3, 2, 1... Draw! by Serge Bloch

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3, 2, 1... Draw! by Serge Bloch

Category: Children's Non-Fiction
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Sue Magee
Reviewed by Sue Magee
Summary: Fifty ingenious drawing activities with plenty of inspiration to get you started and allow you to let your imagination run wild.
Buy? Yes Borrow? No
Pages: 80 Date: February 2016
Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-1847807243

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I can't draw. I've never been able to draw. A blank sheet of paper and a pencil frightens me. I thought I was probably a little bit old to change my ways but then I discovered 3, 2, 1... Draw! and there might have been a movement within the tectonic plates of my brain. It's a drawing book which isn't about blank pages: it's about imagination and inspiration, with the first encouraged and the second delivered by the barrow load. I've just had more fun than I thought possible with pencil and paper!

As the subtitle says, you're going to reimagine your world. You're going to be shown a picture of a household object and then given a couple of examples of how this can be 'reimagined' and then invited to do the same thing yourself. I'm going to tell you about my absolute favourite: it's an aubergine, all gorgeous and shiny dark purple, with a green, prickly stalk at the narrower end. First of all I'd like you to imagine some whiskers on the end of the stalk and a pair of ears and spectacles just above where the stalk joins the fruit. Put four legs underneath. Sniff sniff the aubergine is saying. Or - reverse your thinking and make the stalk a tail. Then you've got another picture of an aubergine so that you can let your imagination run wild.

Now, think about what you could do with a forest of asparagus spears - what could be lurking in there? Transform an old-fashioned telephone - there's one here that's become an elephant. How about being given a few pairs of spectacles and invited to fill in the faces behind them? Create a book cover - you could turn yourself into a best seller! Add some naval action to paper boats. Draw the face in the mirror. Some boxes of matches turn into wonderful fire engines. There are fifty challenges and I've just given you a few random examples. Think of all the fun to be had.

I know I'm an adult (although I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up) and the book is targeted at children, but I do so wish that I'd had an opportunity to do something like this when I was young. There's encouragement and inspiration and opportunity to give your imagination full rein. You need very little in the way of equipment - I had great fun with a single pencil. If you had a few crayons too then you'd be well away.

I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy of the book to the Bookbag.

If this book appeals then you might also like to look at Create Your Own Alien Adventure by Chris Judge and Andrew Judge or Drawing Projects for Children by Paula Briggs.

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