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Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop with Carla Sonheim Flexibound – October 1, 2012

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"I am incredibly impressed with this book. It's packed full of great ideas, projects and mixed-media techniques....  [It's] inspiring, fun, creative, imaginative and releases all pressure and expectations that we artists often place on ourselves.  -- creativekismet.com



"I love this book. It might not appeal to someone who is only interested in 'Fine Art,' masterpieces created after years of study and practice. But for those of us who simply want to create, who want to find new ways to discover the world around us--this is a fabulous book." -- lifeimitatesdoodles.blogspot.com

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.

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Product Details

  • Flexibound: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592538053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592538058
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Terry Weiss on November 12, 2012
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I can't explain why, after buying innumerable books about drawing, this one has finally loosened me up - but I'm not complaining. I have taken the author's Art of Silliness online classes and done some of them - but didn't keep up working with Drawing Lab - so this sudden creative urge to draw working with Imaginary Animals is hard to explain. Maybe it's because it is so imaginative that there is no way to let my inner judge start pointing out flaws. Who, including that judge, can say that an imaginary bird doesn't have 3 legs and a weird beak? If you're like me and have bought innumerable books to help you loosen up and start to draw regularly - with little result - I highly recommend trying this one before you completely give up. I put up my "happy light" - SAD light with a positive name - and sit beside it drawing away until 30 - 60 minutes have passed. I've even pulled out my pan pastels (bought at great expense and used once) and my "silky crayons" - a creamy version of oil pastels - and some colored pencils and I'm actually using them! I must confess I'm very proud of myself - and happy to give credit to this fun, relaxing, inviting book. Buy it, you'll like it.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By NancyS on October 5, 2012
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If you have a background in art but feel confined by traditional drawing/mixed media themes and techniques then this is the book for you! Carla has an amazing gift for seeing and bringing to life the quirky beings present in everything around us. Her enthusiasm and her imagination are contagious. There are excellent lessons here on finding, interpreting or inventing creatures of your very own. Soon you will have an army of odd and adorable animals that you can further develop through lessons on shading, penwork, coloring, painting and collage. This book encourages you to enjoy the process without focusing on the results. You are invited to relax and let your imagination flow.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pug Lover on October 1, 2012
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I am so glad that I purchased this book. Carla's art is so quirky and adorable, and she shows you step by step how to create your own little animals with your own style. There are different exercises to do that anyone can do! You don't have to be an "artist" to follow along. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking for new ideas and/or techniques for drawing or doodling. You won't be disappointed!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aisling D'Art on June 29, 2013
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I've been illustrating books and articles since forever. My mom was an illustrator, as well.

However, working on my own series of children's books, I've been deeply dissatisfied with my figures. They're good, but they're too realistic. I just couldn't kick loose of traditional images and techniques.

The cover of this book seemed endearing and the reviews were good, so I ordered a copy. (Seeing how expensive used copies are... that reinforced my decision. Clearly, hardly anyone is willing to let go of this book.)

When the book arrived, I flipped through it.

It looked cute. (That's not necessarily a good thing for the books I'm working on.) So, it was an "uh-oh" moment, at first.

On a second, more leisurely browse of this book, I realized it's a gem. Some of the materials she suggests, and her product (finished work) examples, especially the fabric and wood pieces... they're inspiring. Ditto the pieces by other artists, based on similar concepts. Two mixed media works really caught my eye. I'm going to delve into my boxes of collage supplies for some test pieces.

The best part of this book: The author had faced the same challenges I do, creating whimsical illustrations. And, her book offers solutions that make perfect sense. They're brilliant, and almost everything is either outside my front door or already in my kitchen.

The basic concept is simple enough for any beginner. In fact, it might be easiest to follow this approach as a beginner, with no "old habits" to banish.

This book offers a variety of methods (and drawing & painting mediums) including normal writing tools... no art supplies are needed.

This is not a "first you copy this, then you copy this next step, etc." kind of book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sarah P. on November 23, 2012
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When I saw this book was coming out I was so excited because I loved Carla Sonheim's other book, "Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists". There are so many exercises in this book that produce results you're surprised with every time. It's definitely great for when you're in the mood to paint, but you're drawing a blank on what you want to do. There is an exercise which involves finding shapes in sidewalk cracks. I love that she actually includes photos of sidewalk cracks so if you're stuck somewhere and can't find a sidewalk of your own you can just use the photos she supplies. My husband and I went out of town, and had a seven hour drive. I didn't have to help navigate when we would get to a point of driving on a long stretch of highway, and my husband was listening to a football game on the radio. Bored out of my mind I reached into my tote of watercolor supplies and grabbed this book, some paper, and a pen. I was able to complete two drawings using the photos of sidewalk cracks supplied in the book, and they came out so interesting. They were definitely not something I could have created by just putting pen to paper without the book. I also love the chapter on creating Watercolor Blobimals. I have friends who have never watercolored before, and we all did this exercise together. We all came out with completely different, interesting, and unique "blobimals". We also had a lot of fun as the technique is something you can do without being a professional artist. I myself am not a "professional artist"...I just watercolor for the fun of it, and I watercolor often. This book would be great for the professionals out there, as well as beginners, or people like me who just enjoy playing around for fun. The exercises in this book range from drawing, painting, working with paper, and working with birch wood.Read more ›
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