- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Watson-Guptill (May 5, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385346298
- ISBN-13: 978-0385346290
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
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The Realism Challenge: Drawing and Painting Secrets from a Modern Master of Hyperrealism Paperback – May 5, 2015
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"The realistic work of Mark Crilley is perfectly in step with a zeitgeist that revels in intense, vivid, and urgent reality."
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MARK CRILLEY is the author of nearly twenty books and graphic novels, including Mastering Manga and Mastering Manga 2, as well as several series, including Akiko, Miki Falls, Billy Clikk, and Brody’s Ghost. Since being selected for Entertainment Weekly’s “It List” in 1998, Crilley has developed a massive Internet following for his drawing demonstration videos, which have received well over two hundred million views on YouTube. His books have been featured in USA Today, the New York Daily News, and Disney Adventures magazine, as well as on CNN Headline News.
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That being said, if you're curious about this then you can just by the bare essentials using his supplies list then go to town on these projects. You aren't spending a fortune on supplies and you'll be proud of each project as you complete it. I'm working on projects and make sure you give yourself deadlines if you want to do this for a living. Give yourself time but don't take six months for one drawing.
Mark's book is a nice step by step book and if you have the ambition to do this then this makes a great introduction into Realism. See if you have the patience for this go through each project from the beginning. I've had a lot of fun with this book and still use the techniques I've learned. If you still aren't sure check out his YouTube videos to see what you can learn to do.
The Realism Challenge goes behind the scenes with several tutorials that teaches the skills and techniques required to bring realism to your drawings.
Through the step by step demonstrations, you'll learn how to observe your subjects, put down the lines to form the shape, and proceed on to colour and adding shadows. The instructions are very clear and are always prompting you what to look out for. For it's all those little details that create the realism.
One thing about realistic drawings is they take time. Even drawing something like a piece of paper, cracked egg or a handful of pieces of popcorn takes a good involvement of time. Techniques are important but observational skills are almost as important or even more so. I've tried several of the exercises and realised that I was going too fast. One really has to slow down to observe all the subtle changes in colours and shades in your subject.
This book certainly demands patience. There are thirty lessons in the book and that's a lot of opportunity to get your practice. The payoff is a beautiful piece of artwork.
Ultimately, it's quite fun to challenge yourself to complete the drawings. Through the book, you'll also learn to create textures like those on a piece of toast, metallic surface, transparent bottles, food, etc.
The only downside is the source photos could have been printed much bigger, perhaps one page so that people can see the subjects bigger. For example, it's not easy to make out the details of small seashells in one of the lessons.
Highly recommend to all who loves to draw.
(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
Like Mark, I believe in mixing whatever media necessary to create a truly life-like image. Also like him, I know a little touch of gouache can go a very long way to create that subtle extra bit of reflected light in an otherwise "almost perfect" final product. I've been creating illustrations for various kinds of publications for 40 years, and I'm delighted to say Mark Crilley's techniques are helping me to continue improving.
At the asking price offered here, Mark's THE REALISM CHALLENGE... is, frankly, a gift. The publication quality is outstanding, from the terrific color reproductions to the text within. If you're serious about improving your art, you genuinely can't go wrong purchasing this text!