Thrift Item of the Moment Revisited #2

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)

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No. 11 – “How To Draw Horses”

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No. 11 – “How to Draw Horses” front and back cover spread

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.

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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.

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No. 78 – “How to Draw and Paint Hoofed Animals”

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No. 96 – “The Nude”

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No. 96 – “The Nude” back cover

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¢.

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No. 26 – “Animation”

My sentimental favourite is Animation by Preston Blair. I loved it as a lad and was delighted to find it again recently.

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No. 26 – “Animation” back cover

My career as a cartoonist never happened but I wonder how many animators were spawned by this book.

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Update:

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:

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No. 1 – “Drawing Simplified”

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No. 9 – “How to Draw and Paint Seascapes”

Next time: Drumheller dinos.

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One thought on “Thrift Item of the Moment Revisited #2

  1. This series should have been titled “How to draw anything with circles”. It is not so popular a teaching method any more. When I was little I had “How to Draw and Paint Seascapes”. I remember poring over it for hours – partly because I was a budding artist and partly because I was a
    land-locked prairie girl. So exotic.

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