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This book is primarily aimed at the professional artist. It goes into too much detail on materials that a beginner doesnt need. A person starting out on a learning curve of coloured pencils could very easily be put off by this book. As a professional artist, even I was bored to death reading this book. It gives too much specification of materials. some colour swatches and photos of the famous paintings by leonardo da vinci and others that has nothing to do with coloured pencils. A beginner would be better off with a book by Ann Kullberg. which has step by step lessons and examples on how to progress.
My expectations were different than what this book was about. I wanted to learn about how she did it not in the technical aspect really, but more about actual process, step by step instruction. This is the way I learn. By watching and doing. I believe she is one very talented artist and I do not want to take away from that!
Found this book to be very in-depth however much to advanced for most casual artists most of the tools and supplies used by the author are expensive and to much time was spent on history and not enough on techniques. Not For students and or beginners. Any one not able to spend a small fortune to do colored pencils portraits.
When I bought this I wanted to hear about ways to make my portraits better and all I got was talking about everything else. I was not impressed . Sorry I usually try to find the good side but this one I just can't.
I echo the remarks already made about this book. Alyona's other books really focus on drawing and the colors to use. This book relies too much on her specialized products and techniques. I am an advanced beginner and I wanted more practical advice. I am disappointed. I don't generally use sanded paper, it makes the drawing look too unrealistic for me. I wish Amazon had offered an excerpt from the book rather than offering pre-order options for books without a preview. This book departs from the authors previous methods and I expected the book to be similar to her other books. She tried to do much overall art instruction rather than focusing on practical colored pencil techniques. I like her still life drawings and have learned a lot from her other books, not so much with this one. I prefer to use products that are readily available not to be guided toward her products. The website on which one might purchase her products is very limited-her aim is to sell, not to provide adequate techniques for beginning artists. Most authors recognize the variability of product choice more than this author. I would call this book an advertisement that I paid for.