Friday, October 2, 2015

The Realism Challenge by Mark Crilley




Mark Crilley is an accomplished artist and author of twenty books and graphic novels. He is best known for his work in the genre of Manga and has a huge internet following. His new book, The Realism Challenge: Drawing and Painting Secrets from a Mondern Master of Hyperrealism, is a must-have for artists of any skill level who wants to master realistic drawing.

Grab your watercolors, colored pencils and white gouche: this is fun and educational.

Beginning with a simple piece of torn paper, Crilley shows a step by step process of laying out the sketch and layering the shadows and highlights. The illustrations of the process are clear, detailed and exactly what I would look for in an instructional art book. Each finished sketch is then displayed in a side-by-side match up with the original item.

Crilley's choice of common items as his subject matter is brilliant. Popcorn and toast? Simple, right? Not when you're rendering a realistic sketch. This is where the author really shines in his ability to draw the reader in and make them see all the details and important subtleties with the eye of a true artist.

As you progress through the book, the subjects become more difficult and additional skills are added, including the use of color. The sections neatly address tips and finer points of the developing works. "Advanced Surfaces" cover more detailed work, such as lace. "Transparent Objects" tackles realizist renderings of objects of glass and plastic.

Mark Crilley, you've created an enthusiast follower with this book.

[I received this book free from the Blogging for Books program, in exchange for my honest review. That happens to be the only kind of review I do - so, we're good. ]








20 comments:

  1. What a great review, thanks for sharing and have a good weekend!

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  2. As an artist, I love technical skill but hyper-realism isn't my goal. Still, sounds like an interesting book.

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  3. I'm amazed anyone knows what white gouche is - ha, ha, ha. I love it with charcoals and pencils - old school - on brown paper bags. I loved to see this book! Thank you, Cherdo!

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  4. Wow! Fascinating! (Says a WishICouldDraw kinda person). I am buying a copy of this and sending it to my brother, who can paint and draw circles around anyone, and loves to read this sort work (well, so do I, but it makes me feel so inferior...) Have a great weekend!

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  5. Very interesting. As someone who can only draw stick figures and even those are wonky, I may not benefit too much from the book . So cool!

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  6. I'm always amazed by artists like this. I'm a pencil person myself. For some reason, colors seem to mess my drawings up. (But I love colors!)

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  7. I am awestruck by this artistic concept!

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  8. I'd still fine a way to screw it up even if step by step, my artistic skills are nil.

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  9. I can't even draw stick figures. But you, my dear, are a true artiste.

    Love,
    Janie

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  10. I find hyperrealism fascinating, thanks for sharing this review!

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  11. Oh, and by the by, I've just joined blogging for books myself. Gotta feed the addiction, y'know.

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  12. Must look this book up.
    Sounds very interesting.

    cheers, parsnip

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  13. I've tried Art. It doesn't like me.

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  14. Have used this technique for many years and, though I am not near Mark Crilley's class, it enhances my doodles and is a form of meditation as well as technical practice.

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  15. Wow! This looks great and it is so difficult to master something like this. Impressive!

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  16. Cherdo, I don't have an artist bone in my body, but I'm sure this is a great reference for those who do. Have a super weekend.

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  17. I have such respect for artists. They're amazing! I have an eye for what's good and bad, maybe a bit of design, but otherwise, I'm pretty awful with drawing. I'm lucky that the photoshop programs make it easy to dabble in art now. :)

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  18. Now that is a great concept for an art book.

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  19. That sounds great. My wife has of late been curious about how-to art books. I'll keep this one in mind.

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  20. I'm in awe of good visual artists. They do and express what I wish I could.

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo