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Draw some awesome

By Donovan Bixley

ISBN 9781990003226

Upstart Press

For many years, Donovan Bixley has spent time visiting schools and bookshops, sharing his illustrative talents. I was fortunate enough to see him demonstrate some of his methods in a student workshop some years ago. The students loved following his directions and creating their own works of art. Not everyone can get to his workshops, so it is wonderful to see many of those ideas shared in his latest book.

In Draw some awesome, he shares ideas for drawing and tips on creating your own pictures. He offers warm-up exercises too. He has hints for drawing faces, or animals. He discusses roughs and shading and composition. All these ideas, and many others here, will help you in your drawing.

He writes about perspective and how it is a trick that artists use to create depth and space.

He tells us about his favourite artists and why they inspired him, and uses friendly, chatty language, rather than being all technical. Of course, like all his work, the pages are full of colour.

His style is distinctive and recognisable anywhere. His numerous picture books are bright, bold and full of humour.

Draw some awesome is a book to pick up again and again. Dip into it and try one method, or dip in again and follow another idea.

It is informative, funny, but mostly inspirational. I would love to see Donovan do a companion to this book, perhaps Write some awesome.

A great gift for children who love drawing.

This will be in bookshops in October.