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COLOURED PENCILS -
Over 150 detailed pages of information for beginners and improvers to help you develop your skills
I HAVE A FAIRLY EXTENSIVE BOOKSHELF OF BOOKS WITH PENCIL CONTENT
There are only so many books that one person can usefully buy before suffering a severe outbreak of ‘Deja Vu’ on opening the pages of the next new book.
This list cannot be comprehensive, but it does list the books I find useful,
If you know of a book that you find invaluable and it isn’t listed here, please tell me ( and let me have a short review at the same time ).
I will add it to my list.
Some of the more useful -
Not in any particular order:
The Drawing Book -
A very good book covering all pencil media very comprehensively. Well illustrated.
Coloured Pencil Explorations -
Masterful Colour -
Building up layers, a comprehensive and very good book by a skilled artist
Painting Light with Coloured Pencil -
Excellent with step by step demonstrations of different types of subject inc still life.
Colored Pencil Solutions Book-
Tips and Techniques for winning results. Questions and demonstrated answers. Invaluable reference book
Creative Colored Pencil Landscapes -
Wonderful little book on Landscape techniques
Drawing & Painting Landscapes -
Quite a bit on Watercolour, but the pencil content is very good and the watercolour could just as easily apply to Aquarelles pencils
Colored Pencil for the Serious Beginner -
Has some very useful chapters on the fundamentals
Paint Radiant Realism in Watercolor, Ink and Colored Pencil -
Beautiful work in mixed media with some fascinating examples
Drawing & Painting with Colored Pencil -
Good on Colour Theory and also watercolour pencils
The New Colored Pencil -
This is a very comprehensive look at all aspects of the medium and the most up to date techniques.
In addition it has a full set of colour charts which include the latest Caran d’Ache Museum watercolour pencils. Comments about brands are useful and this is probably the best book for the intermediate user on the current lists. If you can only afford one book as a reference, this is the one to have.
The Encyclopedia of Coloured Pencil Techniques -
May now have been replaced by a more up to date edition. Very comprehensive though some of the techniques in my copy are in need of an update
Painting with Water-
Very helpful for beginners
Drawing and Painting Buildings -
Covers a variety of media, but the author teaches Coloured Pencil Techniques and there is a lot of content which is relevant to CP work
Watercolour Secrets and
The Magic of Watercolour -
A renowned watercolour artist and architect who died a few years back. His Videos are still available and his books are still in print.
A no nonsense approach and a brilliant eye for a scene, Fletcher Watson’s videos show how teaching should be done. The books are entirely on watercolour, but they are an excellent primer on how to see landscape and building subjects.
Colored Pencil Painting Bible -
A good sized paper back with 180 pages of information and a very useful appendix giving recent Lightfastness tables for a large number of brands.
At first sight a very useful collection of articles on techniques.
You might be put off by the fact that Alyona’s main technique involves using solvent with dry point pencils, and for European readers not all the products mentioned are on sale within the EEC.
The illustrations and print size are large, so it is an easy read, though the large number of broken words at the ends of lines annoys me as I read, and that could have been avoided by more attentive page setting by the publisher.
However, the good news is that there are lots of useful chapters that have good ideas and information and where the author describes a solvent process using Gamsol, Reader of this site Bernard Goodman tells me ‘the solvent Gamsol you mention as ‘unavailable in the UK’ is now available, from the art supplier T.N.Lawrence; website www.lawrence.co.uk’ It is listed under Gamblin Oil painting mediums.
The page link is : http://www.lawrence.co.uk/acatalog/Gamasol.html Thanks for the update Bernard.
The user friendly citrus based solvent ZestIt will probably work equally well.
Watercolour pencils will also provide an alternative for some techniques.
Her examples are mainly still life and are not complex, so the book will suit beginners as well as those extending their knowledge.
I have spent much more money on books that are less informative or potentially useful, This one was a good buy.
This Section of my bookshelf contains a lot of books on soft pastel as well as pastel generally and many of the older books are now well out of print. I have reviewed the books against Amazon’s current availability, and where a new copy of the book is still available I have assumed the book to still be ‘in print’. I have excluded all the others except where they are particularly good and worthy of looking for a second hand copy.
In most cases a book on pastel techniques is useful for pastel pencils and where there is a section on pastel pencils I will say so.
Painting the Landscape in Pastel Albert Handell & Anita West ( Watson Guptill pub. )
First published in 2000, this is an excellent landscape book. Albert is/was resident in New Mexico, so the landscapes are very much open country, scrub, rocks and trees -
The techniques are well presented and the comments with each worked picture most helpful.
The book deals with soft pastels only -
100 Great Pastel Tips Miranda Fellows Out of print 2010
An excellent little reference book -
The Encyclopedia of Pastel Techniques. Edited Judy Martin (Various publishers to different editions)
Still in print after many years and deservedly so. Covers all pastel types and gives a wide selection of examples from different artists. The basic book that should be on your shelf. Pastel pencils are covered
Creative Painting with Pastel Carole Katchen ( Harper Collins Pub )
A pastel book with another collection of examples of different artists work. Not a lot on pencil, but the examples are very good and a lot of the work is very detailed. Published 1990
Painting Landscapes & Figures in Pastel Jose M Parramon ( Watson Guptill Pub.)
A book that looks at interpretation and style and has a detailed look at the work of a few skilled artists most of whom work portraits. The step by step examples are good. All soft pastel
Exploring Pastel with Barry Watkin ( Batsford Pub.)
The master of English landscape in pastel. His moody Somerset moor and coast images are excellent. The book covers soft pastel, but if you like landscapes, it is well worth a look.
The Big Book of Painting Nature in Pastel S Allyn Schaeffer ( Watson Guptill Publisher)
72 lessons in pastel techniques from a single artist. His approach is not detailed and he doesn’t use pastel pencils, but the book does show a wide variety of techniques. Worth a look.
Sue Vize has a new book being published in June 2016 which may be of interest to those undertaking ( or wishing to undertake)
Botanical studies in CP and Graphite. Sue has sent me a resumé.
Botanical Drawing using Graphite and Coloured Pencils
by Sue Vize SBA
Release date 20th June 2016
Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd
My book is almost ready.
It has taken fourteen months to write and illustrate and a further ten months for the publisher and printers to do their side of things but the release date is now set for June 20th 2016.
The book contains ten chapters, each dedicated to a particular aspect of the plant beginning with roots and bulbs, working up through stems, leaves, flowers, fruit etc. A chapter on fungi has also been included due to their close association with plants and also because I love to draw them.
I have written a brief section on botany for each subject and there are two step-
The publisher is The Crowood Press and they have set the price at £18.99. Amazon are already taking pre-
My contact details are email@example.com and www.suevize.com.
The website also gives details on all my courses and workshops for 2016.
All are suitable for both experienced and new starters alike.