The Creative License: This book continually challenges you to start drawing, now, at once… what are you waiting for? Funny, energetic, accessible and inspiring.
Art and Fear: A well written and direct challenge to the barriers that can prevent you making art, and a clear exploration of the perceived difference between craft and art. Relatively short, but with lots of good, chewy paragraphs to ponder.
An Illustrated Life: Be inspired by the work of 50 very different sketchers. As well as being richly illustrated (of course) it has personal statements from the contributors, explaining their motivations, techniques etc.
The Art of Urban Sketching: Like the book above this is a wonderful chance to revel in a huge diversity of styles. Which ones appeal? Why?
London, You’re beautiful: Full of sketches that are simple and beautifully effective. A lifetime of drawing and painting helping to make it appear effortless… “Trying to do a ‘perfect’ drawing is truly a forlorn hope: what really matters is to do it.”
Useful, comprehensive, very well illustrated and with commentary from experienced sketchers in a range of styles.
Keys to Drawing: A very clear and effective way to learn the key principles of drawing. Some elements similar to Betty Edwards’ approach.
Drawing, Seeing and Observation: “Anyone can learn to draw, just as anyone can learn to speak or write. Drawing is a perfectly ordinary way of communicating information.” Written as instruction program, from basics onwards.
Understanding Comics: A comic book that explains how comic books, films, and many other graphic arts work. Excellent on symbols, the representation of time in 2D, the use of space, sequential pictures etc.
Draw -How to master the art: Based on the old principle that copying the masters will help you to master their art. A visual dictionary of different artists’ approaches to drawing ears, dogs, snow, the ways they used media, composed pictures etc.