Monday, November 28, 2016

Doodletopia: Fairies by Christopher Hart


Star Rating : 3 out of 5
Content Rating : NONE
 

Back Cover :

 “Welcome to Doodletopia! Inside these beautiful, fantasy-inspired pages, artist and instructor Christopher Hart introduces all the interactive, artistic possibilities offered by doodling, designing, and coloring with super-cute, magical, winged fairies that have flown from the land of imagination and onto the pages of this book.
Unlike other doodle books that offer you no help at all, Doodletopia: Fairies pairs fun doodle-based activities with the sort of insightful (and laugh-out-loud funny) advice and tips that countless readers have come to expect from Christopher Hart. For the first time ever, you can pick up your pencils, pens, markers, and crayons to draw, doodle, and color right on the same page as Hart.
From designing intricate wing patterns to inventing (and illustrating) your own magical powers to finishing fairy dwellings, the opportunities from creating your own memorable, mystical images are endless. So what are you waiting for? Open up and start doodling!”

My Thoughts :

I loved getting a drawing book finally! I love to draw and have not done much of any while in college. Drawing is a stress reliever for me; however, what college science student has time to relieve stress, haha.

Honestly, I was not a fan of this book. I enjoyed getting the chance to draw again; but, I tried to review it as someone who had no prior experience to drawing since it said it was a book that would help you learn to draw. In my opinion, it babied experienced drawers by giving an outline to draw on; but at the same time, it crippled non-experienced drawers by not giving step-by-step instructions. However, I would suggest getting it if you are an INTERMEDIATE DRAWER because it expands your arsenal of things to doodle in a notebook while taking notes for classes. You know the classes that have required attendance but are mostly pointless to show up to.

I gave it 3 out of 5 stars which I thought was fairly lenient but I gave it an extra star than I wanted to since it did cover several topics (emotions, wings, clothing and accessories, bodies, powers, flying, and fairy housing); I also gave it a NONE rating since there’s no violence, language, or adult content.

What I liked :

  • Author’s thoughts/conversation – Christopher Hart was fairly hilarious in his description of fairies. He talked in a conversational way that allowed his readers/artists to feel like he was talking straight to them.
  • Fairies – The idea of drawing fairies is so fun and whimsical. Who wouldn’t want to learn how to draw characters similar to Tinkerbell or the fairies from FernGully?

What I didn’t like :

There was not a whole lot that I liked about the book as far as from a sketcher’s point of view.

  • Not easy to follow – Though it says that it gives help, it does not give much. It just says to draw something but does not tell the sketcher how to draw it.
  • Lacked stepwise instructions – It gave an outline to draw on but no instructions on how to go about drawing what it said to draw.
I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books, for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
What Others Are Saying :
“CHRISTOPHER HART is the world's bestselling author of drawing and cartooning books. His books have sold more than 7.4 million copies and have been translated into 20 languages. Renowned for up-to-the-minute content and easy-to-follow steps, all of Hart's books have become staples for a new generation of aspiring artists and professionals, and they have been selected by the American Library Association for special notice. Visit his website at www.chrishartbooks.com.” --Editorial Review

Reviewed by Jennifer Snow

PICK UP YOUR COPY AT AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE

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