Book Review: Learn to Draw Disney/Pixar Onward by Walter Foster Jr. Creative Team

Your artistic destiny awaits! With Learn to Draw Disney•Pixar Onward, embark on a thrilling artistic journey to the once-magical world of Onward. Join teenage elf brothers Ian and Barley on a quest to discover the artistic magic in your world. This 64-page book includes drawing projects for your favorite characters from Disney and Pixar’s movie Onward (March 2020).

After an introduction to art materials and how to use this book, the real fun begins. Just follow the step-by-step projects to draw Ian, Barley, Blazey, and more!

The easy-to-follow instructions in this book guide you through the drawing process; each step builds upon the last until the character is complete. You just need to grab a pencil, a piece of paper, and your copy of Learn to Draw Disney•Pixar Onward; then flip to the character you want to draw. Draw the basic shapes shown in step one, and move on to step two, step three, and keep going! The new lines in each step are shown in blue, so you know exactly what to draw. After adding all the details in each step, darken the lines you want to keep and erase the rest. Finally, add color to your drawing with felt-tip markers, colored pencils, watercolors, or acrylic paints. You can draw the characters over and over, getting better with each try.

Plus, learn some fun facts about the characters from Disney and Pixar’s Onward as you learn to draw them. Brief character descriptions and art instruction from professional Disney animators round out this exciting artistic adventure.

Grab your drawing pencils and go on a grand and glorious artistic quest with Ian, Barley, and the other fairy-tale creatures from Disney and Pixar’s Onward.

Rating: 5/5

Format: E-Book (from Netgalley)

Quick Take

Learn to Draw Disney/Pixar Onward is an easy to follow, unique art experience that is perfect for beginner and advanced artists alike.

Tell Me More

I have long been a fan of Walter Foster Jr.’s Learn to Draw books, and I was ecstatic when an edition for how to draw the characters from Onward was released.  Onward is the newest movie from Disney/Pixar, and it has been released early on digital video and Disney+ as a special gift during this time of self-isolation.  If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend it!  It is unique and it made my heart melt.

Walter Foster has released a plethora of Disney Learn to Draw books under their Walter Foster Jr. line, but I find that these books are excellent for all ages, especially Onward.  The drawing exercises in this edition were particularly challenging, even with step by step instructions, and it helped me to expand my artistic skills.  But this book is so much more than just drawing exercises – it provides the reader with additional insight into the characters and story of Onward to allow the reader to dive deeper into the making of this beautiful movie.  The baseline techniques this book teaches the reader also allows for additional creativity as the reader can begin to draw their own characters utilizing their newly learned skills.  This book is perfect for providing hours of entertainment while you are stuck at home as well!

If you are a fan of Onward and drawing, then I highly recommend Learn to Draw Disney/Pixar Onward.  This book brings with it additional insight into the movie as well as challenging drawing exercises with step-by-step instructions to make learning to draw easier.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book as an advanced artist, and I am positive that artists of every level will enjoy and benefit from Learn to Draw Disney/Pixar Onward.

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