Thursday, November 12, 2020

Draw 62 Characters and Make Them Cute: Step-by-Step Drawing for Figures and Personality; for Artists, Cartoonists, and Doodlers


Draw 62 Characters and Make Them Cute is is a step by step drawing tutorial guide for fantasy creatures by Heegyum Kim. Released 19th Nov 2019 by Quarto on their Quarry imprint, it's 128 pages and is available in paperback format.

This appealing book is full of lots of simple tutorials for drawing humorously and alliteratively named characters: Dan the dashing dinosaur, Sandro the sea scholar, Grandma Greta, Lex the Lumberjack, and 58 more. There are some (relatively minor) spelling errors in some of the tutorials. I received an eARC for review, so the errors are hopefully edited out for the release version.

The tutorials and techniques are suited to beginning artists. There are step by step tutorials for 62 characters including different variations and poses for each one. There is a 'you try it' balloon on each page for reader drawings.

This would make a great gift for would-be artists of all ages. The included tutorials are varied and eclectic with lots from which to choose. I'm not 100% sure how "cute" they actually are. They're certainly not kawaii, but many of them are appealing in my opinion (see cover). There is no introductory technique or materials instruction; the book just includes the 62 tutorials. There is a complete table of contents, so locating individual ones shouldn't be problematic. They're slanted toward line drawings, though colored pens, crayons, and watercolors could certainly be used to enhance the drawings.

Cute book, accessible for everyone.

Four stars.

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

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