Dawn DeVries Sokol


Showing Some LOVE

I know. I often show mosaic love, art journal love, and doodle love. But I realized today that it’s been awhile since I’ve shown any BOOK love. I’ve been so consumed with creating Doodle Diary that I haven’t recommended any of my faves to you.

Today I’m just going to talk about one I recently received: Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists by Carla Sonheim. I have been anticipating this book FOREVER. I’ve always admired Carla’s work. I have one of her originals (the princess and the pea) and a couple of her other works. Her Girls are really sweet and I’ve watched her work evolve beautifully. She definitely has her own style!

When I heard she was authoring a book for Quarry, I clapped gleefully. Yes, I really did. I haven’t taken any of her workshops (I will be taking two of hers at Journalfest this fall) but I know others who have and told me her classes are totally worthwhile.

Drawing Lab contains 52 drawing exercises. Drawing, you say? Yeah, I know. I’ve read some drawing books that frankly made me yawn and I put down after a couple of the lessons. They were a bore. I’ve wanted to draw more but don’t have the nerve. I’ve looked through this book the last few days since it arrived and it makes me smile and laugh. The exercises are FUN and the samples incredible. Carla shows so many different approaches to drawing that I don’t see how anyone could be bored. And there are some insightful profiles of various artists such as Gustavo Aimar, Leisel Lund, Geninne Zlatkis—all of whom are some of my favorite mixed media artists right now. It’s timely, fun AND innovative. How can you yawn at that?

Thanks, Carla, for giving us all a gem from which to learn how to draw. I know this will be my resource that will get me drawing!