Drawing Books

I usually try to write up the books I read each year. This year I apparently read 250, according to goodreads. Hmm.  I’m going to make it more palatable by doing it in themed groups.

Here are the drawing books. Because I’m writing a book on drawing, I gave myself permission to buy whatever I wanted. The photo shows 92 of them, some owned before last year, but most… well. It was a very good year.

Link means terrific, star+link means favorite, no link means good, and no mention means I’m sparing you or I forgot to list it. I’ll leave it to you to decide…


(If I reread it, you know it’s great, right?)

Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor
Doodle Revolution
Marks and Meaning V.05 Dave Gray’s mind, on a plate.  See my review.
First Drawings
Cartooning:Philosophy and Practice
The Sketchnote Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Visual Note Taking
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels
Make a World by Ed Emberly
Thinking with a Pencil
Back of the Napkin/Unfolding the Napkin


Architectural Sketching and Rendering: Techniques for Designers and Artists

Visual Notes for Architects and Designers

I must have opened those two a dozen times while working on my book.

Design Fundamentals: Notes on Visual Elements and Principles of Composition a MUST
Design Fundamentals: Notes on Color Theory
Design Fundamentals: Notes on TypeDrawing

Drawing Ideas

Drawing: A Creative Process

Design Drawing [With CDROM] Francis D.K. Ching

Draw Like This!: How Anyone Can See the World… by Christopher Locke Architectural Drafting: Procedures & Processes

100 + 1 Drawing Ideas: 100 + 1 Drawing Ideas for Sketchnoters and Doodlers

Draw to Win: A Crash Course on How to Lead, Sell, and Innovate With Your Visual Mind (My least favorite of the Dan Roam books, still very good.)



Lettering for Architects and Designers by Martha Sutherland  Best book- hands down- to learn writing and lettering.

Draw Your Own Alphabets: Thirty Fonts to Scribble, Sketch, and Make Your Own My favorite of this type of book, fonts to copy.
Lettering tips for artists, graphic designers, and calligraphers
Drawing Type: An Introduction to Illustrating Letterforms
Hand Lettering Ledger
Creative Lettering
Creative Lettering and Beyond


Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes and Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity  by David Sibbet (Also Visual Teams and Visual Leaders)

The Graphic Facilitator’s Guide

The Big Book of Flip Charts

Beyond Words: A Guide to Drawing Out Ideas for People Who Work with Groups

A Picture’s Worth 1,000 Words: A Workbook for Visual Communications Drawing

Crisp: Graphics for Presenters: Getting Your Ideas Across

Beyond Words


Sketchbook/ Drawing Collections/ Misc

An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers

2nd Class: Creating Curious Collage, Dubious Documents, and Other Art from Ephemera

Petroglyphs: Ancient Language, Sacred Art Sabra Moore

Playing with Sketches

The Urban Sketching Handbook: Reportage and Documentary Drawing: Tips and Techniques for Drawing on Location

Pedagogical Sketchbook: Introduction by Sibyl Moholy-Nagy Paul Klee

I Miss My Pencil

The Trickster’s Hat

Diagrams and Infographics

Good Charts: The HBR Guide to Making Smarter, More Persuasive Data Visualizations

Infographics Designers’ Sketchbooks

Dear Data 

Atlas of Knowledge: Anyone Can Map

The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge


 You Can Do a Graphic Novel
Drawing Words & Writing Pictures
Mastering Comics: Drawing Words & Writing Pictures Continued
The Lexicon of Comicana
The Art of Cartooning

Whatcha Mean, What’s a Zine?


Canvases and Models for thinking

Design a Better Business: New Tools, Skills, and Mindset for Strategy and Innovation

What’s Your Big Idea

Design the Life You Love


Feel free to browse my office bookshelf.

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    Yvonne de Meij van Streefkerk

    Thanks for sharing this! I love to sketch for work, UX, in meetings, with my clients and my kids. I’ll give myself permission to to buy at least 10 of these books that I don’t own yet.

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