A friend once told us that when she was young, she learned to draw from Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book: Make a World. We recently checked it out, and loved how Emberley breaks down a drawing: using simple shapes as building blocks, you create objects and faces one piece at a time. Even those of us who aren’t artistically inclined can follow along.
Gradually, you begin to naturally “envision” images as a combination of shapes – triangles, squares, rounds…And of course, once you get the knack of it you can easily improvise! Emberley has books specifically for animals, trucks, and “weirdos,”(among others) any of which would make great gifts for a kid (or adult) –especially one who might be frustrated by free-form drawing.
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