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Learn to Draw Disney/Pixar's Brave: Featuring favorite characters from the Disney/Pixar film, including Merida and Angus (Licensed Learn to Draw) Paperback – June 1, 2012
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Disney Storybook Artists are a team of illustrators of fine children's books based on the creative animation of Walt Disney Animation Studios. With talented artistry and masterful storytelling, Disney Storybook Artists help bring the magic of Disney animation into the hearts and homes of families everywhere.
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Merida is the adventurous Princess of DunBroch. More comfortable in the woods with her bow than in a ball gown, Merida would be perfectly content to ride her horse, Angus, around all day in the Sunshine.
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Our 7y.o. daughter has had the book now about four days and has already made about 6 drawings and getting better each time. She takes the book everywhere with her.
Recommend to anyone who wants to learn to draw and is fascinated with Disney.
Inside, there's a table of contents, the story (slight spoiler if you haven't seen the movie), tools you'll need, and how to use this book. If you're a beginner, it's helpful. One of the things I liked most was that it has some basic drawing exercises which will really help a beginner learn to see shapes (a book being rectangle, a teapot oval, doodles becoming birds and balloons, etc.) and how shapes correspond to drawing.
Now on to the main event. If you've clicked on the "Look Inside," you can see how to draw Merida. It starts with the head and an action line (the movement you're drawing the body along) and continues to add shapes like the rest of the body, then moves into finer details such as the hair. Some of the characters are a bit harder than others as they have more detail to draw, so I would recommend beginners start with the simpler characters to get the hang of it, or use some tracing paper to copy the line drawing of characters in order to get a feel for shapes and lines. The black and blue lines could get confusing for beginners, so I'd draw lightly and take it one step at a time (erasing parts as you go), then use a pen to draw the finished lines. One addition I found helpful was each character has some small notes which give examples of how to do and not do things like the eyes and ears or how the hair should be drawn so it doesn't look flat, and things like that. After all the steps, it also has an illustration of the character you've just drawn, which is cool to look at and gives you a nice color reference.
The only characters lacking steps for how to draw them are the witch's pet raven, Lord MacIntosh, Lord Dingwall, and Lord MacGuffin, all of whom are pictured in the illustration standing next to their sons, or perched on the witch's arm in the case of the raven, so it is possible to use their illustration as a reference to draw them and use similar steps as you do with the other characters (head, action line, add shapes, add details, etc.). All the other main characters are covered, and you even have how to draw the castle. I would say the only things missing are how to draw some stuff like the the family tapestry, Will-O-Wisps, the Standing Stones, the witch's cottage, the Clan's crest or banners, and extra things like that (which some of my other how-to-draw books like Mulan have).
All in all, I would recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn to draw the characters in Brave or just want a starting point in learning to draw, but would caution beginners who have little or no drawing experience to have patience, go slow, and take it one step at a time.