This book contains 50 annotated video drawings of faces from life for the artist to study.
Best Drawing Book Ever! ★★★★★
by FineArtFan - Jan 22, 2021
This book is a treasure! It’s all about drawing portraits from life, but not the kind of portraits you find in a portrait gallery. These are portraits of regular people out in the world, in cafes, on subways, in parks. The artist/author, Nevin Berger, has done each drawing on an iPad and has recorded the process one pencil stroke at a time. On each page of the book, the drawing creation process plays back quickly so that you can see exactly how the drawing was done, mark by mark, erasure by erasure. It’s a fascinating process to see it all unfold and tremendously instructive to anyone who wants to learn to draw from life, or is just interested in how art creation happens. But the whole thing works because the drawings are so good! Watching Mr. Berger draw, one feels that one is learning from a master. And it’s great that the process is sped up; in just a matter of a few minutes the blank page becomes inhabited by a compelling personality. Mr. Berger adds helpful drawing tips with each portrait, as well as describing the circumstances under which the drawing was created. All and al, this book is an informative and entertaining experience!
Impressively great quality and it’s free!
This book far exceeds my expectations! Great explanation and nice animations!
Impressive effort by a talented artist/writer
Excellent informative how-to by a talented artist & natural teacher. Recommended for anyone who wants to learn or improve techniques of drawing the human form in great detail. Berger also uses the medium with deft and insight as he focuses on and breaks down for readers the various poses, expressions and anatomical forms.
I loved this book. It was fun to read all the strategies and tips and then watch those concepts in process with the animation. I let everyone play through after reading the comments. I also enjoyed the antidotes about what was going on when the drawing was being done and the little bits of drama that was revealed at times. I really like Nevin’s approach to drawing portraits because it's wholistic and organic. It jives for me in the way that I see figures and faces. I like the discussion about the excitement of the process. And I have to say, it made me a bit envious every time I saw an eye socket or skull repositioned with such ease compared to my erasers. It's just great. I wish it were available over more formats besides just apple. Being able to have the drawing process come to life in a book is really a dream come true in a way. What a wonderful instruction! I'm recommending it to everyone I know who is interested in portraits and drawing.