Drawing and painting are nice skills to have, for enjoyment, entertainment or for business (earn money if you get any good). All you need is some nice recycled sketch pads and some pencils (keep graphite away from pets and children, all pencils are choking hazards). See where to find nontoxic watercolour paints. If you can’t afford art class, here are some good books to get you started.
15-Minute Drawing shows easy lessons to build a solid foundation. Starting with pencil techniques and warm-up exercises, this book helps you to explore the basics of drawing with graphite pencil – from how to hold a pencil and varying pressure to practicing basic strokes and textures. Prompts and open spaces invite you to practice your skills inside the book, and record your basics. You are then guided through 30 projects including flowers, animals, buildings and everyday items.
Drawing Is for Everyone helps you discover your inner artist through 21 intuitive, processed-based lessons in drawing with graphic and coloured pencil and ink, to joyfully share your works of beauty with the world. In this book, artist Kateri Ewing guides you through simple creative drawing projects. Each lesson includes two art pieces (one to keep and a smaller one, like a postcard or mini painting). Set intentions then spend 10 minutes a day to draw, inspired from poetry, music, literature and the natural world.
15-Minute Effortless Watercolor shows how to make simple art, with a quick overview of basic tools and materials and a brief intro to choosing and mixing colours. Use just a few brushstrokes to create lively works of art, in a simple modern style.
15-Minute Watercolour Masterpieces shows you how to draw and sketch using basic techniques, for frameworthy art. The 50 projects include a foggy forest, a mountain landscape, sunflowers, colourful birds, galaxies in a teacup and a blooming field of flowers.