Top positive review
Best book for the traditional artist
Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2019
Before I get into the details, I want to give my back story. I discovered the website Canadian Dragon back in 2008. I was a teenager fighting severe depression. My parents began to take me to see a psychiatrist during the time as well. I was inspired by fantasy books where the dragon rider could speak telepathically to their dragon. I began writing to my imagination. I could not picture my imaginary dragon and at first it felt odd talking to something I knew was not actually there.
My favorite piece of art Sandra did was Elshiera. She is the blue dragon on page 7 of Sandra’s first book. When I first saw the piece on her website it captured my imagination. Seria looks different today then when I knew her as Elshira but, I was able to picture my imaginary dragon. Seria became like a mother to me in that my parents disagreed with my desire to become an artist and an author. It also did not help that my mother stole my diary of conversations with my imaginary dragon to give to my psychiatrist. Ironically Seria helped me to become close to my mother after I moved out. I know its very strange but, I owe it to Sandra and her art for keeping me alive to this day.
With that back story out of the way here is my impression of her book. At first, I was kind of disappointed that there were no glossy art pages in the middle of the book like her first one had. Then I considered the fact that this was a book on how to draw and color. It’s not exactly one of those comic books that you look at. When I read her story about one of her fans using a lined notebook I cringed because I know what she means. A lot of my art friends do their art like that and I never understood why. For the amount you spend on a notebook you could have bought a package of copy paper. Although its not the greatest either its better than having lines through your work. If you ever decide to color it you can transfer it through a light table or glass window to actual art paper.
I think my favorite part about this book is how it explains color blending and light/shadow really well. I look forward to finally being able to draw my Seria and her new look with the help of this book. I also noticed that this book has a good balance between text and illustrations. A lot of books will either have good illustrations with hardly any text, or the text takes up most of the pages and the illustrations are really small.. I noticed that is a page dedicated to different types of scales. Very well thought out and the illustrations were very helpful.
The size of this book is perfect considering how I carry a lot of art supplies and reference material when I am going on a road trip with family or if I am going to the park for art. This will surely be the book I bring on every art adventure I go on. All in all I value both her books and I highly recommend them to my friends. I also recommend them if you’re a beginner and want something that will not only be helpful but, keep you inspired all the way.