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Art Starts: Every Page Illustrated by YOU!

Art Starts: Every Page Illustrated by YOU!

Trula Magruder, Chris Lorette David
Nonfiction Drawing Book
For ages 8 to 12
American Girl, 2006   ISBN: 978-1593691523

Would you like to be an artist or designer? Do you love to draw and do you want to improve your skills? If so then this book was created with you in mind. On every page you will find a drawing activity to try. All you have to do is read the text at the top of the page and follow the directions. For example on one of the pages you will see a picture of a girl sleeping in her bed. She has a smile on her face. The words at the top of the page say "Wow" She's having a great dream. Use gel pens to draw it. Just imagine what you could draw on that page. The possibilities are endless.

Indeed this book will give your imagination an enormous boost in all kinds of ways. You can design outfits, fill in colors in enormously creative ways, write signs, decorate a room, create a website, fill an aquarium with fish and other creatures, and much more.

Last of all, at the back of the book, you get to "meet" the illustrators who created all the artwork in the book. Each one tells his or her own story and many of them explain how it is that they came to become illustrators, and why they chose to work in their own distinctive style.

This book is the perfect gift for the art-struck girl and its convenient size makes it ideal for tucking into a bag or a backpack. Pull it out, grab a handfull of colored pencils or markers, and you are ready to try a new artistic project wherever you are. Cleverly presented and thoughtfully created, this book will provide girls with hours of creative enjoyment.