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    Noticed they are quite mainstream now. You can (almost) draw anything e.g. dragons to manga. But are they worth wasting your cash or bursary on?
    From research I'm aware they are bad and good "artists". Your opinion?
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    I feel like you may be able to eventually draw a decent picture using one of these how to books but I think it's essentially riding a bike with stabilisers. You'll never truly be able to draw the dragon for example if you are constantly referring to a how to book.

    If you began to draw and used tips memorised from the book then maybe you'd get a decent drawing but there's also a little bit of talent needed. My drawing abilities are at a VERY high standard... for a four year old :P
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    I’d recommend using Pinterest rather than buying a book, it has lots of different tutorials and tips there for free :-)
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    (Original post by CTLevers)
    I feel like you may be able to eventually draw a decent picture using one of these how to books but I think it's essentially riding a bike with stabilisers. You'll never truly be able to draw the dragon for example if you are constantly referring to a how to book.

    If you began to draw and used tips memorised from the book then maybe you'd get a decent drawing but there's also a little bit of talent needed. My drawing abilities are at a VERY high standard... for a four year old :P
    I own too many books as I'm trying to waste my bursary. It's generally dragons, mystical beings, manga and animals. I own two human anatomy books Andrew Loomis and something Bridge. Which are must if you are drawing human characters.
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    (Original post by amyando)
    I’d recommend using Pinterest rather than buying a book, it has lots of different tutorials and tips there for free :-)
    Thanks for the tip.
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    I had a couple of these books when I was a kid, and while I can't comment on whether ones aimed at adults are any better, I personally didn't find them particularly helpful. They essentially taught you how to copy specific drawings in multiple steps (e.g. the construction lines, outlines, shading etc). While that meant you could probably produce some work that looked reasonably impressive, it really taught me nothing about the mainstay of drawing, i.e. observational drawing, and how to properly record shape, proportion etc.

    I'm sure there are better books out there that focus more on technique but my personal suggestion in this day and age would be to look up some tutorials on YouTube
 
 
 
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