The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw by Mark Crilley


51m79i74al The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw by Mark Crilley, Watson-Guptill, 2016. ISBN 9780385346337

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? David, a rascally but sincere tween, encounters an artist drawing in the park. He really wants her to teach him to draw, partially because he loves to draw but sucks at it, but also because there’s a fifth grader who can draw a mad cool Lamborghini. Becky is not a teacher, just a lady he meets in the park, but she becomes a mostly willing mentor and guide to David as he learns the basics of drawing: sketching, shading, light and shadow, proportion and putting together a composition. I like that David has the same hesitations and assumptions many of us would-be artists might have, and these issues are dealt with by Becky in a no-nonsense way, by demonstrating key concepts in art. Easy to read and enjoy, with exercises for the beginning artist.

Anything you didn’t like about it? (The LC data indicates that the book includes bibliographical references and index . It does not.)

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is for kids who are interested in drawing basics, which is a cornerstone of cartooning. If they have read James Sturm’s Adventures in Cartooning and need more, this is the book for them.

Who should buy this book? Elementary, middle school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Graphic non fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: January 15, 2017

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