Draw-A-Saurus: Everything You Need to Know to Draw Your Favorite Dinosaurs - James Silvani

I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!


I've got a thing for Dinosaurs. So I couldn't resist this book completely about Dinosaurs, even though it's a drawing book for children. And I didn't expect I would like it as much as I did, because it is more than just drawings of Dino's.


First of all, instead of giving you just one position to make your drawing (something that always disappointed me in other books that taught you how to draw), it offers a lot of different angles, and focusses on details. It also tells you what kind of changes you would have to make to change the dinosaur into other dinosaurs from the same family. This gives you a large number of dinosaurs to draw (also flying/swimming ones).


What I also really liked is that it - in my humble opinion - was trying to learn children some very important lessons from Biology; namely, that nature has certain features that are repeated over and over, even in animals that don't look alike at all. For example, it shows the skeleton of both Humans and a Dinosaur to explain that they are actually the same. During the book, it will focus on different parts that are always there, but not always visible (like digits, knees, hipbones etc).

Besides, it motivates to look to living animals for inspiration, like elephants, rhino's and more.


And finally, the book is witty. That's just another great plus. Some drawings are for a smoothie-drinking T-rex and why not a variation on the Swan Lake performed by a Brachiosaurus and an Allosaurus? It motivates to use the imagination and be creative. I really liked this book...