Ralph Masiello's Farm Drawing Book
Ralph Masiello, author & illustrator
Ralph Masiello—affectionately known as 'The Icky Bug Man'—has illustrated several children's books including The Icky Bug Alphabet Book, The Yucky Reptile Alphabet Book, and The Flag We Love. His oil paintings are remarkably rich and realistic and bring to life the subjects of his books—be they bugs, flags, dinosaurs, or well-hidden messages and secret drawings.
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This large-format book from Masiello's dependable Drawing Book series demonstrates how to draw a number of barnyard animals and their surroundings. After a short greeting from "Farmer Ralph," an attractive and useful "Choose your tools" feature shows seven mediums (pastel pencil, crayon, watercolor, fine-tip marker, colored pencil, marker, and poster paint) and the line or look each creates. The main section of the book leads off with baby chicks show from three perspectives, with 15 to 18 steps for drawing each one. Other subjects include barnyard animals and buildings. Every new line appears as a red addition to an increasingly complete picture. The book extends the farm theme eclectically with information, fiction, songs, crafts, and lists of books and websites, which appear on the last page. Aspiring artists will appreciate the book's spacious format and Masiello's wonderfully clear, easy-to-follow illustrations of drawings in progress.
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Page count: 32
8 1/2 x 11