How to Draw School Books

Books are a common symbol of school days. This is due in large part to the invention of the printing press some 600 years ago. Before books could be printed en masse, they had to be copied by hand and were very expensive.

Did you know? School books haven’t always looked as they do today – leaves of paper between a sturdy cover. Several hundred years ago, children in America and Europe used hornbooks. These were wooden paddles with a sheet of paper attached, bearing information such as the alphabet, counting numbers, and a set of bible verses known as “the Lord’s Prayer.” The paper was covered with a thin layer of cow horn in order to preserve it.

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Even earlier in history, children were taught to read and write from long, rolled sheets of paper known as scrolls. At other times, wax was poured into a metal or wooden frame.

Children used a pointed stick called a stylus to carve into the wax, practicing writing. Later, the words could be erased by smoothing the wax, and the tablet reused.

Would you like to draw a stack of colorful school books? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing. What type of book is your favorite?

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Scroll, Violin, and School Bus.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ School Books

How to Draw School Books

1. Begin by drawing an irregular, four-sided figure using four straight lines. This will form the top of the first book. Note how the sides converge slightly as they move away from the viewer. This is known as perspective, and the convergent lines are known as orthogonal lines.

2. Draw a short, curved line descending from each corner of the book cover. This outlines the top and bottom of the book’s spine, as well as the corners of the pages. Then, connect these lines using two straight lines.

3. Draw a second book resting atop the first. Draw a diamond to form the cover, with short, curved lines descending from each corner. Then, connect these lines using long, straight lines, completing the outline of the book.

4. Erase the guide lines from within the second book.

5. Draw a third book resting atop the first two. Begin by drawing an irregular diamond shape to form the book’s cover. Then, draw a short, curved line descending from each corner. Connect these lines using long, straight lines, fully outlining the book.

6. Erase the guide lines from within the uppermost book.

7. Draw a fourth and final book, a small one, resting atop the others. Draw a narrow, irregular diamond shape to form the book’s cover. Then, draw short, curved lines descending from each corner. Connect these lines using long curved lines.

8. Erase any guide lines from within the fourth book.

9. Detail your books by drawing many straight lines traveling from the spine and page corners towards the center of the pages. Then, label your books with academic subjects such as “MATH,” “HISTORY,” “SCIENCE,” and “LITERATURE.”

Color your school books. Today, many books are given soft paperback covers or are printed with pictures. Not long ago, however, most schoolbooks had hardcovers in solid colors. Picture books, novels, school books – the choice is up to you.

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