How to draw books

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How to draw books

If you're a beginning artist who needs to draw a stack or books, read on. Learning how to draw books can even be done by someone who has little artistic skill. By following these tips you too can draw books for whatever artistic need you may have.

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Books

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  1. 1

    Set some books out on a table to draw from. Stack the books in different ways until you find an arrangement you like. It may be helpful to take a picture of the arrangements you like best so you can look at them all at once to find which one appeals to you.

    How to draw books
  2. 2

    Begin drawing the books by outlining the bottom book. Lightly draw on the page with short strokes using a pencil. Do not make your lines too dark in case you have to erase.

    How to draw books
  3. 3

    Remember that the books are not the same size. One book may be thicker than the others, or it may be much shorter. Paying attention to these elements will help the drawing look more natural.

    How to draw books
  4. 4

    Check back over the form of the entire stack when outlining the final book to see if it matches the rest of the books. This is the time to make changes in your outline and to make sure the depth of the drawing looks correct. If need be, you can erase what does not look right.

    How to draw books
  5. 5

    Go back over your lines with a heavier, darker line when you are satisfied with the outline of your books. Lightly shade the ends of the books to signify pages.

    How to draw books
  6. 6

    Add the final details to your drawing of books. Add details such as words or images found on the binding of the books or book covers. Do not worry about having clear details. Often the drawing will look better if the details are a bit blurred.

    How to draw books

Tips and warnings

  • Use a pencil instead of a pen or marker so that you can erase as needed.
  • Use a large eraser, and don't be afraid to make mistakes.
  • Practice as much as it takes to make the drawing look good.

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