Book Review: Stick Sketch School: Mastering the Art of the Stick Figure

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I was quite skeptical initially with the book just by looking at the cover. I mean, do you really need any skill to draw stick figures?

The thing is, this book has more depth that I expected. It focuses on giving stories and personality to stick figures rather than teaching the technical aspects of how to draw circles and lines. In other words, this book teaches you to create stick figures in such a way that people will know what your stick figures are thinking or doing when they look at them.

If you look around online sometimes you may notice that there are stick figure comic strips that are doing quite well. After reading this book, you might understand why that is so. Stick figures can be made more dynamic when you know how to make them so. Author Billy Attinger even created a company based on his stick figures.

There are several chapters in the book covering subjects such as body language, personality, emotions, creating action, aging, and the latter chapters challenges you to expand and draw animals, pop culture icons, musicians and soldiers. Each lesson is quite short with only two pages. The left page explains the rationale with illustrated examples and the right page contains instructions and is left blank for you to fill with your drawings.

It's a nice fun book on stick figure drawing and should appeal to those who like doodling.

Stick Sketch School: Mastering the Art of the Stick Figure is available at Amazon (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | JP | CN) and Book Depository

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