How to Draw Almost Everything: An Illustrated Sourcebook
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How to Draw Almost Everything: An Illustrated Sourcebook

Quarto / 2016 / Paperback

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Stock No: WW591402

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If you think you've got no artistic skill or just want to brush up on your drawing, How to Draw Almost Everything can help you with over 2,000 illustrations with step-by-step instructions. Color-coded chapters are divided into the following sections: Animals, People, Foods, Around the House, Vehicles, and Seasons. Challenge drawings after every chapter show how much you've learned.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Quarto
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.00 X 6.40 (inches)
ISBN: 1631591401
ISBN-13: 9781631591402

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Publisher's Description

Not sure how to start your drawing of a flamingo or a flying squirrel? Businessman? Bat? Baobab tree? How to Draw Almost Everything is here to help!

With over 2,000 images, this visual reference book offers instructions for drawing animals, people, plants, food, everyday objects, buildings, vehicles, clothing, and more. The section on people gives simple tricks for showing emotion (angry, surprised) and action (skipping, doing a handstand). There's also a section on clothing that shows how to draw coats and jackets, shoes and boots, bell-bottoms and skinny jeans. From tricycles to tanker trucks, the book gives tips on drawing all kinds of moving vehicles.

At then end of each chapter, author and artist Chika Miyata challenges you to synthesize what you've learned and create a scene. At the end of the chapter on animals, the challenge is to draw a zoo. At the end of the chapter on food, the challenge is to keep an illustrated food journal.

Each entry is broken down with step-by-step illustrations, making this book perfect for beginners or experienced artists in need of a quick refresher and a great resource for those who want to express themselves through illustration or cartooning.

Author Bio

Chika Miyata, born in 1980, is an award winning illustrator. She lives and works in Japan.

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  1. Suz P
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Ed Emberley's books are more useful
    June 13, 2017
    Suz P
    Quality: 4
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    I grew up with Ed Emberley's Animal drawing book. It had simple drawings with easy steps (it uses the shapes of letters to make it easy), but at the end, it suggested that the simple techniques could lead to better drawings with practice (with an example).

    This book has a similar style to that book, but doesn't make it easy for children by using shapes they're used to making, doesn't show what lines are added (which could be vital to some children), and doesn't really have great drawings. There is a section of line drawings of famous people which I thought was pretty good, but apart from copying them, I don't see how to use them to do other people. I was pretty unimpressed by the quality of the drawings, as many have different sized arms (mostly width, but sometimes length), legs, tiny squares for feet, and other features that make them poor examples. I suppose the idea was to make it seem more accessible to people learning, but it pretty much just made me wonder why the author didn't include any of her better art, in a similar style. The challenges in the books tend not to stretch the artistry of the student, but are geared towards bigger pictures (draw a zoo after the animal drawing lesson). I realize that practice is important in drawing, but I'd prefer at least a little about shading, or shadows or perspective. There are better books out there, even for this style of drawing. Look at the sample pages before you purchase. The book is exactly like the sample pages throughout. I didn't look carefully at the sample before I bought it.

    It is a pretty thick book, but I doubt we'll use any of the content.
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