The library of Robbie Lee instructional drawing books spans over *1 volume, including:
"Drawing Made Easy: How to Draw from Observation and Imagination" (Impact Books, Summer 2018)
Want to get better at drawing? Maybe a LOT better? If you're a precocious young person just starting out or an adult who's dusting off the old pencil case, this book is made for you. Here's what it covers:
1. Materials (Do you really need "drawing" paper? What's up with all the different kinds of pencils and erasers- are they really any different?)
2. Basic techniques and sketching (When do you draw with your fingers? Your wrist? Your whole arm?)
3. How to sketch effectively and with more control
4. How to finish a pencil drawing with varied line weight and texture
5. How to shade- flat vs. curved surfaces, cast shadows, how to achieve contrast and clarity
6. How to draw what you're looking at, from a picture or from real life
7. How to visualize shape and form (Sounds mystical, but it's real and really important, and it's in Chapter 3.)
8. How to draw people from imagination (head, hair, hands, feet, and the whole figure)
9. Perspective drawing- boxes, spheres, and cylinders and how to foreshorten them and put them together
10. How to fit everything together into a scene with believable scale
11. How to arrange your drawings with strong composition
12. Tricks for how to draw typical background stuff like mountains, trees, and clouds
13. Measuring space using a horizon line
14. Drawing believable landscape features like rivers, chasms, and shorelines.
14. Loads of step-by-steps for everyday stuff like eyes, hair, furniture, wood grain, cities, rockets, disco balls, castles, sushi dinners and more...
And though I'm pretty jazzed about Drawing Made Easy: Drawing from Observation and Imagination, my other book is still around, too, in case you're more interested in perspective drawing...
"Perspective Made Easy: A Step-by-Step Guide"
The goal of Perspective Made Easy: A Step-by-Step Guide (Impact Books, July 2015) is to teach readers of all skill levels how to draw the world around them- everything from cars, rooms, and landscapes to rockets, furniture, and pants- with realistic and convincing depth. The format is a colorful blend of a comic and traditional step-by-step instruction.
Click here to preview the first chapter as a PDF!
The book starts simple, establishing the basics of perspective with the horizon line and one- and two-point perspective. Then it delves into the trickier stuff, including slopes and tilts, three-point perspective, circles and cylinders, measuring out foreshortened space, and even how to use perspective when drawing people and animals.
Each chapter begins with a list of learning objectives, and then delivers useful techniques, the theory behind them, and practical shortcuts whenever possible. There are loads of step-by-step demonstrations, too, of course, including rooms, cars, landscapes, dinosaurs, 3-D lettering, and more. Each chapter ends with a review of the essential information to help retention.
The final product is a book that is dense, comprehensive, well-organized, and really, really useful. Also I've been told it's funny.
*2 volumes- that's probably technically a library, right?