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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (14 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844488985
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844488988
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 1.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Have pen and paper, will draw is the philosophy of this book. It's aimed at anyone who wants to draw. Learn the basics or develop new drawing skills with this book. The book is organized as a set of exercises from quick sketches to detailed observation. The authors reckon they have a foolproof way of making sure you let go of your inhibitions and start to draw. I like the 'Look Up' hints that get you to connect with art. Discover the artist in you, working your way through this inventive book and improve your skills along the way. It's fun.-Yarnsandfabrics.co.uk/crafts This is an intriguing idea and yet another Marmite book - you're either going to love it or hate it. The cover, which is mainly typographical (why???) and showing only a few fairly conventional line sketches, does it no favours and really doesn't convey they content. It should be said that the choice of the paper it's printed on doesn't either. It's that matt kind that tends to knock colour back, which is a shame because colour is sometimes central to the book's message and detail is also sometimes lost - particularly in the section on chiaroscuro. The first impression, on opening the pages, is a collection of random and seemingly confusing images. However, it doesn't take long for these to become a cornucopia and an intriguing collection of ideas that make you look and get you thinking. Subtitled The Dynamic Drawing Course For Anyone With A Pencil, the authors' aim is to teach by stimulation and example rather than through words - which is why that typographical cover is so particularly baffling. There are words of course, but they're only there to explain what you're looking (partly) at and (mainly) for and what you should be doing to achieve it. Sometimes it's a bit kooky but not deliberately and, crucially, not archly so. Its aim is to teach anyone to draw just by stimulating their imagination so that they can't help getting started. Personally, I love the idea. It's random, it's unconventional, it's unpredictable, maybe even a bit controversial in a good way. It's also been written by a couple of illustrators who have a nicely fresh slant on the whole thing.-Artbookreview.net Can't draw but always wanted to? Grab a pencil, some paper and a copy of this book, and there might well be nothing stopping you - When is a course not a course? When it is designed to be like anything but, with a strong sense of fun and a feel for the many situations of everyday life that can be enhanced with a spot of art. Divided into six chapters, this book goes from making marks through tone, composition, patterns, observation and beyond. Start simply by getting back to basics (what you lost when that first teacher told you that you were no good at art) and drawing like a child again. Listen to music and make marks to it, go outside and draw what you see on paper or in the sand, make a picture out of a piece of string to show where a line can take you. Each double page has a task on it illustrated with examples and often with things to look up or artists to go and take a look at. Some good web links might come in handy here, but I guess that might be lazy. There are pictures to make from dots a la Seurat, pictures from torn paper, making drawings of objects like stones and chocolates, watching a strawberry decay and recording each stage and more. I like the way it involves the reader with ordinary things that anybody can find, and the parallels it draws between each task and the art that you see in galleries. This is not the way I learned, but it is perhaps a good way to teach an adult bite-sized lessons that can be fitted into an average day. If you have always wanted to draw but feel daunted by the more traditional approach in many art primers, this might be for you.-Myshelf.com Concealed behind the rather unpromising cover of this book is a cornucopia of intriguing ideas. The first impression is of a collection of random and seemingly confusing images. However, it doesn't take long to make you look and get you thinking. Subtitled The Dynamic Drawing Course for Anyone with a Pencil, the authors' aim is to teach by stimulation and example rather than through words. There are words, but they're only there to explain what you're looking at and what you should be doing to achieve it. Sometimes its a bit kooky but not deliberately and, crucially, not archly so. Its aim is to teach anyone drawing just by stimulating the imagination. Personally, I love the idea. It's eclectic, unconventional, unpredictable, maybe even a bit controversial in a good way. It's also been written by a couple of illustrators who have a nicely fresh slant on the whole thing.-The Artist While many of us loved to draw as a child, it often ends up a long-forgotten hobby. Just Draw it! is the perfect guide to rebuild childhood confidence: after a reintroduction to line and mark making, it explores techniques for introducing light and shade, how to create movement and texture, and - perhaps most importantly - how to express your emotions through illustration.-Woman's Weekly Craft

About the Author

Sam Piyasena had his first illustration published in the Sunday Times newspaper, while still at school. He then went on to study at the Chelsea School of Art, followed by Central St. Martins, where he specialised in illustration. After graduating he worked as an illustrator and photographer for various international clients including Nike, Universal Records, and the BBC. He has taught at various art colleges in the UK and conducted international art workshops for The British Council. Website: www.billiejean.co.uk Beverly Philp is a freelance illustrator whose commissions include work for a variety of prestigious magazines, publishing houses, and design companies. After completing a BA, specialising in illustration at Brighton University, she went on to study an MA in Communication, Art and Design at the Royal College of Art. Her work is based on observational drawing, and she is keen to impart the importance of drawing skills to her students. Beverly has been a visiting lecturer at Middlesex University and Kingston University, teaching Illustration. Website: www.iambev.com

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By miranpr on 20 Jan 2013
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This is totally the opposite to those dry 'how to draw' manuals that end up on the sale table. It's a family book, we all liked it, (age 4 - 50), and is fascinating enough just to browse, even if you don't feel like taking up the challenge to draw. The titles of each section are witty, the illustrations totally absorbing, the 'learn more' sections worth investigating. If you do in fact want to draw, it demystifies demanding art movements, and makes you feel you can draw as well as famous artists. The activities are far more exciting than your average rainy day word search. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ElizabethJ on 2 Feb 2013
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This genuinely is a drawing book for anyone. It has just the right balance of theory, enjoyable exercises and recommendations on relevant artists/designers to look up, should you want to. It's also a fun reminder of how much inspiration there is to be found in everyday life and objects. The most refreshing thing about this book is its lack of stuffiness, without dumbing down. Unlike other how to draw books, which I've bought previously, this actually did make me pick up a pencil & draw.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 Dec 2014
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Just Draw It! is a book of fun drawing exercises and ideas to get you to draw, express yourself with art.

To get the most out of the book, you should at least know some form of representational drawing. In the second lesson which is about line drawing, it suggest that you draw what you see outdoors, so you definitely require some basic observation and representation drawing skills. The third lesson asks you do draw the view you see while riding in a car or bus, and the illustrated example is a sketchy panoramic view of a car interior. These two lessons for starters can be quite overwhelming for beginners.

There are lots of interesting exercises to try out, such as drawing in the sand, on a steamy window, use needle and thread to draw, draw under a minute, poke holes, draw from a low point, high point, visually record the decomposition of some food item, doodle on photos from magazines and newspapers, draw in the dark, still life, draw tone squares, cutting up your drawing and rearranging them, and many more.

Throughout the book are suggestions on things you can draw.

The authors Sam Piyasena and Beverly Philp have written a book that's informal, casual and easy to follow.

The overall goal is really to have some fun, build up some freedom and creativity to your drawings and what you can draw.

It's a good book to get you back into drawing, or to start drawing differently.

(See more pictures and the book review on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Saucy7th on 12 Sep 2014
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This book was a gift for my niece along with a drawing set, also purchased off Amazon, this book will offer her in depth ideas of how to draw and sketch what she sees. Its not your average book as much of the write ups in the book are very concise. It will be helpful to her as she progresses through her learning into the art world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ann Philp on 28 Jun 2013
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This is an excellent book designed to encourage those of us who would love to draw or paint, but don't know how to take the first steps. Highly recommended
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Morrison on 20 May 2013
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They lay out and writing were attractive and clear. The book will make people want to try their hand at drawing.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By readingagain on 18 April 2013
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Got this out from the library; now buying a copy. I agree entirely with the other good reviews. It is very good; inventive, helpful. Certainly made us all want to draw and create - ages 10 to 55! Loads of ideas - a real artist's approach, but not in an intimidating way at all.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt TOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Feb 2013
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Have pen and paper, will draw is the philosophy of this book. It's aimed at anyone who wants to draw. Learn the basics or develop new drawing skills with this book. The book is organized as a set of exercises from quick sketches to detailed observation. The authors reckon they have a foolproof way of making sure you let go of your inhibitions and start to draw. I like the 'Look Up' hints that get you to connect with artists. Discover the artist in you, working your way through this inventive book and improve your skills along the way. It's fun. This review first appeared on yarnsandfabrics website.
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