Review: Colored Pencil Painting Portraits

Title: Colored Pencil Painting Portraits

Author: Alyona Nickelsen

Date of Publication: June 20th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Review:

Loved, Loved, Loved this one! But I can look at any art book and be amazed because it is a skill I lack as I have said in other reviews. The pictures in this book are brilliant, and it is great seeing past works of art and present.

I know I will never be able to draw or paint like this, but seeing the steps and the process is just beautiful. They also showed the painting of The Girl With the Pearl Earring, and how there is severe cracking from working with oil painting. I had no idea that oil paints could crack. It may be basic knowledge to artists, but it was cool to read about.

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Photo Credit

Overall this book had excellent pictures and great tips for professional artists or anyone that just enjoys art!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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