3 Books That Will Bring Out Your Inner Artist

Even if you can't tell a pencil from a pastel, these books will coax your artwork onto the page.

642 Things to Draw

304 pages; Chronicle Books
Bored with doodling the same old puppy dogs and smiley faces? This sturdy journal pairs blank pages with inventive, sometimes off-the-wall drawing prompts that can appeal to the eager beginner (draw a skateboard, a hammock), the more experienced sketcher (a three-toed sloth, a robot), and the whimsical visionary (a Beatles song, the sound of girlish laughter).