This book is exactly what I wanted. It is helpful is explaining how a dog is put together--the relationship of the parts of his body. It discusses paper and pencils. It shows several techniques for drawing dog hair and the differences between the coats of different dogs. This author/artist really seems to want the reader of his book to be able to render a satisfactory likeness of a dog. And when I use the word "satisfactory", I mean a drawing that is good enough to please the artist himself. It is thoughtful, touches on so many aspects that you won't be able to absorb it in one session. (No, this is not the mother of Nolon Stacey--this is a Sunday artist who learned to draw horses from a Walter Foster book sixty years ago but can't draw a decent dog.) I don't think it is too hard for someone with little experience in drawing if they are serious about wanting to draw dogs.