Archives for category: Genre: Art – Practical

Published by Macmillan Children’s Books

Supporting Book Trust (20 pence from the sale of each of these goes to the Book Trust).

There are probably hundreds of colouring-in books that have been published in the last few months or so. Some are better than others.

They contain designs of every sort and type of subject you can imagine: mythical, self-help, (anti-stress / calming etc), literary, seasonal, religious, geographic, magical, oriental, animals (numerous numbers of these of a vastly different types), architecture, shapes, therapy, and botany, to name just a few. Everyone seems to be doing it – our tables are laden with large and small square books.

They are often listed as Adult Colouring books. They aren’t really ‘adult’ in the sense of content of a film being 18+ They are just full of detail, well, some are, and it is assumed that any listed as adult must be more complicated and, therefore, be more difficult to do.

In my view this does not mean that children don’t have the patience or ability to colour these books. They do – it’s just that suddenly adults have been persuaded that this is the ‘new’ thing. I suppose it is for them.

There is only one practical art book that I have regularly sold (previously the subject of a post on this blog) – Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered (by Quinten Blake and John Cassidy) and now there is this new book by Chris Riddell.

This small paperback is full of 366 things to draw, colour in or doodle – one for every day of the year.
Stuffed with drawings from Chris Riddell’s work, some of which I have seen before, others I haven’t. I have bought two copies – an extravagance, but a necessary one.

I intend to use one and to colour in, draw and doodle as directed…The other I shall keep as it is – and perhaps one day I will meet him again and be able to ask him to sign both copies for me… It is a practical art book for fans of his work and suitable for everyone from around six through to 110..or as long as they can hold a pencil, and see.

My favourite date in the book is March the 14th – a Story Starter page… Yes the book includes space for you to write too…should you wish…

It doesn’t go into the ‘science’ particularly, of how to draw, it is more of an encouragement for everyone to start and to keep drawing. Both Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered and this complement each other and should be bought as a set…

In addition to being filled with his wonderful art work – 20 pence of the sale of each volume goes to the Book Trust – a charity that promotes reading….and what could be better than that?

Published by Klutz / ISBN 978 1570543203

This extraordinary book provides the ‘reader’ with two pencils, a red, and a black, and a marker pen attached to the side of the spiral binding, but no rubber. I don’t on the whole like spiral bindings, they are prone to pulling the pages apart, and are not easily kept in a pocket, without the spiral un-spiraling and catching on the cloth. This however, is the exception.

I want a copy of this book. One day I might buy myself one, if no-one else does first.

It is a book that explains about how to draw – using Quinten Blakes gorgeous illustrations to show how perspective works, how to use shading, how to draw people standing, sitting and how to do many other technical things. It begins with an explanation about the lack of a rubber and they have included a box in which criticism of your pictures should be noted.

The box is approximately two millimetres by two.

Buy it and work your way through – it is an activity book that will result in your not only having spent a good hour, or two, or more happily sketching – but also will show you  to draw and that will last forever.