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Monday, November 17, 2014

Draw-A-Saurus by James Silvani (Review)

Genre:
Children's Book, Picture Drawing Book
Publication.Date  September 9th 2014
Pages:160
Published By:  Watson-Guptill
AuthorJames Silvani

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My review copy:Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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This in-depth yet accessible dinosaur drawing guide combines humor, creativity, and the latest dino research to show artists young and old how to breathe life into drawings of their prehistoric favorites. 

Prehistoric Pencil Power!
Even though they lived some 65 million years ago, dinosaurs and other prehistoric reptiles continue to rule today. From movies to comics and cartoons, these ancient, giant beasts are everywhere you turn. Of course, who wants to just read about or watch these dinos when you can learn how to use pencils, pens, markers, and more to draw your very own? 

Cartoonist James Silvani combines easy-to-follow art exercises with the latest, greatest dino-facts to help you create fun and cool dinosaur doodles all by yourself. With lessons on old favorites like T-rex and stegosaurus, as well as lesser-known (but still awesome) creatures like the massive argentinosaurus, Draw-a-Saurus has everything the dinosaur fan could ever ask for (outside of their very own pet dino!).

(Goodreads)



     Draw-A-Saurus is quite possibly the coolest, most entertaining dinosaur book ever! It's more than just a step-by-step guide to draw your own rrrrrrawr-worthy dinos, it's also a great adventure filled with fun facts, exciting tidbits of information and plenty of humor. This book is perfect for any adventure-loving child who likes to draw or paint - boys will be crazy about it, but I'm pretty sure girls will love it too! And, to be perfectly honest, I myself - being a 30-year-old mom - had a fantastic time with it, too. It's just too fun a book to pass up!

Reprinted with permission from Draw-a-saurus by James Silvani, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Watson-Guptill, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc.
Artwork (c) 2014 by James Silvani. 
Did you know that:
- though the word dinosaur means "terrible lizard", these prehistoric dragon-like creatures were actually "more closely related to birds than to lizards"?
- the head of an average T-Rex was 5 feet long and his teeth grew up to 6 inches long? 
- most Ceratopsians came from North America, but some also came from Asia?
- the stegosaursus had the smallest head of all dinosaurs? (The size of the head of a horse) 

     You can learn all that and much, much more while reading Draw-A-Saurus! And, of course, by the time you turn the last page, you'll be drawing beasts like tyrannosaurs, ornithopods, theropods and stegosaurus like a pro. 

Reprinted with permission from Draw-a-saurus by James Silvani, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Watson-Guptill, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc.
Artwork (c) 2014 by James Silvani. 
     James Silvani is a well-known and accomplished artist and illustrator. He has drawn characters for Disney, Warner Bros., Dreamworks, Lucasfilm and Marvel Comics. His experience and impressive level of skill really shows - and not only in his drawings alone, but in a way he can teach the process of drawing to others. His step-by-step tutorials are comprehensive and easy to follow, he offers helpful tips and draws comparisons between dinosaurs and modern animals. All that really helps understand how the drawing is created, from stick-like basics figures, through bone structures, to finished and impressively detailed creatures. I believe, even a completely talent-less person such as myself who can't even draw a straight line could learn how to draw from this book. I think kids and adult alike will have plenty of fun with it!

Reprinted with permission from Draw-a-saurus by James Silvani, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Watson-Guptill, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc.
Artwork (c) 2014 by James Silvani. 

About the author:



JAMES SILVANI is an artist and illustrator and has drawn characters for Disney, Warner Bros., Dreamworks, Lucasfilm, and Marvel Comics. Currently he is a comic book illustrator for titles like Disney’s Mickey Mouse, DuckTales, Darkwing Duck, and The Muppets. Silvani has drawn dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts since childhood, and now puts those skills to use in art workshops at libraries, schools, and comic book conventions. Silvani is a resident of Kihei, Hawaii.
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