Such a fantastic book!
As soon as it arrived, my daughter and I sat down to have a go. It's instructions are simple and easy to understand, we had no problem creating any of these super cute foods. There are so many different designs as well as different expressions to use. We couldn't get enough of it and have created so many cute pictures. It will be a book we will use again and again.
-- Jennelee Baxta * Customer review *
Arrived in the post for my 12 year old daughter yesterday and she immediately pulled out the sketchbooks and started drawing. She loves it! And it's supercute! She's delighted, I'm chuffed she's off her laptop, it's win-win!
-- Helen O'Niell * Customer review *
If you have bought the first two titles in this series you will know that kawaii is Japanese for cute. Now you have mastered drawing animals and objects it is the turn of food to get a cute makeover!
It is simpler than I realised and these books all end up on my keeper shelf together with my collection on drawing in the manga style. If you find this difficult rest assured that making things look cuter in the Japanese style is a whole lot easier. The first few pages show how to simplify your drawings and looks at what makes something look cute. Then you can start drawing with the simple, staged projects. You only need basic materials such as pencils, pens, paper etc making this an inexpensive way to make your mark. The book is divided into chapters so you can choose from depicting snacks, entrees, desserts and drinks. Main meals are incorporated into entrees for some reason. Each item takes up a double page spread and shows how you can build up a drawing, adding colour and also how to vary it. Popcorn kernels can be shown on their own or in a machine for example. Chocolate can be a bar or in fancy shapes. Helpfully each chapter starts with a page of thumbnail sketches of each item so making your choice of what to draw is easy. There aren't any projects included but it is not hard to envisage your cute drawings looking great on anything from greetings cards to T-Shirts. I hope there will be more titles in the Draw Cute series.
-- Rachel A Hyde * MyShelf.com *
During the Summer holidays we were gifted a copy of Kawaii: How to Draw Really Cute Food by Angela Nguyen. I love to try new things and quite fancied trying my hand at kawaii. Have you heard of the word kawaii before? It is Japanese for 'cute' and covers everything from food to clothes and toys.
Kawaii: How to Draw Really Cute Food
I thought I would get a chance to look through this book and try out some of the projects for myself. Sadly my 9 year old took the book as soon as he saw it! My son just loves to draw and learn new things so he set himself up at the table with the book, his favourite coloured pencils and plenty of paper.
The book is really well set out with step-by-step instructions and minimal text. It's great for both visual learners and those interested in learning the essential techniques of kawaii. My son loved reading the book and was soon drawing away.
Artist-author Angela Nguyen turns even the most mundane foods into living, breathing, adorable characters that you will want to draw yourself. As well as cute food-creature fusions such as blueberry kittens and sausage dog hotdogs, there are sleeping cats who lounge atop sushi, curl inside donuts, or peek out from pizza crusts. There are chapters on appetizers, entrees, desserts, snacks and drinks.
It's a lovely book and my son has covered the house with his drawings. I've even had a go too and it's fun to see how the characters are created.
Kawaii: How to Draw Really Cute Food - Draw Adorable Animal Food Art in the Cutest Style Ever! by Angela Nguyen is published by Search Press. It's the third in the Kawaii series with Kawaii: How to Draw Really Cute Animals and Kawaii: How to Draw Really Cute Stuff.
-- Jenny Kearney * The GingerBread House *