Review: Doodled Dogs – Gemma Correll

Review: Doodled Dogs – Gemma CorrellDoodled Dogs: Dozens of clever doodling exercises & ideas for dog people
by Gemma Correll
Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing
Publication Date: June 26, 2018
Genres: Art
Pages: 160
Source: NetGalley

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Doodling for Dog People is packed with creative prompts, fun canine facts, and step-by-step doodling projects for the dog-lover in you--the perfect book for on-the-go artists.

In Doodling for Dog People, beloved artist and illustrator Gemma Correll provides inspiration and ideas for doodling a variety of different dog breeds in a fun, quirky style. From a Yorkshire Terrier and Gemma’s signature Pug to a Greyhound and Standard Poodle, doodle enthusiasts will Learn to draw and doodle all their favorite canine companions, in addition to anthropomorphic dogs, canines in costumes, and even dogs in hats! A bonus project demonstrates how to create your own dog-doodled mug, plus, this compact hardcover book makes the perfect gift for on-the-go creative types and dog lovers alike.

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What a charming and whimsical book!  My five-year-old son loves drawing, so I’ve taken to doodling along with him.  One of his favorite things to draw is our family, complete with our dog, so I thought this would be the perfect book to try out with him.

The book is divided into four parts.  The first part is full of quirky things like lists (including signs you’re a dog person – “Your pockets are full of poop pick-up bags”), dog facts, and a dog alphabet.  It also has several pages of example dogs and dog faces, demonstrating different characteristics and emotions.  The meat of the book is the 30-some pages in part 2 where you learn how to draw several species of dogs step by step (French bulldog, dachshund, bichon frise, greyhound, collie, and poodle).  Part 3 experiments with hats, patterns (a tie-dye dog?), a series of anthropomorphic dogs (including Lucky the Lab Technician), dogs in costumes, dog houses, and dog toys.  Part 4 is a series of templates of already drawn dogs for you to doodle on.

It’s super cute, and suitable for children as well as adults.  My five-year-old got a kick out of drawing dogs with hats, and loved looking at all the various dog doodles.  If you’re looking for lots of detailed step-by-step guides, I think you’d be disappointed.  Instead, it kickstarted our imaginations (astronaut dog! alien dog!) and provided a fun afternoon full of giggles and doodles.  I think this would make a super cute gift for any fan of dogs and drawing!







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