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20 Ways to Draw a Tree and 44 Other Nifty Things from Nature: A Sketchbook for Artists, Designers, and Doodlers Paperback – 1 Jun 2013

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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (1 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592538371
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592538379
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 1 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This series takes a novel, minimalist approach to art instruction. Each "20 Ways" title provides 45 spreads that are each filled with 20 small drawings on a given theme. REaders will find no step-by-step exercises here; however, each spread offers a variety of styles and techniques. Drawings range from the realistic to the cartoonish to the decorative, with a few rendered in color. The variety of drawing types is intended to inspire readers to experiment on their own. ASpiring artists can either copy drawings directly from the book or create their own variations on a theme. The latest two volumes in the series focus on nature and animals. 20 Ways To Draw a Tree presents many sophisticated, modern drawings of plants and flowers, executed with a surprising array of materials. Despite the title, 20 Ways To Draw a Cat includes all sorts of animals, such as hedgehogs, buffalo, fish, and zebras. VERDICT While Tree will appeal to teens or adult readers, Cat is most appropriate for younger audiences." - Library Journal

About the Author

Eloise Renouf graduated from university with a degree in printed textiles. She designed high-end fashion prints for two years for the Timney Fowler Design Studio in London, then moved to New York and spent another year working in design studios, again designing prints for fashion. She established her own stationery business with her partner in 2001; for 8 years, they have designed and published their own greetings cards, selling to stores both domestically and internationally. In addition, she designs giftware and has done commissions for organizations such as UNICEF. She also teaches part time on the textiles degree course at Nottingham Trent University.

Eloise has a keen interest in mid-century art and design that influences her design aesthetic. Imagery, textiles, children’s book illustrations, and home interiors from the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s contribute to her unique, appealing style. She currently lives in Nottingham, U.K. View her work online at http://www.etsy.com/shop/EloiseRenouf.


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I bought this book for my wife, and both of us really enjoy using it; but it has also been fantastic for our three young children (aged 3, 6 and 8) who have all used it as source material for practising their drawing and getting inspiration. Despite the headline title, it's worth reading the small print and seeing that it's not just trees (trees are the first "chapter"), but about 45 different nature subjects - mushrooms, birds, flowers, ferns, pinecones, leaves, etc. So it's helpful for finding examples of nature subjects that you might not naturally think of noticing, or using as ideas for details to add to pictures, as well as a good source of approaches to take to draw them.
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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 Nov. 2013
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This is part of their 20 Ways to Draw series of books which now includes Tulip, Dress, Butterfly, Cat and Doodle. They have various authors/artists for the books, and for this one it's Eloise Renouf.

The book's a 96-page paperback that you can open flat on the table for drawing.

There are no instructions so you basically draw what you see. The theme is actually nature. So besides drawing trees, you also get examples of birds, snails, flowers, berries, insects and even fish, and more. Each subject has 20 illustrated examples. The opposite page is usually blank for you to draw on.

The drawings are fun to look at and easy to draw along with. There are nice designs and varying styles.

It's a simple fun book for those looking to draw something.
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I bought this book to give me some ideas for simple contemporary shapes that might be helpful for printing. It is reasonably ok for that purpose although I think some of the topics were unimaginatve e.g. all the flowers were all round! I felt the author hadn't put a lot of thought into the images. I would have preferred more images rather than paying for blank pages - if I did decide to sell it on later then I wouldn't want to draw in it anyway.
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I haven't done much drawing since I had my children but this has got me interested again. Each subject has two pages dedicated to it with various ways of drawing each item. The drawings are not 'realistic' in style, but more like the kind you find on textiles, wrapping paper and other graphic designs. I found some of them similar to each other so there aren't always exactly 20 different ways to draw something, but I gave this 5 stars as it was still inspiring to me and got me doodling again.
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I ordered this book together with 'Draw 500 things from nature ' Indivually each book is very good. The problem is that they both contain exactly the same images arranged in a different order. Very misleading and very annoying.
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My daughter (6) loves drawing and this book, with its fab illustrations provided the perfect inspiration for her. The book has blank pages for you to copy the art alongside. Very cool
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i stupidly didnt realise this is an exercise style book, the drawings and illustrations are cool but it has more of a kiddie book feel to it than an art book.
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Great for children and adults to practice drawing skills. The boys I nanny for loved it.
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