Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw By Mark Crilley

He wants to learn to draw because one of his friends at school can do real neat drawings of expensive cars.  When he meets a lady sketching a picture at the park, he tries to convince her she should teach him.  She keeps telling him no.  He keeps not listening...

Watson-Guptill published this book on July 5th.  I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review (thank you).

I really liked how Mr. Crilley put this together.  He gives you small little lessons from the beginning that will grow into an ability to do a complete drawing at the end.  The graphic form really works for this because he demonstrates the right way and the wrong way to do it.

The other part I liked was the relationship between the young woman and the boy.  She doesn't want to teach him, he's pesty and hangs around too much, and he frustrates her.  Of course, she frustrates him, too, because she makes him fix or redraw the picture.  But he does learn.  When she has to move, he's heartbroken.  But he's still drawing years later when a little girl finds him on the bench and asks if he would teach her...

This is a sweet and easy way to learn the basics of drawing.  I sure could have used this when I was young.  Now I have other interests but any budding artist might appreciate the insight shown on these pages.  Why not share it with yours?

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