In addition to Danny Gregory books (this & this) that I highly highly recommend, I have been reading many art and drawing related books these days.
It’s like when I was a consultant – we usually start with reading a pile of books in the related industry and subjects. I need this much passion for my work too. I know.
Now I probably own more than 100 knitting books and magazines, which I collected in the past 3 years. I hope the same thing won’t happen with drawing…
Drawing for Pleasure
This turned out to be too basic for me, I didn’t find much new in this book.
Victorian Goods and Merchandise: 2,300 Illustrations (Dover Pictorial Archive Series)
A great resource for design and art journaling!
Heraldic Designs for Artists and Craftspeople (Pictorial Archive Series)
A really intense archive of every possible heraldic design you can imagine. A “wow” book.
And the last one, below, found at a bookstore today. Although you find a lot of books on how to practice sketching, I found this one exceptionally helpful for me. Like he describes how you “look”. Look at the subject very very closely, look down on your blank sheet of paper, visualize the contour on the blank surface without actually moving your hand, then finally start drawing. He suggest to repeat looking and visualizing as many time as necessary, until the “memory” is stored in your side like a hard drive.
This kind of advice worth more than common instructions on how to draw apples or dogs.
There are some more, but I don’t want to scare you too much. Besides, I shouldn’t buy books until I move…