Book Review: Compendium of Drawing Techniques: 200 Tips and Techniques for Drawing the Easy Way

A few pages in and I realised that the content is similar to another book I have called Drawing and Sketching Secrets. These two books are published months apart by different publisher, namely Search Press and Reader's Digest. And of course the author is the same, Donna Krizek.

Which to get? Those located in USA should probably get the one from Reader's Digest version.

It's a good book. And since I've reviewed it before, I'll just past the review from the other book below.

Compendium of Drawing Techniques is a collection of wide ranging drawing tips and techniques. There are four chapters covering the tools, the techniques, working on different subjects, drawing for submissions and displaying your work.

The inspiration are from the pointers, drawings and demonstrations. The tips cover basics such as the always helpful contour drawing, understanding values, composition, etc. But they are too short to get a full appreciation of how powerful those drawing fundamentals can be. In that sense, this is more of a companion book to a more dedicated drawing book.

The beautiful examples are created from a variety of medium and they will tempt you to try them. Many great artists have their work featured. Some are amazing, such as the photo-realistic looking harbour piece drawn with colour pencil by Graham Brace, or the meticulously hatched and crossed hatched ink drawings by Melissa Tubbs and Edmond Oliveros. It's inspiring to see what artists can do with just simple tools.

It's a good drawing book to get if you want to explore different styles.

Compendium of Drawing Techniques: 200 Tips and Techniques for Drawing the Easy Way is available at Amazon (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | JP | CN) and Book Depository

Photos below are from the other book. Since both books feature the same content I did not take new photos.

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