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Colored Pencil Painting Bible: Techniques for Achieving Luminous Color and Ultrarealistic Effects Kindle Edition
About the Author
- ASIN : B007UH9FR0
- Publisher : Watson-Guptill (2 May 2012)
- Language : English
- File size : 38193 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 460 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #117,196 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I have used coloured pencils myself before of course, so I have my own experience and methods of using them; what became very apparent when I looked through this book was the author's very singular approach to the medium – it is effectively an instruction book in how to use them like her, with no deviation from her own particular stylistic approach, which is clearly stated in the title as photographic realism.
I was a little troubled by (what I consider to be) her blasé approach to using photographic material; I spend a great deal of my time explaining to students the shortcomings of photography, particularly in regard to colour and the importance of understanding form before using such references; while the author herself may be aware of these pitfalls, I don't think she adequately explains this and rather encourages what is poor practice for beginners. Most artists use photographs to some extent (I do myself), but not in the way shown here, unless they are trained graphic artists.
These concerns aside, the book does have some helpful technical tips on rendering, layering etc., and a useful listing of some major manufacturer's pencils in an appendix at the back.
If one wishes to work in this style them go with it, but I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone without the above mentioned reservations.
The information is easy to follow and gives enough detail to get you creating and using the techniques without being a step by step. Unfortunately it was clearly written before the author developed her awesome powdered blender and textured touch up fluid, so these aren't among the well described techniques described.
I have wanted this for a year. Unfortunately in that year I have learned everything in here and more so it wasn't quite as useful as I had hoped.
But that's not the book's fault: had I got it a year ago it would have saved me a lot of research and ruined paintings.
If you are new to coloured pencil this will be very, very helpful. If you have been using coloured pencil for a while, it may be a little less essential but it is great book to have none the less.
A brilliant book for anybody wanting to learn to draw with coloured pencils.