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50 Ways to Draw Your Beautiful, Ordinary Life : Practical Lessons in Pencil and Paper
by Irene Smit and Astrid Van Der Hulst and Illustrators from Flow




Overview -
The mindful pleasure of learning to draw, with paper goodies and creative secrets from expert illustrators.

Draw the Flow way. In this innovative approach to drawing instruction, the illustrators from Flow magazine open up their tool kits, sharing secrets and techniques to teach the creatively curious how to draw. And paper goodies bound into the book encourage artistic exploration and remind us of the mindful pleasure of doing creative work.

The lessons, 50 in all, show how to render the kinds of things we see every day: a bouquet of flowers, a beloved teacup, colorful mittens, the kitchen table, a bike, jam jars, a cat, an apple tree. Along the way we learn about color, materials, perspective, tools, and negative space.

Filled with paper goodies: ​

  • Paper doll fashion sketchbook to draw your favorite outfits
  • Mini daily drawing pad
  • DIY postcards
  • Watercolor, tracing, and colored papers
  • House interiors to unfold and decorate

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Overview

The mindful pleasure of learning to draw, with paper goodies and creative secrets from expert illustrators.

Draw the Flow way. In this innovative approach to drawing instruction, the illustrators from Flow magazine open up their tool kits, sharing secrets and techniques to teach the creatively curious how to draw. And paper goodies bound into the book encourage artistic exploration and remind us of the mindful pleasure of doing creative work.

The lessons, 50 in all, show how to render the kinds of things we see every day: a bouquet of flowers, a beloved teacup, colorful mittens, the kitchen table, a bike, jam jars, a cat, an apple tree. Along the way we learn about color, materials, perspective, tools, and negative space.

Filled with paper goodies: ​

  • Paper doll fashion sketchbook to draw your favorite outfits
  • Mini daily drawing pad
  • DIY postcards
  • Watercolor, tracing, and colored papers
  • House interiors to unfold and decorate

 

Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781523501151
  • ISBN-10: 1523501154
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing
  • Publish Date: April 2018
  • Page Count: 256
  • Dimensions: 9.8 x 8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds

Series: Flow

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Lifestyles: Workspace solutions

The notion of the office is evolving as quickly as the technology that drives innovation in the workplace. Less tethered to a central location than ever, we conference or answer emails from home, the coffee shop, a plane in the sky and everywhere in between. In Home Work: Design Solutions for Working from Home, Anna Yudina shows how some of the world’s most forward-thinking architects and designers are responding to this new era. The projects here, collected from the world over, often rise to the challenges of compact and multiuse spaces. Or they reimagine the concept of the home office as an entire dwelling made more inviting for work. (Get your best ideas in the shower? There’s a design for that.) The sleek, stylish and ultrafunctional environments here often rely on mobile and modular elements. I’m particularly drawn to the many desk designs, such as a wall-mounted Desk Pad, a cantilevered headboard desk and the Koloro Desk, “a large but lightweight box on trestles . . . with its own skylight and windows that open as necessary.” This is a fascinating collection of design and architectural work that speaks directly to the demands of the modern professional.

OBJETS D’ART
Could drawing be the new coloring—a meditative and creative practice for all? I’d argue yes after paging through 50 Ways to Draw Your Beautiful, Ordinary Life by Irene Smit and Astrid van der Hulst. Like another delightful book in Workman’s Flow series, A Book That Takes Its Time, this one contains not only creative prompts but also much of the needed supplies. Tucked inside you’ll find papers, postcards, a journal and more. Visual guides show the steps for drawing various objects—some everyday, others less so—from garden tools and flowers to a lumberjack. Maybe you’ve never imagined drawing a sideboard or a coffee pot, but why not try? There’s whimsy here but also plenty of practical advice, from a guide to achieving perspective to a watercolor tutorial. Take this book to the beach this summer.

TOP PICK IN LIFESTYLES
Can a book be too beautiful? That’s what I found myself wondering as I turned the thick, matte pages of Doron and Stephanie Francis’ Homecamp: Stories and Inspiration for the Modern Adventurer. A feast of gorgeous photos of natural environments paired with features on intrepid travelers of all stripes, this book is bound to trigger wanderlust. If you don’t have an epic adventure on your calendar, you may feel a touch of envy. But I love how this husband-wife author team emphasizes the true-life tales of the explorers profiled here, such as a man who built a house from hemp, two friends who founded a women-only moto-camping event, or a couple who hauled a shipping container deep into the Australian forest and made it their vacation home. After the stories are told and many lush photos are shared, a brief how-to section that covers camping basics appears at the back of the book to help you get started on your own adventure.

 

This article was originally published in the May 2018 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 

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