Book Review: The Encyclopedia of Drawing Techniques

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Here's the latest book in the Encyclopedia of Techniques series. This one is more generic and covers, just simply, drawing techniques. The earlier books cover watercolour, acrylic, coloured pencil, oil painting, pastel and even pottery (what?).

The publisher for this book is Search Press. Interestingly, some books in the are published by Running Press. I'm not sure if they are related.

The Encyclopedia of Drawing Techniques is a 160-page book that's available in paperback and hardcover.

This book is meant to be an elementary guide to the different drawing techniques you can try out. It covers pen, pencil, pastel, oil pastel, coloured pencil, ink, mixed media and even working digitally.

It's not really that comprehensive as an encyclopedia. Well, it doesn't include oil painting.

Anyway, the best part about the book is it introduces you to the different medium you can use to create art. So this book is more suitable for beginners. There are short tutorials for each media and they are easy to follow along. There are over 50 techniques to try out. It's fun to switch your drawing tools every few days just to have some fun.

The digital section is a bit pointless because it talks about working with photos, understanding filters and layers. It's too brief unless you already know the ins and outs of the software which in that case you probably don't need this section either.

The techniques featured are all quite brief. So if you want to learn more about any particular medium, it's best to get the dedicated books on the specific subject.

Overall, this is a interesting introductory guide for beginners. It's good for those who want to get their hands dirty with art.

The Encyclopedia of Drawing Techniques (Search Press Classics) is available at Amazon (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | JP | CN) and Book Depository

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