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Draw the DC Universe [Paperback]


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Book Description

Aug. 1 2011 Klutz
A drawing book for those of us without superhuman skills

Never fear, comics fans! The team that brought you Draw the Marvel Heroes and Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars have seen the Bat-Signal, and we know your drawings need some saving. Draw the DC Universe is here to help.

This book is a complete how-to-draw package, jammed with expert tips and techniques, tons of practice space, and, of course, a universe of DC characters. They're all here, from the coolest heroes (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern) to the vilest villains (the Penguin, Riddler, Mr. Freeze, and the Joker). Learn to draw them all step-by-step: starting with stick figures, filling them out with rough shapes, and adding final details. Then use shadow and perspective to add depth and motion — because we're pretty sure the epic battle of good versus evil requires some action scenes.

The draw-right-in-it book comes with everything you need: a sketching pencil, artist pencils in six colours, a big block eraser to fight crimes against the page. Translucent overlays are scattered throughout the book for can't-fail tracing activities, and stencils with the Batsymbol, word balloons, and smash—bam—pow sound effects. Altogether, it's everything you need to master the DC universe.

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners Nov. 14 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm 37 years old and I just took up drawing again for the first time since high school. I wasn't that great at it then so I'm not all that advanced of an artist.

This book is the perfect skill level for someone like me. I mostly can copy things right now, but if I draw something from memory, my lack of skill is apparent.That was my motivation behind buying this book. I needed to build on my skills and this book looked like the perfect thing to help with that.

The book starts out with having you trace some pictures just to get your hand and eye used to drawing different lines. I have to say that this may have been one of the most interesting pieces of advice that I have learned from this book so far. I would have never even considered tracing something in the past, but now I want to go buy some tracing paper and try a little more tracing.

As you move through the lessons they become more difficult. After tracing, you work on stick figure frames for the characters, next you practice "piping" which is where you draw guides for the outside lines, and then finally you move on to the detailing that really makes your drawings come alive.

The book is set up so that you can draw in the book itself. This is a great idea as well, but this is also where I ran into my issues with the book.

1. It's too small.

At 8.5 x 8.6 inches the book isn't even as big as a standard piece of paper. It's tough to practice drawing details when you don't have much room to fit those details into.

2. The book doesn't lay flat

The book has a traditional binding so the pages have and arch to them when you try to lay it out flat to draw in it. You need to press down on the pages to flatten them and even then there is still a little curve to them. It makes it tough to draw straight lines at times and since I, and the target audience of this book, aren't that great of artists at this point, it really makes it frustrating to do some of the lessons.

If this book had spiral binding, like a notebook, and was larger I would give it 5 stars in a heartbeat. As it stand now, it's 4 stars for me. I am still glad I bought it because I really feel like it gave me some good things to practice.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good Sept. 21 2011
By Carey - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the book, just wish it was larger. It is targeted more for kids, than aspiring artist, but it still has valuable lessons in it. I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in learning how to draw the classic look of the DC characters, since they have now been changed in the ridiculous "new 52" event.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the comic lover March 6 2014
By M. Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
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The book gives a nice feel and step by step directions. I bought thins for my son with high functioning Autism. He has been using it often.
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea But Needs More Instructions & Details For Beginning Artists Feb. 23 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The packaging for a draw-your-own DC Universe makes it look easy enough, but think twice before purchasing it for your own beginning artist. It is entirely possible that he/she will be ultimately disappointed (or at least frustrated) that their art won't resemble the professional examples provided considering the minimal directions given.

Four double-sided color pencils (for a total of eight different colors), a black marker (for bolding), speech balloon stencils, and an eraser are provided. The problem here is that it really becomes more practice in tracing than actually learning how to draw. Each exercise is four steps: 1. a stick figure; 2. the pipes 3. details; and 4. "detailed" details. There aren't any transitional instructions on how to actually get from Step 1 to the final image; it is just a visual demonstration. This book is best for those amateurs with some basic art class experience in terms of knowing how to draw details once they've have made the circles and connecting lines.

Rating: 3/5 stars (No recommended age, as any person's artistic talent will vary, no matter the age. Instead, a beginning drawing class is best before tackling this book).
5.0 out of 5 stars This is FANTASTIC! Feb. 6 2014
By Jasmine - Published on Amazon.com
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My son loves this. He has drawn the most MIND BLOWING art in this book. So good. He is learning so much. It is really well put together with tracing pages and all sorts of tips. I highly recommend this, even for adults.

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