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Ten-Step Drawing Series: Nature
Draw 60 Plants & Animals in 10 Easy Steps

BY Mary Woodin

Search Press
14 February 2020/ ISBN 9781782218555
How-To Books / Art

Reviewed by Rachel Hyde


Learn to draw the wonderful world of nature in this latest addition to Search Press’ innovative 10 Step Drawing series. Have a go at depicting sixty plants and animals from the temperate northern hemisphere, from simple shapes to the final colored work. After a brief introduction on how to use the book and what to use to add color, the flora and fauna are divided into where they are found: meadows and wetland, forest and coast. Choose from British favorites such as the goldfinch, barn owl, dandelion, violet and herring gull, or American species including black bear, humming bird, raccoon, Californian poppy and cardinal. Each project takes one or two pages and shows how to go from a basic outline, adding features until you have the complete drawing.

I think a couple of stages in between the line drawing to the final shaded colored pencil study would have helped. A beginner will be scratching their head wondering how best to tackle this, although there is a short description explaining what has been done, which does remove some of the mystery. Trial and error is what I recommend, and picking out some of the simpler pieces first. There are some lovely studies in here, and the book will serve as a starting point for anybody who wants to have a try at drawing nature.

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Ten-Step Drawing Series


UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2020