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Learning: Portrait & Figure – Colored Pencil
(also see in General Painting Instruction: Colored Pencil)

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Colored Pencil Painting Portraits: Master a Revolutionary Method for Rendering Depth and Imitating Life by Alyona Nickelsen – by Alyona Nickelsen; Print Length: 192 pages Publisher: Watson-Guptill (June 20, 2017)

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.

Colored Pencil Portraits Step by Step by Ann Kullberg – Hardcover, 128 pages (March 1999) North Light Books (check out Ann's online colored pencil & portrait newsletter) Best Seller

From Library Journal: Kullberg is a born artist, self-taught and highly accomplished. In her first book, she proves to be a born teacher as well. She thoroughly and engagingly explores the details of the tools and techniques necessary for every element of creating portraits. Colored pencil is a medium that requires little money, no setup, no cleanup, and no health concerns—just as much hard work and talent as any other medium. With her fresh enthusiasm, Kullberg makes the work a pleasure. Collections that have Lee Hammond's similar Drawing Portraits in Colored Pencil from Photographs (North Light, 1997) may want to add this as well. In choosing between the two, Kullberg's personal approach edges out Hammond.

How to Draw Portraits in Colored Pencil from Photographs by Lee Hammond – Hardcover, 128 pages (May 1997) North Light Books

Reader review: A must-read for any serious artist. I sat down with the book and did the excersises and I was totally shocked that the portrait that I had tried to draw many times before had actually worked once I had read the book!! A day before, I could never have been able to produce a piece with such a likeness to what I was trying to draw.

Creative Colored Pencil Portraits by Vera Curnow – Hardcover, 84 pages, North Light Books, 1996

In the first section of this book, six artists create a portrait of the same model, working from identical reference photographs, for stunning variations. The second section of the book shows ten artists' self-portraits. It includes expert advice on every aspect of painting portraits, from working with a photo to developing a composition to mixing skin tones.

Realistic Pet Portraits in Colored Pencil by Anne Demille Flood – Paperback: 128 pages Publisher: North Light Books (June 2004)

With this surprisingly simple step-by-step guide, anyone can create beautiful pet portraits. Anne deMille Flood walks readers through her easy techniques for rendering cats, dogs, birds, horses and other cuddly friends.

Beginning and intermediate artists will appreciate the close-up demos for getting the texture of fur and feathers just right. There's also clear instruction on working from reference photos, choosing focal points and getting started.

This is an essential reference for anyone who wants to create animal portraits in colored pencil. Artists will quickly find themselves drawing better than they ever thought possible!


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