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You Can Draw "Transformers" [Hardcover]

Simon Furman

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Book Description

July 4 2007
Bring the robots in disguise to life - all you need is a pencil! Follow expert tips, tracings, fold out pages and stencils and learn to draw robots that pack a punch. Start by creating stick figures, then learn how to shade and shadow and bring Optimus Prime or Megatron to life, then put them all together to create your own comic. Just pick up a pencil and get drawing!

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd; First Edition edition (July 4 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405318406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405318402
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 1.5 x 28.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 662 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,353,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Just For Kids July 10 2007
By Jesse Acosta - Published on Amazon.com
I saw this and had to pick it up, I'm not a big fan of Transformers so to speak, but I love robots, so this was a must. The book actually moves pretty quickly on how to draw, so I'd suggest this book is for people who already have decent skills, and wish to learn to draw some techniques to create Transformers. The book moves from drawing transformers, to inking, some coloring basics, and even laying out panels for a comic. Again, keep in mind that this book, I believe, is meant for people with fundamental drawing skills already. The book moves quite briskly between the chapters, but gives enough information to get you started.

I'm 25, and I really enjoyed the book, I felt a little goofy purchasing this at a local bookshop though; but oh well. We are always kids at heart, right?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great drawings Sept. 6 2007
By J. Elliott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
This book is nice not only for the drawing lesson but also for nostalgia and a bit of catching up on the Transformers universe.

Personally, I am a big fan of the early generation 1 characters (Season one and two primarily) and I was disappointed to see there were not enough drawings of them. It really is more nostalgia than instruction, because there isn't a lot of book for the price and I was expecting it to be be a little thicker, even for spiral bound.

That aside, there are some nice foldouts and tracing paper drawings of Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Megatron, and some nice drawings of Jazz and Prowl to name a few of the best.

Overall a worthwhile purchase if you love the Transformers and want to flex your creative skills.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, you can draw using this guide Jan. 14 2008
By Mitzi A. Leaver - Published on Amazon.com
Again, I got this for my 8 yr old son. First thing out of the box he drew a beautiful Optimus Prime. It's fantastic, 3D, colored well, and he's so proud of himself he could bust. So does it work? Yes, absolutely. If you have any artistic ability at all, this is a very good guide to start you on the path of drawing Transformers. The steps are clear, the resources in the book are excellent, it's a really well thought out and well done guide to drawing Transformers.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mix of basic art and Transformer-specific techniques July 27 2008
By EMI - Published on Amazon.com
I recently bought this book and have found it very helpful for improving on drawing robots and their vehicular disguises, as I'm normally drawing more organic-based artwork.

This is not a book that is simply full of 5-step 'copy this image' pages, but rather it focuses on teaching one artistic technique at a time - starting from basic pencil sketching of shapes and figures, and finishing with 'creating a comic'. The sections on drawing transformation sequences, dramatic action scenes, and inking and coloring were especially helpful.

The art in the book (there are plenty of examples) is nearly all by the excellent TF artist Guido Guidi, and is mainly based off the comic book artwork, rather than the cartoons or live action movie. However the techniques could easily be applied to any continuity, or indeed non-TF artwork as well. Overall a great book - easy to use, well organized, interesting, good value for money, lots of fun!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Transformers!!!!!!!! More than meets the Eye!! Feb. 13 2008
By Sonny L. Jessup - Published on Amazon.com
Great book; covers a lot of real basics to get you going. Doesn't give a lot of specific stencils for individual transformers; but bases other transformations on one stencil. Overall still a great book either to use or just collect.

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