* Exercises begin with pencil and charcoal, the simplest mediums, and then introduce the properties of color with cont'e crayon and pastel
* Each illustration reinforces the techniques, while 25 exercises and demonstrations take artists from first stroke to finished drawing
* Materials lists spell out exactly what they'll need
* A glossary of basic art terms quickly brings beginners up to speed
And, as part of the No Experience Required series, the book's humorous quotes and cartoons make the instruction light and unintimidating.