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I am the kind of person that could never draw a straight line, sure I always wanted to but my skills were lacking. This cool book made it do easy to understand how to frame simple lines that in the end create something wonderful. Every kid and adult that wants to draw something should read this book and have the time of your life learning something new. Kio
Wow! The author/artist/teacher Catherine V. Holmes has done it again! In this 3rd "How to Draw Cool Stuff" book, we are treated to more drawing how-to wisdom that is based around Holidays, Seasons and Events. In addition many of the multi-cultural holidays that are celebrated in America (but note this book is an excellent drawing resource no matter where you live...unless you live in a part of the world that does not draw), there are drawings of things inspired by weddings, birthdays, graduation, babyhood...just use the LOOK INSIDE feature to view the Table of Contents...there are over 140 items with drawing instructions. So if you just wanted a few ideas for drawing your own holiday/event cards or crafts..or want to use the book to teach yourself or your kids to draw...it is a veritable treasure. Some of my favorites are the lobster and crab, the scooped and soft-serve ice cream cones, old-fashioned carousel horse, fireworks, Day of the Dead and Halloween spooky-type things...my list could go on forever. In addition, the author provides helpful tips for both beginning and more advanced artists. Like suggesting you draw a larger image than you need, then shrink it on a copier, which results in a more detailed and "professional" looking drawing. One thing that may be of concern (or NOT) if you are buying the Kindle ebook version is that while the text size can be changed, the art is not zoomable. This is not a concern for me personally, as I can easily read the fixed picture/text images on a 7-inch tablet. And it can be viewed at a larger size, obviously, on a laptop or PC screen. But if you prefer larger-sized images, remember the How to Draw Cool Stuff books can be purchased in a large paperback version, so there is your solution. I am glad to have both the ebook and printed book options available. If you HOMESCHOOL, this is a fantastic resource for your kids, with over 140 drawing ideas. If someone I knew said "Gee, I'd like to have a good intro drawing book"..I'd probably start them off with the original "How to Draw Cool Stuff" with the BLUE COVER. But if you are into designing your own cards and holiday-themed crafts...this book will definitely INSPIRE and INSTRUCT you to new levels. In short, I love this series and I love this book. Ok, back to drawing I go...
This book was a free Kindle purchase. I got it for my teenage daughter who likes to draw. I would not recommend this book as a tool to help young people learn to draw. After looking through the book, among the many traditional types of pictures for the holidays were images that were more ugly, sinister, and disturbing (i.e., for Halloween). Take a look at the picture of the face on the jack in the box on the cover to get an idea of what I mean. The pictures I'm talking about were worse that this. I deleted the book as I would not want my children seeing these images, much less attempting to copy them.