I can draw


An original and playful introduction to drawing that will inspire courage and creativity


ISBN: 9780500652428 Category:



There’s no doubt about it: whether you’re a newbie or a dab hand, drawing can often be daunting. That’s why cartoons are the best place to start! From the co-creator of the best-selling Hirameki: Draw What You See comes a stylish yet playful approach to drawing cartoons, designed to excite even the most tentative artists. Over several decades teaching in schools and art colleges, Austrian cartoonist Peng has developed expert knowledge of the building blocks of drawing and sketching. As he shows, creativity can come from anywhere. Entire sketches can spring up from the simplest lines or curves. Even found objects can spark brilliance – who knows, maybe a stone or leaf could provide the next flash of inspiration!

Peng’s easy-to-follow guide inspires confidence and creativity by showing how even complete novices can quickly learn how to draw characters and develop their own individual style. Starting with the basics of figure construction and moving through to expression, movement and animals, the artist conjures up delightful cartoons with wicked humour and a lightness of touch. Simple tips and exercises reveal how anyone and everyone can master the art of drawing, encouraging the reader to experiment with a variety of techniques executed through brush, pencil and pen. Don’t be afraid of drawing, concludes Peng, in this enjoyable and addictive starter book – you make the rules.

With 200 illustrations in colour

Additional information

Weight 828 g
Dimensions 22.9 x 26.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 April 2021
Number of pages 160
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 22.9 x 26.5 cm
Weight 828 g


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Peng is an Austrian cartoonist and illustrator who, with the artist Hu, co-authored the Hirameki: Draw What You See series, published by Thames & Hudson. He has taught art in schools and at the Art University in Linz, Austria, and in 2003 was the winner of the 'Deutscher Karikaturenpreis' - the most important illustration award in the German-speaking area.