Review: Doodletopia Fairies

Doodletopia Fairies
Doodletopia Fairies: Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-Magical and Beautiful Fairies by Christopher Hart

This latest entry in the Doodletopia series brings what fans will expect: an outline-based guide to drawing figures, in this case fairies, in a cute and anime-inspired style. This style fits well with fairies as it includes lots of large heads, big eyes, pointy ears, and svelte bodies (apparently fairies are all very similar in stature – no real differences in height or weight to be found). Some of the costumes are a little revealing on a level equal to Disney princesses (think Tinkerbell). A number of fairy poses are outlined for action drawings, and a few pages at the end are dedicated to fairy dwellings.

full disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Blogging for Books


Review: Doodletopia Manga

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Doodletopia Manga by Christopher Hart

Manga is super popular, as are cute things in general, and the drawing instructions contained here definitely qualify. Specific details are provided for aspects of each drawing, so the reader will notice the small details that make each picture work. A few specific character types (girl in a sun hat, goofy boy, funny girl with swirls) are outlined as well as cute creatures such as pandas and bunnies. The author encourages the reader to engage with the drawings in the book, leaving some incomplete and ready for the reader to fill in. Blank space is also provided for practice. The drawings definitely play into gender stereotypes inherent in manga style, but fans of manga looking to learn to or practice their drawing will not be disappointed with the lessons and activities.

Full disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Blogging for Books