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Draw 50 People: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Cavemen, Queens, Aztecs, Vikings, Clowns, Minutemen, and Many More... Paperback – August 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Draw 50
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; 1st Main Street Books Ed edition (August 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780385411943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385411943
  • ASIN: 0385411944
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.2 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,366,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lee Judah Ames (January 8, 1921 – June 3, 2011 ) was an American artist noted for his Draw 50... learn-to-draw books. He was born in Manhattan, New York. His first job at age eighteen was at Walt Disney Studios. He has since led a career as an advertising artist, fine artist, cartoonist, designer, animation in-betweener, illustrator, and as an artist-in residence at Doubleday. His series of 26 Draw 50... books take a friendly and minimalist approach to teaching drawing while the books often contain no instructional text. He enlisted in the military and served as a second lieutenant during World War II. He and his wife Jocelyn resided in Mission Viejo, California.

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Writers, critics, and artists have for aeons tried to describe and explain drawing. They have written: "He's a great draughtsman"; He draws with calligraphic verve";"...a linear delight with a personal, exciting line." Etcetera, etcetera. 
What do they mean? 
Picasso, Ingres, and Mary Cassatt were great draughtspersons, but were all very different. John Singer Sargent's delightful calligraphic brush strokes were exciting. Picasso's line was honest. The art of drawing has been analyzed dissected, and even "Freudianized" through the ages by expert and dilettante critics. So let's get personal and get to the basics: What is a drawing?

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christina E. Butler on January 11, 2007
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I bought this for my 8 year old son for Christmas. He ablsolutely LOVES the animal and bug books in Ames collection. However, this book is a bit more complicated in the drawings as far as shading and finishing touches that didn't seem to translate well in this format.

I think he may pick up something about drawing the human form through this, but right now its to complicated for him. Maybe in a few years he'll pick it up again and try some of these.

Not a bad book just not my favorite in the series. I think this might be more useful to someone older who wants to create thier own clip art like drawings maybe.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
My compliments to Lee Ames and Creig Flessel for producing this "DRAW 50 PEOPLE" book. The step-by-step application to Mr. Flessel's wonderful drawings are an inspiration to the future artists in this world. Anyone wishing to improve their artistic skills (beginner or accomplished) would do well by following the examples in this book,(as well as the rest of the draw 50 series). I always say "There's nothing like learning from the BEST"!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Russ Morisi on December 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
Draw 50 People is a great book. The book, like others in the series, has the would-be artist drawing right away. The drawings/directions are clear, well done and easy to follow, with excellent results. It's great for kids and I even took a couple of ideas myself. I highly reccomend this book. Creig Flessel and Lee Ames did beautiful work in this book. Two thumbs up!
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
I thought this book would be a little creative. I was wrong. The book is weak for a couple of reasons: first, instead of teaching how to draw specific elements that make these characters it shows how to draw individual entries. So if your child wants to learn how to draw a viking, (s)he will only see one perspective and nothing more. No technique on how to draw the helmet, the garb etc.. Second, the book doesn't follow basic techniques to learn how to draw. In my opinion this book should be for 5 year olds in the house that are tired of coloring books. Buy a Jack Hamm book if you want to learn how to draw!
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