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Ralph Masiello's Halloween Drawing Book

Ralph Masiello's Halloween Drawing Book

Ralph Masiello
Nonfiction drawing book
For ages 8 to 12
Charlesbridge, 2012   ISBN: 978-1570915420

Ever since he was a young child, Ralph Masiello has loved to celebrate Halloween. He loves “the creativity, the drama” and “the scariness of this spooky time of year.” Creating Halloween-ish art is one of the things many children enjoying doing in the weeks leading up to this special day. They like to draw haunted houses, ghosts, vampires, skeletons, and other hair-raising things. In this splendid drawing book, Ralph Masiello helps young artists to learn how to draw pumpkins, bats, ghosts, gravestones, witches, and other images that are perfect for Halloween.

For every image, Ralph Masiello gives young artists carefully executed illustration directions that show them how to complete their picture in a series of steps. This method makes it easy for artists to see how an image is created, and even something as complicated as a skeleton seems less intimidating and very doable. At the back of the book, Ralph shows us how to put the images together to create a deliciously creepy scene complete with a haunted house, a hissing black cat, and much more.

This is one in a collection of drawing books that Ralph Masiello has created for young people.