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Kingman Daily Minor, 12/22/10
“Would make a great gift.”

Boston Globe, 1/16/11
"Sharpen your pencils and open your sketchbook; your teacher is waiting.”

Infodad.com, 1/20/11
“The book offers a set of valuable introductory lessons in putting what you see—in the real world or your mind’s eye—down on paper.”

 

Midwest Book Review, February 2011
“A must for anyone who wants to pursue art but doesn’t know where to start.”

Deseret
News, 2/26/11
“Kistler provides detailed instructions and tips that take the mystery out of making simple drawings that look good. He also uses a sense of humor and encouraging words to help.”

 

Sacramento Book Review, April/May 2011
“Kistler’s approach is light and fun, and rather than overwhelming with technical terminology and intimidating concepts, he instead starts you out putting pencil to paper. Within the first few pages of the book, you are already well on your way…The approach presented in this book works so well because you get instant results, which inspire you to continue with the process.”

About the Author

Mark Kistler is one of the most popular and most recognized drawing teachers in the world. The longtime PBS host of Mark Kistler’s Imagination Station, he is the author of nine books, including the bestselling children’s drawing book, Drawing in 3-D with Mark Kistler. He lives near Houston, Texas.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; Csm edition (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738212415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738212418
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Over the past sixteen years Mark Kistler has taught millions of children how to draw in 3-D at over five thousand elementary school assembly workshops around the world, including Australia, Germany, England, Scotland, Mexico, and the United States. His starring roles as Commander Mark and Captain Mark in the hit children's public television series The Secret City, The Draw Squad, and The New Secret City Adventures, have been viewed in eighteen countries with over forty million viewers. His most recent self-produced public television series, Mark Kistler's Imagination Station, is currently airing on nearly one hundred PBS stations nationwide. Mr. Kistler has written and illustrated many popular children's drawing books, including Learn to Draw with Commander Mark and Mark Kistler's Draw Squad. As a result of his television series and drawing books, Mark Kistler has generated over one million letters containing 3-D drawings from children around the world. Mark deeply believes that learning how to draw in 3-D builds a child's critical thinking skills while nourishing self-esteem. His positive messages on self-image, goal setting, dream questing, environmental awareness, and the power of reading have inspired millions of children to discover their awesome individual potential. When Mark is not waiting for connecting flights at airports, he enjoys sailing his Catalina sloop in the blue Pacific waters off the coast of sunny southern California. Mark lives in Carlsbad, California.

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268 of 270 people found the following review helpful By Sam's folks on August 22, 2011
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When I was 13 years old my art teacher wrote on my end of year report card that I tried but had no talent. At that point I stopped trying. Now I'm starting to catch up with all the things I've spent my life wishing I could do, and drawing is one of them. I have a lot of good books that will help me when I've got the basics under my belt, but most of them jump too quickly from very simple exercises to drawings that are way above my present standard. This book doesn't do that. Each lesson builds on the one before, introducing new concepts slowly enough that you can feel yourself developing the foundation skills you need to be able to take on more complex drawings. It'll take me a lot longer than 30 days to complete this book - 30 weeks perhaps? - but the investment in time will be worth it. No, I'll never be a Rembrandt or Picasso, but after just three lessons I can already draw well enough to impress other people who think they can't draw, and that's good enough for me!
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128 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Geno on November 19, 2014
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What can I say? I thought I can't draw... Apparently I can. I bought this book on October 7 and just finished it two days ago. The book is easy to follow, no theory overload, you start drawing from day 1. And from day one I was impressed and thought "hmm maybe I can draw after all...". It starts with spheres and cubes and theory on lighting, shadows and what makes your drawing look 3d. As you go through the book it becomes more challenging and ... FUN! The author says it takes about 20 minutes for a lesson, it was 40+ for me. My advice is spend your time, don't rush it, pay attention to details as your drawing will look better at the end. I had couple of lessons that were rushed and the results were not satisfying. I've attached pictures of my drawings, clearly I'm not Picasso, but the improvement is there. The skull is not from the book, it was drawn half way through the book as a challenge for myself to see if I learned anything. The drawing of a wolf was drawn yesterday.

What I discovered is that drawing takes me away from everything and I really enjoy the process. If you think you can't draw and would like to learn how I challenge you to get this book and finish it. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
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147 of 151 people found the following review helpful By C. erickson on February 16, 2011
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This book is really good for learning the basics to creating realistic drawings! Im using it in an art class for 3-6th graders. I present the short 10 minute lessons at the beginning of class. The students work in their drawing journals. Even my 6 year old is learning the lessons at home! They are short, simple and doable for anyone! I prefer this book over m.kistlers other book called draw squad. Great for both adults and students. After the simple drawing lesson there is even an option to take the lesson to the next step and apply it in some other way to create a piece of art.
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155 of 163 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 12, 2011
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I bought this book elsewhere after losing my copy of "Draw Squad." Before using his book I cannot say how many failed attempts I had at learning to draw - dozens! I lost the first book after completing about half of it, and I was excited to see this one for adults. I'm halfway through this one now and the results are awesome! I may be able to realize my childhood dream of becoming a cartoonist. You go from rendering simple shapes to experimenting with figure drawing exercises in 30 lessons. It goes farther than "Draw Squad," which means that even if I find the old book I still have new material.
Also: there are complementary lessons on his website and I highly recommend those too. Mr. Kistler was very responsive to a problem I had with the site - my email was answered the next day!
If you have trouble with the exercises I suggest doing them over and over - I think that is what worked for me. If you have trouble with the shading try a different pencil. I use "H" (hard) for sketching and "B" or "2B" for dark lines and shading.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By iPad Addict on November 17, 2011
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I have searched relentlessly for a book to teach me how to draw in a fast and fun way. I honestly did not believe it existed and was almost convinced that drawing well was for those born with the gift. This book changed my mind, my skill, and my life! I now can draw and it is absolutely wonderful! Thank you to the author you are my new hero!
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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen on June 23, 2012
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I have a lot of art experience under my belt but have always felt a little shaky when it comes to drawing. I have had drawing classes both self-taught and college level and this is the first time I am really getting it. Yes, the illustrations are cartoonish but that is the brilliance of it. These lessons are deceptively simple. A child can do them and produce fun drawings and hopefully cultivate a love of drawing. An adult can do the same lessons and gain some really solid principles that can be applied at a higher level. I have had many 'duh' moments while going through this book. Understand that I am a very analytical person and respond to that level of instruction, but this is a book that finally points out the obvious things that our eyes see but which are so difficult to translate into our drawings. No, it is probably not a book for everyone who wants to learn to draw but for a person like me, who tends to over-think everything, it has been really helpful.
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