Draw 500 Awesome Animals
A Sketchbook for Artists, Designers, and Doodlers
by Julia Kuo
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Pub Date 02 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 11 Nov 2021
Quarto Publishing Group – Chartwell Books, Chartwell Books
Each spread in Draw 500 Awesome Animals features a curated selection of drawings of animals based on a theme (animal species, type, shape, marking pattern, or movement), each comprised of simple combinations of lines and shapes, with blank space for you to draw your versions. You’ll find hundreds of inspiring illustrated examples of a wide array of animals—cat, giraffe, seal, elephant, whale, and much, much more! This is not a step-by-step technique book, but rather a stylized guidebook where the animals are simplified, modernized, and reduced to the most basic elements to show you how simple abstract shapes and forms meld to create the building blocks of any item that you want to draw.
Each of the interpretations provides a different, interesting approach to drawing a single item, providing loads of inspiration for your own drawing. Presented in the author’s uniquely creative style, this engaging and motivational practice book provides a new take on the world of sketching, doodling, and designing.
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Average rating from 24 members
Draw 500 Awesome Animals is an idea and doodle book that encourages you to pick up a pen and have a go, The animals have been simplified so that they can be easily copied and adapted. It is not meant to be a step by step guide or an instruction book, It is a good place to start for anyone interested in learning to draw, It is a bit of fun and great for a rainy day or for keeping children occupied.
Simple instruction with plenty of pictures of animals in different styles and poses Handy to have a circular and oval stencil and ruler if you’re a beginner. No step-by-step approach. Simple drawings of animals where you focus on the larger geometric figure first, then the smaller details Could use some additional steps-by-step diagrams for some of the animals. Great for doodlers who are interested in incorporating animals. Great reference for different art styles.
This books is exactly what the title suggests! There is a brief note at the beginning, but otherwise the book is simply packed with doodles of different animals. The artist’s note at the beginning encourages readers to draw right on the book’s pages as they study the simple shapes of the doodles and learn to draw their own animals. This would be a great book for anyone who loves animals, or loves to draw!
Draw 500 Awesome Animals, A Sketchbook for Artists, Designers, & Doodlers serves as a reference book for those interested in a large selection of simple animal designs. I feel that maybe the title may confuse people thinking it will walk beginners through the steps of actually drawing the animals, as it doesn't do that. The animal illustrations fill the book and serve as a reference for those looking for simple designs to work from. The beginning of the book suggests tracing the designs or breaking them down into simple shapes. I think this would be a great visual reference book for an art classroom or any classroom incorporating creative work to act as a springboard for ideas! My daughter loves looking at pictures and drawing them, but kiddos or adults looking for step by step instructions may be frustrated.
An easy book for children or budding artists with lots of doodles that they can copy and elaborate on. There are no instructions, just simple drawings and space on the page to practice on. This is definitely not a how-to book, but it could be useful for inspiring a child's imagination or understanding of how shapes make up the different animal forms.
'Draw 500 Awesome Animals'' is a book of illustrations. Julia Kuo is a great illustrator. With this book, the author proves that there are many ways to doodle, sketch and draw animals. This book can be used as a source of inspiration for doodling in general. It gives the (hobby) artist many creative ideas about how to draw. The drawings in the book have different characteristics. Some are drawn with simple lines, others are colored in with a pen. Some are colorful, others are black and white. Some use more rectangles, some are round, etc. The drawings are of animals, so they can also be used as reference material when practicing drawing an animal. I would like to have some more tips or extra text about the different methods the illustrator/author used. But this book is definitely fun and creative to read for other artists or people who like to sketch (animals).
This lovely little book does exactly what it says on the cover. There's a small little note from the author at the beginning which encourages readers to examine the lines and geometric shapes that make up each animal. From there on, you're on your own. This book won't teach you to draw, but it will teach you to examine the shapes that make up our world, and you'll have some great little references the next time you find yourself needing to draw either a jellyfish or a zebra. The author provides some space in the book to practice your drawings so if you're out an about it means you won't have to drag around this handy little book and a sketchbook because everything's there for you. All you need is your pen or pencil of choice and you're good to go!
Draw 500 Awesome Animals is a basic collection of line drawings of different animals by Julia Kuo. Released 2nd Nov 2021 by Quarto on their Chartwell imprint, it's 208 pages and is available in paperback format. I love to draw and doodle. Despite not being super advanced and skillful yet, I find drawing very relaxing most of the time. This is an accessible guide full of very simple animal drawings. The animals are mostly stylized, they aren't overly realistic. There is no tutorial instruction; the pages are laid out very roughly thematically (but not labeled, there's no table of contents or index). Animals with similar shapes are often shown side by side for comparison purposes and inspiration: a pig from behind stands next to a similarly positioned skunk, pigs and sheep with similar outlines are arranged together, etc. The book includes the line drawings alone. There is no introduction or step-by-step tutorials. There isn't any text. Most of the drawings are greyscale monochrome but there are some (roughly 10%) which are rendered in colored pencil. Great selection for a gift for a young artist, perhaps with some added sketch pads and pencils. This would also make a good classroom or library book.I would also recommend this book to babysitters, grandparents, parents, and basically anyone who spends a fair bit of time with small kids in order to up their 'draw with me' game. I will use these to decorate journals and notes for friends. Four stars. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
This isn't a "how to draw" book, this is a book of inspiration, different animals in different styles to promote you to draw your own.