Yes, you guessed it, I requested Drawing Animals in Colored Pencil by Debra Kauffman Yaun largely due to the fact that it had a fox on the cover. What can I say? I have an obsession and I couldn’t help myself. And in this case, I found myself quite pleased with the book I ended up reading. Often I generally feel rather “meh” about drawing related books largely because I’ve never felt particularly helped or fond of the start drawing with circles attitude since it always annoyed the heck out of me to have to erase them later. And yes, I do understand the ridiculousness of this. But, even so, I’ve managed to get fairly decent over the years at black and white drawings. The thing that really drew me in about this book was the fact that it discussed using color, something I’ve never really quite managed to grasp an ability for.
One thing I appreciated about this book was how it began by introducing you not only to different kinds of pencils you could use but also to different tools used for smudging and shadows as well as different kinds of erasers. The piece I loved the most from this book, however, was the inclusion of different strokes you can use to incorporate color into your drawings. That, ultimately, was the big piece that drew me in the first place and Yaun did not disappoint there in the slightest. Yaun even broke it down later on in the chapters as she explained how to draw several different animals. Of course, I most looked forward to the fox drawing.
Overall, this is a really quick read and one that only offers a tutorial on how to draw a select few animals. But I do think it is well worth it, especially to those who struggle to create works of art with color in the first place. I, personally, really appreciated the opportunity to read it and I can’t wait to see how much it improves my drawing skills.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.