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Ralph Masiello's Dragon Drawing Book Hardcover – July 1, 2007

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Grade 4–6—The vibrant, eye-catching cover of this well-designed, neatly arranged book is sure to attract the attention of dragon fans and aspiring artists. A "Choose your tools" box illustrates the supplies needed (pastel pencil, crayon, watercolor, fine-tip marker, colored pencil, marker, poster paint). An outline map (that does not identify the continents) indicates where the types of dragons originated. Detailed drawings of 11 creatures (Aboriginal Rainbow Serpent, Lambton Wyrm, Chinese Imperial Dragon, etc.) require anywhere from 12 to 50 steps to complete. The technique is similar to the method used in Lee J. Ames's books, but Masiello includes boxes with additional drawing ideas for fish scales, Maya patterns and shapes, a treasure chest, and so on, and a paragraph of facts about each dragon. The glorious, fire-breathing creatures depicted nearly leap off the page.—Augusta R. Malvagno, Queens Borough Public Library, NY
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In this handsome, large-format book, Masiello introduces 11 traditional beasts and shows how to draw them. For each, he provides a series of detailed drawings that build up to the finished pictures slowly, guiding young artists line by line. Masiello uses the term dragon broadly to include Ouroboros and the cockatrice as well as more traditional forms such as Fafnir, the Aboriginal Australian Rainbow Serpent, and the Chinese imperial dragon. By closely following the series of drawings, with the new lines in red, an aspiring artist of even modest talent could end up with a respectable representation of a dragon. After two to eight wordless pages of step-by-step drawings, the finished picture appears, brightened with brilliant colors and accompanied by a paragraph discussing the beast. The book opens with an author's note and a world map placing the dragons on five continents. It closes with a pronunciation guide and short lists of recommended books and Web sites. Well designed and practical. Phelan, Carolyn
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge; ACT New edition (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570915318
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570915314
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.5 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,016,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recently purchased a number of "how to" drawing books, for myself and a couple to give to my kid nephew. Of the wide assortment of styles and instructions and subject matter, Ralph Masiello's books are a personal favorite. At this point, I have no aspirations (nor talent, I think) for producing fine art. Masiello's step-by-step, line by line illustrations allowed this very impatient student to accomplish an actual image right away. His demonstrations allow the individual to see where to start a drawing and how the image comes together. Once practiced and confident in my improved skills, I was able to apply what I learned to creating the creatures in different poses and create scenes of my own imagination -- not just pen or pencil, but embroidery, mixed media, etc.... anything a crafter can dream up using materials on hand.
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This was a great "beginners drawing" book for kids. My daughter loves it. I would recommend this to any parent who has a child that loves to draw. This will keep them busy for hours. Thank you!
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My 7 and 8 year old love this book. It has provided hours of fun. I bought it last August and they still use it. The instructions are very basic step by step. My kids are drawing amazing dragons because of this book. I was so impressed I bought another book for a friend.
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By Pyrrly on January 26, 2016
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I bought this for Christmas for my youngest sister. She loved it! It isn't as step-by-step as I was hoping, but I liked the direction it did have. The instructions are well-written and the information about the dragons is interesting. Contrary to what other reviewers have stated, it DOES include Western dragons, their headline is simply different. ^_~ The art style in the book is fairly unique and fun to look at, and there are lots of pictures, too. Came in great condition, and on time!
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Our family decided to choose a skill to work on for 30 days and then show each other what we had accomplished. My 9-year-old daughter chose drawing and she loves dragons. This book was perfect and she began practicing the day we received it. The pictures are a little above her drawing level, but the directions and descriptions are such that she did not need assistance. Her drawing had improved and we have displayed many of her drawings.
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My 7 year old rented this book from the library about 5 times, so for Christmas, he received his own copy. He LOVED it! It is not for a beginner, but at 7 my son was able to replicate his own dragons from this book. If you are or you have a dragon lover that also loves to draw, this is the book to get!
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Both my son and I found this book wonderful. The author actually researched the dragon in cultures around the world and shares what he learns. He also shows how to draw all those different dragons. It has both good cultural information and helpful drawing instruction.
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Bought this book for my 13 year old niece for Christmas and she loves it. I looked at a lot of step by step drawing books with dragons and this one was by far the best. It gives simple steps from start to finish so anyone can draw a dragon.
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