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Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists:52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun (Lab Series) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Publication Date : January 19, 2011
- File Size : 10923 KB
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print Length : 152 pages
- Publisher : Quarry Books (January 19, 2011)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B004R1PVRA
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1592536131
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #665,652 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If you love to draw, or know someone who does, the exercises in this book will break through walls and self-imposed limits to unveil creativity in a whole new way.
Whether you're a beginner or an illustrator with decades of experience (like me), this book is simply amazing. Starting with the first lesson, I looked at what I was drawing and thought, "Wow... I drew that...? I'm a better artist than I realized!"
It's key to draw at least as many figures or pages as she suggests. Don't stop just because the first five giraffes (or bears, or anteaters) look wonderful. Keep going. Do what she says. You'll then go through a bunch of oh-dear-heaven ugly drawings, and, a dozen (or so) figures later, an entirely new -- and more authentic -- style will break through.
If you'd like to become a more charming, expressive, and delightful artist -- no matter where you're starting from (including struggling with stick figures) -- I think you'll love-love-LOVE this book.
You'll need to be daring. There's not a lot of "copy this, then copy that, and add the whiskers..." in this book. It WILL push you to find your innate (sometimes hidden) creative resources, deep within yourself.
The adventure is very worthwhile, and so is this book.
One of my favorites is the chapter entitled, "Picasso Dogs." Besides encouraging you to draw or paint your versions of dogs of the Picasso persuasion, how about Modigliani parent portraits? As far as I'm concerned the author/artist hit it out of the ballpark with more ideas than you can take advantage of in 52 weeks.
Here's an example of one of the exercises I did (know that I have been drawing for a while and applied drawing and painting techniques of value, perspective, shading, pen and ink, and water color.
From this: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lindielee/14107536902/
To this: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lindielee/13947628390/
The lessons are very short in terms of reading. There are a few examples provided and step by step instructions. In terms of materials needed they are not too difficult to round up. That may be the expensive part for teachers. It can be difficult to get class sets of art supplies when funds are limited. Even so, there are many lessons in here that simply require paper and pencil.
I would say that as I get more comfortable teaching art more in my classroom and slowly build up the supplies I need that this book will be even more awesome.
Each activity allows you to take it to another level by giving you ideas of just how much further you can take your creation.
When you do each activity, you feel extremely at ease because the book is so "it's ok to be silly" in attitude that you want to just keep jumping on to the next activity.
I am not good at drawing, painting, or anything artistic. I am in my mid 20s, a college graduate and do not have the job that I want to have at this moment. My job involves boring office work. This book I feel will allow me to bring some color and sillyness to my life that I will never get from working my 9-5 job. I decided to start learning how to draw and look at art to bring some color to my days. I think that this book is a great introduction to someone like me who is not very artistic, but who really really wants to be able to express themselves through art.
Also, I highly recommend taking (and/or purchasing the prior lessons on the author's Etsy page) the "Art of Sillyness" class that the author offers.
Top reviews from other countries
The kindle version is alright I guess, but as you know these electronic versions are completely wiped out of any fancy editorial design and left stripped down to the very basics, like a Word document, which is alright for books filled with just text but it's terrible for books with lots of color, images and design.
So I ordered the real book and I'm delighted it's even lovelier than what I had expected. It has a lot more images than the e-copy, the design is superb, the quality of the paper is matte and grainy so it feels very soulful and arty, and it's bigger and thicker than I expected. Big fan. I'll be buying more books like this by the same author for sure.
From page 1, I crawled back into bed (as instructed) and drew. It starts at the fun end of drawing, where serendipity is of prime importance, and 'getting it right' is a foreign language (as long as you read the instructions?). Each lab exercise is growthful and a discovery, like growing up.....now each day has to begin with words and pictures. I get quite grumpy if something else takes priority!! Thank you. Thank you for putting 'learning to draw' the 'right' around.