Friday, June 29, 2018

Doodled Cats: Dozens of clever doodling exercises and ideas

Doodled Cats is a companion book to Doodled Dogs, released 26th June, 2018 from author Gemma Correll and published by Quarto Publishing - Walter Foster.  At 160 pages and 6x7", it's small and compact and good for purse or backpack for those meetings or lectures that call for a little doodling escapism.

For those unfamiliar with author Gemma Correll's style (see the cover), it's quirky and a bit offbeat and oddly endearing.  She has a large following on her blog and other social media platforms.

Anyhow, this book gives some tutorial guidance for doodling cats in all sorts of costumes and situations.  It's not primarily a tutorial book, half the page content is given over to entertaining cat factoids and showcasing the author's drawings, but there are some step-by-step tutorial pages to give the would-be cat doodler (ca'doodler?)  a very gentle nudge in the right direction.

One note; this book and the companion book about dog doodling have several pages which are identical to one another.  I wasn't disappointed or annoyed, but having the exact same format in the same order with about 10% (+/-) of exatly the same page content is ever so slightly cheeky in my humble opinion.

Anyhow, for people who love doodling cats in amusing positions, this is a moderately cute book.  Ditto the dog book.  People who buy both will be supporting the artist author (and publisher) and that's not a bad thing.

Four stars, the world needs more lighthearted fun cartoons to hopefully distract us from the 'real world'.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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