“When it comes to drawing, it’s always the same process,” Becky tells David in Mark Crilley’s book, A Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel that Teaches You How to Draw.
~ What ~
This one-hundred-forty-four-page paperback targets preteens who want to learn how to draw. After a table of contents and introduction, eleven chapters cover the topic, ending with an epilogue. The author’s biography is on the back inside flap jacket.
Written as a graphic novel, this book has young David yearning to learn to draw. When he meets Becky at the park, he is enamored by her artistic skills. The woman who has been drawing for over thirty years offers to give David drawing lessons. As the graphic evolves, chapters discuss drawing what you see, shading, loose sketching, lights and shadows, proportions, simplifying, composition, bringing in all together, and learning through other avenues. At the end of each chapter is a written paragraph of suggested practice lessons.
Since I have a degree in art and have taught oil painting to teens to adults, I appreciate books that explain the many facets of drawing, especially when offering tips on perspective, highlighting, and dimensional proportions. I like the idea of offering ten to thirteen-year-olds a graphic novel that is about drawing. Tips on holding a pencil properly, squinting to view an object, and under-shading were included.
~ Why Not ~
While there is no explanation for the targeted age-group (except on Amazon), the book may appear sophomoric to adults in the dialogue, artwork, and format. The story of David and Becky’s relationship sometimes overshadows the art lessons. It may be creepy to some that David is like a stalker, appearing at Becky’s house unannounced and somewhat obsessed, especially at the end of the story.
~ Who ~
The author of almost twenty books, Crilley is well-known online for his drawing demonstration videos. With his books featured in magazines and on television, he lives in Michigan.
~ Wish ~
Since the book focuses on a male preteen learning to draw, I wish it included young females. It would be helpful if the jacket cover stated the targeted age group for those buying the book as a gift.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a beginner’s book for preteens and tweens on drawing, this may be a good selection, but it does not go into detail artistically. If the reader has potential as an artist, he or she may prefer taking art classes instead.
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