For those “I can’t draw for crap” naysayers, here are a couple of fun, easy to follow, little books to get you going. Both are by artist/illustrator Sachiko Umoto. The one on the left is Illustration School: Let’s Draw Cute Animals and the one on the right is Illustration School: Let’s Draw Happy People.
I love the simplicity of the page layouts, as well as the animals themselves. This book even includes little facts about the animals you’re learning to draw. J loves flipping through this book, picking critters for me to draw like I’m his trained doodling seal, and learning new things about the animals.
(I’m also working on a post for another site which will likely include illustrations inspired by this book, so stay tuned for that…)
I had to laugh about this page from the Happy People book, which shows how to draw a teacher (I used to be one), as well as an artist (I am one now?). Admittedly, the people drawings are a bit stereotypical (where IS my beret?), but it’s still great for getting a basic feel for drawing people in different poses and whatnot.
There’s also a third book, Let’s Draw Plants and Small Creatures which I went ahead and ordered during the writing of this post. I figured I might as well complete the set…