Book Review – Art Starts With a Line

cover143302-medium.pngArt Starts with a Line: A creative and interactive guide to the art of line drawing by Erin McManness

This is a charming and whimsical drawing book. I had a wonderful time reading through it and trying out many of the different techniques.

That said, if you are looking for something for an aspiring artist, this might not be your cup of tea. I think it will depend on what your end goal is. I like to doodle and enjoy drawing books that offer very basic instructions and suggestions in a non-intimidating way. This book is very approachable, yet there is discussion of things like shading and perspective and different supplies you may want to consider.

I liked the content because it included borders and lettering, along with landscapes and plants and other more typical things you might find in a basic learn-to-draw book. This would be a great resources for someone who enjoys bullet journaling or scrapbooking and wants to be more creative.

For me, it was ideal. More than enough instruction and ideas to keep me going for some time. I’ll be purchasing a print copy that will likely see lots of use.

(Reviewed copy provided by NetGalley.)

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Book Review -Anne Arrives

cover142275-mediumAnne Arrives by Kallie George

I adored the Lucy Maude Montgomery novels growing up and was excited to see an adaptation available on NetGalley.

This title did not disappoint Kallie George doesn’t stray far from the original book. You still get a good sense of Anne (with an E) and her delightful personality, complete with the highs and lows…or the “depths of despair” as Anne would describe them. This book is the very beginning of the beginning of Anne’s story of her arrival at Green Gables.

The artwork only adds to the charm of this short book. I like to think new readers finding the same delight as I did in the original books in this new version. Sometimes artwork can take away from your own mind’s imagining of what characters and places look like. But that was not the case here, in my opinion.

I look forward to more of Anne’s story.

(This title is due to be published on Sept. 25, 2018. I’m reviewing an edition provided through NetGalley.)

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