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20 Ways to Draw a Cat and 44 Other Awesome Animals: A Sketchbook for Artists, Designers, and Doodlers Paperback – May 1, 2013

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"This series takes a novel, minimalist approach to art instruction. Each “20 Ways” title provides 45 spreads that are each filled with 20 small drawings on a given theme. REaders will find no step-by-step exercises here; however, each spread offers a variety of styles and techniques. Drawings range from the realistic to the cartoonish to the decorative, with a few rendered in color. The variety of drawing types is intended to inspire readers to experiment on their own. ASpiring artists can either copy drawings directly from the book or create their own variations on a theme. The latest two volumes in the series focus on nature and animals. 20 Ways To Draw a Tree presents many sophisticated, modern drawings of plants and flowers, executed with a surprising array of materials. Despite the title, 20 Ways To Draw a Cat includes all sorts of animals, such as hedgehogs, buffalo, fish, and zebras. VERDICT While Tree will appeal to teens or adult readers, Cat is most appropriate for younger audiences." - Library Journal

About the Author

Julia Kuo splits her time between Cleveland, OH, and Taipei. She grew up in Los Angeles, CA, and attended Washington University in St. Louis for illustration and marketing. Julia illustrates children's books, concert posters and CD covers, designs stationery and journals, and paints in her free time. One recent gallery show featured paintings of street fashion shots from Face Hunter. Julia's clients include American Greetings, the New York Times, the Home Shopping Network, Little Brown and Co., Capitol Records, Tiny Prints, and Universal Music Group. Her illustrations have been honored in American Illustration, CMYK magazine, and Creative Quarterly. Visit her online at www.juliakuo.com.

Julia is also the author of the best-selling Quarry book 20 Ways to Draw a Dress and 44 Other Fabulous Fashions and Accessories and 20 Ways to Draw a Cat and 44 Other Awesome Animals.

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Product Details

  • Series: 20 Ways
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books; Csm edition (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159253838X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592538386
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on October 11, 2013
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20 Ways to Draw a Cat is a fun animal drawing book. Besides cats, there are also a lot of other animals you can draw, such as giraffes, tigers, frogs, snails, whales and many more.

For each animal, there are 20 illustrated examples and empty space left on the pages to draw on. The artworks are really nice and aimed at kids. They are a mixture of black and white line art, line art with colours, and full coloured drawings. They are nothing too complicated and anyone can just look at them and draw, either follow in style or come up with one from imagination. There are a total of 900 drawings.

The book comes with a special binding allows it to be laid down perfectly flat for drawing.

It's a fun activity book for kids. I read on Amazon there's a teacher who bought the book for ideas on drawing also.
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I bought this book because of our recently adopted kittens. My granddaughter and I love to color and draw and I thought it would be helpful to have some easy images to work from. I can recommend this book if you want to encourage your creative side.
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I love to doodle and draw but I often need inspiration. This book provides the perfect assortment of adorable creatures for me to sketch and have fun with.
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My grown up daughter, who is a professional artist, loved these books that I gave her for Christmas - giving her ideas on other ways to design and draw things.
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If you are an artist looking for animal designs and tend toward a cute, illustrative style, then I would highly recommend this book. With basic lines and shapes and using only 2 or 3 colors (predominately black and white), Kuo shows 20 ways to convey a myriad of animals in simple, pleasing styles.

Please note that this is a sourcebook of illustrations and not a step-by-step guide on drawing. The "Look Inside" feature pretty much shows what you're going to get in this book - a page or two of various illustrations of one type of animal with some blank space to draw your own interpretations. If you want a step-by-step, learn how to draw guide, then you'll find this book frustrating and inadequate for that purpose. This is a great book if you are looking for inspiration and visual ideas and not so much a how-to.
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Good idea, very simple - exactly what it says it is. It will be helpful for people wanting to expand their ideas of what drawing can be, IF they have the initiative to look, think and practice. For my adolescent psych patients, it has not been as interesting or inspirational as I had hoped - yet. They might need to see someone model ways to use the ideas, which I haven't tried yet.
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This is not a "how to" book, but rather an idea book. The author uses a variety of styles in her examples, so it's a good reference to flip through.
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For anyone who likes to doodle or think they have no talent for drawing this book will prove them wrong. It has very simple, easy to follow illustrations. The book is light and fun. It is not heavy duty drawing lessons. It's a great book for those of us for are not really artists, but like to "play" with art.
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