You Can Draw in 30 Days by Mark Kistler

You Can Draw in 30 Days by Mark Kistler

Product Review

draw in 30 days

Mark Kistler


PRODUCT: You Can Draw in 30 Days: The Fun, Easy Way to Learn to Draw in One Month or Less
Mark Kistler
Publishers: The Perseus Group, Da Capo Press Inc
Price: $8.26-$14.90 (paperback)
Available At:  Amazon
Available as E-Book: Nook, Kindle, Google Books
Number of Pages: 256
My Rating: 10 out of 10 (for beginners)



This was the first “how to” drawing book that I used. As you can see in the picture, it has seen a lot of use. I loved it! The only art class I ever took was a basic art class in college. That was MANY years ago. I bought this book about 3 years ago when I decided to give myself a treat. I wanted to learn to draw. I flipped through the pages at the book store and I was so excited about how simple Mr. Kistler made drawing seem. It was not a “wordy” book. It was written in a very easy manner with step by step, easy to follow examples, perfect for me as a beginner.

General Overview – You Can Draw in 30 Days:  

I learned to draw spheres and turn them into 3-D

Mark Kistler teaches drawing to children through his books and his TV show. This book is written for the beginner, but not necessarily just for children. It  is set up with individual lessons aimed at one lesson per day for 30 days with each lesson taking 20 minutes to finish. Each lesson builds on the one before, slowly introducing new basic concepts of shading, perspective, and the Nine Laws of drawing.

This book does not teach how to use different drawing tools or paper.



Who Would Use This Book:


draw pipes

I learned to make pipes that changed size and direction

It is great for children and adults. Mr. Kistler makes it fun with creative cartoon illustrations. There is no “right or wrong” finished product. Each drawing is unique, not duplicating a real life photo or object.



draw CDs

Using Mr. Kistlers lessons, I drew a stack of CDs in our living room

It is deceptively simple, but don’t let the simplistic style fool you into thinking it’s only for children. Adult beginners can learn good solid principles to use as they continue to higher levels.





My Experience With This Book:


I had fun creating these boxes with a little "surprise" popping out.

I had fun creating these boxes with a little “surprise” popping out.

I loved it because it IS fun and easy. I was drawing cool, realistic drawings on the first day! I have to admit, it took me more than 30 days to get through this book. Mainly because I did not consistently spend time on a different lesson every day.  I practiced some of the concepts longer. I really appreciated his attitude of ” just grab a pencil, a piece of paper and draw”!


He also includes examples in this book from his students who have used the lesson to create their own cartoon world. I was in awe of their talent AND their uninhibited creativity! Mr. Kistler provided some of the complimentary lessons on his website to go along with some of the lessons. They were not a MUST, but I did watch them and found them very helpful.

His book prepared me for some of the more advanced books that used the more technical language and refined skills.


My Final Opinion: 

A must for beginners and self-taught artists. Teaches basic concepts. Makes drawing fun and simple. I highly recommend that you give this book a try, enjoy drawing, and then leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you. You can purchase “You Can Draw in 30 Daysby Mark Kistler by going back to the top if this page and clicking on the picture of the book, or by clicking here: You Can Draw in 30 Days


Blessings to all! – Tina

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  1. Robert

    Hi! Robert here:
    Well Tina all I can say is I could feel your compassion bubbling over, this is the perfect niche for you. Don’t change a thing just add mor content, maybe finding other books that help people draw different conceps (ie: objects, horses, people, building, preceptives, ect., ect). Keep up the gool work and I hope I helped, God bless, see ya in Vegas.

    1. Tina DeYoung (Post author)

      Thank you Robert! Your comment meant a lot to me. I will keep it going.


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