How to Draw a Book (opened and closed)

Let’s learn how to draw a book! In this article, we will go through the whole process of drawing a book, step-by-step.

We will start this tutorial with a single opened book (lying on a table). After that we will move on to multiple closed books in a stack.

So, grab your pencil and an eraser and let’s get started!

Drawing an opened book

Starting with a vertical line

The first step in drawing an opened book is to make a straight line as a reference.

Using a vertical line

Adding two more lines

After that, add another one to the left and right. We will use these lines as a reference to draw the basic shape.

Adding more lines

Drawing the basic shape of the book

To start drawing the basic shape of the book, connect each straight line with a curved line. Once completed, you’ll have the form of an open book drawing.

Drawing the basic shape of the book

Add thickness to the book

The basic shape is now visible, and we are stepping into the thickening stage where we will try to make the book drawing look thick. Otherwise, it will just look like a piece of paper.

Adding some thickness

Detailing the outline

Next, we will add some details to the outline. The contents of the book consist of several pages, so we will draw thin lines at the edges to show that its a stack of multiple papers.

Detailing the pages

Drawing the cover

In addition to content, books also have covers (for sure). In the following step, we will draw straight lines from the left side to the right side and add a curved line at the bottom of the book. Finally, the book will look way more complete, doesn’t it?

Another outline for the book

Shading the cover

To differentiate between the content and the cover of the book, add a little bit of shading to the cover. The new contrast helps a lot!

Fill the new area

Even more shading

In the next step, we will add tone values and shading to the surfaces of the book. This makes our book look even more realistic. The shadow also helps to make the drawing look like a book on a table.

Adding shadows

Final touches

Finally, we will add a bookmark as an alternative way to beautify the drawing of the opened book. Looks like it’s time to read, now.

Some final details for the book

This was the first part of the drawing tutorial. Now let’s move on to the stack of books.

Drawing a stack of books

Starting with a simple rectangle

We will start by drawing a rectangle-like shape using four straight lines. It will be the top of the first book.

Notice how the sides come together slightly as they move away from the viewer. It is known as perspective, and converging lines are orthogonal lines.

Using a simple rectangle-like shape

Cloning the basic shape

Next, we need to redraw the rectangle we drew earlier. It’s just like a cloned version of the basic shape moved upwards.

Cloning the base shape

Connecting the corners

Add some curved lines in each corner of the rectangle so we can see the shape of the book faintly.

Connecting the corners

Deleting unnecessary lines

You only need to remove some unnecessary lines. After that, we will get the basic shape of the first book. A good start but I want to add some more books!

Erasing some lines

Adding another rectangle

To create multiple piles of books, we repeat the same process for each book.

Starting by drawing a rectangle, adding another rectangle above it, connecting each corner with curved lines, and removing the guidelines from inside.

We continue this method until we get four neatly arranged book drawings. So let’s start our second book.

Add another rectangle

Cloning and connecting the lines

Like before, just draw a copy of the first shape. The distance to the first shapes defines the height of the book.

Remember to connect the corners with some curved lines.


Deleting lines

Now delete the inner lines of the second book. Quite good, isn’t it?

Erasing again

Adding a smaller book

Make the third book look different by drawing another rectangle with a slight rotation. This book is a little smaller than the others.

A smaller rectangle

Cloning lines

You know what is coming next: Repeat the basic shape and connect the corners.

Connecting the lines of the smaller book

Erasing unnecessary lines again

And again, erase the superfluous lines. Our stack of books is slowly starting to take shape!

Deleting lines

Drawing the last book

The next step is to draw another rectangle with a different rotation. It will also be a smaller one. The reason for this is that we will be drawing a book that is slightly thicker than the others.

The purpose of making it thicker is to showcase the diversity of books.

A final rectangle

Make the book look thick

Again, add the same rectangle above. Connect each corner with a curved line to form the book’s volume. The fourth book appears way thicker than the others.

Cloning and connecting lines

Deleting lines again

After that, remove the guidelines from the inside. With that, the fourth drawing of a book is finished.

Deleting lines

Looks easy and fun, right? But we’re not done here yet. There are still a few more steps to finish the full stack of books.

Adding details

Alright, we have four book drawings, but we need to add details to enhance their appearance. We’ll start by thickening the outlines, and then we’ll add thin lines to show both the cover and body of the book. This will give the books more depth and detail.

Adding details to the papers

The outline has been thickened and some light lines have been added to the body of the book, resulting in a noticeable difference between the cover and body.

Making the books look interesting

Let’s add some more details to make our books look interesting. To do this, draw some details on the spine of the books.

Some more details

Applying tonal values and shading

We will move on to the final step, which is adding tonal values to the books. This process is very important because it makes our drawing look much more realistic.


Now you have a stack of books! Continue to create your own version by changing the number and type of books.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Feel free to write in the comments how well your book drawing turned out. Have fun being creative.

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