I’ve seen hyperrealism art but I didn’t realize there was a specific name to the genre until I picked up The Realism Challenge. In the book, Mark Crilley walks you through 30 art challenges. Each challenge has a step-by-step images of each phase of the art. He begins with an image of torn paper and then it builds up with the techniques to the last challenge which is a hodgepodge of items in varying textures.
I’m a bit torn about this book. It’s not a book for complete beginners because he covers his supplies in the very brief introduction but it’s not very specific as far as brands, which I guess isn’t a big deal. (You know, it’s like the joke when someone says, “wow your camera takes really nice pictures,” and the response is, “wow, your mouth makes really nice compliments.”)
But, I think a little bit more on the “basics” would help newer artists. Tips on how to shade, how to measure, or proportions and techniques would be helpful. It seems like there was a lot of “do this and this” but not enough “how” or I think the book would have benefited if it could have zoomed in a bit more on the photos and parts he talks about focusing in on. Basically you’re seeing the whole image from start to finish without getting closer to any part of the item. The photos are small and that makes it tough to follow along.
Ultimately, the work is amazing and creating hyperrealism art takes a lot of time and patience. I think I’d enjoy coming back to this book, but I think I’d need a beginner art book as a companion to this one.
Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own.