By Joanne Robinson, Little Art School Online Course Creator
Are you looking for a book to get you started drawing? Or are you starting out painting and wondering where you are going wrong? Searching ‘art books’ online will pull up hundreds of titles; some good, some not so good. I’ve taken the pain out of the search with my ‘tried and tested’ top 5 books for beginners learning to draw and paint.
My bookshelves are sagging under the weight of two decades worth of art book buying. Every bookshop I go to I make a beeline for the Art Section, bypassing the many, many tomes on art history ( I have enough) and hunker down for a good study of every single book in the ‘Learning to Draw and Paint’ Section. Although my shelves may be groaning, I never think I’ll have enough of these books. There is always something new, something fascinating or beautifully produced or with a new angle. Here, just for you, I’ve narrowed it down to just 5. It’s been hard, but if you are looking for a book to get you started drawing and painting then I am confident that these five books will set you off on the right track.
I’d recommend Abe books for second hand and always, always an independent bookshop if you have one nearby to support; small businesses stick together!! Some of my favourites are The Mainstreet Trading Company in Melrose, Aberfeldy Watermill Bookshop and for those outside Scotland, One Tree Books in Petersfield (Hants) and Blackwells in Oxford for a fantastically extensive selection. And any of the Toppings Bookshops, which are just an absolute joy.
I often wander into charity shops and pick up a brilliant out of print art book for pennies and second hand bookshops are treasure trove for drawing and painting books that have so much in them. These fill my shelves now and if I tried to buy online would cost a fortune. In defence my excessive art book buying, I think it might be a pretty valuable collection now! It certainly is to me. These books have formed the backbone of my learning and helped me to create the Little Art School Online Drawing and Painting Course. I’m still learning and will never stop searching out the new books. I have the perfect excuse as every month on our Online Art Course ‘Live Support Chat’ I find a new ‘Book of the Month’. I might need to search out some new bookshelves before the overflow becomes dangerous!
Joanne teaches the Little Art School Online Drawing and Painting Course. If you’ve always wanted to learn to draw and paint but didn’t know where to start, click the link to find out more about our wonderful course which comes with all the art materials you need to complete every lesson.