14 Free Drawing Books for Beginners and Beyond

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Drawing books can be a helpful way to jumpstart your drawing skills, find inspiration, and enjoy a fun art session. From figures, plants, animals, and more, drawing books can give you the step-by-step guide you need to draw things you had never imagined.

Luckily, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get quality drawing books. In fact, you don’t need to spend any money AT ALL!

There are a lot of free drawing books that you can access right here on your phone or computer. No need to even leave your house or even leave the couch.

Just grab your drawing supplies and settle in for some great drawing tips from these free drawing books. 

Important note: to get the most benefit from these free drawing books, make sure to use them in the right way. I have an entire blog post about how to use “how to draw” books so that you can get maximum benefit.

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Another important note: all of these books are free at the time of this writing. I do my best to check the listings on a regular basis, but prices can change overnight. I apologize in advance if any of these books are no longer free.

Alright, now let’s dive into the free drawing books! As a note, these are all ebooks. If you are looking for free physical books, ask some friends or check out the library.

1. How to Draw Flowers in Simple Steps

This step-by-step flower drawing book is absolutely delightful. It’s extremely basic, which makes it great for beginners, while also leaving you with adorable results. 

What I love about this book is that it gives you the basic steps you need to draw a number of different types of flowers. Then, it shows you how to combine these flowers together into creative arrangements.

Check out How to Draw Flowers in Simple Steps here!

2. Drawing Butterflies Volume 2

Who doesn’t love butterflies? They’re beautiful and impressive…even as simple drawings. 

This butterfly book is fantastic. It includes sections about materials, parts of the butterflies, and drawing instructions for specific species of butterflies. 

This book is only 57 pages, but it packs a lot of great content in there. If learning how to draw butterflies is something that sounds fun to you, this book is definitely worth taking advantage of.

Check out Drawing Butterflies Volume 2 here!

3. Meditative Mandala Making

Mandalas are SO relaxing to look at. Luckily, they’re relaxing to draw too. I personally love drawing mandalas in Procreate and use them as a way to unwind after a long day when I need a stress-free art session. 

Well, now you can get started drawing mandalas for free!

This book will not only teach you how to draw mandalas, but it will also give you some background knowledge on the background of mandalas and why they’re important.

It’s also sprinkled with meaningful quotes to give you inspiration.

This book is a gem and the fact that it’s being offered for free is a real treat.

Check out Meditative Mandala Making here!

4. Wild at Art!: A Beginner’s Guide to Drawing and Painting Wildlife

If you’re an animal lover, this is the free drawing book for you. This is a deep dive into the wildlife around you, or that you always dream about and watch on National Geographic. 

One of the great things about this book is that it tackles the major components of art you need to know to be successful. Tone, contrast, texture, and more.

Instead of step-by-step tutorials that go in one ear and out the other, this book will give you the foundational knowledge that you can carry with you throughout your art career.

This is a very fun and very helpful book. If you’re looking for a strong education in drawing and painting basics, within the context of wildlife, definitely check it out.

Check out Wild at Art!: A Beginner’s Guide to Drawing and Painting Wildlife here!

5. How to Draw Trees and Leaves Step by Step

Calling all nature lovers! If you want a free drawing book that will help you draw the trees and leaves you like to see on your hikes and outdoor adventures, check this book out.

And, don’t worry – you won’t be stuck drawing one type of tree over and over again. You’ll get step-by-step instructions on drawing 35 different types of trees and leaves. 

Similar to the flower book, this book focuses heavily on step-by-step instructions. You won’t be left in the dark as you go through the process of drawing each component.

This is a really fun book that can help you draw a jungle in no time.

Check out How to Draw Trees and Leaves Step by Step here!

6. How to Draw a Tree Frog in 6 Easy Steps

This book is VERY specific. When you download it, you’ll get instructions on drawing a tree frog. A very cute tree frog, I should say!

I personally am very excited to add this little tree frog to my drawing skill set. For free, why the heck not?!

If you’re also excited to draw this cute little tree frog, you can do so with this free drawing book!

Check out How to Draw a Tree Frog in 6 Easy Steps here!

7. How to Draw Sea Animals for Kids

I know that this book is labeled “for kids,” but it’s actually a great book for artists of all ages who want to learn how to draw.

When you download this free drawing book, you’ll learn how to draw 11 different sea animals, from fish, to crabs, and even penguins. 

This is a really cute book that will walk you step-by-step through the entire process of drawing these adorable sea creatures.

Check out How to Draw Sea Animals for Kids here!

8. How to Draw Fortnite Characters

If you’re a Fortnite fan, you’re in luck. There’s a free drawing book that will walk you through the process of drawing 10 of your favorite characters.

Even if you aren’t a fan of Fortnite, these characters are pretty neat and could be fun for you to sketch.

This book is a part of a 24 book series, not all of which are free. That said, you might get all that you need from this free edition.

Check out How to Fortnite Characters here!

9. How to Draw Anime

People are really hard to draw. Or, maybe that’s just me. Regardless, drawing people is a skill that takes practice and skill. 

Drawing anime is a great way to get started with drawing people. You will learn basic anatomy and proportions, all while staying in the cartoon realm that isn’t bound by overly-realistic standards. 

What’s even better is that you can learn how to draw anime for free! 

While this anime book is geared towards kids, it’s great for beginners of all ages.

Check out How to Draw Anime here!

10. How to Draw Anime Faces, Eyes, and Hair

Maybe you grabbed the previous book on the list and drew some amazing anime characters. Then, you started to wonder how you could perfect their faces. 

Here’s your answer!

This free anime book will tell you everything you need to know about drawing anime faces, eyes, and hair. These anime faces will give you a good foundation in the structure of the human head and features that you can carry with you throughout your art career.

Check out How to Draw Anime Faces, Eyes, and Hair

11. How to Draw Animals for Kids

I know that we have another kids book here, but awesome books are awesome books, no matter what age they’re intended for. 

Why is this book so awesome? Well, it includes step-by-step instructions to draw 65 animals. Yes, 65 animals!

As a beginning artist, having 65 animals to practice with is going to give you a lot of practice that will serve you well as you move forward with your art journey. 

Check out How to Draw Animals for Kids here!

12. The Practice and Science of Drawing

This next book strays really far from the step-by-step kids books we’ve been looking at. Instead, this is a textbook that deep dives into everything you need to know about the practice and science of drawing.

Even though it’s dense, it’s JAM packed with a LOT of amazing information that beginning drawers can use for many many years to come.

Remember that building a strong foundation of drawing knowledge will serve you really well as you continue to work on your art. 

This free drawing book is a great resource that you can come back to whenever you need to brush up on your skills.

Check out The Practice and Science of Drawing here!

13. How to Draw Robots

While I think robots are cool, I’m not always inspired to draw them…until now. This free book about drawing robots is ADORABLE.

Just try to look at these robots and not want to draw them.

When you download this book, you’ll get instructions on 10 different robots you can create and bring to life. Beep boop.

Check out How to Draw Robots here!

14. Pen Drawing: An Illustrated Treatise

This is an old book, which you may have figured out given the use of the word “treatise.” But, hey, drawing is still drawing and this book has proved the test of time.

If you are interested in drawing in pen, you should definitely check this book out. 

WHat I especially love about this book is that it has a LOT of great examples for you to learn from. While offering these great examples, it also does a great job of explaining the techniques you need to know.

Check out Pen Drawing: An Illustrated Treatise here!

Diana Fitts

Diana has been an artist for over 25 years and has training in drawing, painting, digital drawing and graphic design. Diana's latest obsession is digitally drawing with Procreate and creating t-shirt designs with Canva. Diana has experience selling her art across a number of platforms and loves helping other artists learn how to make money from their art as well.

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