When I was eight, everyone I knew was impressed that I could draw a horse. When someone came to our school and showed us how to draw a mouse out of half a circle and a few lines I thought “I don’t need anyone to tell me how to draw a mouse.”
Recently, I read an article on Uppercase magazine about an illustrator called Ed Emberley, who had created an influential series of books about drawing for kids. Then I realized that those drawings look very familiar… Now I appreciate the opportunity I had to be present in his lecture all those years ago. In hindsight, I think his style did influence me significantly.
Below is a collection of instructional drawing books for kids found on archive.org:
“What to Draw and How to Draw It”, from 1913, is by author E.G. Lutz (who also wrote a book about animation that influenced the young Walt Disney):
“Drawing Made Easy” by the same author, published in 1921:
“The Public School Drawing Course”, published in 1892:
“Amusement for Little Children; Drawing and Tracing Book”, published in 1898: