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Colored Pencil Portraits: Step by Step


Colored Pencil Portraits: Step by Step

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Publisher: North Light Books

Author: Ann Kullberg

List Price: $27.99

Ages: 15-18 Years

Reviewed By: Tammy Cardwell


Do you long to draw beautiful portraits with colored pencils, but when you try they come out flat and featureless? If so, maybe you should study Colored Pencil Portraits: Step by Step and learn to paint them instead.

Just picking up this 9" x 12", hardback book is a pleasure. The cover, at first glance, could lead one to expect a well-illustrated children's book, so delightful is its design, but a children's book it is not. The vast collection of portraits that help fill the pages, which caught my attention time and again, each do their own job - illustrating points Kullberg makes in her lessons as they encourage and inspire the budding artist.

The lessons start at the very beginning; no previous art experience is required. First Kullberg discusses the necessary supplies and why you need them, as well as the basic techniques you will practice as you use them. Having laid the foundation, Kullberg then heads off into composing portraits, properly using light in your portraits and all the fine points involved in layering on the color to create believable skin tones, facial features, hair, fabric - you name it - until you have created a complete portrait. Throughout, she continually illustrates both what to do and what not to do.

Kullberg makes it clear in the introduction that this is her way of creating pencil portraits and there are many other methods out there. Her method definitely works, however; the results she gets are exceptional and the finished product, while obviously done with pencil, has the richness of a painting due to the manner in which she layers color on color.

I thoroughly enjoy working in graphite and have never really been tempted to venture out into color. But now, thanks to artist Ann Kullberg, I am considering investing in a large box of Prismacolors and trying a new thing.

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Tammy Cardwell
Tammy Cardwell may be retired from homeschooling, but not from the homeschool arena. She is here at EHO to stay and actively serves her readers through and her publishing company, CJ Press, as well as her blog, From a Cluttered Desk.
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