You Can Draw Anything


Shows kids how to draw anything they want by combining simple shapes.
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Shows kids how to draw anything they want by combining simple shapes.
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"An ideal entry level drawing guide." —
Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Australian artist Gamble (known for illustrating the Tashi series) admires painters Redon and Chagall and believes kids can draw anything. With his direct, humorous approach and emphasis on seeing, they probably can. Gamble jumps in enthusiastically, advising readers to look for simple shapes and demonstrating how to draw a tiger from circles and a dinosaur from O- and S-shapes. Looks like fun! Budding artists are introduced to other shapes found in drawings of a butterfly (triangle), a giraffe (rectangle), and a crab (circle again). Moving on, Gamble shows how to use a grid and ways of shading for shadow and roundness. People are harder, but Gamble focuses on one part at a time: proportions, eyes, mouths, and then bodies composed of simple shapes. Next comes perspective (simplified), which allows kids to show distance and odd angles. Light and shade are important for depicting form, so Gamble takes his followers into the realm of cross hatching in many gradations to produce different effects. For beginners who have looked closely and practiced faithfully, the artist puts it all together to create quite impressive people and birds, planes and trains, trees and flowers, ending with a sinuous dragon from S-shapes and a stegosaurus that began as a half-circle. If kids can draw a sleek whale (from an oval) like the final sketch, they'll be ready to step out on their own. If not, there are always Gamble's amusing little elf and bearded French artist to lead them through the basics again. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781742377988
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 299,392
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.44 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim Gamble is an artist and picture book illustrator. He is the illustrator of the Tashi series and the author of You Can Do Great Lettering.

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