The Quarto Group has really impressed me with the art books they have available. Their bite sized art book lines are designed specifically for whimsical artist, the on the go artist, and hobby artist. Maybe you are just one or a combination of two or possibly all three.
I was sent a few books from their “Little Book of” line and am very impressed with each of them! I’ve even shared the books with my nearly 8 and 10 year old and they have liked flipping through and actually trying to draw a new thing or two.
The Little Book of Sketching isn’t a how to draw book but also a guide to develop your doodling style based on a specif theme through each part of the book. There are five exercises for each theme and open pages so you can draw right in the book if you so chose. This book is a lot of fun and doesn’t take itself to seriously as there are a lot of puns, jokes, and clever plays on words and doodles. I love how it challenges you to take every day things and moments and to make them a little more interesting with your art.
The Little Book of Lettering and Wording is a great aid in getting going with this style of art. The book has areas to practice writing many different types of letters, calligraphy, and word styles. The tools and materials are explained in great detail as well as the types of paper and other items that you’ll want to get your hands on for this venture. The book has very sturdy pages and is in full color. There are many step by step photos and explanations to help even one whom is have never taken such a art venture before.
The Little Book of Manga drawing is a well put together full color book. It takes you through the basics of mange like the basic shapes, shading, coloring/inking, poses, and much more! Following the basics there is step by step practice of drawing manga and anime characters. I like the fact there’s encouraged storytelling and info on how to create your own adventure. My favorite part of this book is in how to draw Chibis which are personally my favorite manga style characters. Note there is no place to draw in this book.
For the Whimsical Artist
These three hardcover instructional books are great for those artists with a quirky side. Folk Art Fusion, teaches how to paint folk art subjects in a vibrant yet homespun style. Doodled Cats and Doodled Dogs, meanwhile, are packed with creative prompts, fun animal facts, and step-by-step doodling projects.
For the Hobby Artist
Filled with open practice pages, creative exercises, and prompts, The Little Book of Lettering & Word Design, The Little Book of Manga Drawing, and The Little Book of Sketching encourages interactivity for immediate results, while also teaching the fundamentals of the featured medium in an engaging and fun way.
For the On-The-Go Artist
The lively, graphic approach of Pocket Art: Figure Drawing and Pocket Art: Portrait Drawing will have you drawing figures and faces right away. Look and learn with step-by-step illustrations and expert tips provided by London-based fashion and portrait artist Miss Led, a.k.a. Joanna Henly. These compact 112-page books are just the right size for carrying in a backpack or pocket, and comes with a sturdy flexi binding for added portability.
All books are available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, QuartoKnows.com, and beyond.
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a free sample or a discount to purchase the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.