Learn to Draw 50 Magical Creatures
Draw 50 Magical Creatures teaches aspiring artists how to draw with ease by following simple, step-by-step instructions. Acclaimed author and illustrator Lee J. Ames shows you how to draw an enchanting variety of mystical creatures and legendary beasts, including a stately centaur, a frightening Cyclops, a playful fairy, a bashful mermaid, and so much more.
Lee J. Ames’s drawing method has proven successful for children and adults alike over the past thirty years. The thirty books in the Draw 50 series have more than five million copies in print and have shown everyone from amateurs to experts how to draw everything from animals to airplanes.
Even the youngest artists can make these mythical beasts look great. It’s easy when you do it the Draw 50 way.
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About Lee J. Ames
I’ve been married to Jocelyn for sixty-four years (either I’m lucky or I must have been doing something right). I have a son, Jonathan (his wife’ s name is Cynthia), and a daughter, Alison (her husband is Marty). I have three grand kids named Mark, Lauren, and Hilary. And I dare not omit our two magnificent hybrid canines, Missy and Rosie. All of the above are the makings of my lovely adventure!
Me? At eighteen I got my first job, at the Walt Disney Studios. Counting travel time across the country, that job lasted three months. I’ve been cashing in on the glory ever since! I’ve worked in animation, advertising, comic books, teaching, and illustrating books (about 150). I’m the author of more than thirty-five books (mostly the Draw 50 series). All have helped me happily avoid facing reality. We now live in the paradise of Southern California, but I still maintain membership in the Berndt Toast Gang, New York’s chapter of the National Cartoonists Society.
About Andrew Mitchell
Andrew Mitchell writes and draws from his hometown in Orange County, California He was the recipient in 2008 of a Tomie DePaola award certificate for children’s book illustration. He became the first cartoonist in the world to be published on cell phones with his comic strip Hot Rock, finding an audience of readers around the globe. Mitchell is the president of the Cartoonists of Orange County and his illustrations and cartoons have appeared in newspapers (LA Times; OC Register; Snicker), magazines (Relix; Boing Boing), books (Random House ; Writers Digest Books) and videogames (Activision; Bandai America). His book Draw 50 Magical Creatures, a how-to art book for kids, hit bookstores across the country in October, 2009. Mitchell is a founding member of Studio Five.
As you work, it is a good idea to have a mirror available. Holding your sketch up to the mirror from time to time can show you distortions you might not see otherwise.
As you are adding to the steps, you may discover that they are becoming too dark. Here's where the kneaded eraser becomes particularly useful. You can lighten the darker penciling by strongly pressing the clay-like eraser onto the dark areas.
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