5x8" unlined sketch moleskine, pitt pen
I went through about 10 books on drawing this week at the bookstore and settled on two. On the left, sketches from Figure (Pinsker); on the right, exercises from Drawing with Your Artist's Brain (Purcell).
I liked Drawing With Your Artist's Brain even more than Drawing With the Right Side of Your Brain (although I'll likely get that at some point). What made sense to me was the concept of drawing things not starting with an outside outline (with wacky unbalanced results) but by starting at some point and working on relationships within the item you are drawing. For example, the edge of the hat is parallel with the edge of the hand and the back of the elbow is aligned with the crease on the jacket. Perfect for the analytical artist.
The Figure book was irrestible if only for the cover art. The painted lines form the whisp of the shape, not the entire shape yet the eye brings it together. This is a beautiful book to peruse and I drew some girls that didn't make me cringe (well not much).
There were a lot more books on the shelf, but most focused on realistic, ultra side-of-the-pencil shaded drawings. I am interested specifically in line art, not sure why there were fewer books.
What are your favorite drawing books? How did you learn to draw (in addition to practice, practice, practice)?