A Creative Stash of Art Books
If you or your little superhero is a budding comic book artist, or if you simply want to try out new creative art forms, these six book should be high on your shopping list. We've checked them all out and can attest that they have crazy-cool graphics, easy to follow instructions, and a treasure trove of inspiration!
Draw DC Universe: Learn to Draw the Heroes and the Villains
This book is a complete how-to-draw package, jammed with expert tips and techniques, tons of practice space, and of course, a universe of DC heroes and villains. The draw-right-in-it book comes with everything you need: a sketching pencil, a drawing marker, artist’s pencils in six colors, a big block eraser to fight crimes against the page, stencils, and translucent overlays scattered throughout for can’t-fail tracing activities.
Splat Art: Blops and Dribbles in Need of Your Scribbles
Looking for inspiration? Never fear, young artist: Drawing is easy when you start with an un-blank page. Splat Art features full-color images of your basic everyday stuff: fingerprints, fungus, paint drips, paper wads, cabbages, coffee rings, and over 200 more. Draw a few simple lines right on the page and – voila! – these messes turn into masterpieces. Turn a frilly fern into a dinosaur, an ink splat into an alien, or a palm print into an elephant. The possibilities are endless — the artist is you.
Drawing ComicsLab: 52 Exercises on Characters, Panels, Storytelling, Publishing & Professional Practices
Do you dream of becoming a comic artist? Drawing Comics Lab covers all of the basic steps necessary to produce a comic, from the first doodle to the finished publication. This easy-to-follow book is designed for the beginning or aspiring cartoonist; both children and adults will find the techniques to be engaging and highly accessible.
Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media-For Budding Artists of All Ages
A refreshing source of ideas for creating fine art with children, Art Lab for Kids encourages the artist’s own voice, marks, and style. This fun and creative book features 52 fine art projects set into weekly lessons, beginning with drawing, moving through painting and printmaking, and then building to paper collage and mixed media. Each lesson features and relates to the work and style of a contemporary artist. Lisa Congdon, Megan Bogonovich, and Amy Rice are just a few of the artists included. The labs can be used as singular projects or to build up to a year of hand-on fine art experiences.
Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop with Carla Sonheim
Rediscover a more child-like approach to creating with Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals! Through fun and creative exercises, Carla Sonheim teaches you to draw a variety of fun animals and creatures. You'll also find a variety of unique mixed-media techniques to help you bring your creatures to life, resulting in a unique finished art piece. Improve your drawing skills, expand your creativity, and learn new art techniques—and have loads of fun doing it!