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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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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am 65 years old so I am holding onto this for one of my sisters grandchildren.Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
Wish I could tell you, wife is still doodling. His puppets were great.Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
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. Read morePublished 19 months ago by glatsyrc
This book is very cool. It has two chapters. The first part shows Jim's personal sketches and drawings. The second part has activies and "scribbles". Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kyrra