Colored pencils are a fascinating medium, offering a palette rich with nuance, versatility and creative potential. Sucessful colored pencil artists and teachers, Janie Gildow and Barbara Benedetti Newton answer the most commonly asked questions about colored pencil techniques.
Over twenty easy-to-follow, step-by-step demonstrations show you how to:
* SELECT the right tools, as well as set up your workspace to optimize efficiency and comfort
* effectively EXPRESS yourself through color and value to create light, shadow and mood
* USE and MASTER basic essential colored pencil techniques
* CREATE the look of realistic metal, including brass, copper and silver
* CREATE glass that sparkles, mirrors that reflect and water that distorts
* CREATE realistic texture, from slippery satin, fuzzy peaches and velvety roses to coarse linen and the bumpy surface of corn
* FIX common mistakes and problems with easy-to-use solutions
Whether you already enjoy working with colored pencils or are looking to try this exciting medium for the first time, this book will provide you with all the information you need to create your own colored pencil compositions.
About the Authors
Janie Gildow is a graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor of science degree in art education. Her art has been published in The Artist's Magazine, in American Artist and in eight books to date, including The Best of Colored Pencil volumes 2, 3, 4 & 5 Janie teaches colored pencil workshops in cities throughout the U.S. She is a Signature Member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and holds its 5-Year Award. Janie's work appears in several sites on the World Wide Web. Visit her personal Web site: www.janiegildow.com
Barbara Benedetti Newton attended art school in Seattle, Washington, and started her art career in 1966. Following a workshop with Bet Borgeson, Barbara's love of colored pencil led to a focus on fine art and commitment to the Colored Pencil Society of America as a Charter Member, Signature Member, Membership Director and President. She remains active in the CPSA Seattle chapter. Barbara's award-winning work has appeared in Creative Colored Pencil, Exploring Colored Pencil, The Best of Flower Painting 1 & 2, and in all volumes of The Best of Colored Pencil. Articles featuring her work have been published in American Artist and The Artist's Magazine. When not creating work for galleries and shows, Barbara instructs colored pencil workshops for all skill levels. Visit her Web site at www.halycon.com/bina
Table of Contents
1--Start with a Good Setup
How should I arrange my workspace?
What should I look for when buying colored pencils?
Colored pencil chart of characteristics
What kinds of pencil sharpeners work best?
What should I use to remove color?
What should I know about paper?
What other tools will come in handy?
How can I make drawing easier?
How do I store my pencils and paper?
How can I keep my work and supplies clean?
2--Design Your Composition
What is proximity?
What is repetition?
What is continuation?
What is balance?
How do I develop a center of interest?
How can I make my composition distinctive?
How do I judge a composition?
3--Application and Technique
Once I choose my subject, what do I do?
How do I transfer my sketch to my drawing surface?
Should I mix colors?
How do I apply the pencil evenly?
How can I make gradual changes in value and color?
How do I make the color look really smooth?
Can I liquify the pigment of "dry" colored pencils?
Can I establish a tonal foundation before adding color?
How do I keep colors bright on a black ground?
How can I make a light line on a dark background?
Can I remove a slight amount of color?
Are there techniques that excite the eye?
4--Color and Light Solutions
What can I learn from the color wheel?
What is the importance of value?
How is intensity different from value?
What is color temperature?
How can I make complementary colors work for me?
What happens when I mix complements?
How do I get to know my pencils?
Why are light and shadow so important?
How can I create impact in my work?
5--Reflection and Transparency Solutions
How do I crate the look of brass?
How do I create the look of copper?
How can I portray "colorless" metal?
How do I create the look of metallic glass?
What techniques will help me create colored glass?
Can I "draw" glass on a white ground?
How do I "draw" glass on a colored surface?
How do I deal with the fractured view water creates?
How can I create interesting reflections in water?
How do I make objects distort in water?
What happens when transparent colors overlap?
What happens in a mirror reflection?
How can I create a realistic drop of water?
How do I make shiny satin fabric?
What creates the look of coarse linen?
How do I create the bumpy surface of Indian corn?
How do I create the smooth, waxy surface of peppers?
How can I make the smooth, shiny surface of a plum?
How do I portray the fuzzy texture of a peach?
What creates the look of a velvety rose?
How do I make clustered flowers?
How do I portray the warmth of a daylily?
7--Problem Subjects and Fixing Mistakes
How do I punch up color?
How do I make an area less prominent?
How do I straighten an edge?
How do I repair paper damage?
How do I deal with a tiny area that gets too dark?
What do I do when little blobs of pigment develop?
What do I do when no more pigment will stick?
Can I alter the surface of the paper?
How do I remove a stain?
How do I hide a stain?
How do I make lace?
How do I create the intricacy of a basket?
What helps striped fabric look believable?
How do I make fringe?
Line Drawings and Demonstrations