Ways of Drawing: Artists' Perspectives and Practices

Oct. 2, 2019

Ways of Drawing (Thames and Hudson) is the first book from the Royal Drawing School. A lavishly illustrated collection of reflections and in-practice sessions on drawing by contemporary artists and teachers from the School – at once inspirational and instructional. 

We are now able to post out orders for Ways of Drawing however delivery times may take longer than usual due to current coronavirus restrictions.


Drawing is among the most direct ways of engaging with the world; a way not just of seeing, but of understanding what you see.  From explorations of artistic development to short, imaginative strategies for the seeing the world afresh, Ways of Drawing is an invaluable companion for anyone interested in drawing - from the aspiring to the professional artist, teachers, writers, architects, filmmakers, designers and anyone in between. 

Contributor essays by Julian Bell, Mark Cazalet, Daniel Chatto, Ewan Clayton, Liza Dimbleby, Ann Dowker, Clara Drummond, William Feaver, Catherine Goodman, Emily Haworth-Booth, Sophie Herxheimer, Eileen Hogan, Timothy Hymann RA, Dr. Ian Jenkins, John Lessore, Isley Lynn, Ishbel Myerscough, Thomas Newbolt, Sarah Pickstone, Martin Shortis, Dilip Sur.


Each section is generously illustrated with a wealth of drawings, prints, and paintings by significant artists past and present and students of the Royal Drawing School in London. The book is divided into three sections: Studio Space, which focuses on drawing within four walls; Open Space, which ventures out into the cityscapes and landscapes around us; and Inner Space, which returns to the living, feeling, drawing person.   Short ‘In Practice’ pieces, ranging from a recipe for making oak-gall ink to ideas for drawing from poetry, complement explorations of what it means to draw and personal accounts of artistic development.


Drawing by Kathryn Maple

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Available at the Royal Drawing School, most major book retailers, museums, galleries, art shops and Amazon. 

308 illustrations 28.0 x 21.0cm 272pp. Hardback ISBN 978 0 500 021903. Publication date 3 October 2019. Price £29.95