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Refreshing and Fun
on May 20, 2012
Great Book...but not for someone straight out of the school of, "I can't draw a straight line." FYI, neither can many people who draw, and often it isn't necessary.....you will learn this here, and it will help you grow greatly over time. It is a fun place to "refresh" rusty skills and remind ourselves why drawing is so very good for us and so much fun. Drawing becomes a meditation practice that you share with the world...even if you only draw in a personal journal. I want to make clear that this IS a book that you want on your shelf. There are so many drawing books out there, that selecting one is like trying to find a cookbook that isn't written in a foreign language, when you're overseas. Many "How to's," on the market can be confusing, often boring,or poor choices, not really written for beginners. This is NOT one of them. This is a "Keeper." You'll need a bit of guidance first for which I would suggest either of these two. "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain," by Betty Edwards or Claudia Nice's latest, "How to See, How to Draw." The great thing about this is that it's available on Kindle Fire and I love what it brings to the table. It eases you in.....then you are ready for this one. I started with the 1st edition of Edward's and learned quickly, but I also had a teacher using it. Claudia's is very beginner friendly. I would have given this book 5 stars except that it drops a rank beginner in too quickly and without a bit more prep you may not appreciate it as much. IF However, you have played a bit with a pencil on your own...Jump in right here. You may still want to get the other two, but this will be a good beginning. It will help you to refine a bit at stage one. There will be other pencil artists that have their own personal favorites for beginners. But I'm going to add this one to my list. Latter on, after you've tasted this book, take a peak at Phil Metzger's "Pencil Magic," or Ferdinad Petrie's, "Drawing Landscapes in Pencil." Enjoy it all with gusto. Marvel at the magic in you.