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The Ultimate Guide to Colored Pencil

By Gary Greene

Format: Spiral Bound

SKU# Z3751

You'll Love This Colored Pencil Book If:

  • You love working with traditional and watercolor pencils in your art
  • You want to learn all the essential drawing techniques for working with colored pencil
  • You want to learn more about colored pencils & find which one is right for you
In The Ultimate Guide to Colored Pencil you get 35 step-by-step demonstrations featuring traditional and watercolor pencil techniques from expert artist & author, Gary Greene. Each chapter focuses on an important area of colored pencil drawing such as the materials & tools you'll need and chapters dedicated to reference photos and colored pencil techniques.

Techniques featured in this colored pencil drawing book include how to add color gradually and how to create a strong laying and handle color contaminations. Uncover the laws of colored pencil with Gary Greene, the author of Creating Textures in Colored Pencil and the instructor featured in several colored pencil DVDs. Gary Greene has been working with colored pencil since 1983 and he has won many awards for his own work.

Layering demonstrations include Magnolia Blossom, Seagull on Black, Checkerspot Butterfly, Glass Bottles, Winter Barn Scene and Copper Pans. Burnishing demonstrations include Bowl of Fruit, Gloxinia on Black, Flower Pots, Stained Glass Window, Brass Pig, Hands. Underpainting demonstrations include a Donkey, Mountain Landscape, Rose, Maple Leaves, Tree Bark and a Wagon Wheel. Water-soluble colored pencil demonstrations include Calla Lilies, Kite and Clouds, Puppies, Sunset, Water Reflections and Pomegranates. Combined technique demonstrations include Algerian Ivy, Silhouette at Dusk, Hood Ornament, Orchid, Rapids and a Hot Air Balloon. Learn how to blend and shadow in colored pencil like a pro & start creating your own exciting colored pencil art.

In The Ultimate Guide to Colored Pencil You'll Learn:

  • About the different types of colored pencil & other colored pencil drawing supplies
  • How to create a strong reference photo for drawing with colored pencil
  • Great colored pencil techniques such as working dark to light and how to make adjustments while you're drawing

Check Out This Excerpt From The Ultimate Guide to Colored Pencil by Gary Greene:

Colored pencils come in three categories: wax-based, oil-based and water-soluble.

Wax-based colored pencils are the most common. Their cores consist of pigment bound together with wax, which has a creamy consistency for easier application. Wax-based colored pencil are more prone to breakage, wear down more quickly and give off considerable debris. Wax-based colored pencils are also susceptible to bloom - a think, powdering film that appears on the artwork shortly after the color is applied (we'll talk more about wax bloom on page 25).

Oil-based colored pencils have a vegetable oil binder instead of wax, giving them a slightly harder core. They tend to break less than wax-based pencils, giving off less debris. Oil-based pencils are less creamy in consistency, but since they contain little or no wax, they do not bloom. Oil-based pencils can be mixed with wax-based pencils, though bloom from the wax-based pencils will still occur.

Water-soluble colored pencils can be was or oil-based. The core is made of an emulsifying agent mixed with a binder that allows them to be liquefied with water. Water-soluble colored pencils are not watercolors, though many people call them "watercolor pencils." Most water-soluble pencils have the same smooth consistency as wax or oil pencils, some with a slightly harder core.

What Other Artist's Are Saying:

"This is the most comprehensive CP book out right now. It includes colors of each CP manufacturer and valid opinions by Gary Greene about the use of various brands of papers and pencils. Every aspect of penciling is covered. As an artist for the past 10 years with a vast library, I have to say, this book has it all." --Wendy Gretzinger

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SKU Z3751
Additional Feature 400 color illus, 20 b&w illus
Author/Speaker/Editor Gary Greene
File/Trim Size 9 x 6
Format Spiral Bound
ISBN 13 9781600613913
Number Of Pages 304

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Fantastic! Review by Shirley G.
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It's not often a purchase not only meets, but far exceeds one's expectations, and this book does exactly that! Without exception this book is the best art instruction book I have in my library. I am now ordering a second copy for a friend that I loaned the book to, and am now having difficulty getting her to return!

(Posted on 8/17/2012)

Gary Greene is the ultimate authority Review by Allison M. Haden, Online Content Development Manager – Fine Art
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Gary Greene is the ultimate authority when it comes to colored pencil techniques and instruction. This comprehensive book provides everything you need to know to begin using colored pencil.

(Posted on 7/19/2012)

Gary Greene, best of the best Review by Mona Michael

Dear Readers,I have been around North Light Books for long enough now to have worked with Gary Greene on several projects. He really is the best. He's clear and no-nonsense. Shows you what to do and how. Not to mention he's just about the nicest guy around. Sharpen those pencils!Mona MichaelManaging Editor, North Light Books/Fine Art

(Posted on 4/29/2011)

Best On Market Review by Wendy Gretzinger

This is the most comprehensive CP book out right now. It includes colors of each CP manufacturer and valid opinions by Gary Greene about the use of various brands of papers and pencils. Every aspect of penciling is covered. As an artist for the past 10 years with a vast library, I have to say, this book has it all.

(Posted on 1/6/2011)

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