The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw

The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw

by Mark Crilley


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Read This Comic and Start Drawing Today! Nominated for a 2017 Eisner Award

For the first time ever, drawing instructor and graphic novelist Mark Crilley brings his easy-to-follow artistic instruction to aspiring artists in the form of a comic book, providing you with a one-of-a-kind how-to experience. In The Drawing Lesson, you’ll meet David—a young boy who wants nothing more than to learn how to draw. Luckily for David, he’s just met Becky—his helpful drawing mentor. Page by page, Becky teaches David (and you!) about the essential fundamentals that artists need in order to master drawing, all in a unique visual format. In panel after panel, Crilley provides lessons on shading, negative space, creating compositions, and more, with accompanying exercises that you can try for yourself. Are you ready to start your drawing lesson today?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385346337
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 07/05/2016
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 152,961
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

About the Author

Mark Crilley is the author of nearly twenty books, including The Realism Challenge, Mastering Manga, and Mastering Manga 2, as well as several series of books and graphic novels, including Akiko, Miki Falls, Billy Clikk, and Brody’s Ghost. Since being selected for Entertainment Weekly’s “It List” in 1998, Crilley has developed a massive Internet following for his drawing demonstration videos, which have received well over two hundred million views on YouTube. His books have been featured in USA Today, the New York Daily News, and Disney Adventures magazine, as well as on CNN Headline News. He resides in Novi, Michigan.

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Chapter One: The Meeting   2

Chapter Two: Drawing What You See   11

Chapter Three: Shading   27

Chapter Four: Beginning With A Loose Sketch   40

Chapter Five: Understanding Light and Shadow   54

Chapter Six: Using Negative Space   68

Chapter Seven: Checking Proportions   78

Chapter Eight: Simplifying Things   87

Chapter Nine: Creating A Composition   98

Chapter Ten: Bringing It All Together   110

Chapter Eleven: Moving On   126

Epilogue   134

My goal with this book is to give you the next best thing: some sense of what it’s like to meet a drawing expert and to have a series of lessons at his or her side. There’s no shortage of instructional art books in the world; I’ve made a few of them myself. But I wanted to see if crucial lessons about drawing could be woven into an actual narrative. So, I set out to create a story that would give you vicariously the experience of having a mentor—one that can make you feel as if you are the one having your mistakes corrected, as if you are being told what to do and how to do it.

So, please turn the page, meet young David, and follow him on his drawing journey. I hope his story gives you some sense of what it’s like to have a drawing mentor. Mentors are not always gentle, and they certainly aren’t there just to be your personal cheerleader. But a mentor can truly change the way you see the world, and in so doing change your life altogether.


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Meeting
Chapter 2: Drawing What You See
Chapter 3: Shading
Chapter 4: Beginning with a Loose Sketch
Chapter 5: Understanding Light and Shadow
Chapter 6: Using Negative Space
Chapter 7: Checking Proportions
Chapter 8: Simplifying Things
Chapter 9: Creating a Composition
Chapter 10: Bringing it All Together
Chapter 11: Moving On

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The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
I was very impressed with this new approach to drawing lessons. Fresh and different there is a lot to learn. There are several "Chapters" touching on subjects such as: Shading, Using Negative Space, Checking Proportions, Simplifying Things, and more. Seeing the examples and poor David's frustration at constantly having to redraw lines, helps me feel a little more normal in my artwork. I love the interaction between teacher and student. David's eagerness to learn and study...And his teacher's guiding hand, bringing him back to earth. I recommend this book for those who have a basic concept of drawing, but would like to learn more. Have fun with it, and remember, art is NOT like math! I received a free copy of The Drawing Lesson through Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
4aussiegirl More than 1 year ago
The Drawing Lesson A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How To Draw By Mark Crilley I love the cover of this cute book. The boy is enthusiastic about his drawings as he lays on the floor with his drawings all around him and a smile on his face. I am amazed at adults and children that can draw and make the picture look so real that you feel like you are right there. I really like the story of how Becky shows David how different ways to hold the pencil makes the picture look different. Becky gets a little upset with David being pushy. David learns so fast because he did ok drawings before I am not that good at drawing anything so I was hoping this book would help, I tried one picture and thought I’d try again later (it wasn’t good let me tell you). The book goes along with showing you how to draw with pencils. The book shows the way David drew a picture and what Becky found wrong with it and then Becky explaining what is wrong and why and what David should look at in order to change the way David sees the object to make him draw a better picture. The book is really interesting and will help some that already has some drawing that’s ok I am not sure it will help me but I am going to go back and try again later. I recommend this book for people that want to try and draw and see if it will really help you in learning some techniques that you never knew. I received this book free from bloggingforbooks for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review only an honest one. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own and no one else’s. 4 Stars ISBN 978-0-385-34633-7
amvkv More than 1 year ago
Combine youths' love for graphic novels and for drawing and you have a winner. That is how THE DRAWING LESSON will be for young people. David loves drawing and wants to become better at it. When he sees a talented woman drawing in the park, he asks her to help him learn to draw like she does. He has much to learn about becoming a good artist and each chapter teaches a skill of drawing in story format, and concludes with an assignment for the reader. Some of the chapters include shading, starting with a loose sketch, understanding light and shading, using negative space, and checking proportions. The wonderful part is that the skill is explained in a simple way and the art work of the graphic novel makes it simple to understand. Of course it is not enough to read about it and the assigned task at the end of each chapter provides an opportunity to practice the skill. The story has a little conflict between the woman and David at times as he is persistent about wanting help which I think will make it an enjoyable story to read. Some may find fault at David making a friend at the park in this day and age and all the complications of that deal, but I found the book delightful and I think budding artists will love it, too. It is great to have a graphic novel teaching so much about drawing in an interesting way. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
uncommongirl More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! I’ve enjoyed the mentor experience of Mr Crilley’s book. It did a great job teaching the fundamentals of drawing and also entertaining in its comic book style story. Unique presentation that’s successful. Amazing!
NatoshaM More than 1 year ago
The book, The Drawing Lesson by Mark Crilley is absolutely a terrific way to learn to draw and not the usual how to draw, type of book and yet it is so much fun to read and learn from! If you want to learn to sketch and draw, this book really can help. The inside is packed with easy to draw figures of characters, while in the designs of a comic strip It's like reading a comic, but the figures and shapes are simpler to follow and actually draw by yourself! This is an excellent 2 in 1, comic and drawing book. You also learn as you read that the kid in this comic is trying to learn to draw. Therefore, you are following the lessons he is learning, while enjoying the comic throughout the book. I love that there is so much covered from learning to shade, negative space, creating the composition, and many other exercises to help you draw. It's definitely not the book that you would normally read to draw. I think that is what really caught my interest! I really love to look through this book as if it's a book and again as a drawing guide. It covers the most used techniques, but in the form of a comic which is pretty neat! Plus, how simple it makes the drawing part and how we are following the kid inside to learn as he learns too. It's unique and totally different, but I love that about this book. It really does help in my opinion, perfect for new beginners in drawing and anyone who loves to draw and maybe interested in reading a comic as well! Finally, I highly recommend this book! It makes drawing fun and interesting, and is not like your normal, typical how to draw book!