You Can Draw in 30 Days by Mark Kistler

You Can Draw in 30 Days

Learn to draw in 30 days with Emmy award-winning PBS host Mark KistlerDrawing is an acquired skill, not a talent--anyone can learn to draw! All you need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and the willingness to tap into your hidden artistic abilities. With Emmy award-winning, longtime PBS host Mark Kistler as your guide, you'll learn the secrets of sophisticated three-dimensional renderings, and have fun along the way--in just 20 minutes a day for a ...

Details You Can Draw in 30 Days

TitleYou Can Draw in 30 Days
Release DateJan 4th, 2011
PublisherDa Capo Lifelong Books
GenreArt, Drawing, Nonfiction, Design

Reviews You Can Draw in 30 Days

  • Shawn
    This was my first "how to draw" book. Before using this book I could draw stick figures and ugly junk. After these 30 lessons I've drawn things that amaze me! This book boosted me well up in drawing options. Not via secrets or weird rituals though. Instead by simply explaining the fundamentals then providing accessible exercises to get the explanation into your memory. I flipped through several books in the "how-to draw" section and thought this ...
  • Jeanne-Erin
    Terrible book. even the sample drawings are not good. The idea of the book is to give you shorthand for drawing, not teach you how to draw from what you see. Which is fine, if that is what you want, but some of the shorthand is wrong, placing a shadow between two objects (he does this with spheres and continues it) for example. In most instances there is a LIGHTER area between two spheres. So his drawing look really off. Then he shows planets and...
  • Atul
    Are you a beginner who is tired of making sloppy stick man and weird houses? Do you think you can never learn to draw in your life? Do you wish you could make something better than a man consisting of one circle and some lines? Go no further my friends. This book is the only book you need to change your destiny.In one sentence, this book is a simple, easy, step-by-step guide that teaches you to draw from simple cube and spheres to a realistic eye...
  • Martie Last
    The book has some fun exercises that show basic tricks for drawing. However, it lacks a depth of explanations of fundamental or foundational drawing skills. It serves a purpose as an entertaining launch pad to improve drawing.
  • Min Yee
    One of the basic skill of learning to become a self-taught graphic designer is drawing. This book was mentioned in one of the blogs and I started to learn to draw from this book. I didn't do any drawings or sketches since I left my high school, which is almost 15 years. I always got a barely pass grade for my Arts subject during high school. Besides, my previous jobs never required a drawing skill. I always feel drawing is an innate talent until ...
  • Mashil
    أعتقد أنني تجاوزت مرحلة تعلم أساسيات الرسم،لكنني أبحث عن مراجع جيدة لتعليم الرسم لأنني سأمتهن التدريب عما قريب،لي تجربة طويلة وسيئة مع الرسم وخبرة في "تأخير إتقان الرسم وتضييع الوقت"،اطلعت على هذا الكتاب في أقل من نصف ساعة لأن معظم الموجود معروف ب...
  • Melissa
    I started this book in 2012 and completed 22 lessons and then got distracted and let it sit for way too long. I recently picked it back up and started again. I really enjoyed this book. I never thought that drawing was something I could do. Mark Kistler's lessons are easy to follow and teach you all of the fundamentals. I was amazed at what I learned and even more amazed at what I was able to draw!!!!!!! Things like eyes and faces which I thought...
  • Thomas Wolf
    Very encouraging tone to the book. It made me want to learn to draw. The final two lessons (the face and the hand) could have used some of the same detail of the earlier chapters. But I guess eventually, I can't depend on the book to tell me how to draw everything, but I'll have to go out and practice on my own. I felt like I accomplished something by staying with it.
  • Kalliste
    I liked this book and I think I have improved however I don't think I can use the skills to be able to draw things from life. I can draw the things we learnt well but that's about all.
  • Annabella Crafts
    A few months ago I suddenly sparked an interest in drawing. I tried but I didn't know where to start so for Christmas I got this book along with a crap load of other art supplies. This book is great for a beginning but if you want to just buy one book and know a huge genera of topics, this isn't quite for you. It does have good details on cubes, spheres ect but not to much variety. Wasn't much of a problem for me but I do need to buy more drawing...
  • Anke
    This is quite nice - it got me using my sketchbook again, which was my goal. It has 30 chapters that build on each other and introduce drawing concepts in an approachable way. Two things I didn't like: The tone is a bit too... American? for me - the author constantly says things like "this is AWESOME and you will LOVE it and will keep drawing circles ALL THE TIME because they are so FUN!!", and I found myself skipping those lines because they hav...
  • John Glover
    I've just started working my way through this book for the second time. The book does a remarkable job of distilling what people have discovered about representing the 3-dimensional world on a 2-dimensional piece of paper into 30 well graded and structured lessons. I really can't find any faults - except that there doesn't appear to be a follow on book to take the budding artist to the next level.If anyone knows of a book of this quality for figu...
  • Sandy
    My kids got for Christmas some "Scratch and Sketch" books from their aunt, and the books had animal/habitat facts with a drawing on the left page & a page for scratch-drawing on the right. My 4-year-old wanted me to sketch for him and he would choose the page and tell me to draw the gorilla, spider, etc. I was surprised to LOVE doing this and thought the pictures actually turned out nicely. (I still kinda want one of those books for myself.) Ente...
  • Nohelia
    It is a fun book. It has 30 lessons that teach you how to draw a particular figure. It is not traditional in the sense that you are not taught much about lines, or shading or tones, so if you're looking for that, this book is not for you.I recommend this for those who want to get into drawing but don't want to dedicate too much time to it at first, and want to avoid feeling overwhelmed by it. By the end, I am less self conscious about my (def not...
  • Missy J
    A very fun and easy to follow drawing book. I used to draw a lot when I was younger. This helped me to find my joy for drawing again. The first half of the book was strong, the lessons were very eye-opening. Towards the end, I didn't enjoy the concept of "tracing". Definitely recommend this for those who want to learn how to draw.
  • Tom
    If you are a beginning artist, I would highly recommend this book. It's clearly written and shows you how to draw different things using basic fundamentals. I would recommend this if you are starting out.
  • Layan Ibrahim
    ممتاز جداً للمبتدئين اللي لدرجة مايعرف يرسم مكعب أو يظلل أو يرسم شكل اسطواني.. وكذلك مناسب للأطفال..أو لأشخاص يعملون في مجال تعليم الرسم.الدروس مقسمة بحيث يكون كل يوم درس بهدف الإنتظام بالممارسة لمدة ٣٠ يوم وكل درس ممكن ياخذ ٢٠ دقيقه فقط من يومك.👌...
  • Steve Savory
    Great, no messing around lessonsVery proud of what I have achieved through the help of this book. The difference between day 1 age day 30 is amazing. As someone who has been interested in drawing this helped give me certain principles in a way that kept me engaged.
  • Carla
    Easy clear step by step instructions to learn to draw. I recommend this book.
  • Hung Cao
    For people who need to understand fundamental principles of drawing
  • Justin
    This is the book that started me on my drawing journey.
  • Alvaro Fierro
    You do actually learn how to draw with the tips/tricks they teach you. Easy to follow. They have great examples and steps to look at and follow.
  • Darcy
    Im so happy I read this. It gives you so many tools. I´m so happy I read this. It gives you so many tools.
  • Ietrio
    I don't know how fun can this book be. It sure doesn't sound anything like fun. But it is a decent beginner book.
  • S
    This is my first drawing book. I love it. It literally taught me how to draw. Thank you very much Mark!
  • Karthikraj Raviraj
    This book has sparked an artist inside me !! Thanks. Loved it !!
  • David Phillips
    Good book and some good ideas to help draw
  • Chriz Phoebe
    Essential for a startup designer or hobbyist. Very detailed and exciting, you'll find humor and vital knowledge as it makes it more interesting.
  • J R
    Easy and quick way to learn to draw.