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The Pencil Hardcover – 1982


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Watson Guptill (1982)
  • ASIN: B000MZTH20
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,136,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an outstanding book by a really great artist.
Old Dog
This book is not only a brief anthology of his work but an interesting instruction method.
W. Ellis
Beautiful illustrations, masterful text and instruction.
C. S. Elsasser

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By chiefkeck@aol.com on January 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
Like an old "worthless" violin that comes to life in the hands of a master musician, Paul Calle proves that the pencil, any old pencil, can be used to produce fine art in the hands of a master. I have studied his work in this excellent book, and applied his techniques with every kind of pencil from "drawing" pencils to an old stub found in the garage. Drawing is the foundation of the graphic arts, and Paul Calle raises the "lowly pencil" from a medium for quick sketches to the production of stand alone works of art.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ray Shaffer on August 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is partly a text on drawing and partly a portfolio book of artist Paul Calle. Mr Calle is perhaps one of the best graphite artists in the world. His style is realism (photorealism, to be exact) so if your thing is Picasso, this might not be the text for you.

Calle traces his career from his early days in editorial illustration, through his time as a staff artist for NASA during the sixties, to his more recent work celebrating the American West. Along the way, he shares insight into technique and the realities of making a living as a commercial artist. It is perhaps the finest example of pencil illustration I have ever seen. A must for any illustration student. I can't recommend it enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Andrew Whitehead on March 25, 2010
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I have purchased many drawing and art books over the years. This one is top on my list of drawing books. I would panic if I lost it! lol
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. S. Elsasser on October 26, 2007
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What Norman Rockwell did for oil painting, Paul Calle does for the pencil.
Beautiful illustrations, masterful text and instruction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lia on November 2, 2008
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Calle summed it up nicely in this book: "I think for me, if I had to state a goal ... my aim would be to help keep alive that huge reservoir of our past, to draw strength and sustenance from it, to build upon it in ways that are new and different, but not reject it." It's an old book now, yet the drawings and methods are as relevant today as any other. I'll gladly keep it as a part of my collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rocherokee on July 14, 2013
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Paul is a terrific artist. Glad I have it in my library. However his art is way above me and is hard for me to follow.
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Paul Calle's book "The Pencil" may be the very best book on drawing ever written. This excellent artist has created drawings representing the USA space mission as well as national parks and just about all subjects artists love to draw, from people to machinery, to landscapes...western art to high tech drawings. In this book Paul describes his working method and I particularly like his use of textures in his drawings. There are a lot of great pencil artists who often draw photographically accurate works but Paul Calle's style is evident in all of his work, both black and white and color. For anyone who wishes to be inspired by great works in pencil, I highly recommend this classic book "The Pencil".The Pencil
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By W. Ellis on April 25, 2011
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Paul Calle was one of the finest artists/illustrators in the past 40 years. His unique skill with a pencil was unsurpassed by any modern artist. This book is not only a brief anthology of his work but an interesting instruction method. For all serious artists I recommend this book as Paul died this past year and he is well worth studying and emulating.
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