From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7–This first-class introduction to essential drawing techniques builds from the starting points of lines and simple shapes. Typically, books for this audience present step-by-step directions for rendering specific objects, animals, or people; with Temple's work, children can use the skills taught here to go beyond the examples and draw their own unique illustrations. The author limits the scope of the book to drawing with pencils. Eight concise chapters explore seeing with artist's eyes, line drawing, light and shadow, proportion and scale, perspective, drawing faces, drawing bodies, and using imagination. The succinct text reads smoothly and is written in a clear, understandable style. Sample sketches and crisp, color photographs extend the text and often serve as the basis for many purposeful exercises. These illustrations are precisely placed with the appropriate corresponding text and are enhanced by supplementary details that have been highlighted with sweeps of color. Librarians looking for materials that focus more on the process of drawing than on the product will find this refreshing selection to be a useful resource for budding artists.–Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH
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Gr. 5-8. This entry in the Art for Kids series offers an excellent introduction to the tools and techniques of drawing. Professional artist Temple's clear, encouraging text starts with the reminders that drawing begins with careful observation and that children, as well as adults, can be serious artists. The first chapter covers basic drawing materials, advice for observing details and shapes, and information on the differences of seeing with the right and left sides of the brain--a rare topic in an art guide for young people. Subsequent chapters discuss line, light, shadow, proportion, perspective, and human bodies and faces. Temple's accomplished drawings appear on nearly every cleanly designed page, and each section includes numerous exercises for practicing the accessible, well-presented techniques. She concludes with a chapter that encourages young artists to apply their new skills to wildly imagined scenes of their own. Comprehensive and written in clear language that never condescends to its young audience, this thoughtful guide contains plenty of information that will also be useful to older students (and adults) able to overlook the cover image of a middle-grade boy. Gillian EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved