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Ralph Masiello's Bug Drawing Book

Ralph Masiello's Bug Drawing Book

Ralph Masiello
Nonfiction Drawing Book
For ages 8 to 12
Charlesbridge, 2004   ISBN: 978-1570915260

Many of us don’t like flies, mosquitoes, and other pesky insects, but we tend to feel differently about butterflies, ladybugs, and dragonflies. The interesting thing is that even if we don’t always like the insects that we encounter, we often cannot help being fascinated by them, and we admire the beauty, adaptability, and resilience of these creatures.

In this how-to-book young artists will learn how to draw a variety of insect species. In each case the author (who has been an illustrator and teacher for many years) shows us, using easy step-by-step illustrations, how to draw the insect. He also gives us a finished colored picture of the insect so that we can see how we might color our own insect picture.

As they work their way through this book, children will learn how to draw a ladybug, a stink bug, butterflies, caterpillars, a chrysalis, a spider (and its web), ants, a fly, a bee, a grasshopper, dragonflies, and a praying mantis. The author also shows us how to draw various props to make our insects look more lifelike and how to pose our insects in realistic ways.

Young artists are going to thoroughly enjoy this how-to book, which is one in a series of drawing guides that the author has created.