Cute and colorful, the books in the My Design Sketchbook series feature simple but clever step-by-step directions to drawing different clothing styles that are “modest” while still remaining fashionable. Though notebook-sized, each book includes colored illustrations, coloring figures, drawing tutorials, starter sketches and a sheet of stickers with accessories like belts, handbags and sunglasses.
With a spiral-notebook, sketchpad appearance, these books are a great way to enhance creativity and unique personal style. The friendly interactive tutorial format features ample space to personalize and explore; readers can make their sketchbook as sophisticated or as simple as they’d like. Beginners will have fun coloring in and adorning their drawings with stickers, while more serious artists can hone in on the more detailed aspects of design like texture and shading. There are also pages labeled “advanced” featuring more detailed how-to instructions such as shading techniques and hair and facial feature drawing.
While the premise of modest fashion is geared towards more traditional Jewish families, there is no mention of religion whatsoever. The My Design Sketchbook series a great gift for budding illustrators and aspiring fashion designers from all backgrounds.
Although the Shira book is considered the second in the series, finishing the Adina sketchbook first is not required. Despite slightly different clothing options and tutorials, both iterations feature the same skill-leveled instructions.
Recommended for ages 8 and up.