If you've an interest in Leonardo's work but have found his writing heavy going, this is an ideal introduction...
This book is ideal if you want to study a master artist in the art of drawing the way he would draw; the author Susan White's artwork accompanies Leonardo Da Vinci's in this 140 plus page case study of his work with actual examples and exercises to follow through out the book and you see Susan's art drawn from Da Vinci's work too...
These first two entries in the new Masterclass series are outstanding volumes and bode well for the rest of the series... White, an internationally exhibited artist, helps students gain an understanding of Da Vinci's techniques for depicting the human form and dealing with perspective, line weight, light, shade, and character. She explores how Da Vinci achieved his effects, chose his materials, and defined his approach, and she analyzes some of his finest drawings in depth. Both volumes provide chronologies of the artists' lives and glossaries of historic terms. Highly recommended. Copyright © Reed Business Information
This book is fascinating material for just about any artist who draws or paints. The techniques and skills that Da Vinci practiced and taught are highlighted here in a format that is simple to read and digest. The artist/author shows examples of how Da Vinci drew, what materials he used, and his most important techniques. There are even exercises that allow you to experience the techniques gleaned from Da Vinci. I can't imagine an artist who would not enjoy this book.
Reviewer 'Woodie', amazon.com, May 2006
In her book, Draw Like Da Vinci Susan shares the knowledge and understanding of Da Vinci's techniques that she has gained over the decades of her own practice. The book is illustrated with many of Susan's beautiful drawings, some captured step-by-step, for inspiration and guidance. Exercises with detailed instructions help to cement the concepts in practical application.
Elsa Neal, BellaOnline Creativity Site, June 2007
The first book in an exciting new series! Many would-be artists are inspired by the works of the great masters - and Leonardo Da Vinci's drawings are among the most magnificent ever created. But how did he achieve his effects? Choose his materials? Define his approach? Susan Dorothea White, an internationally known artist and teacher, helps students gain an invaluable understanding of Da Vinci's techniques for depicting the human form and dealing with perspective, line weight, light, shade, and character. With hundreds of images to illustrate her points, she discusses the tools he used; examines his creative techniques; analyzes some of his finest drawings in depth; and devises simple projects for practice. It's a fantastic resource for any artist.
amazon.com, March 2006
For Da Vinci, Susan White has certainly done her homework. Exhaustive... detail is shared on every aspect of his technique and tools. Fortunately the modern equivalents are also described: toothpaste and PVC substituting nicely for rendered chicken bones and saliva as a ground for metalpoint.
Since Renaissance drawing was never conceived as pure art, the generously illustrated examples are mainly sketches, doodles, anatomical studies, and detail drawings by both artists. Practical exercises offer a chance to test the techniques...
Jacky Wood, Artist & Illustrators Magazine (London), June 2006
If Leonardo Da Vinci's artwork inspires you to try his technique for yourself, you'll benefit from Draw Like Da Vinci by Susan Dorothea White...
Elsa Neal, Creativity Site, April 2007