The best drawing books in July 2024

Three of the best drawing books on a red background
(Image credit: Souvenir Press / North Light Books / 3dtotal Publishing / Future)

The best drawing books can be a wonderful introduction to the art of drawing and a source of constant inspiration. Both for beginners and experienced pros, they can provide new ideas, reveal new techniques and offer hours of practice. Drawing books can also be a thoughtful gift for anyone interested in illustration and drawing, be it on paper or digital.

Whether you're looking for basic advice and pointers or advanced detailed step-by-step walk throughs on particular subjects or effects, there's bound to be a drawing book for you. With a decade writing about art and design behind us, we've had the opportunity to review lots of titles over the years, and many of our contributors have their own favourites. We've put that knowledge together to create this bumper compilation of the best drawing books that we've used over the years, from longstanding classics to newer publications, which are outlined below in no particular order.

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Tammy Coron

Tammy is an independent creative professional, author of Apple Game Frameworks and Technologies, and the maker behind the AdventureGameKit – a custom SpriteKit framework for building point and click adventure games. As an innovative problem solver and industry leader, Tammy enjoys working on projects from content creation – including books, tutorials, videos, and podcasts – to the design and development of cross-platform applications and games. For Creative Bloq, she has written about an array of subjects, including animation, web design and character design.