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. Volume XIV Number 21. . . .June 13, 2008
Irene Luxbacher's new art series aimed at young children between the ages of 4 and 7 is an appealing concept and will undoubtedly inspire young artists to experiment with different techniques and materials. Each book follows the same format: a two-page spread about materials precedes several different step-by-step techniques. The final spreads invite readers to combine all their new skills in one unique creation. Each book ends with an informative section for parents and teachers as well as an illustrated glossary. The colour scheme of the books relies on black and white line drawings which are counter pointed with the bright bursts of colour in her diagrams.
In 123 I Can Draw!, readers learn how to convey movement, texture and facial expressions, among other techniques. Luxbacher's simple layout provides easy to follow, carefully illustrated steps on the left hand page and a finished product on the right hand side. She succeeds in breaking down some fairly advanced skills – such as body proportions – into manageable steps that even young children will be able to follow. This book is a huge improvement on the "Learn to Draw" books of my childhood, where the step-by-step diagrams were frustratingly complicated.
Elizabeth Walker is a student in UBC's Master of Arts in Children's Literature program.
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