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I have got to tell you about this fantastic review book I received in the mail this week. 365 Days of Drawing. I LOVE idea books like this. BUT not only is this an idea book, but it also teaches as well. How much better could it get eh!?
From the back cover
Get lost in your creativity with 365 Days of Drawing, a thoughtful and inspiring art journal designed to help you carve out moments of self-expression. Lorna shows you that drawing does not have to be scary – it can be done with any materials, in any color, in any style and can be done anywhere.
Each activity has been given a loose category: imagination, tutorial, relaxation, color theory, and observational, so that you can practice a broad range of drawing skills. Each ‘theme’ is designed to expand your creative skills and spark the artist within. With helpful prompts and pages that encourage you to try new materials to draw with, 365 Days of Drawing is guaranteed to stir your imagination and put a little creativity into every single day.
What you Get:
A fantastic resource to help you take moments every day to stir your imagination and draw something new, or learn how to express your creativity even better. Some of the ideas are simple. Design your own mugs, draw the perfect circle etc.
Yet others teach: make a colour wheel, create colour blends, fill a grid with colour using matching colours, discern what colours match a mood, or figure out mood with shading.
And still others take time to work through, allowing you the freedom to learn new techniques or practice a skill. Blend tones, change a sploch into an art form, or learn to create a 3D object.
I really, really like this book. If you are at all creative, this book will be a boon to your spirit, nudging you along, giving you great ideas to work with drawing a flock of birds, doodling your way through triangles, learning to use a gird to expand a picture, look deeply into an object and pull out all the colours you can see, draw a picture by looking into the negative space, or even draw an animal as fast as you can. So many ideas, you are bound to find a few that appeal, or add a spark to your day.
- 365 Days of Drawing: sketch and paint your ways through the creative year
- Lorna Scobie, illustrator
- 352 pages, any age from elementary up
- art, creativity, drawing,
- Reviewed for Raincoast.