My children are budding little artists. They have been exploring their artistic creativity with “How to Draw Cool Stuff”, by Catherine V. Holmes and loving every minute of it. They have been taking the skills they are learning from the book and using them to create their own amazing artwork.
“How to Draw Cool Stuff”, is a drawing guide for artists of any age. It contains a series of hands on exercises that will guide you through the basic principles of illustration. Each exercise helps you see objects through the “eyes of an artist”. You will soon be able to see the lines, shape, space and other fundamental elements of each object and take your simple drawing to complex and extraordinary.
The book contains 6 chapters – The Basics, The Human Face, Perspective, Holidays and Seasons, Animals and Creatures and Cool Stuff. Each chapter is then broken down into several exercises. Each exercise is broken down into four parts – Know, Understand, Do and Vocabulary. It’s important to read through these steps so that you can gain a deeper understand of the concepts that the author is trying to teach you. Each of the skills the author is teaching you in the exercise can be transferred to other drawings. Take the time to practice drawing the example drawing and then use your creativity to create your own!
Be sure to take the time to read the tips at the beginning of the book. My daughter is working her way through the “Paws and Claws” exercise. One of the biggest things she has learned from the book is to draw lightly. She’s discovered that it’s important to follow each step and not to just jump to the very last.
Although it’s not how we used the book, I believe it would be best to start at Chapter 1 and then work your way through so that you can build on the previous lessons. My daughter chose to pick one of her favourite drawings and go from there. She is fascinated by wolves, and was delighted to discover that there was a paw print to draw in the book.
“How to Draw Cool Stuff” is a great book to expand your drawing skills. The term “Cool” is subjective, but the book will help you take your drawings from basic to amazing.
*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “How to Draw Cool Stuff” through the Amazon Vine program. All opinions are 100% my own.