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30 Drawing and Painting Secrets

“A few years ago,” remembers Mark Crilley, a modern master of hyperrealism, “I uploaded a video to YouTube called ‘Realism Challenge: Crumpled Paper.’

It opened on a small sheet of white paper on the left side of the screen, which I picked up and lightly crumpled. The remaining two minutes of the video were devoted to me doing an illustration in time lapse.

It was a simple enough idea. But something about it captured people’s attention. I began to understand that these videos were supplying people with a visual experience they’d probably never had before.”

Are You Up to the Challenge?

With just watercolors, colored pencils, and white gouache, artist Mark Crilley takes you step-by-step through his process for producing stunning, hyperrealistic recreations of everyday items.

Based on Crilley’s mega-popular “Realism Challenge” YouTube videos, The Realism Challenge contains thirty lessons demonstrating how to render mirror-like duplicates in the trompe l’oeil tradition of everything from shells, leaves, and candy bars to your very own still life arrangements.

Each lesson builds off the previous one, as you’ll master essential artistic techniques like creating drop shadows, adding highlights, and building from light to dark. Learn the secrets of one of hyperrealism’s biggest stars. Come take . . . The Realism Challenge!

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