Even though this book is over 30 years old now, the art within is as relevant and as priceless as when it was brand new...Dennis Frost worked way beyond his time. His style, his competence in portraiture, plus his command of the medium is incomparable. Yes, there's personality by the bus-load. This is what pastel is all about for me...bold, loose, commanding strokes when they warrant, compelling texture, and use of color that makes the portrait sing. Even though I probably won't master portraiture from this book, nor master how to present and compose my own portraits with the verve Dennis Frost can, the painting examples and gallery are incredibly strong and inspiring. What's amazing to me is that Dennis worked on Canson papers and didn't yet have access to the sanded boards we have today. I can only imagine how his technique would transfer to a grippier base. I'm overjoyed that I found this book...not so much for the instruction, but for the images I'll study and pore over again and again. Artists of this quality don't write books anymore (except maybe Richard Schmid). Buy it while it's still inexpensive.