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The Best of Colored Pencil Paperback – March 1, 2000

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers; 4 edition (March 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564966879
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564966872
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,867,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Angel Lee HALL OF FAME on June 12, 2001
This coffee-table book is packed with beautiful colored pencil art covering a wide variety of subjects including people, nature, still life, and fantasy. Styles also vary from abstract and impressionistic to photo-realistic. It is a great source of inspiration and ideas.
I like it that there is only one piece of artwork on a page and you get more information than just the size, surface, artist and title. Each artist writes about themselves and the artwork. I think these added remarks really help you understand appreciate the artwork better.
Some of my favorites include an adorable bird on a fishing reel by Sylvia Westgard and a sunflower by Nancy Huges. I also loved another called Garden Party II by Priscilla Heussner featuring flowers floating in balloons. I enjoyed a portrait of ballet dancers by Thomas Thayer and an unusual fantasy tree with musical leaves by Mike Russell.
In the back there is a glossary and a directory of artists in case you wish to contact them. The variety here shows off the wonderful range of possibilities in this medium. This makes a great gift for any colored pencil artist or enthusiast.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BookSleuth on May 30, 2012
I have all the Best of Colored Pencil I-V books. I saw this and of course just had to have it too. At the time I tried to purchase this book, the prices started going crazy, over $1000! Every time I tried to buy one at a reasonable price under $75(about 4 times) the seller canceled the order and re-listed it at an outrageous amount. I would caution you against doing business with CentralKYbooksupply as they were the most unethical, cancelling my order with them at Barnes and Noble under $70, and re-listing here the same day over $1000. At the time of this writing the prices have fallen significantly. The book is not worth over $75 in any market.

Finally got my hands on a copy under $50. The book is beautiful. Yet I noticed something too familiar about it. It is an exact copy, page for page of book #4 that has the picture of Koi on the cover. I even contacted Vera Curnow with the Colored Pencil Society who helped put book #4 together and she replied to my email that she was aware that book #4 was reprinted years after it's first printing as a softcover. If you look for book #4, you can usually find plenty of copies much cheaper than the prices recently asked for this book. The books have different ISBN numbers on the outside cover. If you look inside this book's copyright page, you'll find it has the same ISBN number as the other book #4. They ARE the same book, identical page for page. The only difference is the book with Koi on the cover is hardback, this white flower one is paperback. If you look at the white flower cover zoom in close up and you can make out the blue '4' after the title near right edge of book.

Most of the pictures in any of the books from this series is available for free at the Colored Pencil Society of America website.
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