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Tous les ouvrages de Christopher Hart sont bien faits et aident réellement à progresser en dessin. Celui-ci aussi. Cependant l'utilisation du livre sur Kindle est nettement moins aisée que si l'on tient le livre papier en main. Or il est indispensable d,avoir toutes les pages du livre rapidement accessibles pour comparer les dessins, relire vite un passage avec des conseils etc.La version Kindle peut dépanner en voyage, comme ce fut mon cas, mais à la maison, devant la table à dessin, je recommande de travailler avec la version papier du livre!
If you want a really good, practical explanation of linear perspective, this book has it. There is some very basic talk about shading, as well, though the examples I think didn't exhibit the three-dimensionality that shading can really give, for instance in the furniture demonstrations. All of this is useful for the beginner (I am well beyond beginner and I have an intuitive observational approach that helps me as well, but I think that revisiting the basics can often be useful). Where the book falls down, I think, is where it fails to observe. For instance, a so-called secretary or cabinet-desk is shown with books in it, and we are advised to show the books in the left half as shorter than the books in the right half (on account of perspective). But this gives an absurd effect, since all the books placed in the cabinet would have to be exactly the same height, in order for some of them to appear slightly shorter (and I think that even if they are supposed to be the same height, the shortening is too pronounced). In fact, anyone that possesses lots of books will know that some are tall and some are short and some are in between. So the idea of imposing a rule of perspective on them is absurd and unnatural.
Then we progress to the human face and figure. This section is deeply compromised by a number of things. Even allowing for the standardization/idealizing that the book is working with, to give beginners a foundation, the man figure is too precise: rough-hewn, highly muscular, almost a caricature. How about showing what a fat man looks like? A man that is slim but doesn't exercise and has a cubicle job? A man that *doesn't* have 'chiseled' features? (Most don't really, in my experience.) Then we come to the women, which is even worse. They are all stupendously young-looking (teens? twenties?), are dressed somewhat improbably, and are described and shown unnaturally -- as if cosmetic enhancement were a part of their essence. Women do NOT have dramatically upturned eyes, as a matter of course. They do NOT have lashes that look like windshield wipers. This is fantasy and it is artificially cartooning and hyper-sexualizing the female face and form. Even the poses were ridiculous. I lost respect for the book as a teaching device at that point.