Review | 20 Ways to Draw a Butterfly by Trina Dalziel [video]

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20 Ways to Draw a Butterfly and 44 Other Things With Wings: A Sketchbook for Artists, Designers, and Doodlers” by Trina Dalziel is a straightforward book that shows a variety of different ways that an artist can draw a winged creature using simple ideas and shapes. 

20 Ways to Draw Butterfly Trina Daizel

Trina Dalziel guides the reader to use their basic doodling skills to create unique versions of the same object, a butterfly.This book is not a step-by-step drawing book, but instead more of a fun inspiration book.As you will see in the video, the author has shown how each person can have totally different perspective of the same object.She also points out in her introduction that one artist should not compare their work to another’s.The message of the book is that each one of us is unique, as is our perspective.

Each double page in “20 Ways to Draw A Butterfly” has twenty drawings of the subject matter.Each one is different; some are more complicated and some are very simple. The author has left room on each page for the reader to add their own version of the subject matter.

I am always on the lookout for good basic drawing books that will encourage my kids to create with their hands instead of just using their Wacom Intuos tablets to create. I want my children to know the joy of creating art with their own hands, as well as not always depending on digital media to create things. They only need a pencil and some paper to create these fun simple drawings.  This book does not just concentrate on butterflies, but also includes other things with wings including planes, bugs and birds. My daughter got a kick out of the winged shoe page. One of the neat things about this book is that each section has some blank page space for you to draw on.  So if you get the urge to sketch while reading, you don’t need to search for drawing paper. You can draw right on the page!

Drawing Inspired from book.
Drawing Inspired from “20 Ways to Draw A Butterfly.” Drawn by reviewer’s daughter.

I love books that inspire different ways of looking at things and this book really fits the bill.  My daughter and I are getting some fun ideas from this book and we just keep playing with the ideas and inspirations that the artists has shared on her pages in this book.

example of project inspired by book
“20 Ways to Draw a Butterfly” – example of project inspired by book

20 Ways to Draw a Butterfly and 44 Other Things With Wings: A Sketchbook for Artists, Designers, and Doodlers” is part of a series by Trina Dalziel that also includes the book “20 Ways to Draw a Jellyfish” and the upcoming book “Draw 500 Winged Things.”

What type of books inspire you?  Leave a comment below and share some of your favorite drawing books or inspirations.

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