Amazon Reviews…

on 25 October 2017
This is a beautiful and informative book, both interesting and insightful. The author covers such a wonderful range of artists and works, with a knowledgeable, clear tone. I really love the unique and original approach and structure, different to the many other drawing books I have, and very refreshing to read.

There is so much useful and valuable content that I can see it will be a favourite source of reference for time to come, not only a delight to look at and read.

Particularly helpful to me were the the very enlightening and practical parts about each work that include commentary and advice/tips on form and space, composition, sources and materials.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in an engaging and stimulating observation of the history and analysis of important and influential works, along with artists both established and learning. Truly inspiring read.

on 30 October 2017
There are many books about drawing technique and many books about art appreciation, but few combine the two interests in such an intuitive and informative way as this one. Guy Noble’s book will prove to be invaluable to experienced artists, art students in fact anyone who has an interest in the way art is created and conceived.
The way the book is written and the lay out of images makes it a joy to read. As an artist myself I found the way the author analyses work of the masters and uses his expertise to apply their techniques to aid learning, truly enlightening.
This book will be a ‘go to’ reference for many years to come, absolutely brilliant!!
on 22 November 2017
I have a dozen drawing books. Many are great, but inevitable they teach the style of the author. This is different. A hundred different artistic styles and techniques to choose from with some direction on what makes them work. A great book for someone who is trying to develop their drawing skills.
on 24 October 2017
I love this book for the approach of the author teaching drawing, he is engaging and professional too. The matter is clearly treated with deep knowledge and easy understanding, supported by lots of images of very good quality. I recommend this book to everybody want to learn drawing.
Amazon Reviews…

Some Reviews Of 100 Drawing Masterclasses…

Book Review: Drawing Masterclass: 100 Creative Techniques of Great Artists

This is a wonderful book of creative expression and techniques to explore. When I first saw the book, I was reminded of another book that I’ve featured before, Drawing Lessons From the Great Masters. The concept of both books are similar. Study and learn from great artists.

This is a rather thick softcover book with 288 pages. There are two publishers by the way, Thames & Hudson and Prestel. The edition by Thames & Hudson is cheaper on Book Depository (links below). I don’t think there are any differences other than the different cover art used, and the price of course.

You’re not going to see masterpieces in this book. Most images are sketches or work-in-progress style art. But even in simple sketches and pencil drawings, there is a lot to be learned, as this book clearly shows.

There’s no mention of how many artists are featured in this book but there are a lot. This book covers 100 techniques that were used to create the artworks included. You’ll get to see examples from Picasso, Michelangelo, Degas, Van Gogh and other great artists. Subject matter covers still life, heads, landscapes, figures, abstraction, nudes and fantasy.

There is a lot to learn. The text delves into the artists’ approach and techniques, all explained concisely. There are also suggestions on how you can use the techniques in your work. What I like about the book is it talks about different aspects of drawings. While reading, I can see my mind making all sorts of connection and ideas popping from nowhere.

This book is really insightful. Highly recommended.

This review copy is provided by book seller and distributor APD Singapore(website | facebook). You can get the book from them and major bookstores in Southeast Asia.

Some Reviews Of 100 Drawing Masterclasses…

100 Drawing Masterclasses by Guy Noble

Since leaving college many many years ago I’ve resisted teaching but about 10 years ago a friend of mine, the wonderful Martin Constable, persuaded me to take over his two courses at Central St Martin’s. I really enjoyed getting out of the studio talking to enthusiastic and talented students. Lots of things have happened during this time culminating in this book. I know a lot of people will be interested in how I’ve managed to get published by two of the most pre-eminent publishers of art books in the world but maybe we can leave this for another time.

Being presented with the opportunity to write a book has enabled me to lay one or two ghosts. I was absolutely hopeless academically at school probably because I was dyslexic  but I managed to  blag my way into art school at a time when it was necessary to have  five O-levels and two A-levels.

The whole process of writing the book has been both creatively and intellectually an eye-opener. As a full-time practising artist is very easy to concentrate on the making of your artwork –  And often explanations can get in the way of that making process but  many artists fail to take on the challenge of rigorous thinking and there  work ultimately suffers.  As soon as I started writing about the great works  included it was as if my ideas, ideas that I thought was so  interesting before now seemed highly suspect. So the battle started –  what do you mean by pictorial space? What does it mean to ‘relate’  parts of the image to the whole? The language we use to describe how painting and drawing works is a different language. One language describing another! Tricky and probably always inadequate.

Right from the very beginning  I wanted to produce a book that would help people understand the relationship between seeing, feeling and making. When Michelangelo produces a drawing of figures he disrupts your expectation –  the leg seems disconnected or exaggerated. Why is that so good when Michelangelo does it but so ridiculous when Joe Bloggs does it? These are the sorts of questions that I have an opinion about  and I hope the book go some way to answering.

100 Drawing Masterclasses by Guy Noble


I find the way Rubens connects the colour and form (or mass) to the rhythm and structure of the painting extraordinary. Genius! But it wouldn’t be genius if it was only this. The kind of space made by these interactions focuses our attention on the physical – our empathetic physicality. Obviously it’s not like Rembrandt who, while appealing to our sense of physical empathy, disrupts and disconnects. A Rubens painting seems more like a sensuous visual dance…

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