This is a very well written and illustrated book on drawing for any new artist, particularly the landscape artist. In fact, I would say that it is a "must have," with all the tips and techniques it includes for texture and special effects. It is the kind of book you want to tuck away and take with you. Reading it and practicing what is taught will give anyone plenty of opportunity to improve their art. Pencil can be a thrilling medium for both the artist and the viewer. It is one of the few that invites the viewer into the work as an active participant. It talks to each person in their own visual language. Diane Wright does a wonderful job of not "drawing down" to her students but of pulling them up to their own potential.
Along comes "Walter Foster" publications. They have been publishing art instructional manuals for eons; some good, some horrendous. Here comes Diane Wright, an outstanding pencil artist, offering high quality pieces, easily understood instruction and excellent insight for this publication. Really good pencil artist/instuctors, such as she, are not that easy to come by. What does "Walter Foster," do? Instead of publishing them in a large enough format that people can easily see the value shifts and easily see the changes in the refrence drawings, they publish them in a "9 1/2 x 6 1/2" book where the demos are "3 1/2 x 5 1/2." And the book is only 64 pages long from stem to stern. Diane Wright's work deserves a much larger venue. I would have had my students purchase this book at twice it's size and price just so they could comparatively study good work and a differing style. The size of this one, unfortunately, does not honor the artist.The content, particularly value shifts in landscapes, when you can see them, is outstanding, but they can be VERY hard to see.(Capitals to "Walter Foster," Are you listening? Why publish and instructional book that is too small to properly demonstrate? This is Landscape not Portrait work. All you do is frustrate the purchaser.)
Again, Mega Kudos to Diane Wright. I hope I come across some of her work in a larger format. And, I thank her for the obvious effort she put into creating this piece of art. It's clear that her intention was to create something accessible and readily useful to the student. Shame on Walter Foster for not fully providing that opportunity. But get this anyhow. Diane's skill transcends Walter Foster's error and I found this book very useful in it's own right. I doubt that anyone else would be sorry, either.