Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw - Book Review

27209108The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw by Mark Crilley
My rating: 4 out of 5
Published July 5th 2016 by Watson-Guptill

An instructional art book in narrative graphic novel form that uses the tale of one aspiring young artist and his reluctant mentor to impart easy-to-follow lessons on the fundamentals of drawing.

With over 10 million views and growing, Mark Crilley's YouTube drawing instruction videos have an enormous worldwide legion of fans and have been featured on sites such as Yahoo News and Reddit. In addition, Crilley is an accomplished graphic novelist. Now for the first time, he pairs both strengths resulting in a one-of-a-kind art instruction experience. Through the story of aspiring, overeager young artist-in-the-making David and his helpful, but often flustered mentor, Becky, readers gain a grounding in the basics of drawing and rendering, along with a helping of laughs and poignant entertainment. Each lesson builds off the previous, with sidebars at the end of each chapter that direct readers to tackle some of the very same drawing exercises that David has just completed. The sequential art format provides the perfect vehicle for these step-by-step lessons, and the Pixar-esque approach to the surrounding characters and story ensures an enjoyable experience that readers will want to revisit again and again.

What an annoying kid. And trust me I know annoying kids.
I wasn't too crazy about either of the characters. But I guess they weren't really the point.

I will say that Becky is a much better teacher/mentor than anybody who has tried to teach me. (I'm pretty sure the last guy I went to expected me to quit the class and ended up using me as a model when I didn't.)

Once again books win.
This is a great how-to when learning the basics of drawing. It's everything I should have already known as an artist. ANd everything all my previous teachers either failed to get across or even mention.

A must for anyone interested in learning how to draw.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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