The Realism Challenge

The Realism Challenge

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With over 10 million views and growing, Mark Crilley's "Realism Challenge" YouTube videos have an enormous worldwide legion of fans and have been featured on sites such as Yahoo News and Reddit. Now, for the first time, Crilley pulls back the curtain to reveal his artistic tricks and secret methods for creating these astonishing renderings. The Realism Challenge leads artists through Crilley's use of pencil, watercolour, pastel, and gouache to produce life-like, seemingly impossible drawings of common household objects like playing cards, crumpled paper, leaves, and seashells that look just like photographs. Each lesson builds off the previous, with sidebars covering specific techniques-such as rendering drop shadows, applying white highlights, and building from light to dark-that artists can master in order to conquer The Realism Challenge.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 182 x 237 x 15mm | 580g
  • Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 200 full colour illustrations
  • 0385346298
  • 9780385346290
  • 85,450

Table of contents


One: Simulating Shadows
Torn Paper 
Crumpled Paper
Shattered Eggshell

Two: Adding Color 
Piece of Cardboard
Toast with Jam 

Three: Advanced Surfaces
Porcelain Plate
Wooden Carving
Cut Rose 
Folded Lace 

Four: Transparent Objects 
Small Bottle 
Glass Box 
Water Bottle 
Glass Arrangement 

Five: Metallic Surfaces 
Tin Foil 
Rusted Chrome 
Christmas Ornament 
Metallic Arrangement 

Six: Manufactured Objects 
Plastic Turtles 
Envelope with Stamps 
Salt and Pepper Shakers 
Chocolate Bars 

The Ultimate Realism Challenge 

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"The realistic work of Mark Crilley is perfectly in step with a zeitgeist that revels in intense, vivid, and urgent reality."
--Comics Grinder

"What I really love about this it's simplicity...It offers you the ability to jump right in and get started."
--Destroy the Cyborg
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About Mark Crilley

Mark Crilley is the author of Mastering Manga and Mastering Manga 2, as well as several manga novels. Since being selected for Entertainment Weekly's 'lt List' in 1998, Crilley has published nearly twenty books and developed a massive Internet following for his drawing demonstration videos, earning him a spot as one of the top 25 Most Subscribed to Gurus on YouTube. His books have been featured in USA Today, the New York Daily News, and Disney Adventures magazine, as well as on CNN Headline News.
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132 ratings
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4 25% (33)
3 17% (22)
2 1% (1)
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