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Drawing from Line to Life Paperback – Import, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: MSFA Publishing (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955157803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955157806
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 8.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,903,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B & M Elkins on February 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
I own this book and have to say that it is one my most prized art books. It is strictly a graphite drawing book. I have learned so many new techniques and plan to read it again and again. Mike Sibley is an amazing artist! I draw mostly people, not dogs, but his techniques transfer to any subject matter in graphite. I definitely recommend this book. Even though it is kind of pricey, I was worth it to me. Go to Mike Sibley's website and read his tutorials. That will tell you if his methods are right for you. The book includes these tutorials and more.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. FELLA VINE VOICE on January 13, 2014
Format: Paperback
I bought this book a few years ago from Mr. Sibley's website, and got an autographed copy. I read it straight through and was impressed, but then was really into digital art so I forgot about it. Recently, I've gotten back to basics and am using good ol' pencil, paper, and eraser, so I read the book again.

I have to say, this is hands-down, the best over-all drawing book I have ever read. I have at least ten different books from general drawing to things like portrait drawing, drawing animals, etc. He gives a detailed discussion on various materials, from different paper types and pencils to less well-known or talked about things like colour shapers and Blue Tack. He talks about the strengths and weaknesses of all the materials.

His explanation and instruction on shading, layering, and blending is the most comprehensive I've ever heard. He leaves no stone unturned, talking about various shading techniques (hatching, blending, etc) and some of the mistakes people make when learning or performing the techniques. Here he goes into great detail on using the Blue Tack (a specific brand of wall-putty used to attach posters to walls, etc) to achieve incredibly gradual gradations of tone.

He has several full demonstrations in the book: one of a baby girl, a cat, and a dog. He discusses every step of the process and there are pictures accompanying each step. The realism he is able to achieve is nothing short of astonishing.

I have very few complaints about the book. I wish the section on trees and other background elements had been a little more extensive, but this wasn't specifically a book about landscapes, etc. so I can't count it down for that. There were a couple other little things, but again, nothing major. If you can still buy this off of his website, or find a copy that isn't extremely expensive (like it currently is here on amazon) then buy it immediately, unless you are an advanced artist. You won't be disappointed.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Myriad on October 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
I read the advertisements and it sounded like this was going to show me some methods that would inspire me to new levels, as well as provide instruction that would open my eyes. Perhaps some of that is subjective, but despite his wonderful art, I wasn't inspired. I paid over seventy dollars and it was worth maybe less than half that. There are so many more inspiring and instructional books out there. There are a few demos but they weren't enuf. Go online and look it up to see if it's for you, but think hard to see if you can justify paying over 40 dollars for it.
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