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Fine content, (literally) terrible book design
on October 6, 2016
Maybe it should have been called "The Theory and Philosophy of Visual Art"...
TLDR; DON'T BUY. You can read it for free on-line.
The content of the book isn't bad, but very theoretical, philosophical and not what I expected from a book with "Practice" and "Science" in the title.
The design of the book is amateur at best. The photos are not as clear as they should be, the paragraphs are uncomfortably wide, there are weird font changes in the middle of words occasionally; the typesetting and layout are just really bad.
If you think that you want to read this, then read it for free on-line. The publisher doesn't deserve payment, the book designer never should have been paid, and the author is deceased and won't benefit from your purchase. Realize that the good part of this book (the author's words) is free and the don't pay for the bad part (the physical book).
If you really want it as a printed book, then DO NOT get the CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 4, 2011) edition.
I would give the book 4 stars if the typesetting and layout weren't as terrible as they are, and if the plates were more clearly reproduced. Maybe it's just the edition that I have, but there are too frequent instances of paragraphs finishing with the last half of the final sentence on the following page, and weird font changes in the middle of words; and the images are of just barely acceptable quality. It's also difficult to maintain your place as you read, as the small text spans the whole width of the very wide pages... and there are no page numbers.
Honestly, there are just too many simple design errors that never should have been allowed to happen.
As to the written content itself: The author expounds philosophically on the subject of art. There is nothing wrong with that but not what I was expecting from "The Practice and Science of Drawing". I assumed that this text would be somewhat more practical and so was taken aback. What I can say, however, is that I actually enjoyed the proffered philosophy, it is very good, well explained, and fitting to the subject of art.
It's much more theoretical, and much less practical than what I wanted. And while the content isn't bad for what it is, it has not helped me in the production of good drawings in any tangible way.