Draw 50: Sea Creatures {Book Review}

“Draw 50 Sea Creatures” by Lee J. Ames with Erin Harvey is a step-by-step drawing book that will appeal to any Ocean lover.  In this book, one is prompted to mimic the making of Sea Creature-themed pictures. There are penguins, fish, sea plants, crustaceans, sharks, whales, and a number of other ocean creatures and life found in and near the sea. 

This book has a To The Reader, To The Parent, 50 things to draw, and an About The Author And Illustration section. The drawing method in this book is step-by-step. You can start with the first, next, or ending picture to draw your own version of it. The author encourages the student to start where they feel comfortable. He gives many great tips on starting and finishing your piece.

As pointed out in the book, the only drawing tools you will need are a medium or soft pencil, paper, a kneaded eraser, and if preferred, a pen or brush and ink. I like the author was helpful in providing this information. The pictures within are all in pencil with no color. The pictures are realistic and not in a cartooning typestyle.

I’m using this book along with our homeschool nature studies of the sea. I’m enjoying greatly drawing the images alongside my children. It’s been great practice for drawing single pictures. We plan on compiling many of the different drawings together into just one picture as we go along.

My favorite to draw from the 50 things within these pages are the penguins, otters, octopus, and whales! In using this book myself, I feel this book is more suited for older children to adults. Younger children may become overwhelmed but the amount of detail from each finished thing to draw.

However, whether, a beginner artist or more advanced, I feel one will reap from the advice given by the author and the drawing instruction style to follow. I recommend this book to those that love the ocean, drawing, and a challenge.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.