As in real life, people and animals have much in common as painting subjects. Whether adding them to a background, portraying them interacting, suggesting movement and gesture, or capturing facial expression, the artist faces similar conceptual tasks. Since capturing a likeness can seem daunting, Evans offers gently graduated techniques that start with the simplest of lines and progress to an evocative scene of grazing sheep or a child tugging at the hand of an adult. There are many excellent books on each genre separately, such as Linda Birch s How To Draw and Paint Animals (LJ 11/15/97) and Rachel Rubin Wolf s Keys to Painting: Faces & Figures (LJ 11/15/99), but this is the only volume that successfully combines the two. Recommended. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.