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Illustration School:  Let's Draw Cute Animals
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2011
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I was initially drawn to this book because of the adorable animals both on the cover and inside the book. I'm not a drawing expert, but this book had me producing surprisingly good animals right away! But before she gets into the animals, she tells you, step-by-step, her process in drawing. This helps you understand an easy way to tackle these animals immediately, which is not just extremely helpful, but the author makes you feel like she's right there with you, cheering you on. The author also breaks down each animal into individual steps, complete with adorable sing-song prose that often provides visual cues to help you understand the right shapes to draw (for example, half of a doughnut for a bear's ears). Plus, I think this book is easy enough to grasp that a child (maybe even around 10 years old) could possibly pick this up with great results.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2011
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I love this book. I wanted to learn how to draw animals for my graphic design. This book has not only drawing examples but practice guide. The drawings in the book are so cute.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2012
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I bought the three books available in this series: Illustration School: Let's Draw Plants and Small Creatures, Illustration School: Let's Draw Cute Animals and Illustration School: Let's Draw Happy People. I can recommend all of them and am posting this same review for all three books.

While these books may be targeted at children, I think adults can enjoy them as well. There's a lyrical way to which the drawings are taught.

There isn't a big focus on the minute details of getting things right. Instead, the focus is on encouraging the reader to just get into doodling. That, there are no wrong strokes.

The illustrations are fun and the paper of high quality. I enjoy touching this book as much as I enjoy looking it. As to whether I have become a master doodler because of these books? Not quite yet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I was looking for a book to help me with simple illustration and I've found that the "Illustration School" series is PERFECT.

I've taken a zillion drawing classes but I just wanted something much simpler- a guide to illustration that didn't focus on the "heavy" stuff, like perspective or shading or any of that good stuff but still captured the essence of flowers and trees without being too cartoon-like. I do a lot of art journaling and mixed media work and I wanted to incorporate sketches from my garden without them being too fussy or representational, if that makes any sense.

This is the *perfect* book for that. Sachiko Umoto's illustrations are gorgeous, and completely evocative of each thing she illustrates but they are *really* easy to sit down and do. Both my daughter (who is seven) and I (not seven) love this book and refer to it.

Don't be fooled by the size- there is SO much in this book. It works as a starting point for other illustration- because each of the drawing has about six or seven step-outs, you can use your own creativity to take the drawings in other directions from any step.

I love the size and the presentation of the book, too- it's about the size of a small journal, and the cover is a cream-colored thick stock with an embossed texture. The pages inside are a creamy white textured paper, as well. It would make a wonderful gift, along with a small pack of colored pencils or Micron pens and a small journal.

But I am absolutely keeping my copy for my own use, and I can tell it's going to be a much loved part of my library. I can't recommend this enough!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2011
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This is the second Illustration School book that I have purchased. I love the cute stories that go along with the drawings and the encouraging tone of the writing. I find Japanese illustration pleasing to the eye with its cute characters and simple designs and this book is no exception. The author/illustrator does an excellent job of showing that everyone can add personalized drawings to cards and letters with a few simple tools and a fun attitude!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This book just makes me smile! I love the sweet little drawings and can't wait to get my pen and start copying the style of these animals. With just simple strokes, Sachiko Umoto, catches the essence of these adorable creatures. And even without a pen in hand, this book is enjoyable to read; nifty little facts about the animals that help direct your pencil and and the encouraging tone make you wish you could have a little time with Sachiko in her studio, but this book is the next best thing. I'm enchanted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2013
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This little book has gotten a lot of interest at our house. I originally found this book in an art store. It was so well-received I bought the other two. We can't wait till her new book comes out. I brought this on a long plane trip I was taking with my then 8 year old daughter and a bunch of colored pens. She sat for hours drawing the little animals. She enjoyed it so much I started drawing as well.

Well, it's two years later and she still draws animals from this book. When her friends come over, they sometimes each take a book and a drawing pad and spend hours drawing. The little animals really are ao cute and the author makes it so easy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2013
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I bought this for my 8 year old as a stocking stuffer. He is more interested in video games than art & reading, so I purchased this to help get his creativity unlocked. As expected of an 8 year old, he gets frustrated when he doesn't do things well right away. However, this book really showed him that it's fun to try and there are different versions of perfect. I had a great time drawing these cute animals with him as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2014
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I'm an adult who is trying to figure out some basics about illustrating. I've bought several books, including some on cartooning, and this is one of my favorites. My drawings look like the ones in the book, it's easy, and the results are very satisfying. Can't wait to share this with my favorite little girl once she gets just a little older. Bravo.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2014
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The illustrator is being truthful when she decided on a title for her book. My third grade students have embraced Ms. Umoto's charming style, drawing their own versions of the lovely animals demonstrated within the book. Inspired by the simplicity of the animals, students have been inspired to create their own clever designs.
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