This book follows on from her earlier offering, "Classical Drawing Atelier", which looked at traditional art studio practice. This one follows on, looking in much greater detail at the skills of drawing from life in a studio setting. It begins with first principles - looking at your subject, and then setting out the structure of the drawing. It concludes that chapter by providing the first lesson, which is to make a master copy sketch. It continues, chapter by chapter, and lesson by lesson, to explore proportion, line, depth, colour palette, and finally form and character. The subjects taught, and the lessons provided, are all in classical traditional form, just as you might expect to learn in a real atelier setting.
Although the atelier approach aims to start with the basics, this book is not really something that I would recommend to an absolute beginner. If you already have some experience, particularly with life drawing and figure drawing, then this book will certainly advance your skills. However, it is no substitute for learning in a real atelier studio, though I don't know of anything that is.
The accompanying DVD offers an hour or so of Juliette demonstrating some of the techniques described in the book. The picture quality is a bit rough here and there, but the sections in which Juliette is actually drawing are very useful indeed.
The book is beautifully presented, and is packed with useful information, plus plenty of wonderful illustrations and examples. In taking the classical realist approach to drawing, it mirrors what the great masters learned, and equips you with the knowledge to produce much better drawings. Like I said, it's not for the beginner, but it is very useful for people wanting to improve their drawing, or as a primer for attending a real atelier course.