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The Draw Anything Book: Over 200 Simple Step-by-Step Drawing Sequences for All Kinds of Things

Quarry: Quarto. Sept. 2020. 176p. ISBN 9781631599811. pap. $16.99. CRAFTS
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French artist Lambry made a name for himself in the 1920s and 1930s with a series of drawing lessons created for children that emphasized the use of simple lines and shapes to create recognizable objects. His distinctive approach to drawing is once again available in this book, which brings together 200 “lessons” gathered from Lambry’s work. Beginning with using lines to create simple objects and concluding with the symbolism of lines in art and the use of color, this guide offers a lot for aspiring Picassos to digest. While there is no denying the vintage charms of this cheery manual, the instructions that accompany each of the drawing lessons can sometimes feel a tad laconic, and a section covering supplies would have been a welcome addition. Who knew you might need a plumb line and builder’s level in addition to paper and pencils in order to draw?
VERDICT Fun for fledgling artists of all ages, who will find plenty of tidbits of creative wisdom to be gleaned in this affordable and helpful guide.

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