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Ask any artist: there’s few comments we hear more than, “Man, I wish I could draw! I can’t even draw a stick figure.” If you’ve ever caught yourself being that person, I’ve got good news: art is a learned skill! If you’re thinking of spending some of your social distancing time trying to hone a new skill, we’ve got a few eBooks to help kickstart your artist journey.

(From Hoopla) “Barrington Barber takes as his starting point the belief that everyone – whatever their experience – can learn to draw well. In this book, after introducing different drawing materials and mark making, he goes on to show how line, tone and proportion can be used to create convincing, realistic drawings.”

(From Hoopla) “In Figure Drawing for Artists: Making Every Mark Count, award-winning fine artist Steve Huston shows beginners and pros alike the two foundational concepts behind the greatest masterpieces in art and how to use them as the basis for their own success. Embark on a drawing journey and discover how these twin pillars of support are behind everything from the Venus De Milo to Michelangelo’s Sibyl to George Bellow’s Stag at Sharkey’s, how they’re the fundamental tools for animation studios around the world, and how the best comic book artists from the beginnings of the art form until now use them whether they know it or not.”

(From Hoopla) “When we try to draw a person, we are quickly confronted with various challenges. The proportions need to be correct, the attitude must be clear and vivid, the face should show resemblance and also be expressive. … At the center of this collection is not the perfect figure, but the joy of drawing, and how, with simple methods, drawing people is possible: by reducing and reducing to a few lines, using clear contours and simple surfaces, the human figure emerges, constructed and elaborated.”

(From Hoopla) “Written by celebrated portrait artist and veteran studio instructor Oliver Sin, this richly informative and beautifully illustrated volume leads readers step-by-step through his method. … Brimming with striking images that document all the phases and details of the author’s process, Drawing the Head for Artists inspires and informs all artists, from aspiring to accomplished, on how to successfully portray the physical subtleties and emotional eloquence of the human face.”

(From Hoopla) “Second in importance only to the face, hands play a key role in expressing emotional states-from anger and fear to resignation, serenity, and surprise. This resource features more than 1,000 illustrations, offering figure artists at all skill levels insights into the structure, character, and expression of hands. Artist and instructor Victor Perard emphasizes the anatomy of the hand: the bones that make up its framework and define its proportions and the muscles that direct its actions.”

(From Hoopla) “An expert guide by a well-known teacher and artist offers sound advice on methods and techniques for artists at all levels. Step-by-step instructional drawings of 26 animals, wild and domestic, appear with a text that focuses on understanding animal anatomy and behavior as a key to creating natural, expressive drawings.”

(From Hoopla) “Easy-to-follow instructions accompany 288 detailed, accurate illustrations of horses, dogs, cats, lions, cattle, deer, and other creatures. Each animal is depicted in a full external view as well as in beneath-the-skin drawings of musculature and skeletal structure. This classic reference has been enlarged with plates from the works of Stubbs, Straus-Durckheim, and Cuvier and Laurrillard.”

(From Hoopla) “For centuries landscapes have captivated the imaginations of artists – Barrington Barber follows the pattern established in his highly successful companion volume on drawing portraits, and shows the reader that it is easier than it looks.”