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Coloured pencils
Cook, David, 1934-
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Publication Information:
London : HarperCollins, 1999.
Physical Description:
64 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), 1 color portrait ; 28 cm.
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NC892 .C66 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Coloured pencils, once associated mainly with children and then adopted as a creative tool by designers and illustrators, are now an increasingly popular medium among leisure painters. They are very practical, versatile, easy-to-use and ideal for beginners. Here David Cook looks at all aspects of using coloured pencils to paint various popular subjects. Several step-by-step demonstrations are also included. The book features: guidelines on choosing materials; clear, practical advice on coloured pencil techniques and a variety of subjects, including landscapes, buildings, people, animals and birds, using stage-by-stage demonstration paintings.

Author Notes

David Cook is a professional artist, well known for his work in coloured pencils. His work is exhibited throughout the UK and he holds regular painting courses and workshops. He has written numerous articles for The Artist magazine and his work was featured in Chromacolour, published by HarperCollins in 1996.

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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.