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Draw! Ocean Animals (Learn to Draw (Peel))

4.9 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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Grade 4-7-A useful, easy-to-follow instruction book. Directions are provided in the form of step-by-step, black-and-white drawings; youngsters start with a simple shape, add details, and later erase the lightly drawn basic shape. Pencil is the only medium explored. Tips include shading techniques and suggestions to observe the subject carefully. Very brief information pertaining to the ocean animals themselves is given as well.
Alexandra Marris, Rochester Public Library, NY
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 The drawings are easy to do, and DuBosque offers lots of tips to make the end products look great. I especially like the drawing tips section at the end of each title. He also reminds the kids to save their work in a portfolio (that he provides the directions to make!). I highly recommend this title. I, who am not particularly gifted artistically , could create a pretty good ocean animal by following the instructions. 

Harris County Public Library
Laurie Mitchell


What can I say? - I can't draw, but with Doug DuBosque's instructions which a re practical and friendly to us non-art types, I can! This is his usual fine piece of work which will be dog-eared in months by those readers who have discovered him and continue to look for any additional books he publishes. Buy at least two copies!

ESD 114 Reviews, Olympia, Washington
Carolyn Mueller


Gr. 4-7--A useful, easy-to-follow instruction book. Directions are provided in the form of step-by-step, black-and-white drawings; youngsters start with a simple shape, add details, and later erase the lightly drawn basic shape. Pencil is the only medium explored. Tips include shading techniques and suggestions to observe the subject carefully. Very brief information pertaining to the ocean animals themselves is given as well.

School Library Journal


Gr 4-12. Beginning art instruction is combined with scientific facts in this book. The beautiful yet simple pictures allow even young children to have successful drawings. The step-by-step instructions are clear and easy to understand. Many common ocean animals as well as some lesser known species are included. Children in grades four and above, adults as well as the non-artist will enjoy drawing ocean animals using this book.

Christian Library Journal
Anita Utley, Faith Christian School, Mead WA


Along with some lessons in marine biology, this oversize paperback is an excellent guide to young artists -- and aspiring artists. Using geometric shapes as a basis for drawing forms of sea life, even the unskilled can form recognizable turtles, dolphins, and eels. The admonition, "Draw lightly at first," must be heeded, It takes some tries before results should get finalized. Both a table of contents and an index are included.

Eastern Washington Book Review Council
Fuller, Kettle Falls
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Learn to Draw (Peel)
  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: San Val (September 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1417755180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417755189
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,109,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
My 7 year old daughter chose this book at her school book fair. She loves to draw, and with the step by step instructions in this book, her ocean creatures are great. People are always amazed at the drawings. We have tried other drawing books, without success. This book gets an A+. 10 year old big sister and her friends enjoy the book also. They are studying animals in 5th grade, and have a project to do on the different types. Each report must include a drawing of the animal they write about. This book has helped greatly with the fish. A fifth grade teacher was so impressed she asked me if I would order her this book and 4 other Draw titles by Peel Books. Thanks, from a very satisfied mom.
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In general, I like "how to draw" books. Specifically I like the books created by this author and illustrator, Doug DuBosque. My first exposure to his work was through is wonderful Draw Insects (Learn to Draw (Peel)) a number of year ago. That particular book led the student step by step through the process of drawing quite a large number of common insects. The work being reviewed here does the same for sea creatures.

Anyone who works around children; children of various ages, will know that the great majority of them like to draw. As a matter of fact many of them find drawing almost addictive even if they are not required to do so. Take a peek inside of any student binder - you will see what I mean.

DuBosque has given us a work here that allows the student or the interested "scribbler" to learn very simple techniques that produce very nice drawings of various critters of the sea. The student is led step by step using simple and basic geometric patterns and shapes to produce a very fine likeness of the animal involved. The visual instructions are quite precise and the text which accompanies each drawing provides many times on angles, shading and prospective which is not found in many such books written for children at this age level. The important thing to remember here is that all the information, as presented by the author, is extremely understandable and all follows a very logical order.

I also like the way that this book, while teaching the basics, sets up a great platform on which the student can build upon and become more and more creative on their own as they practice.

Now the age group targeted by this particular work may be a bit misleading.
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This is a great book, many sea animals made easy to draw. It is great for both children and adults as well. I bought this book for myself. I'm a marine life artist and sometimes I have trouble sketching in my animal subjects onto the canvas. Getting the shape anatomically correct can be tricky, and this book really helps me. I have learned how to draw a certain few sea animals better than I could before...thanks to this book! It makes drawing very easy! There are a few animals that I felt could be more realistic. I think the author made it that way to entertain children. For adults, you may need to modify them for realism. Anyway, there are a few tips of the trade that do come in handy for me. I do recommend this book. It is good.
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I bought this for an 11 year old girl who loves to learn about marine life, particularly sharks. She is also very creative and likes to draw, so this seemed like a perfect fit. She loved it! I gave her a set of colored pencils and a sketch pad to round out the gift, but it was this book that made it a hit. She followed the step-by-step instructions and was able to draw awesome looking sharks surprisingly quickly. The steps are simple yet effective.
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My mother purchased this book for my son for Christmas 2 years ago. He has this fascination with the ocean and loves to draw! We had a blast with this book!
The pictures are VERY easy to do, and the direction....if you notice even down the to pressure of the pencil....this book is awesome!
For my son - who is 9 - and me, who has taken many classes, this simplifies it.
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My seven year old loves these how to draw books, and wanted one for ocean animals. This is great; he will sit for hours drawing out of this book and the rainforest animals book. I love to see him creating instead of sitting in front of a computer or tv screen. Great purchase!
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I have purchased many of the "How to Draw" genre of books as an elementary art teacher looking to stimulate my students and enhance the lessons I teach. I am always looking for books that can work for younger students but do not simplify the object so much as to be unrealistic and cartoon-like. I was very pleased with this book in particular. It has everything I want in this type of book. It simplifies to basic geometric shapes enough to allow almost anyone to achieve good realistic results. It is also very comprehensive in that it really does cover a large number of ocean animals. It also includes drawing tips on contours, shading and patterns which many of these books do not offer. These would allow a student to go farther and discover more aspects to drawing than blind copying. I highly recommend this book.
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