Book Review: Drawing Masterclass: 100 Creative Techniques of Great Artists

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This is a wonderful book of creative expression and techniques to explore. When I first saw the book, I was reminded of another book that I've featured before, Drawing Lessons From the Great Masters. The concept of both books are similar. Study and learn from great artists.

This is a rather thick softcover book with 288 pages. There are two publishers by the way, Thames & Hudson and Prestel. The edition by Thames & Hudson is cheaper on Book Depository (links below). I don't think there are any differences other than the different cover art used, and the price of course.

You're not going to see masterpieces in this book. Most images are sketches or work-in-progress style art. But even in simple sketches and pencil drawings, there is a lot to be learned, as this book clearly shows.

There's no mention of how many artists are featured in this book but there are a lot. This book covers 100 techniques that were used to create the artworks included. You'll get to see examples from Picasso, Michelangelo, Degas, Van Gogh and other great artists. Subject matter covers still life, heads, landscapes, figures, abstraction, nudes and fantasy.

There is a lot to learn. The text delves into the artists' approach and techniques, all explained concisely. There are also suggestions on how you can use the techniques in your work. What I like about the book is it talks about different aspects of drawings. While reading, I can see my mind making all sorts of connection and ideas popping from nowhere.

This book is really insightful. Highly recommended.

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This review copy is provided by book seller and distributor APD Singapore (website | facebook). You can get the book from them and major bookstores in Southeast Asia.

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