Buster Books: Beautiful Doodles and The Art Doodle Book
Beautiful Doodles has over 100 illustrations by Nellie Ryan for the young artist (or non-artist!) to complete and create.
Watching my own daughter draw when she was younger was an inspiration. She always said “I can do that!” When we went to the Mattisse museum in Nice, she criticised his cut-outs, chose a couple of postcards including a nude and one of his portraits and then produced her own copies – which were surprisingly good! However as she grew older she lost that wonderful confidence and was more likely to greet art homework with a groan and a sigh.
She’s not the only one – children in my French classes, drawing objects to match the word were just the same. So anything that boosts a child’s confidence and creativity is a bonus and this book does just that - although, inexplicably it’s for “girly girls”.
Examples include: The latest catwalk fashion – with a model drawn ready for the young artist to add clothes, designing earrings, giving wings to butterflies and adding fish to an aquarium.
Beautiful Doodles would make an excellent present - a great book for primary school aged girls – no skills or experience necessary!
The Art Doodle Book is probably the next step on from Beautiful Doodles (although both books are billed for adults as well the latter wouldn’t appeal to me). Here you are offered parts of works of art – from 26 world-famous artists including Chagall, Picasso, da Vinci and Wharhol – to complete as you see fit or you see a finished work and have the space to create your own.
Four pages are devoted to each of the featured artists and there is a short biography to put them into context. An excellent introduction to art history and great for children from about nine or ten onwards – and adults! The Art Doodle Book certainly interested me and again would make an fun as well as educational gift.
Both books are published by Michael O'Mara Books, if you would like to order a copy from Amazon, please click the link below:
Beautiful Doodles (Buster Books)
The Art Doodle Book: Create Your Own Masterpieces in the Style of the Great Artists (Buster Books)