Book review : The New Colored Pencil


The New Colored Pencil:
Create Luminous Works
With Innovative Materials and Techniques

new colored pencil

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The New Colored Pencil
Kristy Ann Kutch
Publisher: Watson-Guptill/Crown Publishing
Release Date: May 20, 2014
ISBN:  978-0770436933
Pages: 176


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As you know, apart from reading and reviewing books, I also paint on rocks. And I’m open to other forms of art, considering eventually totally switching to colored pencil when I can no longer store and handle rocks.
This book is very interesting if you already know a bit about colored pencil. It is not a step by step guide for beginners.

The book is divided into 3 parts: one on wax-based colored pencils, one on water-soluble ones, and the last part shows you how to combine wax pastels and colored drawing media.
Each of the 3 parts deals with the type of pencils to use, which tools to choose, which surface to use for which purpose, and varied techniques on how to apply the colors and create different textures. The examples chosen are very pretty.

There’s also an awesome Appendix, giving the reference # of each color for the different brand. As we know for pencils and paints, unfortunately those codes are not universal, so depending on manufacturers, a code can refer to a different color, hence the usefulness of these 18 pages here at the end of the book.

There’s also a short bibliography and an alphabetical index.
Recommended for those who want to go deeper into colored pencil art.



Learn to draw and paint using colored pencils in The New Colored Pencil: a how-to guide for creating vibrant, textured, and easy art illustrations by best-selling author and teacher Kristy Kutch

Master the Latest Breakthroughs in Colored Pencil Art

If you want to create colorful, radiant works of art, colored pencil and related color media (wax pastels, watercolor pencils, and so on) provide you with limitless options for adding vibrancy to your creations. In The New Colored Pencil, artist and instructor Kristy Ann Kutch guides you through the latest developments in color drawing media with examples of and recommendations for the newest pencil brands, drawing surfaces, and groundbreaking techniques (including using the Grid Method, grating pigments, blending with heat, and more). Supported by step-by-step demonstrations and showcasing inspiring art from some of today’s best colored pencil artists, The New Colored Pencil shows you how to use color theory to your advantage, combine color media, create and enhance textures, and experiment with surfaces to create interesting effects. Whether you use traditional wax-based, or watercolor colored pencils, The New Colored Pencil will take your art to the next level.   [from the publisher]


KRISTY ANN KUTCH has taught more than two hundred colored pencil and watercolor pencil workshops to artists and students nationwide. She is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil, and is a contributor to several colored pencil publications, including The Best of Colored Pencil, Creative Colored Pencil, and Colored Pencil Explorations. Her work has appeared in International Artist Magazine and Pratique des Arts. She also authored a DVD called Colored Pencil Landscapes: Beyond the Basics, released by Artist Palette Productions. Kutch is a resident of Michigan City, Indiana.


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