ABOUT DOODLETOPIA FAIRIES
An interactive doodle book of fairies and other fantasy characters from the best-selling art instruction author whose books have sold more than six million copies, pairing illustration tips with drawing, designing, coloring, and crafting activities.
For years, Christopher Hart has given readers the tools and techniques needed to learn how to draw and cartoon. With the Doodletopia series, Hart offers us a chance to practice and perfect our artistic skills. For this latest title, Hart returns to the lush, gorgeous, and mystical subject of fairies. Doodletopia: Fairies provides aspiring fantasy artists and fairy fans with activities to stimulate their creativity. After covering the basics of rendering these characters, Hart sets us loose to interact with the book’s many exercises and challenges. Pairing the informative content for which Hart is beloved with myriad opportunities for creative expression, Doodletopia: Fairies offers aspiring artists the next level of interactive art instruction.
The art books of Christopher Hart were a staple for me growing up. My friends and I all had at least one drawing book, and some of us had twenty-one of them. It’s exciting to get to review Doodletopia Fairies because Hart is an art school legend.
This book has an excellent layout-each lesson focuses on one specific aspect at a time (hair, wings, musical instruments…) which is standard for Hart’s art books. But Doodletopia Fairies also has partially sketched out areas (usually just a raw figure) for practice. That is a wonderful idea, and kids will be happy to hone up on a skill with a fun sketching session while preparing for larger and more intricate pieces.
And the subject matter? It’s ridiculously fun. Fantasy drawing almost always is, and the little jokes in the text make it more enjoyable while not going over the head of a younger audience.
“ (…) All I’m saying is that the next time you see a tiara on a little kids’ head, be sure to tell them, “That was stolen from a fairy.” ”
Will do, sir. Will do.
This is a great book for the art and fantasy fan in your life. I worked through some of the lessons, and, even being over thirty, it’s embarrassing how fun it is to draw fairies!
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So, I actually got this book for me to read and for my daughter to use to draw since she is the one that is really into drawing. The cover is what pulled me in because anything fairies is able to draw me in, but even if you aren’t into fairies this book is a good tool for learning how to improve your drawing.
When I flipped through the book, the variety of facial expressions I really liked. If you only want to draw faces there are just faces, there are half body pictures and full body pictures. There were unique action poses so that you aren’t just drawing a fairy just standing there doing nothing, but they had those too if you prefer that.
There is also a breakdown of chapters that was nice, before each section the author would include things about fairies and info about them. It was really great having a breakdown on each of the pictures, for example, there were arrows pointing to certain areas that gave directions that can really help the artist.
Overall this is a great book for children, adults, or anyone that is interesting in drawing! My daughter is seven, and she absolutely loved it!
*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.