Saturday, May 14, 2011

Book Review: Drawing Nature, by Jill Bliss

I recently met Jill Bliss at a Portland State University portfolio review where we both teach part time.I've known of her wonderful nature-inspired illustrations and patterns for quite sometime and was happy that she wanted me to check out her new book, Jill Bliss Drawing Nature. It's a wonderful introduction to drawing nature with easy-to-follow exercises that explore ways of seeing the natural world and translating it into simple marks on a page.
" This journal will help you learn to "re-see" the world as you did when you were a child."
This is a great drawing journal and I love all of the encouraging notes and delightful drawings in the top and bottom of the pages. There's also full pages of her drawings sprinkled throughout for inspirations, which are fabulous!

Jill reminds us that in a world where information moves quickly "were discovering that many ideas are best expressed with images rather than written language." I couldn't agree more. What a great opportunity to slow down and observe the world around us by discovering the simplicity of nature. Her drawing exercises teaches you to translate what you see into marks on a page.
"Just like you learned verbal language, you'll need to learn your own distinctive visual vocabulary by trying out several different ones until you find one that works for you.

I heart this page!

Her lovely drawings.

My first's a little rough!
Nice references in the back!

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