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The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw Kindle Edition
2017-2018 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award List
2019 Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee
"[H]eartfelt and quite moving...An artful balance of character and technique, of observed human moments and carefully pitched instruction, that will appeal to students with artistic aspirations. Gr 4 + Up"
—School Library Journal
"Engaging...A pleasant diversion for a long summer afternoon, The Drawing Lesson is likely to result in lots of ambitious sketching among readers ages 7 to 14."
—Wall Street Journal
"The narrative is often funny and unexpectedly poignant, while the tutorials are impressively clear and easy for readers to implement...A great pick for juveniles and young teens looking to learn the craft of drawing."
"Proportion, negative space, perspective, lighting, and other drawing basics are covered concisely and informatively, so a student could easily follow the clear drawings to benefit from Becky’s lessons. Crilley develops his characters fully, making this a true novel and not simply a narrated drawing lesson. An original and accessible way to learn to draw. (Graphic nonfiction. 10-14)"
"Offers thorough and practical lessons in drawing. The instruction is solid, covering proportion, shading, loose sketching, self-criticism, drawing shadows, and negative space."
"You’ll laugh, you’ll learn, and you might even discover a hidden talent. What’s not to love?"
—Girls' Life Magazine
"A great book for young artists and their parents, sure to encourage artistry while building confidence and fundamental drawing skills."
"Everyone has looked at a piece of art, whether it is a comic book or classical painting, and thought I wish I could do that…Mark Crilley’s latest drawing manual, ‘The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw,’ turns that wish into an absolution."
"The book doesn’t just show you the right way to do things but also common, fixable mistakes. Then it shows you what to do in order to make things right."
"This book tackles all the topics they covered in my High School AP Art Class...An excellent book to give to a young person (tween to teen) if they’re interested in learning about the technical aspects of art."
—The Children's Book Review
"The Drawing Lesson is a truly innovative way to learn art. I can’t wait to get this book for every kid on my gift buying list. Whatever your age, The Drawing Lesson is an essential primer on how to draw what you see."
—Gene Ha, artist for Alan Moore’s Top 10, Fables, and Action Comics, creator of Mae, and four-time Eisner Award winner --This text refers to the paperback edition.
Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
Chapter Two: Drawing What You See 11
Chapter Three: Shading 27
Chapter Four: Beginning With A Loose Sketch 40
Chapter Five: Understanding Light and Shadow 54
Chapter Six: Using Negative Space 68
Chapter Seven: Checking Proportions 78
Chapter Eight: Simplifying Things 87
Chapter Nine: Creating A Composition 98
Chapter Ten: Bringing It All Together 110
Chapter Eleven: Moving On 126
My goal with this book is to give you the next best thing: some sense of what it’s like to meet a drawing expert and to have a series of lessons at his or her side. There’s no shortage of instructional art books in the world; I’ve made a few of them myself. But I wanted to see if crucial lessons about drawing could be woven into an actual narrative. So, I set out to create a story that would give you vicariously the experience of having a mentor—one that can make you feel as if you are the one having your mistakes corrected, as if you are being told what to do and how to do it.
So, please turn the page, meet young David, and follow him on his drawing journey. I hope his story gives you some sense of what it’s like to have a drawing mentor. Mentors are not always gentle, and they certainly aren’t there just to be your personal cheerleader. But a mentor can truly change the way you see the world, and in so doing change your life altogether. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B016GRM6BG
- Publisher : Watson-Guptill (5 July 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 66035 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Not Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 144 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #149,618 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from India
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This is not a typical instruction book teaching you specific things to draw, but it would be very well suited for 12+ year olds( at least in India I see the right audience as 12year+ olds ) and teachers/parents.
Thank you Mark. Am a fan of your videos and books and was looking forward to this book.
I love David's expressions when he meets his teacher for the first time. Kids with that kind of passion for drawing would love this one.
Top reviews from other countries
The graphic novel presentation and story is genius. All art tutorial books should be done this way instead of the standard dry text book way. I was just going to read a few pages but I could not put it down. This is 100% a must buy for anyone interesting in learning how to draw. It's a very funny story too.