Review: Foundations of Drawing: The Complete Guide to the Techniques, Practice, Tools, and History

On June 8, 2017 by Dawn

Foundations of Drawing: The Complete Guide to the Techniques, Practice, Tools, and History
Foundations of Drawing: The Complete Guide to the Techniques, Practice, Tools, and History by Al Gury
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So as folks may or may not know, I consider myself primarily a painter by profession, and a reader by nature. So when a lovely pile of art books popped up in my reviewers queue, I felt obligated to take a look see.

The first thing to know, is that one should not attempt to read art books in EPub format. Normally I have the love, but these heavily illustrated books need to be either PDF or better still, hard-copy. To be fair, books like these are meant to be references and textbooks, so expecting them to be in paper format isn’t unreasonable, and is probably still the easiest way to use them as intended.

“Foundations of Drawing” is a clear attempt at being a comprehensive text/reference book, and in that it works, including sections on composition and anatomy. This is however the type of text that will be more suited to classroom use than as a resource for self-learning. The the text is dense and wordy, but again, this is not unusual for a textbook aimed at mature users.

However, as a self-study course, this text many be too dry, the explanations too esoteric, particularly to younger users intent on diving into the creative pool with all speed. The language is formal, almost stilted, and information is delivered in chunks a little bigger than I find comfortable.

Overall, this really is a comprehensive text, but it needs the backup of an instructor and peer discussion to really get the most out of it.

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