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Not what I was expecting
on April 19, 2013
This book wasn't exactly what I was expecting, and the projects are a little dated. The book, like all of the books in the Draw 50 series, has no text or explanations of techniques to go along with the drawings. The format has you copy the author's sketches as he develops them, showing 5-6 steps of each drawing. Each page has a different drawing on it with 50 plants total in the book. What I wanted, but didn't find in this book, was how to use simple shapes to develop the overall layout of the plant and to help establish size and proportions before adding details to make a final drawing. The sketches in the book don't really have a layout. Some start with a few lines, the curve of a leaf and a few petals, but there is no visual connection to them. Others start with one detail of the plant and develop the sketch from there. If I could draw like that, I would just draw from photos or by looking at a plant, and not get a how to draw book. I looked at one other Draw 50 book, the one with multiple projects, and it looks like some of the the themes work in this format since they use layouts with simple forms to start the project, such as animals and famous faces, but others don't, such as plants and full figures. The latter also appear very dated, and you can tell its a 1960's sketch of a weeping willow or soldier. In the end, I returned this book, and I have been happily using some books from the Draw Books series (Draw 3-D and Draw Cars) to get back into drawing, but I haven't found anything on flowers which I like yet.