From the bliss of bibliosmia – that’s the smell of old books – to the thrill of meeting a new character, a bookshelf packed full of books is, without a doubt, one of the best sights in the world. To help you live the dream, let’s learn how to draw your very own shelf packed with must-read novels!
Step-By-Step Images and Instructions
Use a brown pencil and a ruler to draw two straight, parallel lines across the top of your page.
Grab a brown pencil and a ruler, and connect the ends of the lines together, extending the side lines down slightly. Add slight shading to the main shape.
Now, add another rectangle immediately below this with the ruler…
And extend the lines down vertically with the ruler, stopping just above the bottom of the page.
Connect the lines at the bottom and add another parallel line immediately below this one.
Join the ends of the bottom lines…
And add two small circles right at the bottom of the page.
Use diagonal lines to connect the tops of the circles to the bottom of the bookshelf.
Use the brown to fill in half of the shape you just drew…
Draw two more vertical lines inside the main shape with the ruler and brown pencil, and two horizontal lines at the top and the bottom, creating squares in each corner.
Fill in the shapes to create a solid outline.
Use three straight horizontal lines to bisect the empty space and create the shelves.
Add an oval shape to the top section of the bookshelf and fill in the rest of the section with the brown.
Add another oval to the bottom section and add shading to the area outside this.
Use an orange pencil to add another, smaller oval inside those you have already created, and fill in the space with the orange.
Repeat this with the yellow pencil, this time filling in the ovals themselves.
Now for some books! Use the red pen and the ruler to add two sets of parallel lines to the top and second shelf.
Use the red pen to use a curved line to connect the tops of each set of lines.
Use a cyan pen and a ruler to add three shapes, identical to the red ones.
Grab a purple pen and replicate the shape, this time filling in most of the shape, saving a slight sliver at the top.
With an orange pen, add another book to the top shelf…
Create smaller books on the bottom and second shelves with a blue pen…
And add angled books with an orange pen.
Use the orange pencil to add shading to the unfilled books…
Before using a black pen and a ruler to add two straight lines inside the main structure.
Use the black pen to fill in the space at the sides…
And fill in the rest of the space with an orange pencil.
Finally, use a brown pencil to add tones and textures to the back of the bookshelves to complete your look.
Have you ever seen a more inviting sight? Now the real challenge is to pick just one of the amazing books available on the planet and curling up to lose yourself in a totally different world.
There is no denying it; few things come close to losing yourself in a good book, when you are cuddled up against the elements, warm and cozy, by losing yourself in an imaginary world. From when we are young, many of us enjoy the comfort of a good story, starting with bedtime stories as children, required reading at school, and going on to develop our own tastes and preferences in the world of books.
For the lucky ones, a love of reading lasts a lifetime – and there are plenty to choose from, with over 129 million books currently in existence. It is worth noting that this figure technically comes from 2010, and so we can only imagine how it has increased over the last decade – there is no excuse to say that you can’t find anything to read!
The rise of the internet also means that books are far more readily available and accessible they have ever been in our history, and this is extra good news when the cost of living is rising.
The price of books is also increasing – some more so than others. The most expensive book on record sold for an eye-watering $30.8 million dollars, when Bill Gates purchased a copy of “Codex Leicester”, by artist Leonardo Da Vinci.
While it is highly unlikely that you will ever encounter this kind of price tag in your local used bookstore, the rise of ebooks is a good thing for increasing the number of readers on the planet – not to mention being a more eco-friendly option!