I received this book from Rocky Nook for review. If you have someone on your gift list who is looking to improve their drawing skills, or even someone who has never really drawn anything but would like to, then this is a perfect gift choice!
The Art & Science of Drawing - Learn to Observe, Analyze and Draw Any Subject by Brent Eviston ($29.95): The author believes that anyone can learn the skill of drawing because it's not a talent that you are necessarily born with, it’s a skill that anyone can learn. He arrived at this conclusion based on more than twenty years of teaching as a drawing instructor. He's tested many different types of drawing instruction, from centuries old classical techniques to contemporary practices, and has designed an approach that combines the tried and true techniques with innovative methods of his own. Now, he shares his secrets with this book that provides the most accessible, streamlined and effective methods for learning to draw.
Taking the reader through the entire process, beginning with the most basic skills to more advanced such as volumetric drawing, shading and figure sketching, this book contains numerous projects and guidance on what and how to practice. It also features instructional images and diagrams as well as finished drawings. With this book and a dedication to practice, anyone can learn to draw!