+Paint by Matt Kohr

An extensive free drawing and digital painting video library. In my opininion the best way to start for beginners and a great source to refresh the fundamentals. Matt also offers paid content, some of it I bought personally and can highly recommend it.

2. Society of Visual Storytelling by Will Terry, Lee White and Jake Parker

I am currently taking a subscription pause but basically took all courses that were suitable for me and find this site offers fantastic content for as low as USD 16.50 monthly (if paid yearly) or USD 25 (if paid monthly). Will, Lee and Jake do not only teach how to draw things (most tutorials and courses unfortunately end here) but they also explain WHY they draw it in a certain way. In addition they also feature courses from external artists like Marco Bucci. In my opinion the best deal out there when it comes to online classes.

3. Proko.com by Stan Prokopenko

Proko offers a wide range of free videos on his YouTube channel and paid Content on proko.com. What I found very usefull is that Proko does not teach in the “draw what you see”-approach but explains how to draw 3D objects (e.g. anatomy) on a 2D surface. In my opinion the most important skill to be able to draw anything from imagination.

4. Perspective Drawing Series by Marshal Vandruff

My personal favourite when it comes to learn perspective. A comprehensive  and easy to follow video course that covers the most important topics on perspective and everything for only USD 12. In my opinion the best bang for the buck there is on perspective.

Books

1. All Books by Andrew Loomis
The drawing books par excellence and a must read/study for every artist. Loomis way of explaining things feels like he is sitting right next to you and giving you a private lesson. The books can be downloaded as free pdfs here.
2. How to Draw by Scott Roberston with Thomas Bertling

A very extensive book about perspective drawing and sketching objects/environments. Some artists may find this a bit too technical, but if you want to dive into perspective and be able to translate a 3D volume to a 2D surface (your paper) than there is no way around this book. One more thing that can be said to all books/tutorials. You have to do your homework to internalize what you watch/read, meaning that you NEED to copy some of the examples provided until it becomes second nature to you.

How to Draw: Drawing and Sketching Objects and Environments

3. Dynamic Figure Drawing by Burne Hogarth

One of my first books on drawing when I started out thus my warning here: This is not a beginners book! Hogarth does not cover a lot of fundamentals and as long as you are not able to move, turn, twist and bend simple shapes in space, his books can get a bit frustrating. However, as soon as you have a decent grasp of perspective and foreshortening I really recommend to study his approach to build dynamic poses and anatomy. I personaly love the “design” of his drawings and how he interprets the human anatomy as a consitent interplay of rhythm and overlapping lines.

Dynamic Figure Drawing: A New Approach to Drawing the Moving Figure in Deep Space and Foreshortening (Practical Art Books)

4. Human Anatomy for Artists by Eliot Goldfinger
Some artist prefer George Bridgeman’s “Guide to drawing from Life” but my favourite is Eliot Goldfinger. Concerning anatomy I suggest for a start to learn the most important bones and surface anatomy. That is usually enough to come up with convincing results. It also helps to know where muscles start and end so you will be able to draw/invent a head, torso, arm, leg etc. from any angle.

Human Anatomy for Artists: The Elements of Form (0)

4. Strenth Training by Frédéric Delavier
This is not a drawing book as the title suggests but I found it the best reference book for anatomy. Of course the poses relate to body building and are not very suitable for artists, but they are drawn and no photos so very useful to study the most important muscles.

Strength Training Anatomy

More stuff to come…