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Drawing from Line to Life Paperback – Import, 2006
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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.