Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Drawing Cute with Katie Cook by Katie Cook

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Drawing Cute with Katie Cook
by Katie Cook

ISBN-13: 9781440352300
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Impact
Released: Feb. 14, 2018

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from NetGalley:
Fun fact: If you can draw a potato, you can draw animals.

Master of cute Katie Cook teaches you how to draw everything adorable in her first tutorial book with quick and easy-to-follow step-by-step lessons. All you need is a pencil and paper. Learn how to turn curvy blobs, shapes and squiggles into more than 200 different things, including fuzzy animals, cute food and inanimate objects like yarns balls, luggage and a toaster. Add nubbins, swishy bits, and little smiley faces to anything and everything to transform it into something really, really cute.

How to draw lots of cats: fluffy cats, non-fluffy cats, cats in boxes. There are dogs, too. And other pets. How to draw food like ketchup delivery sticks, spicy dragon claws and tiny broccoli trees. Sports and hobby cuteness. Perfect for doodling during class or in meetings. For fans of drawing turkeys from hand outlines (gobble, gobble), Drawing Cute with Katie Cook is a must-own adorable drawing manual, complete with Doctor Who references, fun facts and bad puns.

My Review:
Drawing Cute with Katie Cook is a humorous art instruction book for drawing cute, cartoon-like animals and objects. Her text is more about jokes than instruction, but the drawings pretty much speak for themselves. Each page had step-by-step instructions for 2 different animals or objects, with 4 steps shown for each. The end product was simple enough that 3 drawing steps and a final, colored-in product is enough for even kids to follow successfully. Initial efforts ought to look decent, and results after practice should look even better. She covers:

ANIMALS: chicken, cow, duck, horse, llama, pig, sheep, chinchilla, mixed breed dog, pug, poodle, fluffy dog, goldfish, hamster, hedgehog, cat, fluffy cat, cat in box, bird, jellyfish, octopus, turtle, whale, seal, otter, shark, alligator, crab, frog, walrus, dolphin, clam, narwhal, manta ray, seahorse, penguin, snake, fox, owl, bear, beaver, moose, squirrel, bunny, deer, snail, spider, bee, butterfly, firefly, ladybug, lion, tiger, red panda, sloth, hippo, elephant, giraffe, camel, platypus, dragon.

FOOD: cake, cookie, cupcake, donut, ice cream, pie, chocolates, tea, milkshake, tiki drink, teapot, coffee to go, milk, lemonade, pineapple, strawberry, watermelon, pear, cherry grapes, apple, avocado, mushroom, potato, bell pepper, jalapeƱo pepper, bok choy, broccoli, soup, sandwich, dumpling, sushi, fries, hamburger, lasagna, spaghetti, pizza, bacon and eggs, burrito, taco, banana, cheese, cinnamon roll, hot dog, kiwi, muffin, pancake, peas, popcorn, toast, popsicle, cotton candy.

SPORTS & HOBBIES: yarn, thread, paints, crayons, puzzle, book, ballet shoes, yoga mat, ice skates, basketball & hoop, golf ball, football, hockey stick & puck, skateboard, tennis racket & ball, fishing rod & fish, kayak, surfboard, race car, badminton racket & shuttlecock, hopscotch, croquet mallet & ball, darts & dartboard, guitar, violin, tent, magnifying glass & caterpillar, old style movie projector, video game controller, watering can, whistle,.

HOLIDAYS & SEASONS: snowman, mittens, wreath, holly, Christmas tree, menorah, reindeer, snow globe, gingerbread man, elf, clouds, umbrella, candy hearts, rose, daisy, tulip, chick hatching, birdbath, Easter basket, cactus, sun, grill, hot air balloon, bucket & shovel sand toys, sandcastle, palm tree, sunscreen bottle, sunglasses, mum flower, Jack-O'-Lantern, campfire, bat, acorn, candy corn, ghost, turkey.

OBJECTS: robot, alarm clock, smart phone, headphones, laptop, binoculars, calculator, camera, old style TV, walkman, boombox, record player, polaroid camera, telescope, lamp, file folder, pot, mixer, blender, knife & fork & spoon, toaster, refrigerator, clothes washer, detergent bottle, kite, airplane, mailbox, bathtub, coffee maker, luggage, hammer. And Katie Cook (upper body).

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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