Saturday, January 20, 2018

Drawing Cute with Katie Cook: a review

*I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my personal review*

Drawing Cute with Katie Cook
200+ Lessons for Drawing Super Adorable Stuff

Genre: Art & Photography > Drawing > Cartooning
Release Date: February 14, 2018
Publisher: IMPACT
Print Length: 128 pages
Age Level: All ages
Format read: Digital ARC

Fun fact: A lot of animals are shaped like potatoes.
Another fun fact: Potatoes are easy to draw.
Another another fun fact: If you can draw a potato, you can draw animals.

Master of cute Katie Cook teaches you how to draw everything adorable in her first tutorial book with quick and easy-to-follow step-by-step lessons. All you need is a pencil and paper...or a napkin or a wall, depending on how confident you are in your drawing ability. Learn how to turn curvy blobs, shapes and squiggles into more than 200 different things, including fuzzy animals, cute food and inanimate objects like yarns balls, luggage and a toaster. Add nubbins, swishy bits, and little smiley faces to anything and everything to transform it into something really, really cute.
  • How to draw lots of cats: fluffy cats, non-fluffy cats, cats in boxes, Polaroids of cats on refrigerators*
  • How to draw food like ketchup delivery sticks, spicy dragon claws and tiny broccoli trees
  • Perfect for doodling during class or in meetings
For fans of drawing turkeys from hand outlines (gobble, gobble) or Ed Emberley's super simple drawing instruction books that use shapes, letters and even thumbprints as starting points, Drawing Cute with Katie Cook is a must-own adorable drawing manual, complete with Doctor Who references, fun facts and bad puns.

"If you know how to draw a potato, the art world is an open door." --Katie Cook

* Don’t worry, there are lots of dog drawings, too!

Something that you guys probably do not know about me is that I am not an artist. I've tried for ages to teach myself to draw. My brother & sister can both draw. Most of my husband's family can draw. Heck, even a couple of my own kids draw amazing stuff for their ages. Meanwhile, poor little ole' me can't manage to even draw a stick figure that looks right. I would love to be able to just pick up a pencil & illustrate the kids book I have whirling around in my mind but apparently it's just not in the cards... or at least that's what I thought up until finding Draw Cute with Katie Cook.

Don't get me wrong- there are tons of other books out there that attempt to teach you to draw. However, I found Katie Cook's book to be something special. Something that I could actually do well on. Each drawing came out better as my confidence rose. And not only were there many pictures that I found to simple enough to draw- they were all adorable! 

This book features adorable animals, food items, hobbies, holiday stuff, & so much more. I mean- who doesn't want to learn to draw a Narwhal?? A kiwi, the bird included?? or my favorite animal: a sloth!! Throughout the book, the author also takes time to add witty comments & funny descriptions to add in the drawing process.

I can honestly say that I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in drawing cartoonish items. Whether you are already a skilled artist or just starting out, this book brings SO much to the table. Like I said, I have never been able to draw as much as a stick figure & look what I was able to do following the instruction in this book-->

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