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The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2013
This is a wonderful book! It is designed to help the reader/artist relax about drawing--make it fun, unpretentious, and without lofty expectations. Techniques like drawing with your opposite hand, drawing upside down, and turning shapes into interesting creatures all help the reader/artist think 'out of the box.' Artists who feel stuck may find some of the author's techniques very freeing. However, the one problem I have with this book is the quality of the paper on which it is printed. Although this book is designed to be drawn in, the paper is so thin that you can see the printing/images on the reverse side, which is very distracting. I would hope that a book being used to draw in would at least be manufactured using drawing-weight paper. There are plenty of 'draw-in' books out there, and they have much heavier paper than this one, so it is definitely possible. I think I will be photocopying much of this book onto better paper!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2012
This book gave me a new way to be inspired when it comes to unusual ideas in art. I found it especially useful to use with young art students. The illustrations gave me clear examples of the ideas covered in this book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2012
A wonderfully creative book! The drawings and exercises Carla Sonheim provides are not only unique but great jump starts for those who might be stuck in a creative slump. I love this book and try to play in it daily!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Carla has done it again, this is a must for every creative library! Her drawings and inspirations are so wonderful, I can't put the book down! So glad to be seeking creativity in my daily life through Carla's help!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2013
This book helped me figure out that my drawing does not have to be perfect. In fact some of the early exercises were fun and the picture turned out to be something I liked. Recommended for beginners, and rigid artists too!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2013
The approach is playful and lighthearted. I plan to order another for my daughter who works with younger children and is always looking for new approaches.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2013
Just the word silly in the title was all I needed to order this book. I gave me more ideas on how to express my silliness.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2013
This book is a creative way to have fun with art!! Every time I open the book, I feel inspired to create!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2013
I'm a 24 year old eventually-returning-to-college woman who works full time at a food service job, and part time at a sports stadium. After a long day (sometimes 15 hours of work between the two jobs) I want to sit down at home to create and draw like I used to before working - but find myself too exhausted.
This book is perfect for that - the exercises are short, fun, weird, and most importantly, easy. So easy, a kid could do it. Do not be fooled, however, this book isn't so simple and easy that it is only for kids. It really is for everyone (especially if you're predisposed to liking doodling and fond of animals).
I would recommend not writing in the actual book that is provided, however. 1 - it looks messy that way. 2 - more people can enjoy the book if the pages are kept blank (you can always photocopy them if you really want your work on the pages) 3 - the book doesn't lay quite flat, which could make doodling in it difficult.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2013
Because I am more than occasionly overwhelmed by the need for perfection in art, I needed this book. It takes away the need to be perfect. I'm looking forward to seeing the wonderful drawings I can make that are silly. All my training has made me meticulous and the fun is gone. This book will make a difference in my approach!
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