Illustration School: Let's Draw Plants and Small Creatures

Illustration School: Let's Draw Plants and Small Creatures
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Format: Paperback / softback, 112 Pages
ISBN: 9781592536474
Publisher: Quarry Books
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Learn to draw plants, animals, and more in the distinctive Japanese character style—and have fun while you’re creating!

Let popular Japanese artist Sachiko Umoto show you simple methods for sketching butterflies, flowers, cactus, bees, birds, fish, and more. Build on basic lines and shapes to create flower petals, butterfly wings, tree branches, and leaves. Discover helpful tips that will improve your drawing skills, such as focusing on how branches grow, differences in flower shapes, and how poses express emotion.

See how easy it is to turn plants and animals into sweet expressive characters by adding facial expressions and clothes. A singing butterfly? Why not! Sachiko’s clear step-by-step instructions for tracing and drawing are perfect for all ages and skill levels. After mastering a few elements, build a composition that shows off your unique style. Draw lovely bouquets, sunny fields of flowers, or sketch a rabbit running by a tree. In no time you’ll be creating doodles and illustrations every day in sketchbooks, art journals—anywhere you can.

Techniques you’ll learn include:

  • Building characters that come to life on the page
  • Adding animated faces and poses to flowers, fruit, and bugs
  • Drawing poses that add movement and excitement to characters
  • Arranging elements into pleasing compositions
  • Incorporating details and color that make your illustrations unique

Fill pages with your own Illustrated stories—or just doodle whenever the mood strikes. With Illustration School: Let’s Draw Plants and Small Creatures, you’ll never lack for ideas or inspiration. School was never this much fun!

Discover how the Illustration School series of books makes drawing enjoyable and stress-free. Using Sachiko Umoto’s fun, easy techniques for sketching quirky animals, plants, landscapes, and people in the Japanese character style, you’ll fill pages with charming illustrations that are uniquely you. 

The author

Sachiko Umoto, born in 1970, graduated with a degree in oil painting from Tama Art University (Tokyo). In addition to her work as an illustrator, she also produces animation works for Usagi-Ou Inc. She is the author of An Introduction to Making Illustrations with One Pencil Workbook and An Introduction to Sketching with One Pencil Workbook (both published by MDN Corporation). She dearly loves dogs and Hawaii. Visit her online at

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Format: Paperback / softback, 112 Pages
ISBN: 9781592536474
Illustrations: 700 illustrations
Size: 6.25 in x 8 in x 0.375 in / 158.75 mm x 203.2 mm x 9.525 mm

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