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Learn to Draw Disney's Villains: Featuring favorite villains, including Captain Hook, Cruella de Vil, Jafar, and others! (Licensed Learn to Draw) Paperback – May 30, 2012
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So now that you are familiar with these infamous Disney villains, it’s time for you to take up your pencil and learn to draw them! Simply follow the step-by-step instructions, and you will see how wonderfully talented you are as you draw the evil villains from all of your favorite Disney and Disney/Pixar movies.
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I pre-ordered this last year when I saw that they were making a book devoted to villains; just to have it. So seeing what I've seen from other "Learn to Draw" titles like "Learn to Draw Disney Princesses" I knew I was going to get reused lessons from older releases.
We do have a couple classic Disney Villains, such as Pete and The Big Bad Wolf. I for one haven't seen them in other books, so that put a big smile on my face. There are others, that I haven't seen in other "Learn to Draw" books such as Capt. Hook and the Queen of hearts, but a lot of this book is comprised of lessons reused from other "Learn to Draw Disney" books. They didn't put much thought or effort or originality into this one. They took what villains they had from previous "Learn to Draw" books, and made a new book out of them.
So, if you have "Learn to Draw The Little Mermaid", you're going to get the exact same lesson for Ursula in "Learn to Draw Disney Villains". The same goes for Jafar and Iago from "Learn to Draw Aladdin" as well as "Scar, Banzai, Shenzi and Ed from "Learn to Draw The Lion King". It doesn't end there. I mean, the book is cool if you never got your hands on those out-of-print older books.
But... the BIG problem with reusing old stuff and not adding much of anything new, is that in those old, out-of-print books (for the most part), the heroes: Ariel, Aladdin, Jasmine, Simba etc. get the coverage, the poses, the expressions, in action etc. and the villains are lucky to have a couple of pages.
So now we have a book about the villains taken from books that didn't pay them much mind to begin with. There are exceptions, such as Ursula, where you get a lesson on her head, her body and several facial expressions (right out of "Learn to Draw the Little Mermaid") and Scar as well. With a book that's about the villains, it begs the question why didn't they do this with EVERY character.
Maleficent, The Queen of Hearts and Cruella De Vil, CLASSIC villains, get one lesson, one pose, but URSULA and Scar get three? Hey, you wanted to learn to draw em, now you can, right? I mean for kids it's cool. If I was 6+ years old, I'd be giving it 5 stars. As someone who is serious about it, well... I'll make lemonade. I can handle the one-pose lesson and practice, that's how you get good anyway. If I need more references to practice different angles, I can go online or buy "The Art of..." books. A lot of those are awesome for those of us who are really into the art and want to dig deeper, but I digress...
One last thing that creams my corn is that in this book you get 7, count em, 7 lessons on Villains from "Cars" and "Cars 2". Seriously? They couldn't put in Shan-Yu from "Mulan" (he's in the "Learn to Draw Mulan" book so I don't quite understand that) or Maleficent as a Dragon, or Prince John from "Robin Hood" or "Shere Khan from "The Jungle Book" because we need to know how to draw these cars. Is that what they're trying to tell me??
But hey, I'm 39 years old. Some 8 year old boy, might really be into those cars... still... no Shere Khan? Really?
Onto the good.
The book is pretty standard with the "How to Use This Book" and "Tools and Materials" sections that come with all of the "Learn to Draw Disney" books. The lessons are easy to follow. It's quite well designed and sturdy. There are some pretty cool pictures, not in how-to lesson form, but just part of the design of the chapters. One could consider drawing those just because. The book is thicker than most of the "Learn to Draw Disney" books, 141 quality pages cover to cover.
I complain about the lack of depth and originality, but the reading age for this thing stars at 6 years old, and they have a good size roster of Disney Villains:
Si and Am (The awesome Siamese Cats in "Lady and the Tramp")
The Big Bad Wolf (That's pretty cool)
Queen of Hearts
Lucifer (Cat from "Cinderella")
Cruella De Vil
Ursula (10 pages worth of her)
The Queen ("Snow White"... she didn't have a name?)
The Witch (Also "Snow White")
Banzai, Shenzi and Ed (Hyenas from "The Lion King")
Mother Gothel ("Tangled")
The Stabbington Brothers (Also "Tangled")
Dr. Facilier (The Shadowman from "The Princess and the Frog")
Lawrence (The English douchebag from "The Princess and the Frog" as if anyone wants to draw him)
Emperor Zurg ("Toy Story 2")
The Prospector ("Toy Story 2")
Lotso (Toy Story 3")
Chunk ("Toy Story 3")
Twitch (Toy Story 3")
Professor Z ("Cars 2")
Grem ("Cars 2")
Acer ("Cars 2")
Miles Axelrod ("Cars 2") You see what I mean about all these stupid cars?
So it's a big lineup. But, in my opinion, some of these are worthless. I would love it if some of these cars were traded out for REAL Disney Villains of WORTH, but that's just me.
Overall, it's not a bad book. I know I'll get something out of it. I'm chomping at the bit to get started on the Big Bad Wolf.
Seeing a couple of the Old-School characters there made it worth my while. Yeah, I think they could have made room for more or just left a couple out altogether. But as a whole, I'd say yes, this book is worthy, especially for the younger people who are just getting started.
If you're thinking of buying this for your kid, and he or she doesn't have "Learn to Draw" books of some of the movies that these villains are in, I would recommend this wholeheartedly. If you are more advanced or older, this book is just okay. Nothing special. If you're looking for more in-depth examples of these characters, look elsewhere. There is tons of (free) stuff online, and like I said, some of those "The Art of [INSERT MOVIE TITLE]" books are quite good about showing concepts and poses and expressions.
Thanks for taking the time, and I hope this review helped. :)