Which is real; which is the painting? It is very difficult to distinguish! This book answers in detail, â€œHow do they do that?â€ Not being an artist myself, but admiring the process, I really enjoyed reading through this book. Yes, I skipped through some of the technical sections. But, the author has the book so simply broken down into the basic subject matter that I feel I walked away with the main points.
First, you must be able to draw (given). Second, the book addresses many ways to develop the keen eye for detail needed to produce a realistic drawing. The first exercises on shadows are to draw a torn paper, a crumpled paper, and a cracked eggshell. Brilliant! One exercise I particularly liked was the Toast with Jam because it was comprehensive â€“ the shape of the jam on the toast, the texture of the toast, the shaded coloration of the toast, and so on. It was a real eye opener! I can see the benefit to these understandings in my 3D work.
The entire book is filled with exercises and guidance on these drawing and painting topics: Shadows, color, surfaces, transparent objects, and manufactured objects.