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20 Ways to Draw a Tree and 44 Other Nifty Things from Nature: A Sketchbook for Artists, Designers, and Doodlers Paperback – June 1, 2013
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Eloise Renouf graduated from university with a degree in printed textiles. She designed high-end fashion prints for two years for the Timney Fowler Design Studio in London, then moved to New York and spent another year working in design studios, again designing prints for fashion. She established her own stationery business with her partner in 2001; for 8 years, they have designed and published their own greetings cards, selling to stores both domestically and internationally. In addition, she designs giftware and has done commissions for organizations such as UNICEF. She also teaches part time on the textiles degree course at Nottingham Trent University. Eloise is also the author of the best-selling Quarry book 20 Ways to Draw a Tree and 44 Other Nifty Things from Nature. Eloise has a keen interest in mid-century art and design that influences her design aesthetic. Imagery, textiles, children's book illustrations, and home interiors from the 1950's, 60's, and 70's contribute to her unique, appealing style.
View her work online at www.etsy.com/shop/EloiseRenouf.
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This book is great to keep in my car. It's easy to whip it out and work on a page - practice my doodling - while I wait for kids at various activities. In addition to this volume, I purchased "20 Ways to Draw a Tulip". That book is very similar to this one, and I would recommend both for artists - or doodlers - of any age. These books are good for anyone 8-108.
This is a GREAT resource for anyone who needs inspiration or a quick resource to draw from.
I think the problem for me is that many of the images, especially the butterflies, appear to be computer rendered. Others, like the birds, are all a very similar shape filled in with different patterning, rather than a variety of birds in a variety of positions. I was looking for new ways to show an object drawn by hand, perhaps new methods for lines or shading. But I got the sense that some of these started as stamps or photographs rather than actual drawings. (I could be wrong, and the artist could just be extremely talented far beyond my own abilities with a pen and paper). The clouds, for instance, are all a similar shape filled in with different zentangle patterns or what appear to be photoshop filters or textures. I felt that many of the images lacked the variety I was hoping for.
The pinecones, root vegetables, and citrus fruits were notably full of the types of drawings I expected to see throughout the book, but they were rare.