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Art Starts with a Line: A creative and interactive guide to the art of line drawing

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  146 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Line drawing utilizes both fine and bold lines to create sophisticated artwork that can stand alone or be incorporated into patterns, logos, stationery, branding, journals, scrapbooks, and more. Art Starts with a Line is approachable for artists of any skill level, no prior drawing experience needed! This form of art requires minimal tools, making it both affordable and po ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by Walter Foster Publishing
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Adela Cacovean
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley
I want to start by saying the author of this book seems like a talented artist. I am not sure if she is not as good at teaching or I am simply very bad at this. I managed to get as far as banners, corner artwork, banners and simple things that would look good in a bullet journal. When the book got to more complicated drawings, such as animals, nature, buildings, everyday life objects etc., I felt the book started to lack in explanatory steps. It was showing simple guiding shapes that got very co ...more
Julia
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
The book is dedicated to line drawing. Starting with basic borders, step-by-step instructions guide you to more detailled borders, and in the next chapters to drawing letters, plants, animals, architecture and city scapes. Practice pages invite you to start drawing right away and give the forms and lines your unique touch.

After introducing tools, materials and basic techniques, and how to work digitally, the five chapters about Borders and Banners, Lettering, Botanicals, Architecture and Animal
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Tiffany W.
LOVE THIS BOOK! Neat, easy to start, and easy to understand, this book is for both illustrators and for beginners. All drawing starts with lines, so whoever wishes to draw nicely and neatly should know how to use lines to form a picture, and this book provides some basic practices starting with banners, borders, and lettering.
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Overall: 4.5/5
Cover: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Appealing: 5/5
Page Design: 5/5
Elle♣
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

*Thank you to the author and NetGalley for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I've never read a book about drawing before - which is another love of mine, so I thought I'd give this one a try! The cover was pretty and I was interested in seeing more of McManness style of illustrations inside.

It was a fun, interactive book full of helpful tips, tricks, and opportunities to try out the different techniques for yourself. I'm going to need to get a physical copy of
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Jocelyn
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book seems like a good place to start if you want to jump into drawing. I especially like how there is space next to the examples to try on your own. Being able to compare the original next to yours is definitely helpful when you are learning. It is also nice to see the different mediums and have some tips for each. The step by step guide for every day objects and the animals are super helpful too...I would have put the buildings in the last section since they seem to be a bit harder.

I rece
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Sabina
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I actually loved this book so much that I bought it to have a great reference book for developing my drawing skills. It's a step by step tutorial to show you how to look at things and how to put them on paper but not only it has also some introduction to photoshop so that you could make them digital. I really recommend it! ...more
Kirsty
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: crafts-and-home
Very basic, but nice artwork style, and it breaks the steps down fairly well. This would be a good gift for a young teen, or for an adult who’s never drawn before and wants to add pictures to their bullet journal or make custom stationery. I don’t think this would be of any use to an artist, or anyone with any art experience at all.

Most of the steps consist of ‘sketch the basic shapes from your reference picture, add detail, go over outlines in pen, add colour if you like’. Which is fine, but g
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Literary Soirée
ART STARTS WITH A LINE is a fun fresh beautiful guide to line drawing. It teaches you how to create line drawings with fine or bold strokes that can stand alone or be mixed into patterns, logos, stationery, and more. Appropriate for artists of all skill levels!

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine.

#ArtStartsWithAline #NetGalley
Jeimy
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has simple designs that will make even first-time doodlers look good! It is divided into 5 parts (Borders, Banners, and Letters; Botanicals; Architecture and City Life; Animals & Insects; and Everyday Life) and each is a small treasure trove of illustrations.
Faith
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalleyarc
I consider myself a creative person, with varying levels of comfort when it comes to writing, working with yarn or clay, even sewing and quilting, but drawing eludes me. I have long joked that my skills stunted at the level that a four-year-old child is impressed by, and it's not hyperbole to admit my 7-year-old daughter has already surpassed me in artistic ability.

I was drawn to Art Starts with a Line in hopes Erin McManness could teach me some new techniques to improve upon my infantile abilit
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Ramie
Okay this one is tough for me. I gave it three stars because it doesn’t offer anything new or special. If you’ve read other books that cover the topics it covers, you’ll feel a sense of dejavu. Pretty sure I seen that same teardrop / heart border in every book that has a reason for showing borders, always described the same way. It’s boring now.

That said, if you’re just starting out and want a little on lettering and a little on borders and a little on color and a little on general drawing but
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Cathy Geha
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Art Starts with a Line by Erin McMannes

This is a book I want for my library. As I looked at some of the feathering and borders I was reminded of visiting my grandfather and doing similar artistic things with the 90 year old mother-in-law living with him at the time. Yep, definitely want to find and buy this book!

The book includes information on tools and materials suggested for projects, shading and stippling, borders and banners, lettering, botanicals, architecture, signage, animals and insect
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C.R. Elliott
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I was attracted by the cover art. The lessons within are simple and approachable. Don't expect to exactly replicate Erin McManness' style on your first try but she breaks down complex objects into simple forms that are helpful for beginners and are still useful if you've been making art for awhile. If you're interested in making sketches of life on the go, in your neighborhood or while traveling this book touches on a lot of the basics and teaches helpful tools for approaching ...more
Shari (colourmeread)
eARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

A straightforward, well-thought out resource for artists and readers of all skill levels. I love that anyone can pick up this book and learn from it. I specially loved that McManness has a section on traditional and digital tools with brief information on what each tool is used for. The book also includes practice areas that provide readers with the space to apply what they learned from a specific section. From lettering to drawing
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Amanda
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It really brought my bullet journal decorations up to the next level. I will definitely use it as a reference.

Many thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for my ARC. All opinions are my own.
Janet
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Line drawing utilizes both fine and bold lines to create sophisticated artwork that can stand alone or be incorporated into patterns, logos, stationery, branding, journals, scrapbooks, and more. Art Starts with a Line is approachable for artists of any skill level, no prior drawing experience needed! This form of art requires minimal tools, making it both affordable and
...more
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, 2018-reads
I received a copy of Art Starts with a Line through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Art Starts with a Line is a fun art book that, as the title indicates, teaches us the basics of line drawing. This book is perfect for both the experienced and novices alike, as it covers all levels, providing plenty of guidance and projects for all.
I love how detailed this book was. It really does mean it when it says that it focuses on line drawing – that’s the only focus. But it’s easy to
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Sharon
I’m not an artist by any stretch of the imagination, but I love reading books which give me some inspiration that one day I may be! This book caught my eye as I loved the cover, which was wonderfully illustrated.

This book is divided into five sections, each section showing you how to draw different objects within that theme. It also shows you the basic drawing techniques, and what tools you will need for this. There are some instructions on how to add colour to your drawings. Personally, I would
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Mai
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me a free copy of the book. The fact that I got it for free does not influence my review in any way.

I really wanted to like this book, but I didn't. First, the description says that following this book requires very few tools, then the artist proceeds to show all the many, many different tools they use (and there was even a section with tools you "might also want to consider" - thank god, it contained just a sketchbook; but then again, I'd s
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Andreea
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Art starts with a line indeed, but in order for this book to appeals to readers with no skill you also need to teach them more than observe the object and draw the shapes, and I mean this in the kindest way.

I am convinced that the author is a great artist, but I think her book lacks in delivering the messages. The book felt uneven. Divided into five sections, some sections are bigger than others, some have very easy illustratio
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Arden Belrose
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous starter's guide on line drawing! The book is broken down into several categories, like Leaves, Buildings, Flowers, Supplies Needed, etc., and includes a section where she takes you step-by-step through the process of transferring your hand-drawn art to the digital format. There are also pages where you can try your own hand at drawing line art.

Of course, in art, you have to practice freely and copiously to warm up to it. This guide is like how maths is best learnt, you learn the meth
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Pam
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This small book is a treasure for artists and craft persons.
The instructions are clear. The illustrations are plentiful and best of all there is space available to practice within the book.
Instructions and ideas for drawing flowers, buildings, and small household items make this book useful as a reference for future drawing projects.
Rod
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, this was a bit simplistic, but it was an excellent kickstarter, forcing me to accept beginning with a simple line. As an artist, I would definitely recommend for beginners and inexperienced artists, and for experienced artists, I would say it never hurts to step off your big bad self and go back to the nuts and bolts.
Nur Aidawaty
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book for beginner in watercolour painting

This is a tutorial book teaching you to draw basic stroke in common drawing. I love part where it shows how to draw flower and leave in easy way. I think it should be useful for those want to learn watercolour painting with simple flower and leaves.
Catherine Quillman
I enjoyed her illustrations and she gave suggestions on tools, sketch books etc. However , her step by step drawing ideas are really geared to the beginner - that should have been in the book description.
Marylou
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got lots of ideas for simple drawings from this book, as well as getting to see the bones behind more complex drawing.
M0rningstar
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Useful for approach to simplifying ornamentation (borders/banners/letters), botanicals, and buildings. The animal drawings are poor and everyday objects section too easy.
Ietrio
Apr 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: junk
Basic in the extreme and very formulaic. Useless for anything but the very beginner. Finally, a waste of paper as YouTube tutorials can go so much more in depth.
Kristina
A good book to get started with line drawing. A nice whimsical style that is inspiring, but not a lot of instruction or techniques.
Agnes Preszler
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Naive style, very basic techniques, detailed description of the projects (botanical, cityscapes, ecc.). Maybe it's just me, but I've found it boring, not inspiring, too simple, would recommend it only to a complete beginner, for leisuretime doodling, surely not to an artist. I like the cover painting though... ...more
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