Book Review: Amazing Crayon Drawing with Lee Hammond

Friday, April 08, 2011 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
Combine the familiar charm of crayons with "grown-up" art techniques for surprisingly realistic results.

Your old childhood coloring friends are all grown up! In this unique book, best-selling artist Lee Hammond proves that crayons are not just for kids anymore but can hold their own as a "serious" (if unexpected) art medium.  Use Hammond's easy methods to create striking drawings that feature brilliant color and incredibly lifelike texture.
  • 29 step-by-step demonstrations cover a wide range of subjects -- still life, landscapes, animals and people 
  • Simple blending, layering and burnishing techniques translate into remarkable realistic drawings
  • Hammond's graphing and "puzzle piece" theories help you draw any subject with true-to-life results
  • Features great tricks you can pass along to crayon lovers in your life, regardless of age
You simply won't believe what you can accomplish with this familiar and affordable medium.  Rediscover the creative thrill of opening the "big box," and infuse your art with a fresh sense of play.

My Review
Until I came across Amazing Crayon Drawing with Lee Hammond, I'd thought of crayon drawing as something for kids. Not anymore - this book shows that crayons can be truly grown up means for artistic expression. It's hard to believe that the remarkable pictures in this book were made with Crayola. Amazing Crayon Drawing With Lee Hammond: Create Lifelike Portraits, Pets, Landscapes and More is not just a collection of beautiful drawings. It's a crash course in art with Lee Hammond, a very talented artist who inspires me to look beyond drawing flowers, butterflies and stick figures with my kids. The author gives tips on choosing the right materials, using the proper techniques, working with color, shapes, and more. The book includes tons of demonstrations that readers can follow to try and recreate some of these amazing crayon drawings.  

My daughter loves art and I cannot wait to share this wonderful book with her. Whether you are into drawing or know someone who is, Amazing Crayon Drawing with Lee Hammond is a great book to have and to give.

Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.

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