Ok... first of all, let me say that I have no faith in 'how to draw' books. I only learned to draw pretty well about 5 years ago... I'm 36 atm. Before that, it was stick people with no faces. Seriously. I was purely into sculpture and juxtaposition because it didn't involve drawing. Ok... full disclosure... I did paint in watercolor pretty competently and I would draw to set up those paintings, but it's completely different and without the painting added, my drawing was crap. I mean it. My 8 year old has had a better grasp on visual representation through drawing and paint since he was 3 than I had at age 30. I don't know what switch got flipped, but it was like overnight that I started massively improving.
HOWEVER... I admit that I was curious and wanted to try/test this book. I didn't trust it's "show artists of all levels how to draw with ease by following the simple, step-by-step examples" (they are never simple examples) promise on the back of the book. So, I dubiously set a 10 minute timer and drew from the directions for the image of the narwhal on the cover... this is what I ended up with:
and I must say that I'm pretty confident that if I had another 5 minutes, I could have made it look just like the one on the cover. Even 36 year old me is very pleased!!!
So I must say, "I apologize, book. This is quite an amazing result as it's a raw first sketch of a narwhal that I have EVER attempted. You win. 5 stars."
There weren't any 'do overs' or practice sketches... this is just me going off what they were showing me, and despite how popular narwhals apparently and strangely are these days, I've seen one like once... on Elf. Yep. That's the extent of my visual knowledge of these guys... So, yeah. Book, 5 stars and a win! And I'm keeping it with my technique books just in case;) (Trust me. It's an honor to be on that shelf.)
Disclosure: I did receive this book for free in order to give an honest review from my experience with this book. And I am pleased.
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