Saturday 19 October 2019

Book Review: Modern Colored Pencil by Chelsea Ward (Non-Fiction/Art)

Title: Modern Colored Pencil
Author: Chelsea Ward
Walter Foster Publishing

Publication Date: 5 November 2019
eBook - PDF
ARC via NetGalley


Modern Colored Pencil delves into all the basic techniques and concepts required to create fresh, colorful works of colored pencil art. Talented artist Chelsea Ward takes you on a lively, easy-to-follow exploration of colored pencils in this book, which is packed with creative exercises and projects designed to show you how to work with the versatile, approachable colored pencil medium.

The Modern series of books offers a fun, contemporary approach to working with traditional art media, demonstrating that with the right type of instruction, encouragement, and tips, drawing and painting success can be achieved by any artist or creative type. Modern Colored Pencil begins with a brief introduction to various tools, such as pencils (including colored pencils, graphite pencils, and watercolor pencils), papers, and other tools. This handy book also demonstrates often-complicated concepts, such as color mixing, shading, texture, and more, in an easy, approachable manner. Once you have a handle on the basics, explore how to create dynamic color palettes, use basic shapes and techniques to render a range of subjects, and create various marks and textures.

From beautiful florals and nature motifs to animals and everyday items, Modern Colored Pencil provides a fresh, contemporary, and enjoyable approach to learning how to create vivid artwork in colored pencil. 

Modern Colored Pencil is a good text for new artists. The book covers everything from choice of pencils and paper to colour theory and finally examples which range from still life to figure drawing. The book is well set out and easy to follow and offers some good tips and recommendations, particularly if you are just starting out. I might have liked a little more detail here and there, but as an introductory text it covers all the basics and would be a worthwhile investment for those commencing their art journey.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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