I used to draw to keep myself entertained as a child. It was something I wanted to do in order to communicate ideas, places and things through colour and paper. It was a tool for imagination and problem solving. Now there's a book that provides a new kind of activity for kids and adults alike. Marion Deuchars, an award winning illustrator has designed ‘Let's Make Some Great Art’, an interactive book that explores the creativity in every child and helps them gain the necessary skills to gain confidence when drawing.
‘Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun’ - Pablo Picasso
The book is a step by step process which shows children how to understand illustration drawing, covering materials, experimenting with perspectives, shading and depth; this approach allows the child to understand the foundation on how drawings are made. To keep the child engaged and entertained, Marion narrates stories about colour and materials giving a well rounded experience of the history of drawing. To further enhance the value of history, Marion Deuchars goes through the work of twelve celebrated artists where children are invited to draw da Vinci's Mona Lisa smile, create their own Matisse cut outs, explore Jackson Pollock's action paintings or Bridget Riley's Op Art. The book is full of beautiful work and the step by step instructions on how to create them. From drawing to cutting, building and finger painting, ‘Let's Make Some Great Art’ is a must have for your child or even an adult like me! It is fun, engaging and highly inspirational.
About the artist:
Marion Deuchars is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning illustrator with an instantly recognisable style. Her work includes covers for Penguin Books, commissions from The Guardian, New York Magazine and Jamie Oliver, as well as advertising campaigns for Volkswagen, Ford and Formula One. With her partner, Pentagram designer Angus Hyland, she is the creative consultant for Cass Art. She was the winner of the 2010 V&A book cover design award.