CRITICAL MASS: Three books offer guidance on the art of drawing

A few books arrived the other day that are outside my regular zone of interest. They are how-to books from an ongoing series by British publisher the Quarto Group: “10-Step Drawing: People” by Justine Lecouffe and “10-Step Drawing: Nature” by Mary Woodbin, and “The Complete Urban Sketching Companion” from Quarry Books, a compendium of “concepts and techniques” taken from a series of instruction handbooks. (Quarry Books is the U.S.-based sister company of U.K.-based Quarto.)

Normally, when I get books like these, I flip through them to enjoy the illustrations and hold on to them for a day or so, […]


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