How To Draw 101 Funny People by Dan Green (Paperback – Jan. 3, 2004):
Review by customer:
The good: This is a fun drawing guide for kids (and adults, too) that shows, step-by-step, how to make simple, stylized outline drawings of 101 funny people, everything from artist to waiter, baby to granddad, burglar to sheriff. Several of these drawing books have kept the preschooler and teenager in our household entertained for hours; this one is a little challenging for the five-year old but still fun.
The details: For the most part, two funny people are featured per page. For each character, there are six frames showing how to make a simple outline drawing. The first frame shows the basic outline of the animal, of the head or hair; additional detail is added in each frame, and the sixth frame shows the completed drawing. For several of the characters, there are only four frames in the guide.
There is a wide variety of characters featured, including:
athletes (surfer, high jumper, weightlifter, skateboarder, tennis player, and all of the basics — football, baseball, etc.)
musicians (conductor, African musician, opera singer)
health care professionals (doctor, nurse, dentist)
service professionals (mechanic, builder, teacher, baker, fireman . . . )
other professions (actor, cowboy, Flamenco dancer, judge, fisherman, scientist . . . )
historical figures (king, queen, pharoah, Greek scholar, Greek soldier, Roman emperor, Victorian lady . . . )
different nationalities (Arab, Chinese lady — though she looks like a Japanese geisha to me — , Eskimo)
The drawbacks: The characters appear in the book in random order — the clown is next to the pharaoh, the chef and elf share a page. Organizing the characters alphabetically or in some other meaningful manner would be useful. You will have to flip through the entire book to find out whether what you’re looking for is in the book and if so, where. And the book doesn’t lie flat, so you have to put a weight on it to keep it open.
The recommendation: This book won’t turn you into a nuanced artist, but it will help you make some cute drawings and fun doodles; this and a pack of markers should provide hours of fun for most kids. Highly recommended.
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