The drawing lesson A graphic novel that teaches you how to draw

Mark Crilley

Book - 2016

An instructional story presented in comic book format, featuring a twelve-year-old boy who learns about drawing and life from an artist he meets in the park.

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Genres
Graphic novels
Published
Berkeley : Watson-Guptill Publications [2016]
Edition
First Edition
Language
English
Physical Description
137 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN
9780385346337
0385346336
Main Author
Mark Crilley (author)
  • The meeting
  • Drawing what you see
  • Shading
  • Beginning with a loose sketch
  • Understanding light and shadow
  • Using negative space
  • Checking proportions
  • Simplifying things
  • Creating a composition
  • Bringing it all together
  • Moving on
  • Epilogue.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

This instructional book offers thorough and practical lessons in drawing. The instruction is solid, covering proportion, shading, loose sketching, self-criticism, drawing shadows, and negative space. Each chapter features a drawing assignment. But the narrative framing the lessons is odd: David, a kid, approaches Becky, an artist, in a park and demands drawing lessons from her. Becky obliges, but David becomes insistent for more lessons and slowly infiltrates all aspects of her life to make these lessons happen. Becky protests and makes clear that David is crossing boundaries, but she eventually relents. This creates a sometimes antagonistic dynamic between the characters that seems at odds with what the book is trying to accomplish, not to mention the message of male privilege. The ending attempts to displace the gender concerns but feels creepy. Aside from how to draw, the ultimate lesson might be that kids shouldn't chat up strangers in a park. (July) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 4 Up—David is awed by an older student who can draw cars, and he wants to be able to do the same. When he asks Becky, an artist drawing in the park, for a quick lesson, the small request turns into an entire summer of progressive tutorials that readers are encouraged to emulate and practice. What could have been a series of instructions enhanced with dialogue and humor instead features a full story that's heartfelt and quite moving. The book contains illustrations rendered in shaded, sepia-tone pencil overlaid with crisp, computer-created dialogue balloons, and as Becky talks about framing and realism, negative space, and lighting, readers start to notice the intriguing choices Crilley has made in his storytelling. The focus is on drawing, not graphic narrative, but as readers see and analyze the way Becky—and, by extension, Crilley—is encouraging them, the balance between cartooning and realism begins to leap out. The dynamic between David's impetuous enthusiasm and Becky's caustic reserve pays off in a way that might be surprising, considering Crilley's frequent use of caricature. This title supports rereading and careful examination of the author's impeccable technique and the implied storytelling lessons he doesn't make explicit. VERDICT An artful balance of character and technique, of observed human moments and carefully pitched instruction, that will appeal to students with artistic aspirations.—Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH. Copyright 2016 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

An accomplished graphic novelist with a huge YouTube following due to his drawing instruction videos presents this one-of-a-kind instruction experience in a narrative graphic novel format that follows one aspiring young artist and his reluctant mentor who provides step-by-step lessons and drawing exercises. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Stumbling across Becky in the park, a young boy fufills his dream of learning how to draw through a series of lessons.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Read This Comic and Start Drawing Today! Nominated for a 2017 Eisner AwardFor the first time ever, drawing instructor and graphic novelist Mark Crilley brings his easy-to-follow artistic instruction to aspiring artists in the form of a comic book, providing you with a one-of-a-kind how-to experience. In The Drawing Lesson, you’ll meet David—a young boy who wants nothing more than to learn how to draw. Luckily for David, he’s just met Becky—his helpful drawing mentor. Page by page, Becky teaches David (and you!) about the essential fundamentals that artists need in order to master drawing, all in a unique visual format. In panel after panel, Crilley provides lessons on shading, negative space, creating compositions, and more, with accompanying exercises that you can try for yourself. Are you ready to start your drawing lesson today?