The good news first: there's lots and lots of digital skteches from the talented Mr. Pugh, some very good, some okay and some that should have been left out, but at least there are a lot of examples of his work.
The bad (for me) news: the title states "Techniques of Digital Painting From Life". I'm looking at the book now, open on my desk and at the very beginning are two demos of "how Nick did it" and that's it. Not much else on "technique" from that point on. You also are going to need a magnifying glass to see the screen saves associated with the demos, both of which are very substandard paintings from Mr. Pugh.
Almost nothing else about how his digital paintings (most were more like quick sketches) were created, just the two demos, which, as mentioned above, were not very good paintings to start with. Too bad because he's got some great paintings in there. The one of Francis Coppola and his wife done from life in their living room is a show-stopper and reminds us of how good Nick Pugh really is at this.
The rest of the small book is just sketch after sketch with not much info other than Mr. Pugh's "feelings" and subjective observations, i.e., "I took the easel onto the dock...but with mosquitos buzzing around...I had to work quickly" or "It's early in the morning and I'm looking out of the window of our cabin at Loon Pond" etc., with no more explanation as to the "technical" side even though the title insinuates that this is a "how to" book.
If you're a Nick Pugh fan, as I still am, at least there are these sketches to look at but if you're looking to learn more about his self-entitled "Luminair" technique, you're going to be as disappointed as I was.
Are you reading this, Nick? So why don't you come out with a REAL step by step book on how to paint digitally from life?