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August 4, 2017


Product DetailsColored Pencil Painting Portraits: Master a Revolutionary Method for Rendering Depth and Imitating Life


Alyona Nickelsen


Colored pencil painter Alyona Nickelsen reveals how to use the medium to push the limits of realistic portraiture.
Colored Pencil Painting Portraits provides straightforward solutions to the problems that artists face in creating lifelike images, and will prime readers on the intricacies of color, texture, shadow, and light as they interplay with the human form. In this truly comprehensive guide packed with step-by-step demonstrations, Nickelsen considers working from photo references versus live models; provides guidance on posing and lighting, as well as planning and composing a work; discusses tools, materials, and revolutionary layering techniques; and offers lessons on capturing gesture and expression and on rendering facial and body features of people of all age groups and skin tones.



I used to play around with portrait drawing with pastels and really enjoyed it, so when I got the opportunity to review this book, I thought it would be interesting. As with most artists, they learn different techniques, how to use mediums and little tricks along the way.  In this book Ms. Nickelsen shares with the budding artist, reader or lover of portraits, some of her wise advise on how to use colored pencils. If you are just a reader, you will delight in the many wonderful pictures in this book. If you would like to try colored pencil portraits, then you will get a lot of useful information and tips in this book. I like books like this because they give you the chance to try your hand at a relaxing and enjoyable past time.  We often don't think of colored pencils as being a way to express our talents, and we all have talents.  What once was for children to doodle with, colored pencils are now one of the popular mediums to use for drawings of all kinds, not just portraits.   Ms. Nickelsen gives advice on the way to use the pencil, the lighting needed, the different kinds of papers out there and what is best. She also gives a few step by step techniques along with a list of things you might need.  It may be a bit expensive to start if you're really wanting to get into this type of art.  I myself would suggest starting with just a minimal of supplies, so if by chance, you decided this isn't for you, you won't be out so much money.  So if you just want to read and enjoy the portraits or if you want to try your hand at this colored pencil technique then pick up a copy of this book and enjoy. You don't have to be a Picasso or Rembrandt to enjoy art.

I received this book from Blogging for Books and voluntarily decided to review it.

 I would give this book 4 STARS. 







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