While perusing the library shelves this week I stumbled across this fun little book on drawing that seemed to be geared for people like me looking for easy sketches for beginners.
The book is pretty straightforward and comes in what honestly is a very appealing format. And just as the title says, these simple techniques for drawings are built around the idea of having fun with the pencil.
I particularly found the chapters on perspective and shapes to be quite useful. It’s kinda funny actually because I’ve been practicing the art of sketching for about 30 years now off and on but never really considered doing anything even remotely serious with it until about four months ago.
Just as God gave me a skill for the pen, what good is simply having an initial ability without trying to improve and nurture it?
To give you an idea how simple and easy the book is to use, I tried employing a few of the techniques on perspective in my little notebook I had on me. Tell me what you think?
Ignore the notes I took on the top of the page!
What I tried to depict was a large bookshelf in front of me as I sat at the table. One of the methods described in Lize Herzog’s book is to draw a horizon line and create a vanishing point for the object you’re trying to depict.
At first, this seemed pretty challenging, especially because I hadn’t read far enough to see there was more information on how to draw perspectives of objects besides basic squares and other shapes. But once I practiced a couple of times I got the technique down at least to a level of satisfaction for myself.
Here’s another one:
Again, just a bookshelf and a cool retro looking antique globe that was in my immediate vicinity.
Like I said, the book is pretty straightforward and doesn’t promise to be an in-depth guide or study on the art of drawing, but rather is an overall comprehensive instruction on the basics of just getting started.
Other subjects included in the book were animals and nature. I’ve been pretty drawn to drawing cats as of late but took a shot at drawing one of the dogs in the book.
I’m actually pretty proud of this one. I don’t draw animals a ton and honestly, struggle with the basic concepts presented in the book.
One of the techniques Herzog recommends is drawing the basic shape of the animal first as a type of outline for the body and then filling in the actual details and shape of the animal later.
As you can see, I was stuck with a fine point pen and had to make do with what I had, hence the crudeness of the picture.
Word of advice kids, if you’re going to use this book, invest in a graphite pencil and solid eraser!
Final verdict: Loved the book, considering buying it. If you want to check it out for yourself, you can find the book at Amazon.
I’ve included a link here at the bottom for your convenience. Just a note, if you do purchase the book, I get a small commission, which hopefully will allow me to do more book and product reviews. Best!