ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Drawing Book Reviews: How To Draw Like Da Vinci By Susan White

Updated on December 2, 2013

Draw Like Da Vinci

This book is ideal if you want to study a master artist in the art of drawing the way he would draw, the author Susan Whites artwork accompanies Leonardo Da Vincis in this 140 plus page case study of his work with actual examples and exercises to follow through out the book and you see Susan's art drawn from Da Vincis work too which makes it a good book in my opinion as it goes through alot of his old drawings and studies in an attempt to recreate the work side by side against another artist and this to me reads alot better than just seeing Da Vincis drawings and that's the end of it, you can tell he practiced and studied his craft for years and that's what comes through in the book.

Draw like Da Vinci is one of them books that shows you how to draw, but in an offbeat way, first it shows alot of Da Vincis artwork with drawings, charcoal and pastel work and then Susan White takes over and shows you different exercises of drawing different ways, such as, the human proportions section which goes through and links to Leonardos roots as an anatomist, perfecting the art of drawing anatomy, although it is all fairly skip through the processes type stuff, it is quite useful when it is compared against and inspired by the way Da Vinci worked and studied drawing.

Alot of the early chapters go through some of Da Vincis special ways of drawing and his skills at getting what he wants down on paper, there is a particularly useful section on Fundamental P's, which is just another way of going through the most important points of drawing such as - Proportion, perspective, perception, position, placement,planes and priorities, all of these P words make sense when you understand drawing and Da Vincis way of creating master drawings.

There are a couple of Da Vincis most famous paintings given the once over analysis with The Last Supper with a quick look at the composition and perspective of his most famous work and also a few rough draft drawings he did to jot down ideas to create the complete last supper are to be found in the book.

Also the Virgin of the Rocks, another of Leonardos famous works which recently revealed under an infra red scan a totally different composition to the original work, which just goes to show that master artists had their fair share of screw ups when it came to drawing and painting.

Overall, I liked this book, it was visually interesting and to see some of Da Vincis study drawings of anatomy in context with the books subject, just made it an interesting read and to follow the examples made it quite worthwhile also.

And the brief overview of Leonardo Da Vincis life at the beginning of the book was interesting to read and I felt it fit nicely with the overall them, I did however want the book to be at least over 200 pages, but that's just me, as I thought there was lots more small case studies of his work to be explored, but anyway I do recommend this book, if you like to follow master artists and follow a book that was written by an established artist and teacher.

Go check out the book on Amazon!

Draw Like Da Vinci By Susan Dorethea White, Buy The Book And Be Inspired From The Master

Draw Like Da Vinci

Learn To Draw Like Da Vinci or just get inspired!
Learn To Draw Like Da Vinci or just get inspired!

Answer The Artists Poll!

Which artist would you want to draw like?

See results

Draw Like Da Vinci

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Wayne Tully profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Cheers now!

      I'm a fan of Da Vincis Anatomical drawings as they are really great and detailed and also an inspiration and this book for me was a fascinating read with good examples of art.

    • magdielqr profile image


      9 years ago

      Very good this hub. Thanks for sharing.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)