Drawing School: Fundamentals for the Beginner: A comprehensive drawing course by Jim Dowdalls


Drawing School: Fundamentals for the Beginner:
A comprehensive drawing course
by Jim Dowdalls

Keywords: non-fiction, educational, arts, drawing, illustrated, basic skills, techniques, exercises
*Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Walter Foster Publishing

What a wonderful book this is! As a self-learner and someone who is passionate about arts and crafts, I found this book to be a fantastic resource for learning and practicing the foundation skills needed for drawing.

It is presented as if you were taking a traditional drawing class, starting from how to hold your pencil and the purpose of different tools for drawing, different working surfaces, light conditions when drawing, etc. It has a visual and practical approach with a lot of images to guide you through the lessons, homework and exercises so that you can practice right away. Some of the subjects covered are: proportion, perspective, composition, grid drawing, value and coloring. My favorite part of the book was the explanation about “eye level” or “horizon line”. Although this is a very common term mentioned in most beginner’s books, the explanation and example images helped me have a better understanding of it. Like this, I have many other examples where I found myself getting a better grasp of subjects I thought I already knew.

As many artists would say “If you don’t properly know your basics, no amount of rendering will be able to fix it”. So, whether you are a digital or traditional artist, this book contains invaluable lessons to help you level up your art.

*I got my eArc from Walter Foster Publishing. Thank you!


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About Alicia

I enjoy sharing my love for good books with other people. I wish you can find the type of books meant for you. Art is my passion. Both activities allow me to travel to imaginary places, learn, grow and share my journey with others. Feel free to join me, I love company.


  1. This book sounds quite informative! Great Review, as always!💙💜💙

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    • Indeed 😀 it is very informative, I would include it in a “How to draw 101” kit for anyone interested in arting 😀 Thank you for your comments Dani!


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