There’s a rather charming simplicity to this straightforward guide that offers exactly what its title promises. The only qualification that might be required is that “realistic” refers to things that look lifelike rather than to hyper-realism, but this should broaden rather than narrow its appeal.
The subject matter is mostly hard surfaces and the book looks at how to handle reflections, curves and highlights. However, the author includes flowers and also water, on which he is particularly sound, handling movement particularly well.
There’s nothing ground-breaking in the approach, which is no bad thing – virtuoso displays in basic instruction are usually only distracting – and the explanations and demonstrations are both thorough and clear.
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