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on 20 January 2013
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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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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on 2 February 2013
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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on 27 June 2014
.For anyone needing material for inspiration - beginners and more advanced. Good ideas and helpful, clear, and concise instructions. Also good for children (although an adult book) as it is fun to do.
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on 18 April 2013
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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on 28 June 2013
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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on 20 May 2013
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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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 6 February 2013
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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on 18 December 2014
Can you draw a line? Do you have creating ideas? Yes then this book is definitely for you. Many people say they can't draw, but they're wrong, either due to bad teachers or bad experience. Anyone can draw and this book will show you how. You don't need to draw perfect lines to draw or even to draw well. This book makes drawing accessible in a fun, different and engaging way.
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on 15 April 2013
A good book for artists who already have some skills. i bought this for my son who wants to learn to draw and this is way too complex. I had to go and get another book from waterstones where I could look at the choices available and judge standards.

it is not a course as advertised and not for everyone.
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