How to Draw Anything
Remember how you used to draw with confidence and joy as a child? What happened? Why did you stop? Our book, How to Draw Anything, will help you rediscover that natural instinct for expressing yourself through drawing, and along the way you will see how drawing can give clarity to your thoughts, trigger memories, invigorate passions and solve problems.
When we learn to write, we gain an important life skill; a practical means of communication. Whether we’re writing an email or a shopping list, we know we don’t need to be a prize-winning poet to put our thoughts into words. So, why do we abandon our instinct to draw and leave it to the artists? When do we stop seeing drawing as a powerful and universal tool for communication, and start seeing it as a specialism instead?
In the 18th and 19th centuries drawing was central to a good education, not because we were training future artists, but because we were training future doctors, nurses, scientists, engineers, builders, cartographers, carpenters, plumbers and gardeners. We recognised the power of drawing to reveal, explain and clarify where words alone fell short. Florence Nightingale’s visualisations of mortality data in the Crimean War saved many lives. From the scruffy sketchbook pages of Alexander Graham Bell came the first telephone. Charles Darwin grabbed a scrap of paper and mapped out the tree of life. They all understood that a good drawing is not one that is beautiful but one that does its job. Not a work of art, but art that works.
How to Draw Anything, written and illustrated by our founders and creative directors Dan and Chris, sets out to repair our broken relationship with drawing. Firstly, this book asks you to pick up that pencil from where you left it all those years ago and start making pictures again. It will give you back the confidence and joy in drawing you never should have lost. And secondly, How to Draw Anything will equip you with new means of solving problems, sharing ideas and telling stories. It will take drawing out of the art world and put it into your world, introducing you to drawing as a practical tool for everyday life that will change the way you work, think and communicate.
How to Draw Anything is part of the brilliant Little Ways to Live a Big Life series, a range of books aimed at the adult learner published by Quercus. It's priced at £9.99 and available from Waterstones, Amazon, Sainsbury's, Urban Outfitters as well as many independent bookshops. Or you can order a copy direct from our shop and we'll be happy to personalise it for you.
Dan and Chris have given talks and workshops based on the book at the Dulwich Literary Festival, the Stratford Literary Festival and for many corporate clients. To book them for your event, or for any other publicity enquiries, please contact:
Elizabeth Masters, Quercus Deputy Publicity Director