Doodling in French by Anna Corba
Published by: Chronicle Books
On a recent “artist date” I discovered this delightful little text at a quaint independent bookshop in Lawrence, Kansas.
Of course the title caught my eye, but a quick flip through the pages convinced me to review it more closely. Once I returned home, I immediately requested a copy from my local library.
I am no artist, but I do harbor dreams of sitting in a local coffee shop or on a park bench and sketching a few observations. Technically this book should help me fulfill that desire.
While only 144 pages, this short little tutorial is divided into seven sections – all reminiscent of the quintessential Parisian life:
- Dans le Jardin
- Le Cafe
- A la Maison
- Les Accessoires
- Bon Voyage
- Tous mes Reves
- Et Maintenant
Each sketch is shown in simple step-by-step instructions. None of the drawings are terribly complex, but each subject is very French and quite a good likeness.
It certainly seems easy enough….
Just follow the directions, pay attention to scale, and voila … a perfect sketch of a fond French memory.
Well, that’s the idea in theory….
In reality, however, my croissant looks like a sickly snail. And my cheese wheel? …well, who knows.
I must admit my expectations were terribly unrealistic. I thought a few simple lines was, well… simple. A curve here, a triangle there, and in 60 seconds I’d have a sketch of a delectable morsel. But as in any artistic endeavor, the process is far more complex than it seems. It takes time, patience, and practice to develop a new skill, and I was not willing to slow down enough to give it a fair chance.
For now I have decided to devote my time to writing. But someday I plan to purchase this book and j’essayerai encore une fois.
** For other Paris in July posts, please visit Tamara’s website, Thyme for Tea.