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Not a How To
on 20 October 2013
Frankly, the title of this book is misleading. Yes, it gives basic tips on various media. Yes, it shows step-by-step the production of a pin-up. But if you read this you will only have a slightly better idea of how to draw, paint and compose.
It covers a wide range of media - watercolour, pastels, oils - and this, necessarily, means that only most basic techniques are covered. It also means that these sections do not have the space to explain the particular problems that pin-ups present when using these different materials. The actual step-by-step tutorials give only one artist's take and aren't very informative (or very interesting).
The most interesting and useful parts are the finished classic pin-ups and preliminary sketches. These give a good insight to how these pieces were conceived and produced. If the publisher/editor had got rid of the instructional element and focused on the archive element it would have been both more interesting and more useful.
Ultimately, I gave this book a low score mainly because of the title. It is pretending to be an instruction book, when it is principally reference and source material. Given its origins, it is frustrating that this was so poorly conceived.