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Drawing Problems and Solutions


Drawing Problems and Solutions

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Publisher: David and Charles

Author: Trudy Friend

List Price: $19.99

Ages: 15-18 Years

Reviewed By: Tammy Cardwell


Drawing Problems and Solutions bills itself as a trouble-shooting handbook. In reality, it could be used as your beginning drawing curriculum; it just approaches the art of drawing from a different angle.

The first twelve pages introduce you to supplies and techniques. From here on, the book breaks down into themes. The first theme is Trees and Woodland. After a three paragraph exploration of the generalities of drawing trees, Trudy Friend leaps immediately into drawings. On the left page you find a drawing that an amateur might do, with an assortment of typical novice's mistakes clearly marked and explained. This is especially helpful because the beginning artist often can't see what is wrong, much less figure out how to fix it on his own. The right page is where the `fixing' takes place. A variety of drawings, or one large drawing with accompanying sketches, offer solutions to the problems represented on the facing page. After several sets of these Typical Problems and Solutions pages, Friend moves on to Demonstration. Where the other drawings were in black white, the demonstration drawings introduce color. First the artist offers a pencil sketch, and then the same rough sketch done in color pencil. On the facing page, she offers tips on color and its uses as well as a completed color drawing.

The book covers a variety of themes ranging from water and landscapes to plants to horses to portraits; there are twelve different themes in all. The text is clearly written and understandable and the drawings are well rendered. But.

While this book could be used by a beginning pencil artist, the relationship between the problems and their solutions might not always be obvious to one who has no drawing experience at all. A more experienced teacher could use it as a basis for drawing instruction, but I would not hand it to a total beginner. I see its value more in the area of reference, for quick tips on drawing water, for instance. When all is said and done, it is a good book, but not exceptional.

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Tammy Cardwell
Tammy Cardwell may be retired from homeschooling, but not from the homeschool arena. She is here at EHO to stay and actively serves her readers through and her publishing company, CJ Press, as well as her blog, From a Cluttered Desk.
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