Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Book Review - Colored Pencil Painting Portraits


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.


This is an amazing book! It's hard to believe that the portraits are done with colored pencils. I sat in awe of each and every portrait in the book.

The book starts by sharing the products that the author recommends and uses to create these masterpieces. I love how each product is described and what it's used for. There are so many things I didn't even know were available to make creating your colored pencil pieces work the way you want and to stand out in the end.

She goes into so many wonderful step-by-step procedures that make it easy to create your own portrait. She explains lighting, posing, the elements of facial features and more. The great thing about this book is you'll be able to use the techniques for more than portraits.

I highly recommend this book if you want to learn how to create beautiful portraits in colored pencil. I learned so much from this amazing book and have been able to implement these great lessons into my own art. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by the Blogging for Books program

Blessings - Julie

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