How to Draw an Open Book

Easy, step by step Open Book drawing tutorial
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"Today is where your book begins... the rest is still unwritten."
- "Unwritten," song by Natasha Bedingfield

The Encyclopaedia Britannica defines the book as a "non-periodical printed publication of at least 49 pages excluding covers," but admits that "no strict definition satisfactorily covers the variety of publications so identified."

In the past, books hardly resembled what we read today. They were made from stone, rolled into scrolls, or written on animal skin. "Before the invention and adoption of the printing press, almost all books were copied by hand, which made books expensive and comparatively rare." As early as the 1000s, movable type printing was invented in Asia. Around 1450, Johannes Gutenberg independently invented such a printing press, making books more readily available in Europe. His most famous publication was the Gutenberg Bible.

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Today, books are widely and readily available in both print and electronic form. They can be found in bookstores, libraries, schools, and private collections. Most children grow up with many books close at hand.

The Bible remains the most widely available book in the world. By one estimate, 3.9 billion copies were produced in the past 50 years. The rest of the top 10 books in the world fall short of 1 billion copies. These include Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Truth That Leads to Eternal Life, and What Does the Bible Really Teach?

Would you like to draw a cartoon of an open book? This easy, step-by-step cartoon object drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: School Books, Backpack, and Book.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing an Open Book

Open Book drawing - step 1
How to Draw Open Book: Step 1

1. Begin as you would an actual book - with the first page. Draw three curved lines to outline a wavy, partial rectangle shape. Notice that the lines of the top and bottom of the page are roughly parallel, and the side of the page almost straight.

Open Book drawing - step 2
How to Draw Open Book: Step 2

2. Draw a line from the bottom of the page, up to the top of the page, outlining the spine or binding. Then, let the line continue to form the top of the next page. Use two more curved lines to fully enclose the page.

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Open Book drawing - step 3
How to Draw Open Book: Step 3

3. Draw more pages beneath these. Use curved lines to outline the rectangular shapes partially hidden by the first pages. Notice the straight line where two of the pages come together at the spine.

Open Book drawing - step 4
How to Draw Open Book: Step 4

4. Draw a rounded triangle at the base of the spine. At opposite corners, draw a series of overlapping curved lines to indicate page corners. Then, connect the corners and the spine using a series of nearly straight lines.

Open Book drawing - step 5
How to Draw Open Book: Step 5

5. Extend short straight lines from the spine and connect them with a curved line. Then, draw nearly straight lines parallel with the last, connecting the corners to the spine. This outlines the book's cover.

Open Book drawing - step 6
How to Draw Open Book: Step 6

6. Detail the page edges. Draw curved lines from the spine to the corner. Use two curved lines, connected with a "V" shaped line, to form a bookmark ribbon. Erase as necessary.

Open Book drawing - step 7
How to Draw Open Book: Step 7

7. Draw curved lines of various lengths from the spine to the corner to texture the page edges.

Open Book drawing - step 8
How to Draw Open Book: Step 8

8. Draw a series of curved lines across the corner. Then, draw straight lines of various lengths across the remaining page edges.

Open Book drawing - step 9
How to Draw Open Book: Step 9

9. Draw curved lines of different lengths across the pages to indicate the presence of writing.

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How to Draw Open Book: Step 10

Color your cartoon book.

Where will reading take you? Learn to draw your favorite characters, from storybooks to comic books.

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