Big School of Drawing

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Learn to draw with more than 100 approachable, step-by-step drawing lessons!

Big School of Drawing allows beginning artists to get started drawing anything and everything, from flowers and still life to animals, people, landscapes, and more! Learn to develop your sketches from basic shapes, adding texture and shading step by step to create realistic, three-dimensional drawings.

Perfect for beginners, this 192-page reference guide explains everything you need to get started, from choosing the right materials to basic drawing techniques and step-by-step lessons. Experiment with different pencils, drawing tools, and erasers as you learn to create depth and realism with shading techniques, perspective, and texture. Then follow along as you use those pencil techniques to create detailed drawings, step by easy step.

With more than 1,000 step-by-step drawings for you to reference, Big School of Drawing covers:

  • Sketching from basic shapes
  • Gesture drawing
  • Adding shading, texture, and highlights
  • Creating depth and realism
  • Perspective and foreshortening
  • How to draw flowers, still life, and landscapes
  • How to draw animals, horses, dogs, and cats
  • How to draw people, portraits, and more


With helpful tips and easy-to-follow, step-by-step lessons, Big School of Drawing is the perfect resource for beginning artists ready to grab a pencil and get started drawing. With practice, you’ll soon be able to create your own realistic pencil drawings. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Also available as a companion:Big School of Drawing Workbook

PRICE: $19.99 / Can$25.99 / £14.99

MEDIUM: Drawing & Illustration, Pencil

SERIES: Big School of Drawing

FORMAT: Paperback

ISBN: 9780760382004

SIZE: 8.5 in x 11in / 215.9mm x 279.4 mm

PUBLISHED: May 16, 2023

Founded in 1922 by artist Walter T. Foster, Walter Foster Publishing, an imprint of The Quarto Group, is the world's leading publisher of instructional art books and kits for adults and children. Walter Foster's diverse selection of drawing, painting, doodling, and mixed media art books and kits have created a foundation for millions of beginning, intermediate, and advanced artists looking to hone their talents, learn new techniques, and discover different mediums. From color mixing recipes and art tools to the fundamentals of drawing and painting, Walter Foster's books cover a wide variety of topics and mediums across a broad spectrum of traditional and eclectic subject matter for artists of all skill levels. Walter Foster Publishing continues to expand its offerings every year, producing cutting-edge art-instruction books and kits for a worldwide audience.

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