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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Ntb edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811876446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811876445
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This books is just downright fun.
Ruby Red Slippers
If you really want to get good at drawing, you have to practice drawing everything.
Natalie
This is a book of IDEAS of things to draw and spaces in which to do so.
Ally B.

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151 of 152 people found the following review helpful By Ally B. on June 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
The bad reviews on this book are really unfair. They are basically the equivalent of saying:
"I thought I was buying an orange.
I was actually buying an apple.
And, dang it!, it doesn't taste anything like an orange!!"

If you pay attention to what you are buying and even go so far as to take advantage of the handy-dandy "look inside" feature on this site, then you won't be disappointed in what you get.

This is a book of IDEAS of things to draw and spaces in which to do so. It's a fantastic way to engage the imagination and make an artist in a rut think outside the box. Many, MANY artists get into the habit of drawing the same subjects over and over again. A book with 642 suggestions of (often) off-the-wall ideas will force such people to go in a different direction.

I understand that some people are looking for a "how to" book, but what better way to learn to draw than to simply sit down and do it? Having someone set up a step-by-step example of how to draw a particular object is all good and well if you want to draw exactly like somebody else. But developing your own style of art requires you to look at things with your own eye and figure them out yourself. If you want to encourage your young budding artist to draw, please don't shy away from this book. It will be exactly what they need!

As for the actually physical construction: The book is, itself, really nice. The cover is sturdy. (I'm not sure what they call the material... It's not actually paper, but it's not a hardback, either.) The paper is nice, very smooth, and stands up well to different mediums. So far we have used ink and a variety of markers and have not had any problems with the colors bleeding through the paper.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful By M. Flaig on August 9, 2011
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This book really threw me off when I first opened it.

I knew from the "Look Inside" feature that the book consisted of just what it says: "642 Things to Draw." The pages consist of a drawing prompt(s), with a space underneath the prompt where you draw the item. The pages vary as to the number of prompts and spaces -- some pages are divided vertically with a prompt for each column. Some are divided into four squares with a prompt for each square, some into three horizontal rows, etc.

The prompts are small and understated, and include such things as "a giraffe", "a saint", "first love", "a rollercoaster", "a real estate agent", "cat whiskers."

When I opened the book I immediately looked for an introduction. Even just a paragraph or two addressed to the reader, explaining how to use the book (I know it's obvious, but I'm a stickler for instructions). Or, if not explaining how to use the book, at least providing some sample drawings. Or even a simple: "dive in and have fun -- there are no rules." Just ... something!

But there was nothing. I thought I was missing it! I looked in the front, carefully separating the opening pages in case they were sticking together. Nothing. The book starts with its first prompt: "a rolling pin." I wanted to know if I should find a rolling pin and draw it by looking at it, or draw a rolling pin from my head, or find a picture of a rolling pin and draw from the picture. I wanted to know things like, why 642? Why is the book set up as it is? etc.

I even looked in the back, thinking I'd find SOME kind of message there. Still nothing.

This was really bothering me ... until it dawned on me: The author is making a point to keep this book simple simple simple -- there isn't even an author's name on the cover.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By lhillebr on December 6, 2010
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Even though there is not much to this book, there are plenty of fun and interesting things to do with it. I use it as a table piece and every time a guest comes over they have to open to a random page and draw whatever it says. Also its a good ice breaker for an art class were the first five minutes are dedicated to drawing a different thing. It is also a nice time filler when riding the subway or bus or on long trips to keep you occupied!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Ma on June 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
I just got this book at my local Kinokuniya bookstore yesterday. I flipped through it and realized this is exactly what I need at this moment in time: a sketch journal to help me broaden my "visual dictionary". There are a lot of prompts/ideas/objects/concepts in here that I never would have thought to draw randomly--I mainly draw people as my preferred choice of subject--so this is perfect for me since I want to be able to know how to draw all kinds of different objects on the fly, without having to think too long or hard about it. Making myself go through a couple of pages in this book a day, researching what I can while I have free time, will definitely help me "see" all of these everyday and non-everyday things better, by having to actually transfer everything down onto paper. I'm going to think of this sketch journal as a way for me to teach myself "how to" draw all of these things, which is much better in my opinion than having a book that tells you explicitly how to draw them (only practice and a constant drive to be better can really teach you "how to" draw anything anyway).

The paper quality is decent, not heavy Moleskine quality but not thin either. It's smooth and feels good to the touch. I drew on a random page with a Copic multiliner pen to test it out just now, and there's no bleeding, nor can I see any marks on the other side, which is great because I'm going to go through this entire thing with pen and ink!
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