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Colored Pencil Painting Bible: Techniques for Achieving Luminous Color and Ultrarealistic Effects by [Alyona Nickelsen]

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ALYONA NICKELSEN is an award-winning artist whose work has been featured in numerous national and international exhibitions as well as in most of the country’s major art magazines, including American Artist, American Artist Drawing, The Artist’s Magazine, International Artist, American Art Collector, and Art Business News. Ms. Nickelsen is a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Ms. Nickelsen lives with her family in Southern California. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B007UH9FR0
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Watson-Guptill (2 May 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 37828 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 424 pages
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3.0 out of 5 stars Coloured Pencil Painting Bible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, wish I'd known about this book years ago
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5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with useful information and advice
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I love this book - it has an overwhelming amount of detail and explanation including what materials to choose and suggestions on tools and equipment. Some of the recommendations are quite involved/complex (Including things like altering reference photos in photoshop before using them to create a picture, and creating printed colour acetate overlays to predict what layering various different pencils will do) which just reflects the author's detailed approach - but you can always pick and choose the things you want to try. Some of the detail is really enlightening - I never even considered before that shadows should have reflections in them, or how important the warmth/coolness of the shadow compared to the subject is. As mentioned in other reviews the book is focused entirely on still life which might not be to everyone's taste but as a beginner it's a really good way to explore all of the colours in your pencil set, observe how they layer over each other and understand how to get the right depth of tone/colour over a picture which is knowledge that can be transferred to any future drawing. Techniques like adding highlights, creating the effect of water droplets, drawing cloth etc are detailed and inspiring. I have tried a few of the step-by-step exercises and have already learnt a lot - I look forward to working through the rest.
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“It is time to start everything over!” said Alyona and she did it. New family, new country, new life, new Alyona...

Alyona was born and raised in Ukraine. Since childhood she has drawn for teachers and fellow students, published school newspapers, created posters, displays and entire art shows for various school events. "I guess I have always been an artist at heart. However, my art took a breather while I concentrated on completing my education and dealt with life’s various surprises", she says.

Her creative bent awoke again after moving to Southern California in 1999. “Before now, circumstances kept me from taking my art seriously. Now is the right time, thanks to my wonderful husband Tom for his support and patience. Everything that has been and will be created I dedicate to him!”

From the beginning Alyona’s favorite medium has been graphite and charcoal. However, colored pencils have now captured her inspiration and creativity. "I began to understand that a medium I had overlooked from childhood could do so much more than just sketch and produce a wondrous array of colors and tones. I discovered new systems and methods that changed my perceptions and molded the results into something more than I had previously thought possible", she says.

"A great influence on my work has been the talent of Hans Christian Andersen", Alyona says. "He could weave very innovative stories about the simple events in every day life and make them fascinating to listen to. I use the language of shapes and colors to do the same with my paintings. Capture the simple movement of a leaf caught in a breeze and, though it may happen the same exact way only once in all of nature’s complexity, it is saved for a lifetime when rendered by my pencils."

“People always ask me: Are you sure this is colored pencil?” Alyona’s paintings really don’t look like what you would expect from colored pencils. She applies numerous layers of color to give the drawing an oil painting effect. "Since colored pencils require long and tedious hours to achieve the exact effect desired it is critical to carefully and meticulously plan the process of creating each piece. Knowledge of the medium’s essences, constant improvement of skills and techniques, searching for new ways to use the medium and being open to experimentation are crucial keys for success. Hard work and passion brings results. I am enjoying my journey and looking forward to new challenges."

Alyona's work has been exhibited in many national and international shows, won numerous awards and has been displayed in many private and public collections throughout the United States. Alyona is a Signature Member of Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA), Full Member of Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and Juried Member of International Guild of Realism.

Alyona devotes all of her time and energy by creating pieces that reflect her matchless views and sharing her passion with art lovers. Visit her website: