Amazing Crayon Drawing with Lee Hammond - Lee Hammond
Released March 2011
Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth
I'm going to sum this up pretty easily. If you have any interest in art or crayons, rush out and buy Amazing Crayon Drawing. Lee Hammond's work is fascinating. The book breaks down the art of creating art using a box of crayons.
One thing I've always loved is a new box of crayons. When my kids were little, I'd buy two boxes, one for them and one for me. That way, I didn't have to deal with broken, dull crayons. Crayons still fascinate me. The range of colors is amazing. .
However, I'm about as un-artistic as they come. Sure, I can draw a simple shape, but that's the total of my skills. Bringing depth into a drawing is something I simply cannot handle. Therefore, I'm amazed by many of today's artists. I have one particular favorite named Julian Beever If you have never seen his breathtaking drawings, I highly urge you to go to his site and check them out. When I started reading Amazing Crayon Drawing, I felt that same rush of amazement. Lee Hammond's talent with crayons is very impressive. She made it look so easy that I decided to give it a go. In the end, I created amazingly realistic bricks, a pretty impressive peach, and then gave up when it came to animals or faces.
Amazing Crayon Drawing with Lee Hammond contains step-by-step instructions. There's also an acetate grid in the back to help you create the more detailed drawings. Best of all, she goes into thorough detail into using the crayons to create the sheen and shadowing that occur in nature. With those techniques, your artwork really comes to life.