Monday, May 7, 2018

The Drawing Lesson by Mark Crilley - ESSENTIAL

Crilley, Mark The Drawing Lesson : A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw, 167 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL Watson-Guptill, 2016. $19. Langage: G (0 swears, 0 ‘f’) Mature Content: G Violence: G

Davis loves to draw but admits he isn't very good. One day, while in the park, he watches a woman drawing and convinces her to give him a drawing lesson. The lessons continue (despite her attempts to avoid him) and David gets better and better. He learns about shading, sketching, light and shadow, using negative space, proportions, compositions and many other techniques artists use. 

This book really is a drawing lesson. Although it is set up as a story about a boy finding a mentor, it's really a step by step instruction book teaching you how to draw. At the conclusion of each lesson, the reader is invited to try what they have just learned. So simple, this book is inspiring. In the artist's forward, Crilley talk about needing mentors, and that some people don't have access to them - this book does the trick. David is young - he talks about a 5th grade friend who can draw a Ferrari. Elementary or middle school students will love this. 

EL, MS - ESSENTIAL Lisa Librarian

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