Drawing Is for Everyone: Simple Lessons To Make Your Creative Practice a Daily Habit; Explore Infinite Creative Possibilities in Graphite, Colored Pencil, and Ink

Quarry Bks: Quarto. Jul. 2021. 128p. ISBN 9780760370667. pap. $22.99. CRAFTS
Ewing ((Watercolor Is for Everyone; Look Closer, Draw Better)) presents 21 lessons on drawing, with the same gentle and encouraging manner that permeated her first two books. Designed to be time-conscious, and to keep frustration at bay, each lesson can be completed fully, or at least partially, in 15-minute segments. The lessons are heavily inspired by nature and geometry, and use three basic media: graphite, colored pencil, and ink. Ewing is herself a self-taught artist, so she is particularly mindful of beginners, and of budding artists’ tendency to give up when they can’t quite copy what they see. In each section, Ewing thoroughly explores the medium, materials, and methods at hand, in order to give readers confidence. This book is not meant to be a step-by-step guide, but Ewing gives enough direction for even the most doubtful beginners; she also allows ample room for artists to explore and make each piece their own. The projects are varied enough that readers will find at least a few that bring them joy.
VERDICT Ewing delivers a solid introduction to drawing that will capture the interest of hesitant beginners, as well as more experienced artists looking for new and different projects.
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