The Art of Colored Pencil Drawing

The Art of Colored Pencil Drawing

Book - 2013
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Whether you are an accomplished artist desiring to learn a new medium or a beginning artist simply wanting to play with this colorful art form, The Art of Colored Pencil Drawing features all of the basic information you need to get started in this versatile and approachable medium. From selecting and handling pencils and choosing paper and supports to understanding color theory, learning pencil strokes, and layering color to create depth and form, The Art of Colored Pencil Drawing is brimming with valuable instruction and helpful tips and techniques for mastering working with colored pencil. Discover uses for a variety of colored-pencil techniques, such as hatching, crosshatching, stippling, burnishing, and blending. Learn valuable tips and tricks for drawing from photographs, setting up balanced compositions, and working with light sources, as well as capturing the beauty of the natural world by creating realistic textures and expressing time of day and mood. In The Art of Colored Pencil Drawing, artists Cynthia Knox, Eileen Sorg, and Debra Kauffman Yaun share their expertise and artistic insights for working with colored pencil to achieve lifelike results through inspiring subject matter and step-by-step demonstrations of still lifes, pets, wildlife, birds, garden and tropical flowers, landscapes, foliage, and more. In-depth, easy-to-follow instructions show aspiring artists how to develop and improve their drawing skills, guiding them from simple sketches to final flourishes. Filled with gorgeous, colorful artwork, The Art of Colored Pencil Drawing is sure to be a valuable and welcome addition to any artist's reference library.
Publisher: Irvine, CA : Walter Foster Publishing, Inc., [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781600583377
Characteristics: 144 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm
Alternative Title: Colored pencil drawing


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May 30, 2017

This is not a color by the numbers book as the description suggests. It is an excellent instruction book on the kinds of colored pencils and their use. It gives very little actual instruction on drawing tecnique with only a little instruction about using different strokes and some useful information about the paper used in color pencil drawing.
It is somewhat contradictory about how to create different color tones. The introduction states that many beginners make the common mistake of thinking they can achieve darker tones with a color by pressing harder and making a thinker layer in the area they want to make darker; but that the way to do this is to select a darker tone of the same color that you have in the lighter area.
But then one of the authors states a darker area can indeed be achieved by pressing hard and more layering with the same pencil. Theses inconsistencies are due to the book having several authors no doubt.
The first section on the landscapes is the only section realistic for the beginner.
The other examples of the animals, flowers and still lifes are only acheivable for the artist with years of experience.
Each example shows a row of colored dots at the top of the page each with the colors name underneath. There are an incredable amount of different color names. Such as Lime Peal and Lake Blue; many of the colors look the same as other colors in other sections but with different names. It soon became obvious to me that the goal of the book was to encourage readers to buy all these colors believing that that was what will be requiered to render a picture as good as the one in the book. This book was published by Walter Foster and though I have not yet researched this I strongly suspect that Walter Foster Publishing is one and the same with Walter Foster Art Supplies. The use of these unusual color names referencing to the dots at the top of the lesson soon becomes rather tedious. Common sense will tell you that any similar color regardless of it's name will do just as well. So don't think you have to buy color pencil sets that contain all these different color names many of which I suspect are tradmarked by Walter Foster and only available from Walter Foster Art Supplies.


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