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Not the usual type of art instruction book. This is not intended to teach the basics of drawing, as the author makes clear, but details the methods he uses to depict common textures like wood, class metal. Although mostly concerned with still-life, there are sections on facial features, skin, hair, fur and the like. There are several example completed pieces which the author describes how to produce in a step by step manner, detailing how seemingly tiny adjustments make big difference to the realism of the finished image. There are also sections on tool selection and the reasoning behind them. All in all this is written in a natural style with the right degree of formality for an adult reader. On a personal note, I have followed the instructions for drawing weathered wood about four times over the past year and each time I do so, I gain a little more understanding and my other pencil artwork has improved. I have not yet attempted chapter 4s piece 'Torn from the Sketchbook' intended to put together the techniques learned from the previous chapters. The step-by-step description for this image stretches over 14 pages, such is the depth and quality of the instruction, with each page containing illustration and text. (The earlier example of wood which I mentioned is described over 12 pages) . There is also a good index. 

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I can't give a 5 since I'm not an expert but this was helpful info to me and I appreciate it.

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