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Product Details

  • Series: Lab Series
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592536131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592536139
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 3.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Review, “Running with Scissors” by Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, www.craftgossip.com, July 7, 2010

Reclaim your inner artist

If I ever meet Carla Sonheim, I will probably not be able to suppress the urge to hug her for writing “Drawing Lab For Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun”. Loaded with a year’s worth of inspirational prompts, this book is for all of us creative types who stopped drawing right around the third grade because we decided we weren’t talented enough to stick with it. From doodle sketches to paper dolls, this book will renew your confidence and make you want a new sketch book and box of Crayolas.

Book review, Cecil Whig, “5 Things to Do This Week”, Elton, Maryland, July 26, 2010

 

“This book might be just what you are looking for when escaping this summer’s inexorable heat. The projects and techniques are designed to help adults recover a more spontaneous, playful approach to creating. Find a ton of projects, ideas and techniques that will increase confidence and improve skills.”

 

 

About the Author

Carla Sonheim is an illustrator and creativity workshop instructor known for her fun and innovative projects and techniques designed to help adult students recover a more child-like play approach to creating. One student recently said, "[Being in your workshop] is like being a kid again, but we get to do it as an adult." Carla is the author of three books: "The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone" (Perigee Books), "Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop" (Quarry) and "Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists" (Quarry), which has sold over 40,000 copies. She currently resides in Seattle, WA where she holds numerous online workshops. Visit her online at carlasonheim.com and carlasonheim.wordpress.com.

More About the Author

Carla Sonheim is an illustrator and drawing instructor known for her fun and innovative projects and techniques designed to help adult students recover a more childlike, playful approach to creating.

She holds online drawing and painting art classes and is the author of three books. She currently resides in Seattle, WA.

Visit her website at www.carlasonheim.com and her blog at www.carlasonheim.wordpress.com.

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I highly recommend it for artists and art teachers.
Elizabethh Oh
Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun (Lab Series)gave me at least two weeks of pure drawing fun!
Deborah L. Steinmetz
Carla Sonheim has written a book that makes drawing fun again.
Mardie Rhodes

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115 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Marme on June 25, 2010
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I've never considered myself an "artist", because I've never been able to "draw". That belief has colored my artistic expression for decades. Lately, the pull towards art has led me to some wonderful books, but THIS BOOK speaks to me. When I look through the activities, I know I can do them, and I know they are non-fail projects. There is so much fun and whimsy built in, that creating will be a joy. I stumbled on this book by accident, and what a happy accident it has turned out to be. If blank pages intimidate you, Carla has solutions to inspire.
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful By S Burton on June 22, 2010
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I buy a lot of art and craft books and consider it worth the money if I get an idea or two from a book. This book is absolutely inspiring from start to finish! I love each and every of the 52 drawing exercises and can't wait to try them out. I appreciate the creative twists to the old standby drawing exercises and found lots of new ways to approach drawing. This wonderful little book is exceptionally well done and perfect for young artists and artists young at heart.
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88 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Sharilyn Miller on June 22, 2010
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I love this book! It just arrived today so I haven't had time to try any of the exercises yet, but I've read it through and I'm looking forward to experimenting with the techniques and creative ideas provided by the author. For many artists, drawing can seem intimidating. I myself have less than fond memories of the drawing courses I took in college and later in art school. But this book is very different from the traditional studio approach to drawing--thankfully!
The exercises and prompts in this text are perfect for kids of all ages as well as for playful adults looking for ways to add an original element to their artwork. One of my favorites is the "Imaginary Creatures" assignment, which begins with random paint splashes and encourages creative thinking as you look for "creatures" in the paint, which you then draw with an ink pen in a sketchy manner. It's pretty cool, and definitely original!
If people and portraits are your thing, the author provides several exercises that will spark creative approaches to portraiture and life drawing. Out of the seven units in the book, my favorite is called Inspired by Famous Artists. Various assignments in this section encourage you to really learn from the masters by not only copying their work but adding a special twist of your own. One example is to try creating your own abstract drawings of dogs reminiscent of Picasso's cubism style; another is trying your hand at a Joan Miro abstract drawing. The author breaks down this assignment by starting you with simple hand-drawn symbols that anyone can invent (or use the author's provided symbols). Fill your page with them, and when satisfied with the design go over the penciled lines with a dark marker. Then add washes of paint, preferably in the primary colors that Miro often used in his art.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Berry on June 24, 2010
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This book is brimming with brand new ways to approach the page, and whatever you want to learn to do on it. Carla is great teacher, she is very popular and now everyone can see why! Thank goodness for this quirky vision she has, it brings life and fun to the table for every level of experience in drawing. The added pluses are the approach of her various featured artists from all over the world, and the number of mediums she shows you how to use. Not just drawing, but how to add layers and textures in ways that are unique to her. It is hard to imagine the wanna be or already is artist not enjoying this one.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. Holmberg on August 1, 2010
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I took a class taught by Carla Sonheim in 2007. I LOVED the class as she gives great instruction, pushes you to just try techniques, keeps things moving and yet does so in a relaxed, calm manner. I think I finished 50 drawings in less than 3 hours. I bought this book after looking at it because it included some of the same exercises we had done in class (my favorite ones!) and many more labs that are easy to follow. Whether you have 5 minutes or 5 hours on any given day, there's an exercise in this book that will encourage you to discover your inner drawing talent!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Natasha on July 7, 2010
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I have countless drawing books, all of which have remained unused after the first chapter....but not this one. I love it. The exercises are fun and are tailored that you do them as you want to do them. It is all about you. It gives a list of materials that the author uses, but this is not a must have list...it is reinforced over and over that you do what you want, with what you like. The book is about providing inspiration for when you face that blank white page and freak out, or worse, remain as blank as the page. This is the book you want when that happens.

Don't be fooled that you won't learn technique however...the book is not only full of inspiration, but technique as well. Drawing instruction meeting you where you are now. Making this process easy and fun and giving you confidence to keep drawing. There are exercises that I am going to do with my children as well, so it really caters for all levels. I can't recommend it highly enough. The pictures re delightful, and there are artist profiles which offer great advise and tips as well as background about their work. I feel less scared just looking through the book, and I am off to do the first exercise now...

I have only one regret, that I did not know I could purchase it from Carla herself, as people that do get a special bonus, and I love that elephant drawing!
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