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Over the years, I have seen how-to-draw type books from nearly every major publisher come across the desk, some bad, some O.K., some good, and some just terrific. These definitely fall into the terrific category. We’ve carried one title in this series for several years (Draw 50 Horses), and it has always been well-received, so we were excited to come across the rest of the titles in the series. Lee Ames, a talented and well-known author and illustrator breaks down a dizzying array of objects, from machines to animals to people, and shows clearly in several, easy-to-handle steps how to begin drawing the object, how to build onto it, and how to finish it off for a solid, satisfying, even professional-looking result. Each book features 50 items to draw, each detailed on its own page, with the drawing-in-progress clearly illustrated in a single color (such as blue, red, or brown). For instance, if we are going to try drawing a small moving van from Draw 50 Vehicles, the first step is a simple line (the ground) with three circles for the wheels. In the next step an open box is added atop the wheels, as are the base for the cab, and centers of the wheels, while the circles and line from the last step are faded a bit, so that each new addition is clearly recognizable. The completed drawing is shown in black and white, unlike the blue and white in the progressing drawing, and stands ready for you to add whatever colors or finishing touches you feel inspired to add to your own finished masterpiece. The black-and-white finished drawing is also great for tracing for the younger kids - or for those who like shortcuts. Let me reiterate as well that unlike some other how-to-draw books, the finished drawings featured here are high-quality and detailed, far from more cartoon-ish results gathered from other books I’ve seen. In short, the race cars and airplanes will please the mechanical artist, while the animal-lover will be satisfied with their renderings of realistic, expressive animals. If I was going to splurge on one how-to-draw book this year, it would definitely be one of these. - Jess

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Draw 50 Airplanes, Aircraft and Spacecraft

Draw 50 Airplanes, Aircraft and Spacecraft
Item #: 025504
ISBN: 9780823085705
Grades: 3-Adult
Author: Lee J. Ames
Retail: $9.99
Rainbow Price: $7.75

Draw 50 Animals

Draw 50 Animals
Item #: 021459
ISBN: 9780823085781
Grades: 3-Adult
Retail: $9.99
Rainbow Price: $7.75

Draw 50 Baby Animals

Draw 50 Baby Animals
Item #: 025505
ISBN: 9780823085736
Grades: 3-Adult
Author: Lee J. Ames
Retail: $9.99
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Draw 50 Birds

Draw 50 Birds
Item #: 025506
ISBN: 9780823085989
Grades: 3-Adult
Author: Lee J. Ames
Retail: $9.99
Rainbow Price: $7.75

Draw 50 Boats, Ships, Trucks & Trains

Draw 50 Boats, Ships, Trucks & Trains
Item #: 025507
ISBN: 9780823086023
Grades: 3-Adult
Author: Lee J. Ames
Retail: $9.99
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Draw 50 Buildings and Other Structures

Draw 50 Buildings and Other Structures
Item #: 025508
ISBN: 9780823086047
Grades: 3-Adult
Author: Lee J. Ames
Retail: $9.99
Rainbow Price: $7.75

Draw 50 Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles

Draw 50 Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles
Item #: 025509
ISBN: 9780823085767
Grades: 3-Adult
Author: Lee J. Ames
Retail: $9.99
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Draw 50 Cats

Draw 50 Cats
Item #: 025510
ISBN: 9780823085750
Grades: 3-Adult
Author: Lee J. Ames
Retail: $9.99
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Draw 50 Creepy Crawlies: Step-by-Step Way to Draw Bugs, Slugs, Spiders, Scorpions, Butterlies, and Many More

Draw 50 Creepy Crawlies: Step-by-Step Way to Draw Bugs, Slugs, Spiders, Scorpions, Butterlies, and Many More
Item #: 022560
ISBN: 9780823086146
Grades: 3-Adult
Retail: $9.99
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Draw 50 Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Anima

Draw 50 Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Anima
Item #: 025512
ISBN: 9780823085743
Grades: 3-Adult
Author: Lee J. Ames
Retail: $9.99
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Draw 50 Dogs

Draw 50 Dogs
Item #: 025513
ISBN: 9780823085835
Grades: 3-Adult
Author: Lee J. Ames
Retail: $9.99
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Draw 50 Flowers, Trees, and Other Plants

Draw 50 Flowers, Trees, and Other Plants
Item #: 025515
ISBN: 9780823085798
Grades: 3-Adult
Author: Lee J. Ames
Retail: $9.99
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Draw 50 Horses

Draw 50 Horses
Item #: 007096
ISBN: 9780823085811
Grades: 3-Adult
Author: Lee Ames
Retail: $9.99
Rainbow Price: $7.75

Draw 50 Princesses

Draw 50 Princesses
Item #: 021460
ISBN: 9780823085859
Grades: 3-Adult
Retail: $9.99
Rainbow Price: $7.75

Draw 50 Sharks, Whales and Other Sea Creature

Draw 50 Sharks, Whales and Other Sea Creature
Item #: 025517
ISBN: 9780823085712
Grades: 3-Adult
Author: Lee J. Ames
Retail: $9.99
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Draw 50 Vehicles

Draw 50 Vehicles
Item #: 025518
ISBN: 9780823085699
Grades: 3-Adult
Author: Lee J. Ames
Retail: $9.99
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Draw 50 Way

Draw 50 Way
Item #: 042856
ISBN: 9780767920766
Grades: 3-12
Retail: $9.99
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