Not long ago I stumbled onto Ed Emberley's wonderful drawing books: "Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Animals" and "Ed Emberley's Drawing Book: Make a World". Despite their slim profiles, they contain hundreds of simple instructions for drawing whimsical creatures and objects — but are spare enough to leave plenty of room for imagination. I was touched by the dedication in one of the books (which I can't remember exactly, but it went something like this): "For the boy I was, the book I would have wanted."
Be sure to visit Emberly's website — you'll find printable coloring pages, step-by-step videos, activities, and information about his books.
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