This motivational illustration book is part of the new 20 Ways series from Quarry Books, designed to offer artists, designers, and doodlers a unique collection of fun and sophisticated exercises. Each spread features 20 illustrations of a single item, such as a tree, tulip, shell, owl, peacock feather, mushroom, cloud, or berry. Then you're provided with blank space for you to draw your take on "20 Ways to Draw a Tree."
The stylized flowers, trees, leaves and clouds are simplified, modernized, and reduced to the most basic elements, demonstrating how simple abstract shapes and forms meld to create the building blocks of any item that you want to draw. Each of the 20 interpretations provides a different interesting approach to drawing a single item. Presented in the author's unique, appealing style, this engaging and inspirational guide provides a new take on the world of sketching, doodling, and designing!
About the Author
Eloise Renouf graduated from university with a degree in printed textiles. She designed high-end fashion prints for two years for the Timney Fowler Design Studio in London, then moved to New York and spent another year working in design studios, again designing prints for fashion. She established her own stationery business with her partner in 2001; for 8 years they designed and published their own greeting cards, selling to stores both domestically and internationally.
Eloise now sells limited edition prints and fabric accessories online, and has undertaken commission work, designing for companies such as Target, UNICEF, Cloud9fabrics and Uppercase Magazine, amongst others. She also teaches part time on the textiles degree course at Nottingham Trent University. Eloise has a keen interest in mid-century art and design that greatly influences her aesthetic. Imagery from textiles, book illustrations, and home interiors from the 1950s, 60s and 70s contribute to her unique, appealing style. She currently lives in Nottingham, U.K.
"This series takes a novel, minimalist approach to art instruction. Each "20 Ways" title provides 45 spreads that are each filled with 20 small drawings on a given theme. REaders will find no step-by-step exercises here; however, each spread offers a variety of styles and techniques. Drawings range from the realistic to the cartoonish to the decorative, with a few rendered in color. The variety of drawing types is intended to inspire readers to experiment on their own. ASpiring artists can either copy drawings directly from the book or create their own variations on a theme. The latest two volumes in the series focus on nature and animals. 20 Ways To Draw a Tree presents many sophisticated, modern drawings of plants and flowers, executed with a surprising array of materials. Despite the title, 20 Ways To Draw a Cat includes all sorts of animals, such as hedgehogs, buffalo, fish, and zebras. VERDICT While Tree will appeal to teens or adult readers, Cat is most appropriate for younger audiences." - Library Journal