Usually, I pick up books to review based on what I think my blog readers might like to read. However, this week I chose three books just because I wanted to read them. My beach-themed family room needs some decorations so I thought I would begin a new hobby while getting some inexpensive custom wall art. Let’s Draw Sea Creatures was my first art instruction selection.
The book is written for children, so it starts at a real beginner’s level. There are two short chapters on tools and techniques and then a chapter for each creature. The species included are a dolphin, sea lion, clownfish, great white shark, humpback whale, stingray, Moorish idol (that looks like an angelfish), sea turtle, octopus, and orca. For each of the ten creatures included, there are illustrations of how to use simple shapes to form them in proportion. The steps also have tips for realistic shading techniques. It is truly the opposite of intimidating and is a great way to build artistic confidence.
If you have a child that would like to draw, you can’t go wrong with this book. Let’s Draw Sea Creatures is also perfect for adults who need to start at the most basic level possible. The only tools necessary are paper, a pencil, an eraser and a creative desire. 4 stars!
Thanks to Walter Foster Jr and NetGalley for a digital review copy of the book.
Next week I’ll be reviewing the other two Walter Foster art books I picked up. Easy Drawing and Easy Watercolor are written for adults and contain a wider variety of subjects and many more advanced techniques.