Book Review: You Can Draw It in Just 30 Minutes

You Can Draw It in Just 30 Minutes is the second instructional book for adults by Mark Kistler, author of the bestseller You Can Draw in 30 Days.

While You Can Draw in 30 Days is, as the author put it, “a drawing school in a book, with 30 lessons that each build on the previous”, the new book is a collection of 25 lessons that can be taken in any order. This new book can be used on its own or as a complement to the previous one, as another way to practice the techniques it teaches.

All lessons from You Can Draw It in Just 30 Minutes have a similar structure. They start with a couple of pages filled with hacks, tips and techniques that set the stage, followed by 4 clock-timed steps (between 5 and 15 minutes each), generally along these lines:

  1. Draw a blueprint made up of geometric shapes;
  2. Refine the blueprint to more closely match the reference;
  3. Add shading;
  4. Polish and refine the drawing.

The main objective of the lessons is to show that once some basic concepts and techniques are understood, complete drawings can be produced in a short amount of time. Seeing these complete drawings will give you confidence and encouragement to keep learning and, most importantly, to keep drawing!

Having complete most of the lessons from You Can Draw in 30 Days, I can attest that being led to produce complete drawings that you didn't think possible when starting had a great impact in my confidence and motivation to keep going. I believe that You Can Draw It in Just 30 Minutes can produce the exact same effect without the long commitment that the first book demanded (it took 14 months to complete the 30 lessons!). I therefore recommend it to all beginners that relate to the step by step approach proposed in the book.

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