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Colored Pencil Painting Portraits: Master a Revolutionary Method for Rendering Depth and Imitating Life Paperback – June 20, 2017
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"Get ready for a revolutionary way to use colored pencils!"
—Sally Robertson, editor in chief of Colored Pencil Magazine
"This is a must have book for all colored pencil artists--not just those interested in portraiture but those looking to really understand and master the art of colored pencils."
—Ivor Harrison, The Art Gear Guide
"Colored Pencil Painting Portraits is a wealth of information and instruction, and it is a joy to watch how Alyona brings her rich, beautiful portraits to life."
—Australia Colored Pencil Association
About the Author
ALYONA NICKELSEN is a contributing writer for Colored Pencil magazine and the author of Colored Pencil Painting Bible. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including American Artist, The Artist's Magazine, and American Art Collector. Nickelsen's paintings have been exhibited and won awards in prestigious national and international juried shows, such as Salmagundi Club, the American Artist Professional League, Audubon Artists, and the Colored Pencil Society of America. She is the creator and instructor of the Colored Pencil Painting Learning Center hosted on her website, www.brushandpencil.com.
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This book is not just a "how to draw" project book. It feels like a full semester of art classes with how much technical information is included about working in colored pencils in general. Don't worry though, if you're looking for some step by step instruction, there are quite a few demonstrations for you with that as well with tips you can apply to your own portrait work. She also shows how great working with an underpainting for portraits can work with colored pencil. You guys see me paint this way in oils or acrylics, but you can do the same with colored pencil too! Especially if you're using the Brush and Pencil products she talks about in this book. Those products really do change how we are able to layer and blend the pencils for realistic work.
When I was asked to write a bit about my experience in using these products for the book I jumped at the chance! With how much I loved Alyona's first book, Colored Pencil Painting Bible (and before I had even met her so there was no bias at that point haha), I was really excited to be even a teensy bit apart of this one. I can honestly say I've enjoyed this book even more than I expected. I went into reading it thinking "I already know how to use powder blender and to draw portraits, there can't be that much for me to learn", but there really was! I love this book so much that I bought the kindle version in addition to the hard copy so that I could easily read it again and again on my phone. There is so much information packed into this book that I'm going to need to read it several times to digest it all!
But, I wish Amazon would take more care in packaging books. The top of the cover has little rips in it, and the first 50 pages are bent a little in that area. Not what you want in a new book! I pre-ordered this book and have been waiting quite some time for it. So, do I now want to return it, and re-order it, at a higher price? Annoying.
I have been a colored pencil artist since 1993 & it is amazing how much I learned from this book.
It has already saved me time with the new up-to-date ideas!! Well worth the money! I will be teaching my classes now with fresh ideas & supplies. (Powder, blending, etc.)Thank you, Ms Nickelsen.
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.