Written and illustrated by J. D Hillberry, published and distributed world-wide by North Light books, this technique book has sold over 85,000 copies to date. The English version is found in over 480 public and university libraries around the world including libraries in South Africa, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan. It was also recently translated into Chinese and Korean languages.
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This 128-page book contains 150 color illustrations that demonstrate
my techniques for creating realistic drawings. The
step-by-step lessons show how to render the look of metal, wood,
fur, hair, leather and many other realistic textures. It is
geared to artists who have some basic drawing skills that want to
take their drawings to a higher level of realism, but even beginners
will find it helpful.
Tips and Techniques for Pencil Artists
This drawing was done by Eric S. after he purchased my book. Everything here is drawn, including the frame and the little dedication he made to me. Thanks so much, Eric. I'm flattered for the dedication and so happy that my techniques have helped you create such beautiful artwork.
A few Testimonials:
I am a beginner drawer and find that this book is a must-have. I think that everyone, beginners and pros alike, will learn something valuable from Hillberry's book. He's a master artist and I am thrilled to be able to find out his "secret" techniques of which combination of paper, pencil, eraser and blending tool is used to create each texture.
Get this book and you won't be disappointed.
This book was an incredible find. I've poured over the
pages 4 or 5 times in just a month. It is filled with step-by-step
techniques and- unlike many books of this type- offers REAL content to
the reader. The book explains JD Hillberry's amazing realism
techniques. It explains his use of graphite and charcoal to render
values and depth in his drawings. Included are suggeste dlists of
materials, a TON of photographs and lots of instruction for the
beginner or pro alike. An EXCELLENT resource. Worth every penny.
Of all the many "how to" art books I own, this is the one book I would grab if my house was on fire. The explanations as well as the illustrations make it delightful to recreate a 3 dimensional setting with all its textures and depth. And it's possible with simple, basic drawing implements. It inspires me.
I have purchased many books that I had hoped would help
better my skills as an artist. I found this book to be the best that I
have ever purchased. The amount of detail that the author-artist
demonstrates was an excellent fit for me. I have a passion for detail
in my work and few published works have been able to satisfy my need
to improve that aspect of my avocation. J. D. Hillberry is a true
artist/craftsman and works magic with the pencil.
I highly recommend this book for beginners to the advanced artist. It should be on every bookshelf of every artist, established or newcomer. Brilliant!