Learn how to draw - graphite & charcoal technique book



Drawing Technique Book
Learn How to Draw in Charcoal & Graphite Pencil

This is the only place you can order a 
copy of my pencil drawing technique book.
To add my recommended pencil kit or other suggested supplies to your book order,
click the link below to learn about the options.

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To have your book signed by the author with a personalized dedication to someone, simply type their name in the special instructions box on the checkout portion of the order form.

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Gallery of New Work

Written and illustrated by J. D Hillberry, published and distributed world-wide by North Light books, this technique book has sold over 75,000 copies to date. The English version is found in over 480 public and university libraries around the world including libraries in South Africa, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan. It was also recently translated into Chinese and Korean languages.  A recent Google search for “Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil” lists over 800 sites that are either reviews or links to retail outlets carrying the book.  

The only way to receive a personally signed copy is to order it from this site or one of my art shows.  This 128-page book contains 150 color illustrations that demonstrate my techniques for creating realistic drawings.  The step-by-step lessons show how to render the look of metal, wood, fur, hair, leather and many other realistic textures.  It is geared to artists who have some basic drawing skills that want to take their drawings to a higher level of realism, but even beginners will find it helpful.  
Chapters include:

Gallery of Western Themes


Gallery of Family Themes


Tips and Techniques for Pencil Artists


Still Life Gallery
Drawing Realistic Objects

Tromp L'oeil Gallery
Putting it all Together


This drawing was done by Eric S. after he purchased my book. Everything here is drawn, including the frame and the little dedication he made to me. Thanks so much, Eric. I'm flattered for the dedication and so happy that my techniques have helped you create such beautiful artwork.


A few Testimonials:

Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil is a wonderful gift, thank you so much for the knowledge. This is my most favorite book, I refer to it often. I know I'll be a better artist because of it. Your talents, techniques and willingness to share are inspiring on several levels. Thank you :) 
A. J. Turner

I am a beginner drawer and find that this book is a must-have. I think that everyone, beginners and pros alike, will learn something valuable from Hillberry's book. He's a master artist and I am thrilled to be able to find out his "secret" techniques of which combination of paper, pencil, eraser and blending tool is used to create each texture.

Get this book and you won't be disappointed.

This book was an incredible find. I've poured over the pages 4 or 5 times in just a month. It is filled with step-by-step techniques and- unlike many books of this type- offers REAL content to the reader. The book explains JD Hillberry's amazing realism techniques. It explains his use of graphite and charcoal to render values and depth in his drawings. Included are suggeste dlists of materials, a TON of photographs and lots of instruction for the beginner or pro alike. An EXCELLENT resource. Worth every penny.
M. Lee

Of all the many "how to" art books I own, this is the one book I would grab if my house was on fire. The explanations as well as the illustrations make it delightful to recreate a 3 dimensional setting with all its textures and depth. And it's possible with simple, basic drawing implements. It inspires me.

I have purchased many books that I had hoped would help better my skills as an artist. I found this book to be the best that I have ever purchased. The amount of detail that the author-artist demonstrates was an excellent fit for me. I have a passion for detail in my work and few published works have been able to satisfy my need to improve that aspect of my avocation. J. D. Hillberry is a true artist/craftsman and works magic with the pencil.

I highly recommend this book for beginners to the advanced artist. It should be on every bookshelf of every artist, established or newcomer. Brilliant!
A. P.


Add the recommended supplies to your book order

Recently, I collaborated with General's Pencil Company to produced 2 special drawing kits.
Having the right pencils to go along with my book is essential to your success with my techniques. 

To add a pencil kit to your book order select the link below to learn about the options.




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To have your book signed by the author with a personalized dedication to someone, simply type their name in the special instructions box on the checkout portion of the order form.

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Galleries:   Western  •  Family Themes  •  Still Life  •  Trompe L'oeil  •  New Work  •  Contact Me

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