Snazaroo USA Inc.’s latest book, the third in the series, is 3 Minute Cheek Art by Roberta Mandella. (The first was Your Face or Mine by yours truly and the second was Facing the Sea by Lisa Smiley… just in case you’re interested! 😉 )
Roberta is a fantastic artist and her work in this book speaks for itself. Beautifully executed and colourful designs that should be easy to adapt for most people who want to create effective small designs. Roberta’s work is very detailed and her brush control is phenomenal.
The book contains 26 step-by-step designs and over 150 photos of designs and ideas. Roberta covers most holidays and occasions as well as commonly requested items.
I really like that there are four pages at the beginning of the book explaining brush strokes with different types of brushes and the graphics used are very clear.
I have to be honest and admit that I really only skimmed the text throughout. The 26 step-by-step designs are clear in the photos and as a relatively experienced painter I could figure out the rest. The text was written by Gary Cole to accompany Roberta’s artwork and what I did read was quite detailed and specific.
My favourite pages are the Snakes, Lizards & Dinosaurs (pages 14, 15) and Bugs (pages 30, 31) – great designs!! Love the ants! I have never been asked to paint ants but I am going to suggest them to the next child I paint!! 🙂 Even if they ask for Spiderguy! 😉 Oh… I could have some ants caught in the web… I must make a note of that so I don’ t forget!
My only comment is that the only cheek that anything is painted on is in the cover photograph (which is absolutely adorable by the way.) None of the photos or step-by-steps in the book are actually painted on a face. While skin is skin and all of these designs appear sized for cheek art, personally, I think seeing them actually placed on a cheek would be helpful.
I don’t do a lot of cheek art but when I do I am always annoyed with myself when I get the image so far over to the side that it is very difficult for the child to see in the mirror! It would have been helpful to see at least a handful of designs actually painted on the cheeks of children to give an idea of placement, proportion and sizing.
Granted the term “cheek art” is being use collectively to cover any design that is small and self-contained (as in, does not involve painting over or including facial features) and this book delivers on that. It would, for me, have been nice to see some of the designs painted on a cheek to see the scale/size that it would need to be done in to fit on a child’s face – how SMALL would it need to be to fit?
And, on a technical note for the editor… I found the Pig painting included twice (page 33 and 37.)
This book is worth purchasing. If you are looking for ideas or are often stumped by requests for “just a small thing on the cheek” the designs in this book should meet your needs.