How to Draw a Book and Label Its Parts

There are few feelings better than getting lost in a good book, and so it makes sense that this should be celebrated through art. In just a few short steps, we will learn how to draw our own book, and label the parts – let’s get started!


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Step-By-Step Images and Instructions

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Grab a black fineliner pen and a ruler, and draw two vertical, parallel lines in the left of your page.


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Now, create a parallelogram with two angled lines at the top and bottom, and connect these on the right with a vertical line.


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Add another line just to the right of the edge…


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Add another line to the bottom, adding a small mark to the bottom right-hand corner.


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Now, add two parallel lines in a “corner”…


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Add two short, angled parallel lines heading towards the top right-hand corner of the page. Take these to the right, and then up.


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Add a line to the top of the original shape…


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And then add a curve to the top right corner, as well as the bottom right corner.


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Connect the curved lines with straight lines on either side and add a diagonal line to the left.


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Add a line to the right of this new shape.


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Now, bring two curved lines across on the right to form the top of the spine of the book.


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Add a line to the top right, and take this across to the spine, adding a curve at the end.


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Now, add another straight line to the left – the back cover of the book…


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And then take another line across the top.


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Add small marks inside the spine for the binding.


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Use a brown pen to shade the cover…


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And then use a black fineliner pen and the ruler to add a series of lines to the book.


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Finally, use a black pen to add labels to the book. From the bottom right corner: Corner, Tail, Front cover, Spine, Head band, Headcap, Case cloth, Fore edge, Book block.


And there we have it – why not take a little time to learn more about bookbinding? This is a truly fascinating subject with plenty to learn.

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