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Review: How to Draw Sharks by Arkady Roytman

Title: How to Draw SharksHow to Draw Sharks

Author: Arkady Roytman

Publisher: Dover Publications

Date of Publication: November 18th, 2015

Rating: 4/5

My Review:

I hadn’t realised there were so many different species of shark! There are 31 in this book with four step illustrations on how to draw them followed by a blank page on which you can have a go at drawing it yourself. I actually had fun having a go myself and the results weren’t too bad, even if I say it myself! So, if you’re looking for a very basic but effective guide to drawing a variety of sharks shown in a variety of poses then this is just for you – or the child in your life.

It does exactly what the title implies – shows you how to draw sharks using basic shapes to help you achieve your goal. Personally, I’d have liked a little information on the different species and ideas of their colouring, too, but then again, I’m an adult and this is targeted at children. They won’t have to read anything to follow the diagrams and to do so in the correct sequence even though they aren’t numbered, so it will be easily accessible to children who struggle with reading. As a teacher, I think this could be very useful and inspirational to use with pupils – some useful techniques, developing hand-eye co-ordination and spotting the differences are all involved in a fun and appealing manner.

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.


With this step-by-step guide on how to create images of the marine world’s fierce predators, kids can learn to draw creatures from the top of the ocean’s food chain in just a few simple steps. This easy-to-follow book illustrates the use of basic geometric shapes to form 31 varieties of sharks, from the great white and the hammerhead to the tiger, bull, and saw sharks. Blank practice pages offer plenty of room to perfect your style.

This book is available from a variety of sources including

amazon.co.uk           amazon.com          barnes and noble

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