How to Draw a Book

Learn to draw a closed book.


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Learn how to draw with the drawing lessons in this Howcast video series.

You Will Need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Ruler (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Draw a rectangle

    Draw a rectangle with one corner pointing toward the lower edge of your paper.

  2. Use a ruler if you have difficulty drawing straight lines.

  3. Step 2

    Add corners

    Draw slightly curved backward Cs from the rectangle’s three points closest to the page bottom. These will determine the width of your book.

  4. Step 3

    Add binding and pages

    Draw straight lines parallel to the lower two edges of your rectangle, connecting the C curves. Create pages by drawing multiple straight lines inside the small lower left rectangle you just created.

  5. Adding a bookmark or pair of glasses to the drawing will give life to your picture.

  6. Step 4

    Add details

    Create small triangles at the upper points of the book by drawing short diagonal lines across the book cover. Draw a line parallel to the top line of the binding about the width of the binding and shade the spaces you created.

  7. Step 5

    Add more details

    Add design and a title to the binding for flair, because you never know who might judge this book by its cover.

  8. Did you know? The Gutenberg Bible, printed in 1454, was the first book printed on a movable type printing press.