Monday, September 1, 2014

Draw-A-Saurus: Everything You Need to Know to Draw Your Favorite Dinosaur by James Silvani

Draw-A-Saurus: Everything You Need to Know to Draw Your Favorite Dinosaur by James Silvani

Description from the publisher:

This in-depth yet accessible dinosaur drawing guide combines humor, creativity, and the latest dino research to show artists young and old how to breathe life into drawings of their prehistoric favorites. 
Prehistoric Pencil Power!
Even though they lived some 65 million years ago, dinosaurs and other prehistoric reptiles continue to rule today. From movies to comics and cartoons, these ancient, giant beasts are everywhere you turn. Of course, who wants to just read about or watch these dinos when you can learn how to use pencils, pens, markers, and more to draw your very own? 

Cartoonist James Silvani combines easy-to-follow art exercises with the latest, greatest dino-facts to help you create fun and cool dinosaur doodles all by yourself. With lessons on old favorites like T-rex and stegosaurus, as well as lesser-known (but still awesome) creatures like the massive argentinosaurus, Draw-a-Saurus has everything the dinosaur fan could ever ask for (outside of their very own pet dino!).

When I saw this book up for review I thought it would be perfect for my dinosaur loving son. When it came in the mail, he was beyond excited, we sat down and looked through it and wow!! This book is WAY more than drawing a dinosaur! It  has some facts about dinosaurs, it teaches you beginning drawings such as drawing stick figure dinosaurs that are running, walking, stalking and more. There is a chapter that shows you what kind of materials to use and different techniques. Once you get all of that figured out,  you can pick a dinosaur from pages and pages to draw. It shows step by step instructions. They ARE a little complicated. My son is able to do the basics but gets frustrated with the actual dinosaurs. The great news is that he has plenty of room to grow!

At the end of the book it then shows you different ways to draw an environment so your dinosaur can be active and in an actual scene. There is also a chapter that teaches textures and how to make your dinosaur to be more cartoon-like.

All in all, I love this book and all the variety that it teaches!

Review from my 7 year old son, Max- "This book is so awesome cuz I love dinosaurs and now I can learn to draw them! Awesome!"

***This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an open and honest review***

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