Teachers have a large influence on us. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s not so good. As a young person I had more than one teacher comment about, “How to Draw” books. The comments were not positive. I had a whole stack of them at home because the people in my life knew that I loved to draw, and wanted to encourage me. However, at some point in time, I had an art teacher tell me that learning from books was a waste of time. I believed him and took on that same attitude. In fact I remember going home and putting the books into a box and setting them aside, not to be opened again.
Now that I have children of my own I have a whole different opinion of “How to…” books. In fact, I have a whole stack of them on a shelf that is reserved just for music and art books. I have three girls that LOVE to draw. I not only have a shelf half full of “How to” books, I also have two or three shelves of art history books, children’s stories about artists, and craft books. But with the computer in the house, I probably didn’t even need to buy books (although NOTHING replaces a book in the hand!). Just do a quick search on Pinterest to find all kinds of drawing tutorials. My girls are working on various drawing skills, so I pinned a few this morning that they will love.
I am much older now than when I first opened up a “How to Draw” book and I would like to think I am a little wiser (don’t ask my kids). I see nothing at all wrong with learning from a book and I struggle with a teacher that would tell a child otherwise. Learn from any and all resources. Just don’t ever stop learning. Drawing skills are learned. Natural gifts and talents are awesome, but anyone that will work hard and practice, can learn to draw.
My kids favorite books for learning to draw have been this series. If you have kids that enjoy drawing they are a great place to start. These have also been a favorite to go along with our homeschool history books. They often will draw while I read. It helps them to focus and goes along with the history lesson.