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Doodling with Jim Henson: More than 50 fun & fanciful artistic exercises to inspire the doodler in you! Paperback – October 1, 2011

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Jim Henson, an extraordinary artist and visionary, invented unique worlds and characters that remain just as vivid, original and fresh today as when they were created. A television pioneer, an innovator in puppetry, technology and visual arts, and a performer who literally brought to life some of the most memorable characters ever--including the world's most famous frog, Kermit™ --Jim Henson's impact on entertainment, education and culture continues to this day more than 20 years after his death.www.henson.com

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600582443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600582448
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.6 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brenda S on March 14, 2012
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I purchased this as a gift for a friend who enjoys drawing and has basic skills as a stress reliever. She LOVES this and has drawn something every evening. The book has easy to follow exercises to allow her to clear her mind and relax. Great book if you are looking for some creative relaxtion.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CG on December 31, 2012
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I received this book as a gift as I love all things Jim Henson. The book contains a simple biography of Jim Henson at the beginning, but the majority of the book is the sketching exercises. This book is more of a journal that encourages you to express your emotions through doodles. I don't know if I will be able to bring myself to draw in the actual book as I a)don't want to mess it up and b)would want to be able to share it with others, which I would not do with such personal information it would contain. I will probably take the prompts and doodle through them in another book. All in all this book is well put together, touching for fans of Jim Henson, and an inspiration to look inside yourself and doodle through your feelings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JustAWombat on June 16, 2012
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Audience: Broadly adult (9-95); not a child-oriented book, but no 'mature' elements. (Quite a few immature ones, however.)

Doodling with Jim Henson is a two-for-one book: Book 1 is an extensive collection of sketches and doodles by Jim Henson (many of which are not readily available elsewhere). Book 2 is an appealing and non-intimidating idea book for doodlers of any background and skill level (including 'none at all' - if you can hold a pencil/pen/crayon, this book is for you). Either book alone would deserve a five-star rating. Combined, it's one of those books you want to buy in bulk and start handing out randomly to schools and libraries and strangers on the street.

Jim Henson is so closely associated with puppetry that his graphic design work is frequently downplayed or even overlooked entirely in all but a few biographies/retrospectives.* Which is shame - Kermit was still a green overcoat when Jim began drawing cartoons, posters, and programs in high school, including regular strips and paid work. Even after taking up puppetry as a primary focus, Jim kept sketching - story-boarding skits and commercials, developing new Muppet characters, and creating animations for film/TV (notably several pieces for Sesame Street).

Jim's drawings are expressive, imaginative, and occasionally intricate. The proposals he drew in the 1960s & 1970s for TV specials and series look like counter-culture illuminated texts: odd faces peering out of mazes of lines and squiggles, filling any available space. At the same time, there's a simplicity about them that makes 'doodles' the right term - the kind of thing that shows up in the margins of meeting or lecture notes, not art school portfolios. It's approachable art; anyone can do it, and nearly everyone has.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on January 7, 2012
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Take time out in your day to imagine, dream, and just smile. This book is fantastic. I ordered five copies of it, one to keep and the rest as gifts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brenda on December 6, 2012
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This is a creative and fun alternative to traditional journaling. I am very creative and found this delightful. At first glance it may appear to be just for children...but it's not....especially if you like getting in touch with your inner artistic, creative, self!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on June 1, 2013
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This is a fun book for kids and adults alike. Even if you don't know who Henson is. The exercises are fun and the doodles are charming.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. O. David on December 6, 2011
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This book is based on Jim Henson's habit of filling blank paper with doodles.

The exercises are a good starting point in how to doodle and the drawing that they use as examples are visual interesting.

It was a lot of fun to read through and to doodle in.
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By glatsyrc on October 9, 2014
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Fantastic book for the kiddos to express their imaginations. VERY well done. Love the blank pages to doodle as well as the cartoons kiddies can learn to draw. My 8 year old nephew loved it!!
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