Mark Bergin was born in Hastings, England, in 1961. He studied at Eastbourne College of Art and specialises in historical reconstructions, aviation and maritime subjects. He lives in Bexhill-on-Sea with his wife and children.
Gr 6 Up-These volumes don't add anything new to the kids' drawing book canon, aside from covering some popular subgenres. Ever since Lee J. Ames flooded the market with his "Draw 50" series (Broadway), it seems as if most of the books follow his format. There are some notes of instruction and suggestions about how to get started, and then pages of objects for budding artists to try their hands at replicating. The problem is that because only a couple of them are devoted to each subject, the gaps between the steps are pretty significant and the finished products quite detailed. These titles are not for beginners, and most children are likely to be daunted by their inability to duplicate the art in the books. These titles do offer helpful information about perspective, drawing materials, facial expressions, proper proportions, and the like, but it is followed by much more difficult material.-Jason M. Poole, Webster Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.