Book review: Colored Pencil Painting Portraits

colored pencilColored Pencil
Painting Portraits:
Master a Revolutionary Method

for Rendering Depth
and Imitating Life

by Alyona Nickelsen
Published by Watson-Guptill Publications in 2017
Genres: Art, Colored Pencils, Portraits, Nonfiction
Pages: 184
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Colored Pencil Painting Portraits is presented as a revolutionary method, and it is, as it explains how to paint with colored pencils, with examples of portraits that look so true to life, as you can see already on the book cover.

The author talks about all the elements involved, the tools: paper, gesso, oil and wax-based colored pencils, etc.
She gives great tips, highlighted all along.
Then she focuses on how to do it, with the importance of the underpainting to start with, and the different ways of applying the pencils.

I really enjoyed the part about practicing the essentials: about the skin tones, hair, eyes, lips, hands and feet, etc.
And then she offers 5 detailed step by step projects, from picture to painting, with remarkable results.

There’s an extensive appendix on the different types of solvents.

VERDICT:  Artists, get to your colored pencils and try this, it’s just gorgeous!

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