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Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered

Roald Dhal's illustrator Quentin Blake creates a drawing book for kids that is unlike any other.

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Quentin Blake's squiqqly, wiggly, crooked illustrations and characterizations were a staple of any childhood immersed in Roald Dhal books. 

He has written, or more accurately drawn, a book for kids titled "Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered."

It makes it clear that different is good and weird is better, "realistic" is all interpretive anyhow, and your imagination is full of the best kind of monsters. 

Amazon calls his presence in the book a "shameless cheerleader" as you learn that you are in fact a perfectly competent artistic genius.


Quentin Blake: Life Coach. 

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I think this book is pretty interesting for kid. I think almost all the kids love drawing. They use drawing to present their thoughts and imagination. This book is great to encourage the creativity of kids.

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As a self proclaimed horrible artist I think this is a pretty interesting book that really makes you think about what we actually perceive about our skills may get in the way of our creativity.

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I like this different style, and I like how it encourages creations and thinking outside the box. Realistic does not always mean creative, and designing from our mind is often the best way to come up with something innovative and completely unique.

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Quintin Blake is just brilliant, I'm loving this! I think his style is very suited for this kind of thing. Though he has a very specific style, his drawings aren't perfect or realistic in the traditional sense. This is probably a good thing for someone trying to tap into their creativity or trying to draw for the first time.

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Agreed - there is an "attainability" to his style of drawing. I think it contributes very strongly to your own inclination to pick up a pen and see what happens.

Not to say that Quentin isn't an artistic genius.