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If you have ever been tempted to buy a How - to book, or an 'Ultimate....something or another book' and get put of the hyped up title when it stars Ultimate. I strongly suggest that you believe the title in this case. All reference and How-to books should use this format as their yardstick! I am a complete newbie to colour pencil art and wanted the Ultimate reference manual, right from the off. This is it folks, full of all the stuff you want to know and need to know, but didn't know it. Oddly enough it's about the art of colour pencil art without the filler, heavy history, fluff, filler etc., etc. Ad Infinitum. It has a rather unusual and novel construction design, combining a hard back book design with a spiral bound manual inside. This practical design really works. The Ultimate Guide is not cheap at nearly £20 but hey, the best things in life never are cheap.....ask my wife (yeah, I know I'm gonna pay for that remark ☺). Should you buy this book? For the newbie, developing, interested pencil artist, the answer is a resounding yes. No equivocations - buy it, read I, love it.
I was delighted with this book. It looks like, and is, a hardback, but when you open it out it is actually spiral bound inside. A very clever adaptation which allows any pages you want to look at, or work on to sit fully flat and open on the workbench. I initially read this on Kindle, but later found the actual book a great deal better in many ways. In a lot of places the text is very small on the Kindle version. When I tried to enlarge it on the computer, it did not re-focus but simply became fuzzy which was no help at all. This might not be a problem for younger readers, but is an important consideration for older ones, or those wearing specs.
In book form too there are a few places that are difficult to read, but not as much of a problem as the Kindle. One does have to handle the pages carefully, as the spiral binding does sometimes catch the pages when turning them over, it's good that the pages are quite sturdy! The page layout is excellent, and easy to follow. Coverage of the basics one needs to know is excellent, precise and thorough.
As the author points out however, no amount of reading will turn anyone into a decent artist. It's the practical side, and a LOT of hard work that does that. The next and larger portion of the book is where the practical side starts. It proceeds gently from easier subjects to harder. All the practical sessions are accompanied by tutorials and full of helpful advice, tips and tricks. Once again, the Kindle version doesn't really suit the subject matter. You cannot copy, outline or print, the photos you might want to reproduce. Unless you have a large screen computer it might be more difficult to follow the smaller details.
Don't get me wrong, I love my Kindle and use it every day, but at the present time it doesn't offer the best option for this type of book. I joined the free 30 day trial of 'Kindle Unlimited' (download from Amazon). It enables you to 'borrow' up to ten books at a time free of charge. You can scan through the entire book after which there is the option to buy a kindle version, buy a hard copy - or delete it from your 'library'. After the free trial one can subscribe to Kindle Unlimited for a pretty reasonable fee. It's not a bad deal. Oh yes, the book also has a DVD at the back which makes this excellent book into a real bargain for the price.
Oh my word, this book is a revelation. I've been using coloured pencils for years and have purchased full sets of the very best. I own polychromos, Prismacolor, Luminance....you name it, I own it. What I don't own is technique, knowhow or how to use the very expensive pencils in my possession. The first thing this book taught me is that coloured pencil art is painting....YES... I need to know I'm not just "colouring in". The second lesson is sharp point on toothy paper, layering and less is more. OMG. What a revelation. OK maybe the latter is more than one lesson but I'm seriously hooked. Who knew the Ottlite even existed? I'm so excited to move my "art" forward and look forward to reading more little gems. Although written over 10 years ago, this book has given me more insight to coloured pencil art than anything ever has. Buy it in real book format. You won't regret it.
I didn't really know what to expect with this book, but it far exceeded anything I imagined. What it doesn't tell you about coloured pencils, you don't need to know. It covers all types, colouring, water soluble and watercolour pencils among others. The whole book is in a ring binder, so you can unclip pages if you want them by your side whilst trying something out. I love it, and it's a book I will refer back to many times.
I like this book but Gary Greene doesn't share a lot of industry secrets about how he does things. Also the pencils used are the American brand Prisma Colour which is confusing when trying to follow an example in the book. See my other reviews for a couple of books that teach you more about how to do things and understanding the art of coloured pencils.
Best coloured pencil book I have come across. Excellent technical info on leading brands coupled with brilliant examples and analysis of subjects. A bit light on people and animals, but an excellent starter.
There are loads of step by step demonstrations giving you encouragingly good results. If there is a criticism it is that these demonstrations ask for a huge range of colours. Not having them (as a beginner) however, does force you to use your own initiative and not follow blindly.
Good quality printed images. Detailed and well explained demonstrations with the original reference photos supplied. Various pencil brands and their colours provided on charts and a cd clearly showing application and technique.
Thsi book is good for beginners and those artists new to the method of art using coloured pencils. In it the author takes ypu through the basics of coloured pencil drqwing and runs through to more complicated pictures. This is a good book; well writtten and a good buy for those seeking to enter this field of art.