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mimics different hand drawing methods
on 2 January 2014
While the cover is in colour, the reader should be cautioned that the internal illustrations are all in black and white or greyscale. In part this is an inevitable consequence of the affordable price of the book. Colour plates can be costly. But also note that sketching in most of the book's examples often starts with the equivalent of pencil. So the figures that are intrinsically black and white are perfectly adequate for comprehension of what the software can do for you.
But the text does indeed often refer to the subsequent use of colour, to fill in the drawing, as it were. Here you are required to use some imagination. Or more favourably, you are running Sketchbook Pro on your machine to accompany the book's lessons.
You can see that Pro has many settings that let you mimic quite realistically a hand drawn canvas. Ok, you still do not get the tactile feel of paper. But from a purely image standpoint, the final product can be quite impressive. Or at least Pro lets this aid the best of your drawing ability.
Do take a look at the drawings which emulate a pen nib use and those for a brush and ink. Nice and this is a key point. Suppose you want to make a drawing that will then be reproduced. Either as hardcopy, like in this book's figures, or in a web page. So the point is not what the original drawing physically is, but what the copies look like. Then Pro should work well for you.