If you haven’t heard about Lee Hammond’s books and you want to create realistic drawings, you have been missing out. She uses the grid method to accurately achieve realistic drawings. This is a time tested method that works really well, specially if you are a beginner and struggle with wonky proportions when drawing from reference (a picture or someone/ something in front of you).
Published January 24th 2018 by F+W Media North Light Books
The fist part of the book teaches the fundamentals of drawing using graphite. After that, there is a huge repertoire of 3-step projects (if you own any of his previous books, it is the same style but new projects) of common objects, nature, animals, portraits, body parts, fabric and clothing. Part two tackles colored pencil techniques, followed again by many projects with relevant instructions and tips.
Keep in mind that the book focuses on teaching techniques to achieve realism from a reference (drawing from observation). This is not meant for those whose main focus is to draw from memory or learn art fundamentals (like perspective, anatomy, etc.) If you own the Big Book of Drawing from 2004, this one covers the same subjects with the good old stuff plus new tips and a different set of projects to work with. Strongly recommend for art students and hobbyists alike.
*I got my eArc from F+W Media North Light Books