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. ]