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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."
"What I really love about this book...is it’s simplicity...It offers you the ability to jump right in and get started."
--Destroy the Cyborg
About the Author
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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This book was very good at teaching the reader the skills needed to make hyperrealistic illustrations. Once learned, those skills can be applied to hyperrealistic illustration of any subject. He broke each step down enough that I could both understand and see what he was doing at that point in the illustration. I have currently completed some of the initial lessons/challenges, and my drawing has definitely improved. I'm not sure if I have enough patience and love of detail to do some of the later challenges, though.
I think this book would be a great help to anyone just starting with hyperrealism--or with any drawing, for that matter, as it forces you to really see the object you're drawing. It's appropriate for teenagers and adults as long as you have the patience to put in the necessary detail. And we're talking a lot of hours (though not necessarily all at one time) for the later projects.
BLACK & WHITE: torn paper, crumbled paper, broken eggshell
BASIC COLOR: popcorn, sliced mushroom
BASIC TEXTURE IN COLOR: piece of cardboard, seashells, cookie
BRIGHT COLORS: Fall leaf, toast with jam
ADVANCED SURFACES: piece of porcelain plate, carved wood head, cut rose, folded lace doily, strawberries
TRANSPARENT OBJECTS: clear glass bottle, clear glass box, marbles (and a piece of string), clear plastic bottle, assortment of glass objects
METALLIC SURFACES: spoon, crinkled tin foil, rusted chrome hub, metal Christmas bell, assortment of metallic objects
MANUFACTURED OBJECTS: plastic turtles, torn envelope with stamps, metal salt and pepper shakers, candy bar with shiny packaging, assortment of all types
I received this book as an ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
The challenges in this book start out very basic and then increase slowly in difficulty. This allows the reader and/or artist to truly grasp his techniques and instructions, in fact he states throughout the book to repeat the challenges, to make sure you’ve really grasped the different techniques before moving on. This is a book that I believe anyone with varying degrees of artistic ability would enjoy. Mark Crilley gives great insight to his process and really makes you feel like you can complete these challenges easily. I also found his section on art supplies to be very helpful and informative. I tend to spend a lot of money when I buy paint, brushes, paper, etc. for my daughter since I don’t know what’s best in terms of brands. It was nice to read about and gain some insight on which supplies are worth investing your money in and which ones aren’t. Highly recommend and I know were already planning on purchasing The Realism Challenge once it’s released, my daughter wants to continue perfecting her new techniques.
Thank you to the publisher, Ten Speed Press and to NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!