Monday, July 14, 2014

Fearless Drawing by Kerry Lemon : Book Review

Fearless Drawing: Illustrated Adventures for Overcoming Artistic Adversity by Kerry Lemon
teaches a new way to look at the world and gives tips on how to draw it through your own eyes. I love when Kerry Lemon (author) explains that she is Absorbed in the process of creating art and not a camera.  She states that her work is not a carbon copy of the world. Instead each drawing she does is a representation of her perspective of what she sees.   I have taken many drawing classes where I was expected to duplicate what the instructor had drawn.  I found the author's approach to be refreshing.

She later goes on to explain that she created this book to help people discover their own style. The book is set up so that the reader can actually draw right onto it. The supply list is simply. The first lesson is how the way you hold a pencil affects the type of line you create. She makes the process fun. 

I would recommend this book for anyone who has a fear of drawing or needs to learn some drawing techniques in a non-threatening manner. The upbeat tone of the author really enhances the experience of completing each adventure (chapter). This was a fun read for both my daughter and myself and we highly recommend it. As the video will show, there is no fancy artwork. Instead there are a lot of great lessons and tips to define your own drawing style and interpretation.  The book is designed so that the reader can work on the section of his or her own choice and pace.

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