Matk Kistler’s Draw Squad
PRODUCT: Draw Squad
Author: Mark Kistler
Publishers: Touchstone; First Edition edition (September 15, 1988)
Price: $7.45-$18.00 (paperback)
Available At: Amazon
Available as E-Book: Not available
Number of Pages: 224
My Rating: 9 out of 10 (for beginners)
In my review of Mark Kistler’s “You Can Draw in 30 Days” , I wrote that the only art class I ever took was a basic art class in college, many years ago. About 3 years ago I decided to try to learn more about how to draw. “Mark Kistler’s Draw Squad” was my second “how to” resource drawing book. I was pleased that this book continued in the same style of simple to understand, yet good drawing skills. It was a perfect next step for me as a beginner.
General Overview – Mark Kistler’s Draw Squad
Mark Kistler has taught children to draw through his books and his TV show. This book is written for the beginner, but not necessarily just for children. It is set in 30 lessons that teach the Ten Key Words of Drawing (Foreshortening, Shading, Surface, Size, Contour Lines, Overlapping, Density, Shadows, Attitude, and Daily Use). Mr. Kistler urges the artist to spend at least 30 minutes every day practicing the skills taught in the lesson. Each lesson is broken down into nine components and includes examples of children’s drawings to help illustrate the focus skill of the lesson. The only tools you need for these lessons are a basic pencil (mechanical or old fashioned wood, either is great), a basic eraser, and an inexpensive sketch pad, or even just a plain piece of paper. If you wish to make it more than that, you certainly can, but that is not the emphasis of this book.
This is one of my drawings from one of the lessons from Mr. Kistler’s Draw Squad. It was great to be able to practice while letting go of inhibitions and simply seeing what would come out in the end.
That’s one of the fun parts of learning from Mr. Kistler. By using the imagination of children drawing creative cartoon figures, adults can also learn the basic drawing skills,
Who Would Use This Book:
It is great for children and adults. Both will enjoy learning from this book. The drawings are basically cartoons, but teach the subject matter very well. Mr. Kistler makes it fun with creative cartoon illustrations. There is no “right or wrong” finished product. Each drawing is unique, not duplicating a real life photo or object.
It is deceptively simple, but don’t let the simplistic style fool you into thinking it’s only for children. Adult beginners can learn good solid principles to use as they continue to higher levels.
My Experience With This Book:
I really enjoyed this book. Maybe not quite as much as I enjoyed his “You Can Draw in 30 Days” book, but still, it was a lot of fun. It helped me be creative as I learned the skills. I like being encouraged to lose my inhibitions and have an excuse to create some silly cartoons as well as explore the every day life things in my drawings. I was able to find the child within me as an adult artist.
It was fun to see what other students drew using the focus topic of the lessons. I added a couple more of my practice drawings here so you can see some of what I had fun doing.
I’ve never drawn an alien space ship before. It was interesting to think about the basic shading and shapes that are incorporated in drawing something that seemed like a simple task.
I found myself enjoying it greatly. I ended up drawing a few more just for kicks.
This one was off the top of my head. I wanted to put together the different concepts. As I stared into my back yard watching the birds around my garden, I got the inspiration to draw this. Again, it was great fun and a new challenge for me. I’ve always had to have the object I’m going to draw right in front of me so that I could draw what I see. Now I am trying to be more creative and let my drawing take shape on it’s own. It doesn’t always turn out the way I imagine, but that’s OK!
My Final Opinion
Mark Kistler’s Draw Squad is a wonderful book to help learn to draw. It has excellent basic concepts. It is well laid out, has great examples and illustrations, and it is easy to understand. Not to mention that it is very creative and just plain fun. I’d recommend it for beginning drawing artists of all ages. I included the link to purchase the book if you go back up to the top and click on the picture of the book or on the Amazon name in the product facts. It’s a great book. I hope you enjoy it.
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