HOW TO DRAW WITH YOUR FUNNY BONE by Elwood H. Smith

HOW TO DRAW WITH YOUR FUNNY BONE

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Age Range: 6 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Sage instruction for would-be cartoonists from a veteran, self-billed “Trained Professional Artist.”

As the introduction suggests, this is more an overview of Smith’s personal approach than a systematic guidebook. He mixes standard starting points—looking analytically at photos or clip art, working from basic 2-D and 3-D shapes—with pages of sample caricatures and cartoons that interpret images in goofy ways or add comical details. Photos of pigs, mostly, but also pictures of an old car, a goat skull and other promising items serve as inspiration for the galleries of quick sketches. Many of these come with hand-lettered comments: “Light-bulb pig”; “Here’s a picture of an old sofa.” These complement the breezy main text: “Even food you think is yucky can be fun to draw.” He also describes—though doesn’t actually illustrate—using a lightbox, and he closes by urging readers to develop their own styles, providing a pair of blank pages as encouragement to limber up those artistic “funny bones.”

Smith’s pictures are always good for a hoot, though tyros will get a truer start from Ed Emberley’s classic manuals. (Picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: March 3rd, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-56846-243-1
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Creative Editions/Creative Company
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2015




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