22 Books for Teaching Yourself how to Draw and Illustrate

Designers have a lot to juggle when it comes to new projects. Working as a designer can be tough but rewarding. Building the proper skills to complete any task will make your workload a lot easier. Understanding how to draw can extend into practically any field of design.

This gallery includes 22 amazing books you can purchase to learn about drawing. This is a powerful skill to help with most of the planning stage. Some people wish to learn drawing from life, while others may wish to draw ideas from imagination. Either way these books provide an excellent starting point for those curious to learn illustration.

 And remember that learning to draw is 15% study, 85% practice!

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Portuguese Desserts

Pastel de Nata (Custard Tarts)


Pastel de nata is the most popular and well known Portuguese dessert. It’s essentially an egg custard tart in filo dough that is best served warm, fresh out of the oven. For those of you in the gym or trying to lose the gut, but have a sweet tooth and willing to splurge a little on the self, this would be it. Just throughing it out there!

Believed to have been created some time prior to the eighteenth century by the Catholic monks at the Jeronimos Monastery, convents and monasteries around Portugal produced the egg tart pastry and many other confectionaries from the yolk leftovers used in the starching of clothes and clearing of wines. However with the expulsion of the religious orders and the closing of convents and monasteries in the aftermath of the 1820 Liberal Revolution, a bakery in the Santa Maria de Belem parish, just around the corner from the very same monastery believed responsible for its creation, was contracted by the former clerics to produce the patented egg tarts and continue their to production, and is the reason they are known as Pasteis de Belem in Lisbon.

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Davide Malta’s New Website In The Works

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It’s been a while sense I have posted anything. I’ve been working a lot on projects and freelance work only to have life give me and my family a hole new situation. So right now I’m in Portugal. I’ve been working and traveling trying to do what I can. There are a lot of updates that have to be added to this blog and my site but all in good time. My professional and personal work keeps me busy, trying my best to get everything done on my own, more or less.

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