20 NEW Books about Drawing in 2012

Find out about NEW books about Drawing published in 2012

This site lists 20 BRAND NEW books about drawing and sketching published in 2012 and highlights those which I recommend. It includes all formats - as hardback, paperback and ebook. It doesn't include every book. Instead it highlights those likely to be of most interest to artists and serious students of drawing.

Each book listed below highlights the type of format, nature of the book according to the publisher's description and the reception and reviews it has had to date.

The focus is on fine art and art instruction books about drawing and sketching for adults.

* It includes books designed specifically for pencils artists and those keeping sketchbooks / journals.

* It includes academic books about drawing

* It includes catalogues for exhibitions about drawings

* It excludes any reference to specialist books about cartooning, manga and drawing books for children.

Note that Amazon listings tend to carry over the ratings for hardbacks and paperbacks to the Kindle edition. High ratings do NOT equate to an excellent conversion of the printed book to ebook format. We're still waiting for Amazon to come up with a way recording people's assessments of the quality of the conversion.

David Hockney: A Yorkshire Sketchbook

Facsimile sketchbooks have become very popular. This one is by David Hockney and is a facsimile sketchbook containing his sketches of East Yorkshire in Spring. It was published in association with his blockbuster exhibition of his landscape paintings of Yorkshire at the Royal Academy of Arts

I own this book and recommend it if you are a fan of facsimile sketchbooks. It will certainly be of interest to all fans of Hockney's art.

David Hockney: A Yorkshire Sketchbook
David Hockney: A Yorkshire Sketchbook

Hardcover: 92 pagesPublisher: Royal Academy Publications (January 3, 2012)

 

Silver Linings: Introduction to Silverpoint Drawing

RECOMMENDED I know of no other book about silverpoint drawing - so if you're interested this looks a good place to start. An artist who is featured in the book describes it as "The definitive guide to getting started in Silverpoint Drawing"

The publisher indicates this is a book produced independently. Banjie Getsinger Nicholas is an illustrator and the author of an introduction to silverpoint drawing. The first half of the book focuses on materials and techniques with photographs and illustrations. The second half then highlights the work of contemporary silverpoint artists.

However do note that book does not appear to be available in the UK

Silver Linings: Introduction to Silverpoint Drawing
Silver Linings: Introduction to Silverpoint Drawing

Amazon ratings: 5.0 out of 5 stars (2 customer reviews) | Like (5) Paperback: 54 pagesPublisher: CreateSpace (February 22, 2012)

 

RECOMMENDED: The Art of Urban Sketching - Drawing On Location Around The World - published February 2012

The Art of Urban Sketching aims to provide in book format what Urban Sketchers (the blog) does every day - showcase of location drawings by artists around the world who draw the cities where they live and travel.

It is also a comprehensive guide to urban sketching and explains urban sketching within the context of a long historical tradition and how it is being practiced today.

Currently rated 4.7 out of 5 stars (54 customer reviews)

This substantial 320 page volume - published in February 2012 - has been written and compiled by Gabi Campanario the founder of the nonprofit organization Urban Sketchers.

The first print run sold out in under a month. The second print run sold out within six weeks. It's now into its third print run. It continues to be hugely popular

The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around The World
The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around The World

Amazon ratings: 4.9 out of 5 stars (35 customer reviews) | Like (196)Paperback: 320 pagesPublisher: Quarry Books (February 1, 2012)Product Description: The Art of Urban Sketching offers a visually arresting, storytelling take on urban life from different cultures and artistic styles, as well as insight into various drawing techniques and mediums. With profiles of leading practitioners and discussions of the benefits of working in this art form, this inspiring book shows how one can participate and experience this creative outlet through modern-day social networks and online activity. You'll find:* more than 600 beautiful, contemporary illustrations,* artists' profiles and extended captions where these urban sketchers share their stories, how they work, sketching tips, and the tools behind each drawing. * sketches and observations from more than 50 cities in more than 30 countries.

 

Lucian Freud Drawings - by William Feaver and Mark Rosenthal (Author) with drawings by Lucian Freud

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED I own this book having seen the retrospective exhibition of his drawings and rate it very highly. Read my review of the exhibition "Lucian Freud Drawings" - a life in line

The book is mainly images and many have never been seen before - including drawings by Freud done as a child.

Lucian Freud Drawings
Lucian Freud Drawings

Hardcover: 256 pagesPublisher: Blain|Southern and Acquavella Galleries (March 31, 2012)

 

I was sent a copy of this book to review. I RECOMMEND it for all coloured pencil artists who'd like to see good quality images of artwork relating to a range of subject matter by over 70 coloured pencil artists from different countries

Ann Kullberg has reinvented "The Best of Coloured Pencil" books which have been so popular in the past. This is an excellent example of an independent publishing effort which has been done well and will appeal to those who enjoy coloured pencil artwork

CP Treasures: Colored Pencil Masterworks from Around the Globe (Volume 1)
CP Treasures: Colored Pencil Masterworks from Around the Globe (Volume 1)

Amazon ratings: 4.6 out of 5 stars (24 customer reviews)Paperback: 80 pagesPublisher: annkullberg.com (March 9, 2012)

 

RECOMMENDED: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain - The Definitive, 4th Edition - published April 2012

A 4th Edition of this extremely popular book by Betty Edwards was published in April 2012.

THIS BOOK IS CONSISTENTLY IN THE TOP THREE BESTSELLING BOOKS ABOUT DRAWING ON AMAZON

1626 days in the top 100 books (Arts & Photography) on Amazon

Amazon review: 4.7 out of 5 stars (245 customer reviews) - re 4th edition

Amazon review: 4.8 out of 5 stars (152 customer reviews) - re.3rd edition

Goodreads: 4.02 out of 5 stars (1,971 ratings / 134 reviews) - in relation to all editions

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - see my book review of the 3rd edition on my blog

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition

Paperback: 320 pagesPublisher: Tarcher; 4 edition (April 26, 2012)This revised/updated fourth edition includes:-a new preface and introduction;-crucial updates based on recent research on the brain's plasticity and the enormous value of learning new skills/ utilizing the right hemisphere of the brain;-new focus on how the ability to draw on the strengths of the right hemisphere can serve as an antidote to the increasing left-brain emphasis in American life-the worship of all that is linear, analytic, digital, etc.;-an informative section that addresses recent research linking early childhood "scribbling" to later language development and the importance of parental encouragement of this activity;-and new reproductions of master drawings throughout

 

Representing Landscapes - A Visual Collection of Landscape Architectural Drawings

This is book about techniques for drawing the landscape. Professors from more than 20 institutions provide critical and descriptive commentaries, explaining the impact of using different media to represent the same landscape.

It's recommended for use in teaching students of landscape architecture, urban design, visual communications and graphic courses. However its content is likely to have a wider application for all those interested in drawing landscapes. Design studios will also find it useful.

Successful Drawing

May saw the publication of the third in illustrator Andrew Loomis's hugely influential series of art instruction books

Successful Drawing
Successful Drawing

Hardcover: 160 pagesPublisher: Titan Books; First Edition edition (May 8, 2012)Amazon reviews: Like (52)Successful Drawing, the third in Titan's programme of facsimile editions, returns this classic title to print for the first time in decades.For over 60 years Successful Drawing has provided a superb resource covering all the techniques needed to master three-dimensional drawing. From the fundamentals of proportion, placement, perspective, planes and pattern, through a detailed examination of scale and the effects and capture of light, to the mastery of conception, construction, contour, character and consistency, Successful Drawing is filled with step-by-step instruction, professional tips and beautiful illustration.

 

Drawing Autism - by Jill Mullin

Amazon reviews: 5.0 out of 5 stars (5 customer reviews)

Drawing Autism is about people with autism can express themselves in their drawings and artwork. The book includes the drawings, paintings, and collages of over 50 people with autism and provides insight into how they see the world. This is a book for those whose families are touched by autism and all those interested in this disorder of how people see the world.

Drawing Autism
Drawing Autism

Paperback: 160 pagesPublisher: Mark Batty Publisher; 1 edition (June 19, 2012)

 

A Tommy's Sketchbook: Writings and Drawings from the Trenches - by Lance Corporal Henry Buckle (Author) , David Read (Editor)

A unique view of trench life during the first World War - with watercolour drawings and sketches completed while in the trenches

A Tommy's Sketchbook: Writings and Drawings from the Trenches
A Tommy's Sketchbook: Writings and Drawings from the Trenches

Paperback: 160 pagesPublisher: The History Press Ltd (March 1, 2012)

 

New York Drawings - by Adrian Tomine

Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars by 6 customer reviews) on Amazon

Adrian Tomine's illustrations and comics have been appearing for more than a decade in the pages (and on the cover) of The New Yorker.

New York Drawings
New York Drawings

Hardcover: 176 pagesPublisher: Drawn and Quarterly (October 2, 2012)

 

Sketchbook Confidential 2 - Enter the secret worlds of 38 master artists

It's a terribly overhyped title and strapline which people will either love or hate. This book looks at the work of 38 artists via their sketchbooks and their commentary on why they find sketching useful and stimulating. It's also available on Kindle

Sketchbook Confidential 2: Enter the secret worlds of 38 master artists
Sketchbook Confidential 2: Enter the secret worlds of 38 master artists

Paperback: 176 pagesPublisher: North Light Books (June 2, 2012)

 

The Sketchbook Challenge - Techniques, Prompts, and Inspiration for Achieving Your Creative Goals

Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars (41 customer reviews)

I've got my review copy and am currently reading this one

(Publisher's Description) Imagine a supportive community of artists sharing the innermost pages of their sketchbooks and offering you tips and techniques for overcoming creative blocks. That's what The Sketchbook Challenge is all about, and the popular blog of the same name has already inspired thousands.

The Sketchbook Challenge: Techniques, Prompts, and Inspiration for Achieving Your Creative Goals
The Sketchbook Challenge: Techniques, Prompts, and Inspiration for Achieving Your Creative Goals

Amazon reviews: 4.3 out of 5 stars (6 customer reviews) | Like (35)Paperback: 144 pagesPublisher: Potter Craft (June 26, 2012)

 

Drawing Hands: With Over 1000 Illustrations (Dover Art Instruction)

Drawing Hands: With Over 1000 Illustrations (Dover Art Instruction)
Drawing Hands: With Over 1000 Illustrations (Dover Art Instruction)

Dover Publications place an emphasis on images over text. This book contains over 1,000 illustrations which provide guidance on the character, structure, proportion and perspective of hands.Paperback: 224 pagesPublisher: Dover Publications (August 16, 2012)

 

Drawing and Sketching Secrets - 200 Tips and Techniques for Drawing the Easy Way by Donna Krizek

September brought a glut of books trying to answer every question somebody learning to draw and sketch might ask - this is one of them.

Drawing and Sketching Secrets: 200 Tips and Techniques for Drawing the Easy Way
Drawing and Sketching Secrets: 200 Tips and Techniques for Drawing the Easy Way

This is a Readers Digest book with 200 tips and step-by-step techniques designed to help build and develop skills in drawing and sketchingReading level: Ages 18 and upPaperback: 176 pagesPublisher: Readers Digest (September 6, 2012)

 

RECOMMENDED: The Visual Language of Drawing - Lessons on the Art of Seeing

I've heard so many good things over the years about the Art students League that I went out and bought this book when it was published

This book supports the notion that drawing is for everybody and provides information about alternative approaches. Featuring the insights of 15 current and former Art Students League instructors, this stunning volume reassesses the art of drawing not as a technique, but as the essential grammar of all visual thinking.

The Visual Language of Drawing: Lessons on the Art of Seeing
The Visual Language of Drawing: Lessons on the Art of Seeing

Hardcover: 240 pagesPublisher: Sterling (July 3, 2012)Product Description: Featuring the insights of 15 current and former Art Students League instructors, this stunning volume reassesses the art of drawing not as a technique, but as the essential grammar of all visual thinking. In an illuminating introductory essay, James Lancel McElhinney punctures the myth that learning to draw is something for experts only, and presents methods for making, appreciating, and teaching drawing. The 15 contributors then offer a broad range of stylistic approaches and methodologies, accompanied by examples of their own and their students' artwork. A final section of basic exercises, along with information on materials, techniques, and resources, completes this inspirational study.

 

Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals

Carla Sonheim's books do amazingly well

Rated an average of 4.9 out of 5 stars by 48 customer reviews on Amazon

Rediscover a more child-like approach to creating with Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals using creative exercises

Quarry Books-Drawing And Painting Imaginary Animals
Quarry Books-Drawing And Painting Imaginary Animals

Paperback: 144 pagesPublisher: Quarry Books (October 1, 2012)

 

Venice Sketchbook

Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars by 8 customer reviews on Amazon

Venice Sketchbook (Sketchbooks)
Venice Sketchbook (Sketchbooks)

Hardcover: 96 pagesPublisher: Didier Millet,Csi; Reprint edition (November 16, 2012)This is a Reprint of a popular edition of the Sketchbook series by illustrator Fabrice Moireau

 

Books on how to draw by Scott Robertson

Not the most popular month to publish books. In order to catch the Christmas gift-giving season, most publishers publish before December.

How to Draw: drawing and sketching objects and environments from your imagination
How to Draw: drawing and sketching objects and environments from your imagination

Written as an introductory educational book on the methods and techniques of perspective drawing as applied to a range of professions, this book will be an asset to entertainment designers, industrial designers, graphic designers, architects, illustrators and even engineers.

 
How to Render: the fundamentals of light, shadow and reflectivity
How to Render: the fundamentals of light, shadow and reflectivity

Hardcover: 292 pagesPublisher: Design Studio Press (December 15, 2012)Certain to become a required textbook for many university and high school rendering courses taught around the world

 

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poldepc lm 4 years ago

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caketech 4 years ago

Angel blessings to you! Thank you for keeping me up to date on the new drawing books that will soon be published...I have my eye on a couple of them already!


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makingamark 5 years ago from London Author

@anilsaini: Thanks


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makingamark 5 years ago from London Author

@anonymous: Images for books yet to be published are difficult. However people can take a look at the "look inside" options if these have been made available by the publishers of new drawing books. It's nearly as good as having a flick through a book in a book shop


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makingamark 5 years ago from London Author

@julieannbrady: I'd rather you drew like Julie! :) The artist is inside waiting to come out....


julieannbrady 5 years ago

Ah, what an excellent resource for the artist ... I'm thinking it is high time I learned to draw like an artist.


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reviewed both your lens on this, nicely done indeed, hoping for more photos to come.


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