Over the years, drawing wasn’t vital for my work, so I neglected it, and chose to write instead.
Nowadays, I’m a writer, so writing it’s not a hobby anymore.
That means drawing is my new hobby. Furthermore, It’s a way to nurture the inner child we all have.
However, I don’t have plenty of free time right now, and thought doodling was difficult, until Drawing School caught my attention.
The author Nila Aye has been an illustrator for more than two decades. These days, she is a professional children’s illustrator in the UK.
Here’s the big idea:
The key to her teaching is “the easiest way to learn how to draw is to look for the shapes and lines that make up what you’re trying to draw.” Furthermore, Nila Aye adds the illustrations that match perfectly what she is teaching.
The cool thing is:
What’s easy to ignore when you are unaware, becomes clear when someone with the knowledge points the way, for example, Nila Aye explains “draw the body of a violin with four half-circles.”
Yes, four-half circles to draw the body of a violin.
I guess I wasn’t paying attention, but it’s true!
Nonetheless, I need to use a geometric ruler to draw the curved lines.
The Doodles based on squares, and rectangles are easier for me.
What will you get from Drawing School?
The demographic of Drawing School is juvenile, +6 years old. However, if you read the description, it implies the book is useful for adults, and I agree.
“More than 250 animals and objects are broken down into clear and easy-to-follow steps, so that aspiring artists of all ages and abilities can learn to draw anything and everything.”
Tools and Materials:
Colored pencils, markers, etc., whatever suits your needs and preferences.
I would add a geometric ruler for the curved lines.
The Easiest Way to Draw:
1.- Seeing Shapes: circle, square, etc.
2.- Learning Lines: straight, wavy, spiral, etc.
Nila Aye explains drawing doodles through basic shapes and simple lines.
Different scenarios with doodles pertinent to the event, for example:
Let’s Celebrate is all about a children’s birthday party. So, You’ll learn to doodle a cupcake, birthday cake, balloons, gift boxes, and a piñata.
13 Sports Stuff,
5 Let’s Celebrate,
21 On the Farm,
18 At the Beach,
19 Under the Sea,
19 At the Zoo,
24 In the Garden,
13 At the Circus,
16 At the Show,
15 In a Fairy Tale,
31 Around the House,
13 At School,
14 Around Town,
31 Around the World,
5 Beyond Our World,
6 In the Past.
279 Doodles to choose from.
Drawing School is full of step by step illustrations with opportune guidelines.
Unfortunately, a preview of the book is not available to show you, except for this doodle from the book I draw with Photoshop.
Nila Aye provides an easy method to draw doodles right away.
With basic shapes and simple lines.
The best part:
We already know how to do the basics!
Ahem, with a little help of rulers.
The instructions are easy to follow, because the illustrations are self-explanatory, and with the guidance available, you are good to draw right away.
If you choose to learn to draw doodles. Enjoy!
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Author Nila Aye (Illustrator)
Drawing School: Learn to draw more than 300 things, step-by-step
Published by Walter Foster Jr (October 1, 2017)
ARC by Edelweiss
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