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Colored pencil solution book
Gildow, Janie, 1942-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Cincinnati, Ohio : North Light Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
126 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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NC892 .G55 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
NC892 .G55 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Artists and teachers Bildow and Newton provide about 20 step-by-step demonstrations that reveal the secrets of working with colored pencil. They answer the most commonly-asked questions about the medium, from basic techniques and proper tool selection to creating realistic colors, light, and textur

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Library Journal Review

Colored pencils are remarkably versatile, providing endless possible effects, whether on paper, wood, or fabric. Moreover, pencils cost less than other media and require few accessories. Angelo, the author/producer of 16 instructional videos and four books, intends Exploring Colored Pencils for all levels, but beginners will find the book intimidating. Intermediate and advanced students will, however, be rewarded with a rich array of ideas and styles. Professional artist and teacher Cook's Coloured Pencils is a good, inexpensive volume for personal use but at 64 pages is quite brief. Libraries have better, more comprehensive choices, such as Gildow and Newton's Colored Pencil Solution Book. Accomplished professionals, the authors cover crucial beginning topics, such as setup, technique, color theory, texture, and light in depth. Their format is crisp and easy to understand, even when concerned with advanced concepts like liquefying pigment, building up foundation color, and the effects of water reflections, coarse linen, or intricate lace. Of the three, this one is recommended unequivocally. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
1 Start with a good setupp. 10
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 compositionp. 24
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 techniquep. 34
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 Liquefy 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 solutionsp. 54
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 solutionsp. 70
How Do I Create 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 Glaze?
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?
6 Texture solutionsp. 96
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 mistakesp. 110
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 for demonstrationsp. 120
Indexp. 127