Monday, June 6, 2022

How to Draw Adorable: Joyful Lessons for Making Cute Art

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How to Draw Adorable is a wonderful all-ages drawing guide with tutorials by Carlianne Tipsey. Due out 6th Sept 2022, it's 160 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats. 

This is such a cute, accessible, and well formatted book. The subjects are wide ranging and anthropomorphic and character based. The instruction is for line drawn sketching and the subjects are all age appropriate and appealing. Scattered throughout are pages with drawing and thinking prompts for art such as: visual clues that make you happy, are pleasant to look at, and inspire feelings of love, or full page practice exercises such as drawing circles or lines, or bisecting squares and other shapes. All of the practice pages include short tutorials on how to use the spaces to best advantage. 

There are also instruction pages which clearly show proportions and drawing guides for faces, figures, and detailing drawings. The language is very modern and youthful (the book is full of phrases like "all the feels" and "get your cute on"). 

There are tips and tricks for improving technique in highlighted color text boxes throughout the text. The emphasis is on short, digestible, understandable lessons in clear colorful text and illustrations. The practice pages are printed on dotted page layouts which will make a good tie-in for instructors who wish to encourage journaling and drawing practice in their students. This is a very simple and beginner accessible book.

Five stars. This would be a good selection for public or school library acquisition and home study. It would be a superlative gift, excellent classroom or library group selection for activity groups, a wonderful parent/caregiver activity, or even for babysitters and child-minders looking to up their activity time with their small charges. Artistic exploration allows children to improve fine motor skills and gives them a feeling of accomplishment and control. 

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

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