Friday, June 23, 2017

The Friday 56 (108) & Book Beginnings: Colored Pencil Painting Portraits: Master a Revolutionary Method for Rendering Depth and Imitating Life by Alyona Nickelsen

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice where every Friday you pick a book and turn to page 56 or 56%, and select a sentence or a few, as long as it's not a spoiler. For the full rules, visit the the page HERE
Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading.
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Synopsis from Goodreads...

Colored pencil painter Alyona Nickelsen reveals how to use the medium to push the limits of realistic portraiture...

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...
Beginnings: "The colored pencils in my studio are amazingly resilient. They have successfully outlasted the many temptations presented by paints, pastels, inks, and other mediums and, umpteen years later, still hold the preferred position on my work table."

56: "In our attempt to match colors in life with colors in art mediums, we are actually searching for pigments with similar properties of light absorption and reflection in a never-ending attempt to create identical color sensations; however, even if we found the perfect color match, that factor is not enough to make a painted apple look like a real one."
Comments: This is one of the books I have for review. It's all about the art of creating portraits with colored pencils, which is a medium I rarely use. The beginning is taken from the introduction instead of the foreword, because honestly I liked what Nickelsen had to say about her preferred medium.

What are you reading this week?

25 comments:

  1. I wish I could draw to appreciate this book. Have a great week.

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  2. Hi Breana!

    What an interesting choice. I used to have some books like this. Must still have them somewhere...

    Please, check out for this meme, and why I'm so excited about it, here: http://bit.ly/2tVwfDJ

    Luv, Sassy x

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  3. If the picture on the front is done in colored pencil then wow, didn't know you could do that with a CP. :)

    Stormi
    Friday Memes

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    1. The book specifies (on page 52) that it is a colored pencil painting done on sanded paper. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

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  4. Sounds interesting. I love to sketch, especially trees.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

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  5. This book sounds fascinating! Thanks for sharing and enjoy. And thanks for visiting my blog.

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  6. My art is limited to stick figures. This book sounds fascinating. This week I'm reading Sky Dragons by Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey. I want to finally finish this series. Happy reading!

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    1. It was a good book with a lot of great tips. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

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  8. That portrait was done with coloured pencil? Wow...amazing work! I've tried working with coloured pencil and found it tricky to layer colour and blend.
    Here's my Friday post, Inspiration Pie Have a great weekend :)

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    1. That's the same response I had when I first saw Alyona Nickelsen's art. This book does offer a lot of good tips for creating layers and getting the colors to blend. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

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  9. Wow. I used to love drawing with colored pencils. Are you enjoying the book? My Friday Quotes

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    1. I loved this book a lot. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

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  10. I wish I was more artistic. I'm amazed that this cover was made using colored pencils. Hope you enjoy your weekend!

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  11. I'm not very creative, but it sounds like this would be interesting.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. I think this book can be read by anyone because it offers a lot of tips for using colored pencils. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  12. Such a beautiful cover. And pretty words you shared too. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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  13. Not sure this book is for me, but I hope you love it! Have a great week ahead!

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