Gr 3-6-- The 20th entry in the series. With his usual step-by-step approach, Ames invites readers to copy insects, spiders, and mollusks. As with the other books, no information about these animals is presented, not even their actual sizes, which may lead readers to perceive nature incorrectly. Ames's successful technique for introducing mimicry, which he states ``is prerequisite to creativity,'' has been adapted and expanded by others such as Don Bolognese, who adds information, perspective, and color to complete his step-by-step approach in The Way to Draw and Color Dinosaurs (Random, 1991). Beginning artists who find comfort in Ames's easily replicated technique will be attracted to this title. --Carole D. Fiore, S tate Library of Florida, Tallahassee
LEE J. AMES began his career at Walt Disney Studios and taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and at Dowling College on Long Island, New York. He directed his own advertising agency, and illustrated over 150 books, ranging from preschool picture books to postgraduate texts. A prolific author of more than 30 Draw 50 books, Lee Ames died at the age of 90 in June 2011.
"This is number twenty in our 'Draw 50' series. This is the twentieth time I've had the fun and privilege of showing you a way of creating drawings. This time it's the method used by Ray Burns and myself. Working with Ray, and bringing his unique talent to the book, made this a most delightful experience.
Ray is a top illustrator of our time. In your library and bookstore, you will find many books that have been enhanced by his talent. In black and white, in full color, from cartoons to fantasy to realism, from fairy tales to history to natural science, he has shown himself to be an expert. Thank you, Ray, for joining with me in this project!"