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From How To Draw Everything by Gillian Johnson. © 2015 by Gillian Johnson and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin.

Title: How to Draw Everything
Published By: St. Martin’s Griffin © 2015
ISBN: 978-1-250-07823-0
Author: Gillian Johnson

How to Draw Everything is a charming book created by Artist and Illustrator Gillian Johnson. She redirects our attention to how we all began to draw as children and how we found joy and excitement with each image we created. She aspires to guide us back to the beginning to allow our inner child come out to play and develop our drawing skills anew by being open to drawing without limitations.

Gillian Johnson begins by having you scribble, then doodle then practise different drawing exercises. She shows you how to move beyond the limits you may have set in your creative process by directing you through simple assignments.  She outlines different techniques, like using a light-box, to take a sketch and develop it into a more detailed drawing.

How to Draw Everything

You will find the following sections:

  • Let’s Get Scribbling!
  • Doodling
  • Drawing Exercises
  • The Visual Workout
  • Draw a House
  • Finger Painting
  • Splodges and Smudges
  • The Easy Way to Understand Perspective
  • Light and Dark, Form and Shadow
  • Drawing People
  • Drawing Faces
  • Animal Crackers
  • How to Draw the Things You Can’t Draw
  • Monsters
  • The Cave
  • Dress These Folks
  • A Project
  • Flowers and Friends

There are many fantastic and quick assignments included to help you become more comfortable with drawing – my favorites are the crayon vehicles (which I can actually draw too!) from the section How to Draw the Things You Can’t Draw, the Monsters and The Cave.

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A special thanks to St. Martin’s Griffin for providing me with a review copy of this book! Images from How To Draw Everything by Gillian Johnson © 2015 by Gillian Johnson and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin.

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