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Packed with useful information and advice
on 22 July 2017
I love this book - it has an overwhelming amount of detail and explanation including what materials to choose and suggestions on tools and equipment. Some of the recommendations are quite involved/complex (Including things like altering reference photos in photoshop before using them to create a picture, and creating printed colour acetate overlays to predict what layering various different pencils will do) which just reflects the author's detailed approach - but you can always pick and choose the things you want to try. Some of the detail is really enlightening - I never even considered before that shadows should have reflections in them, or how important the warmth/coolness of the shadow compared to the subject is. As mentioned in other reviews the book is focused entirely on still life which might not be to everyone's taste but as a beginner it's a really good way to explore all of the colours in your pencil set, observe how they layer over each other and understand how to get the right depth of tone/colour over a picture which is knowledge that can be transferred to any future drawing. Techniques like adding highlights, creating the effect of water droplets, drawing cloth etc are detailed and inspiring. I have tried a few of the step-by-step exercises and have already learnt a lot - I look forward to working through the rest.