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An astonishing rendition of Alyona Nickelsen's portraits, drawn with coloured pencils ( mostly, but not exclusively ). The print quality is outstanding. As a tutorial, this book is found a bit wanting; you have to take some information from "between the lines" in order to find out how she achieves the results. Still, it is amazing to learn what an artist can achieve with "ordinary" coloured pencils.
Das nächste Werk von Alyona Nickelsen, welche schon in den frühen 90igern die Buntstiftmethode ausgeklügelt hat. Schritt für Schritt wird hier ihre Herangehensweise erklärt, wie sie die Portraitmalerei mit Buntstiften für sich optimiert hat. Das Bzch ist hochwertig gearbeitet, die Bilder gestochen scharf. Selbst wer keine fliessenden Englischkenntnisse hat, kann trotzdem locker durchsteigen. Alyona brachte die Produkte “Pencilpowder“ ,“touch up“ und andere auf den Markt, womit man nun Farbschichten auch ohne Flüssigkeiten verblenden kann. Leider sieht man sich gezwungen, diese Produkte zu kaufen um mit diesem Buch und Alyonas Herangehensweise arbeiten zu müssen. Ich kann behaupten, es geht auch sehr gut ohne diese Produkte. Allein die Tipps der Farbauswahl haben mir schon weitergeholfen. Es lohnt sich auf jeden Fall!
This is a Fantastic book. The instructions and samples are easy to understand and put into practice sessions or right into your work with confidence. I Never give a full star rating. Wouldn't want growth and/or improvement to cease. Thumbs Up
Received this book and love it. I love learning how to create a painterly type work with colored pencils.
This isn't a "learn to draw" book this is a book that teaches the medium and method to get a painterly look. Colored pencils come in several different varieties wax based, oil based, water soluble, etc.There are several additional products to use with colored pencils, water, oms, and more. I do think the book is a little heavy on the promotion of her new products for colored pencil but they do work and this is HER method. If getting an old masterly type look for your portraits isn't what you want or learning to actually draw people freehand is what you are looking for this isn't the book for you but if wanting to learn how to produce and bring life with that painterly look in your portraits this is the book for you. It's well written, beautifully printed and easy to read. She takes you step by step with colors and techniques for all different skin tones.
I only wish there were a few actual tutorials of a complete person instead there are sections showing you how to do your own portraits. There is a divided section for different facial features such as nose, eyes, etc.
I am really enjoying this book and will definitely use it as a reference and can't wait to try this method.
Overall this is a good book unless you are interested in working with darker skin tones. There is only one example of a relatively light skinned black male and it is suggested you start by using a darker water color for the base. While this works well for the model, it gives little help when working with really dark complexions that have entirely different shades in them and differ strongly in the blue range. Those tones also involve more issues with rendering lighting. Lots of good general tips for mixing skin tones.