Colored pencil painter Alyona Nickelsen reveals how to use the medium to push the limits of realistic portraiture.
FOREWORD * vii
INTRODUCTION * 1
CHAPTER 1 * COLORED PENCIL REVOLUTION * 5
An exploration of new working surfaces, materials, and tools
CHAPTER 2 * THE RULES OF THE GAME * 27
The use of successful oil painting practices with the colored pencil medium
CHAPTER 3 * WORKING THE MEDIUM * 43
Innovative methods and techniques for painting with pencils
CHAPTER 4 * CONTROLLING COLOR * 55
Understanding the nature of color and the properties of pigments
CHAPTER 5 * PORTRAIT FACTS AND FICTION * 73
Ideas and solutions for composing a portrait
CHAPTER 6 * PRACTICING THE ESSENTIALS * 89
Rendering key components of portraiture
CHAPTER 7 * HOW TO KEEP FRIENDS AND MAKE CLIENTS HAPPY * 137
Hands-on examples of painting a colored pencil portrait
ALYONA NICKELSEN is a contributing writer for Colored Pencil magazine and the author of Colored Pencil Painting Bible. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including American Artist, The Artist's Magazine, and American Art Collector. Nickelsen's paintings have been exhibited and won awards in prestigious national and international juried shows, such as Salmagundi Club, the American Artist Professional League, Audubon Artists, and the Colored Pencil Society of America. She is the creator and instructor of the Colored Pencil Painting Learning Center hosted on her website, www.brushandpencil.com.
"Get ready for a revolutionary way to use colored pencils!"
-Sally Robertson, editor in chief of Colored Pencil Magazine
"This is a must have book for all colored pencil artists--not just those interested in portraiture but those looking to really understand and master the art of colored pencils."
-Ivor Harrison, The Art Gear Guide
"Colored Pencil Painting Portraits is a wealth of information and instruction, and it is a joy to watch how Alyona brings her rich, beautiful portraits to life."
-Australia Colored Pencil Association