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Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun (Lab Series) Flexibound – July 1, 2010
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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
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
Now I have to eat my words a tad. This is one of those books you have to use to get the full benefit from, not just read. The very first exercise where you are encouraged to use your dominant and non-dominant hand completely surprised me. I actually preferred the images I came up with using my non-dominant hand. I never would have tried this technique before.
There are some exercises that I just know I wont bother with, for example there is one where you are encouraged to go to a zoo.Honestly, I'm just not going to go to do that. But these exercises that you might not be comfortable with could easily be gotten round by maybe watching video footage on the Internet. It's assumed that you have pets and children in the book and some of the exercises involve drawing them or collaborating with them (that would be the children not the pets.) If you didn't have either of these to hand I'm sure you could again use the Internet for animal images or borrow a niece or nephew if you really wanted to do those exercises. Some of the other exercises are a bit to cute, I think they might fall into the whimsy style which for the most part just doesn't appeal to me. Other exercises I really love, like those based on famous artist styles.
Personally I think this is a book that, if you don't actually do the exercises and give it a chance, you are either going to love or hate at first read. A bit like Marmite.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
More for adults than for children unless children are advanced in art.Published 14 days ago by PEGGY
I watched some videos Carla Sonheim posted on Youtube, and had to have this book. I hope to improve my drawing skills, which are still pretty much at the kindergarten level. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I love Carla's art and her teaching style. Her instructions are clear and her drawings are so endearing and so simple that they're non-threatening to beginning artists. Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. Chandler
I loved this book. I am still working through it. The lessons are fun and I think rather easy.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I follow Carla Sonheims blog and this book is just as creative as the art she creates!Published 2 months ago by susan killian
Carla Sonheim is a remarkable artist and an excellent teacher. This book clearly walks you through the process of drawing in her whimsical style. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Diane Moore