I’m revisiting some of my favorite “Thrift Item of the Moment” posts from my previous blog Bowling Trophy. The original text is reprinted with More! Bigger! photos and Updates!
“How to Draw” Books (originally posted April 1, 2007)
I’m not a visual artist, but I’m really drawn (sorry) to the Walter Foster “How to Draw” books. They’re large and beautiful and the pages are crammed with luscious color illustrations, black and white sketches and a bare minimum of helpful instructional text.
Reading these books I can almost believe that with a few lines and circles and a little bit of shading I too can draw a horse/leaping buck/tastefully disrobed woman.
I’m not sure when they were published because they’re not dated, but my guess would be late 50s or early 60s. The earlier ones (I presume) have a cover price of $1.00 (“Not more than $1.25 in any foreign country”) and later ones are priced $2.00. I bought How to Draw Horses last week for 69¢.
My sentimental favourite is Animation by Preston Blair. I loved it as a lad and was delighted to find it again recently.
My career as a cartoonist never happened but I wonder how many animators were spawned by this book.
This post has probably brought more visitors to Bowling Trophy than anything else I’ve posted – variations of “how to draw horses” are a perennial search term leader.
Here are a couple more “How To Draw” books I’ve added to the collection in the intervening years:
Next time: Drumheller dinos.