Sep 22, 2015

{Book Review} The Trim Healthy Mama Plan


Trim Healthy Mama Plan
by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison

I read the original Trim Healthy Mama book back when it first came out, and I was very interested in seeing how this second book had been adapted.

My first observation is that the choice to split the book into two sections was a wise one.  It makes it much easier to read and find things, and I'm sure the cookbook section is easier to use as well.  However, the two books really do need to be purchase together for someone to use the plan easily.

Serene and Pearl have a light-hearted, chatty style which makes the book an easy read.  While the specifics of their eating plan may seem confusing from a distance, it's easy to implement their recommendations once you delve into the plan and actually get started.

My Single Complaint: While I enjoy the chatty, fun way that this book is written, I do feel that some of the opinions shared can be off-putting.  I'm not talking about the opinions which make up the meat of the book, but rather, the extra randomness thrown into the book.  A paragraph about eating semi-kosher here, another paragraph about microwaves there... even though they are quick to stick in a disclaimer about how it isn't necessary to follow their advice about these extra matters, it makes the book feel less streamlined and I fear that some who strongly disagree would find themselves abandoning the entire book just because of these things.

I know a ton of people who have benefited greatly from their plan, and although I don't follow it myself at this moment I definitely use much of the knowledge I learned from them (as well as some of their tasty recipes!) on a regular basis.

I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Sep 15, 2015

Freehand Figure Drawing for Illustrators {Book Review}

Freehand Figure Drawing for Illustrators

Mastering the Art of Drawing from Memory by David H. Ross

My thoughts:

Although I didn't know what exactly to expect when I first picked up this book, I was quickly surprised and pleased to realize that this was an incredibly detailed book on how to draw people without having a reference to copy.

While the style focused on is comic-book-figures, the lessons on perspective, size, and body composition are definitely useful for any artist who wishes to draw people.

David Ross, the author, has drawn for multiple major comic book companies, including DC Comics and Marvel.  His talent is evident throughout the pages of the book in his detailed example sketches, and his instructions are full of incredibly useful advice.

While this book does go over some of the basic principles of drawing, it does seem to be more geared toward artists who already know most of the basics and have moved on to more intermediate or advanced levels.  I tend to think that those who are just entering the world of art could find themselves intimidated by this book.

While I've read through the entire book, I've only just started following the instructions to work on my own drawings.  I'm definitely looking forward to working my way through the book to create better and more accurate sketches.  If you're interested in drawing people or comics, this book is definitely worth your money.

I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.