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The Realism Challenge: Drawing and Painting Secrets from a Modern Master of Hyperrealism
The Realism Challenge: Drawing and Painting Secrets from a Modern Master of Hyperrealism
by Mark Crilley
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.83
38 used & new from CDN$ 10.31

5.0 out of 5 stars Will You Take Up the Challenge?, July 16 2015
Sketching has always been a hobby of mine. I find it relaxing and fun, since I don’t take it seriously. Of course, there have always been moments when I wished that I was better – and since I am not fantastic at it and have not had time to practice meaningfully, I let it fall by the wayside more often than I should. Were I to take a course, I would probably gain enough direction to feel motivated – however, again, time and money are always at a premium – and I don’t always have enough of either to spare for a commitment like a drawing class. Enter The Realism Challenge by Mark Crilley.
Mark gained a massive Internet following because of the debut of his YouTube “Realism Challenge”, in which he demonstrates how to draw hyper-realistic versions of common objects using nothing more than a few techniques. In his book, he outlines the artistic tricks that he uses to create his fantastic renderings of real objects. The Realism Challenge is broken down into a number of sections, which each have a particular theme (shadows, colour, transparent objects), and within each of these chapters are step-by-step methods on how to render various objects.
What I really enjoy about Mark’s book is that there is no magic to what he shares with his audience (other than the fact that this dude has the magical ability to both be awesome and humble at the same time). He shows the real object and then breaks down the steps to creating the facsimile in a simple and straight-forward fashion. There is very little variation in the number of steps between objects, and he is very consistent. Even better is the fact that when he is finished each project, one can’t help but marvel at how realistic his art looks. It’s pretty fantastic.
The objects that are covered in the book are also very useful, and are different enough from each other to allow the reader to gain a lot of useful insight into the techniques that Mark uses, even though the steps are very similar between objects. His easy-to-follow instructions allow readers to grasp his line of thinking relatively quickly, and will have them applying his methods in fairly short order. I’m not saying that reading this book will make you an artistic genius – but it will definitely lead readers to become better artists and thinkers.
I have read a few “instructional” art books, but this is definitely one of my favourites. If you’re looking for a great resource to use as a guide to help yourself develop artistically, The Realism Challenge is definitely something to pick up for the reasonable price of less than $25 CAD. Light-hearted and easy-to-follow, this book is a very valuable companion in the journey of one’s artistic self-discovery.

DEWALT DCK280C2 20-Volt Max Li-Ion 1.5 Ah Compact Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit
DEWALT DCK280C2 20-Volt Max Li-Ion 1.5 Ah Compact Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit
Price: CDN$ 285.99
15 used & new from CDN$ 215.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Wiping the Drill off My Face, April 14 2015
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This is a handy set of tools. Both are light, surprisingly powerful, quick to charge, and retain battery life for a long time. I bought this set to replace the 12V rechargeable drill that I had before - which is where I get the battery life comparative. Quick-release bit holder on the impact driver makes life easier, as do the LED lights that illuminate the immediate work area.

Princeton Tec Remix 125 Lumens Black Head lamp with Red LEDs
Princeton Tec Remix 125 Lumens Black Head lamp with Red LEDs
Offered by Urban Inspirations
Price: CDN$ 53.20
11 used & new from CDN$ 51.78

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Bright Idea from Princeton Tec, Aug. 25 2014
I was looking to replace my current headlamp solution and stumbled across this gem. It takes a little bit of getting used to (the red LED comes on first; the user has to hold the button down to activate the white LED); but once you get the hang of it, it's all kinds of awesome.Both comfortable and relatively light, this headlamp is a great solution for camping as it casts a pretty powerful glow, helping illuminate the situation thanks to its high power mode. Each light also has a low-power mode, allowing you to save battery life (and this thing is great on batteries in either case). Another plus: it looks cool. I know that's not important, but hey - it's nice to be stylish, AMIRITE?

Marvel's The Avengers [Blu-ray + DVD]
Marvel's The Avengers [Blu-ray + DVD]
DVD ~ Robert Downey Jr.
Price: CDN$ 34.99
36 used & new from CDN$ 9.74

5.0 out of 5 stars Whedon? Genius. Blu-Ray? Pretty damned good., Oct. 31 2012
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I was sent a voucher for this product as consolation for the botched launch of the Avengers Phase 1 Mega Ultra Crazy Edition. First of all: good on Amazon for taking the [Avengers] initiative and giving their customers something to chew on while we wait for spring 2013.

The Blu-Ray combo pack has a fair bit of content and a fantastic transfer of the movie. You can't really go wrong with the film unless you hate life - it is a master tapestry woven together by the vision of Mr. Whedon. The extras, including the one-shot, are all fantastic. Although, to be honest, I wish they made beefier gag reels.

Dark Tower: The Gunslinger - The Little Sister of Eluria
Dark Tower: The Gunslinger - The Little Sister of Eluria
by Stephen King
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 18.08
41 used & new from CDN$ 18.02

5.0 out of 5 stars Still slingin'!, July 24 2011
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I am enjoying this series more than the original books - believe it or not! Luke Ross' fine work along with a solid story from Peter David make these pages easy to turn, but difficult to leave behind. If you're looking for (in my opinion) the best incarnation of the Dark Tower series, look no further!

House and Philosophy: Everybody Lies
House and Philosophy: Everybody Lies
by Henry Jacoby
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.98
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent read - but only if you're interested, March 24 2011
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As a former student of psychology, I can certainly appreciate this book on a different level than a lot of people that haven't studied the "soft" sciences. This book is a great collection of essays based around the popular TV Show: House M.D..

If you are interested in theories about what's going on in peoples' minds, I would highly recommend this book. It is a quick, enjoyable read.

Ip Man [Blu-ray] [Import]
Ip Man [Blu-ray] [Import]

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great tribute to a great man., Feb. 9 2010
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This Blu-Ray is a great buy. With a wonderful transfer of the movie and a few extras, it has enough to keep you occupied for a while! The movie itself is a well-made movie. While taking liberties with the life of Ip Man, it does a good job portraying his character and his passion for empowering the underdogs.

Rhythm Heaven - Nintendo DS
Rhythm Heaven - Nintendo DS
Offered by Past N Present Video Games
Price: CDN$ 10.22
42 used & new from CDN$ 9.67

5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly, June 8 2009
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This game will keep you endlessly busy. There are several levels to achieve with each game, plus mini-games and random perfect medal attempts.

Good luck!

Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm - PlayStation 3
Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm - PlayStation 3
Offered by Deal Tavern USA
Price: CDN$ 50.12
24 used & new from CDN$ 32.65

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Cosplay? Yes., April 1 2009
Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm
Cyberconnect2 put a LOT of work into this title and it shows. A fan's dream, Naruto: UNS follows the journey of Naruto through the Genin arc, the chunin arc and beyond! With a unique fighting system and incredible graphics and sound, you will find yourself immersed in an incredible experience.

DATTEBAYO!

Evolution of Physics
Evolution of Physics
by Albert Einstein
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.86
41 used & new from CDN$ 9.68

5.0 out of 5 stars The Evolution of Awesome, Feb. 9 2009
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This review is from: Evolution of Physics (Paperback)
This book is a wonderful glimpse into history. The forward by Isaacson really sets up the work of Infeld and Einstein as nothing short of extraordinary.

Physics for laypeople.

It's a must-read for people interested in understanding the thought process behind the two flavours of Relativity.

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