The Realism Challenge

Drawing and Painting Secrets from a Modern Master of Hyperrealism

by Mark Crilley

A captivating, step-by-step guide that teaches artists to draw and paint exact duplicates of common objects, rendered in the trompe l'oeil, hyperrealistic style of artist Mark Crilley's popular YouTube video series.

Are You Up to the Challenge?

With just watercolors, colored pencils, and white gouache, artist Mark Crilley takes you step-by-step through his process for producing stunning, hyperrealistic recreations of everyday items. Based on Crilley’s mega-popular “Realism Challenge” YouTube videos, The Realism Challenge contains thirty lessons demonstrating how to render mirror-like duplicates in the trompe l’oeil tradition of everything from shells, leaves, and candy bars to your very own still life arrangements. Each lesson builds off the previous one, as you’ll master essential artistic techniques like creating drop shadows, adding highlights, and building from light to dark. Learn the secrets of one of hyperrealism’s biggest stars. Come take . . . The Realism Challenge!

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Andrea Draper

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The Realism Challenge by Mark Crilley

NATOSHA miller

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Let me first say that the book, The Realism Challenge by Mark Crilley really is easy to understand and actually makes me want to draw! I learned so much by how you can make the everyday object look the same on paper as it does in front of…

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