Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book: Make a World was first published in 1972. If you can draw basic shapes and a few letters and numbers, you can draw almost anything the Ed Emberley way. Make a World is packed with drawing instructions on how to create over 400 different things, from airplanes to sea serpents, all using a handful of basic shapes and lines.
Looking at this newer edition it’s hard to believe Make a World was created 37 years ago. The objects are iconic and the design of the page and book is timeless. A real classic.
Ed Emberley’s drawing books for children teach aspiring artists to draw by combining a series and sequence of simple shapes, lines, and dots, to create countless objects and pictures. He’s created many books that apply this method to a variety of subject and themes.
This past semester I invited Ed to The Center for Cartoon Studies to talk to students about his work and process. He lectured, talked shop with students, and gave his famous Chalk Talk workshop. It was pretty amazing to see it in person! Something we didn’t expect…Ed announced it would be his last ever. Although I’m still not convinced, the retired chalk hang proudly on my office wall ready for you to use next time Ed.
About Ed Emberley
Emberley is an award-winning children book author, artist, and instructor. He has illustrated over 80 books. Over 80 books! His books are praised by many: The Wing on a Flea (1961) was a New York Times Best-Illustrated book of the year, and many of books have been selected by the American Library Association (ALA) Notable Book list. He is the recipient of the prestigious ALA Caldecott Medal for Drummer Hoff, written by his wife Barbara. Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book: Make a World, has maintained #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list for children’s drawing books. His latest work, There Was an Old Monster (Scholastic), produced with his daughter Rebecca Emberley is due out fall 2009. Ed lives with his wife Barbara in Massachusetts, in a historic 1690 saltbox house. You can buy Ed Emberley’s books on Amazon.