Pros: easy to use, beautiful to look at, step by step
Cons: somewhat advanced for beginners,some parts no step-by-step
The Bottom Line: It's rare to find a colored pencil book with such realistic effects as this. Gone are sketchy colored pencils of the past. Inspiring and gorgeous.
Did you see it?
Of this book, I mean.
Look at it.
Ohhh, after a hard dull day of disappointment and cruelty, the fragility of a beautiful flower can melt it all away.....
Okay, so here in the cold Northeast, no one is going to pick me some flowers, so perhaps I can look at some.
WHEN I GOT THIS BOOK
I was wishing for some flowers in the middle of a gray winter when I saw this book light up the pages of my art book club offer.
It LOOKED nice.
Since colored pencils are a medium I DO have, I thought that a book about them with such a high caliber result would be exciting and motivating.
So, I purchased it.
WHAT IS THIS BOOK LIKE?
CREATING RADIANT FLOWERS IN COLORED PENCILS by Gary Greene is not a very creative name, but the flowers contained in this 128 page hardcover book from NORTHLIGHT BOOKS sure is full of creativity.
This book is fresh, lively and full of the bright colors and flowers that can brighten even the darkest day. Let me give you a brief synopsis of what you will find in here:
Table of contents is a wonderful layout very refreshing to look at. Punctuated by beautiful flowers, the chapters are broken down within what resembles the columns of delicately painted wallpaper with stripes on it from a victorian house.
Chapters Getting started What you will need, the tools and the master color lists of each company's pencils available as of 1997 when the book was written. This chapter tells you things such as what to expect from the different brands of pencils and how to use tools in rather unusual ways to get remarkable results.
Techniques and Reference This chapter includes specific techniques to capture certain looks of petals or other parts of flowers. You return here when pursuing a specific flower and need to know what technique to use. Capturing vivid wash-like results or just a light pencil are a couple of examples.
Plethora of Flora The remainder of the book is in this section. Each page or two is devoted to a specific flower. All flowers are in alphabetical order.
WHAT KIND OF INFORMATION IS GIVEN PER FLOWER?
On each page, you get a color palette- specific pencils used and what color are listed in a box. Then you get a breakdown of each section of the flower- center, petals, leaves and stems.
Techniques are listed (you refer back to the reference section if you forgot how to do anything) and then you are taken through a couple of versions of the flower- partially closed, or open usually.
The colors are vibrant and the results more like a painting than a drawing.
MY RECOMMENDATIONS OF THIS BOOK
This book is definitely something you can put on the coffee table or have around for kids to look at. It is inspirational and motivational. Artistic types might find all of it easy, whereas very beginners might be a bit intimidated at first.
I have enjoyed both using and perusing this book many times. On many a dark and difficult day like today, I find it uplifting and highly enjoyable.
I highly recommend this book for your library if you treasure excellent realistic art and also aspire to perform it yourself sometime.
But if you just like to look, the book is excellent as well.
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