Katy, our resident book girl, is back to review the Let's Draw series for you. Take a look inside the books + at what Katy learned to draw!
This week, I want to highlight the Illustration School: Let's Draw books by Sachiko Umoto. If you have a tiny, budding artist in your life, this series would be perfect for them! At Little, we carry Let's Draw Happy People, Let's Draw Cute Animals + Let's Draw Plants + Small Creatures from this popular Japanese artist. Though the books are compact, each edition is loaded with many tutorials + each is so happy + unique.
Instead of teaching kids how to draw "a girl," Umoto teaches children to draw a teacher, a flight attendant, a mother or a florist. Each person or animal is accompanied by small, charming details or accessories (blackboard eraser, luggage, potholder, flowers) to round out an illustration.
In Let's Draw Happy People, Umoto includes popular fairytale characters like Snow White + Cinderella in her signature Japanese style that kids may not have seen before. In Let's Draw Plant + Small Creatures, she not only includes instructions for drawing plants + trees, but she suggests ways of creating an entire environment for small creatures, inviting kids to invent spaces for magical thinking. The captions included with the instructions are so funny + really sparked my own creativity.
This series is great for many reasons, but I treasure them most for two main points. First, as a mother, I'm always trying to find ways to truly engage with my kids + to play or create WITH them in a way that's genuine. I tried out a few of these drawings on my own + really felt like this is an activity that is as fun for adults as it is for kids. Team Leader, Ella + I had a blast comparing drawings. We wanted to keep trying new ones! I would love to sit down with my daughters at home to practice our drawing skills.
Secondly, these books are simple. I oftentimes find instructions or tutorials to be overly wordy or complicated. Too many words or too many steps. This book breaks down the parts of an illustration easily, showing you how to approach each aspect of a drawing without suffocating the process with excessive arrows or words. The main goal is fun + creativity, not perfection. I found it so easy to follow + am confident that my five year old would as well. Pair this with some new drawing pencils + you've got a fun afternoon with your kiddos. And don't be surprised if you fall in love with your own illustrations!