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Illustration School: Let's Draw Cute Animals Paperback – October 1, 2010
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About the Author
Sachiko Umoto, born in 1970, graduated with a degree in oil painting from Tama Art University (Tokyo). In addition to her work as an illustrator, she also produces animation works for Usagi-Ou Inc. She is the author of An Introduction to Making Illustrations with One Pencil Workbook and An Introduction to Sketching with One Pencil Workbook (both published by MDN Corporation). She dearly loves dogs and Hawaii. Visit her online at http://umotosachiko.com.
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I've taken a zillion drawing classes but I just wanted something much simpler- a guide to illustration that didn't focus on the "heavy" stuff, like perspective or shading or any of that good stuff but still captured the essence of flowers and trees without being too cartoon-like. I do a lot of art journaling and mixed media work and I wanted to incorporate sketches from my garden without them being too fussy or representational, if that makes any sense.
This is the *perfect* book for that. Sachiko Umoto's illustrations are gorgeous, and completely evocative of each thing she illustrates but they are *really* easy to sit down and do. Both my daughter (who is seven) and I (not seven) love this book and refer to it.
Don't be fooled by the size- there is SO much in this book. It works as a starting point for other illustration- because each of the drawing has about six or seven step-outs, you can use your own creativity to take the drawings in other directions from any step.
I love the size and the presentation of the book, too- it's about the size of a small journal, and the cover is a cream-colored thick stock with an embossed texture. The pages inside are a creamy white textured paper, as well. It would make a wonderful gift, along with a small pack of colored pencils or Micron pens and a small journal.
But I am absolutely keeping my copy for my own use, and I can tell it's going to be a much loved part of my library. I can't recommend this enough!
While these books may be targeted at children, I think adults can enjoy them as well. There's a lyrical way to which the drawings are taught.
There isn't a big focus on the minute details of getting things right. Instead, the focus is on encouraging the reader to just get into doodling. That, there are no wrong strokes.
The illustrations are fun and the paper of high quality. I enjoy touching this book as much as I enjoy looking it. As to whether I have become a master doodler because of these books? Not quite yet.
Well, it's two years later and she still draws animals from this book. When her friends come over, they sometimes each take a book and a drawing pad and spend hours drawing. The little animals really are ao cute and the author makes it so easy.
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Nice and beautiful books, love all of them, good quality and perfect size to carry around, :)Published 4 months ago by anais
Wonderful book on drawing for children! My daughter got this for her birthday and has created several beautiful works of art! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Randall or Kira Warren
I love it. As an art teacher for middle school and high school I find the instructions are simple enough that anyone can draw. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Savannah Zambrano
This is a very cute book from Sachiko Umoto. I have most of her books about illustrating stuff and this is one of them. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ria C