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I love the way this book explains art. For example: basic geometric shapes being 2D. These explanations along with the vocabulary sections make this ideal for student and teacher alike. Do you have students/kids that are still 'stuck' on stick figures? Direct them to the "Human Outline" tutorial.
This is NOT a short book! In fact it is over 220 pages so there is a LOT in here! The importance of drawing lightly is emphasized many times, and rightly so, to enable you to erase lines that are no longer needed once your drawing is complete. Not sure which pencils to use? This is all explained at the beginning of the shading chapter. What are positive and negative areas?
WARNING: The actual art instruction pages are in FIXED format on the Kindle so will not change size by opting for a larger font size. Yes, you can double click on the page to enable the picture to fill the page but this is obviously limited by the size of your screen. Although totally readable on my Paperwhite a larger screen would be preferable. Some aspects of the book would definitely be more suitable in a physical copy of the book, like tracing the Mandala template, however the Kindle version is most definitely usable.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: There is NO linked index for the individual projects on the GO TO button of the Kindle so your only option is being able to choose one of the five chapters - Basics, Shading, Texture and Pattern, Optical Illusions, Cool Stuff.
Listed as being suitable for ages 5-18 that will depend, in the younger age range, on the ability of child in question. Some of these art projects are tough requiring a lot of time and effort thus being more suitable for much older children. I'm not sure any of my 5 year olds would have ever been able to tackle this BUT that is not a complaint, just an observation.
I downloaded a copy of this book onto my Kindle. I was not required to write a review but chose to do so. Happy drawing! Liz
This is a great book but on the kindle app, the resolution is unforgivably low. Also, as an art teacher, some of the step by step instructions on now to draw certain objects require far more steps for most people.
As with almost every Kindle book I have, the illustrations are blurry. I was hoping that maybe in an art book, one that was trying to teach us how to draw, the drawings would be sharp and clear. But no, they're blurry. Please understand, they are still usable. The illustrations contain instructions, and they are blurry, but you can still read them. It's so annoying though, in this age of high technology, that our Kindle books still have to have blurry illustrations.
And yes, I understand that scanning the illustrations at a higher resolution would increase the size of the book file. But so what. I have some enormous apps on my iPad, some are over 2 GB. So I could easily handle a book on my Kindle app that was, say, 100 or 200 MB.
I purchased these books for my 5 year old daughter to learn some drawing techniques. The books are great books for learning how to draw, but I felt that they were geared more towards older children and adults. My daughter had a hard time following along and ultimately got frustrated with the book and put it down. I found that the Ed Emberly books were more geared towards smaller children, so I found those for her.
On the other note, I really enjoyed the material in these books and the process in which the author teaches you techniques of drawing line, shading, value, etc. Great learning books for the aspiring artist, but I don't recommend this book for anyone under the age of 10.
This book is pretty good, I kind of wish I had ordered the other book like this one, but this book is ok... It will teach you a LOT about drawing!!! It is a good buy, I would recommend to friends and family!