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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (25 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581806396
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581806397
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.1 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ann Kullberg is a leading authority of colored pencil drawing and instruction. An award-winning portrait artist, instructor and author, Kullberg has published a monthly magazine for colored pencil artists for 15 year. Through her books, website and workshops, she continues to instruct and inspire colored pencil artists worldwide.

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It's all here, folks!
It was such a great honor for me to be asked by Northlight Books to write "Colored Pencil Portraits Step by Step" and one I took very seriously. I wanted to give you the very best I could. And as a self-taught artist with 12 years experience, I knew how valuable every bit of help can be...so I packed in as much info and as many examples as I possibly could in 128 pages. My goal was not to showcase my own work, but to help you improve yours!

I think you’ll find just about everything covered in "Colored Pencil Portraits": basic materials, composition, painting light, skin tones (including white, Asian, and black skin tones), every imaginable kind of hair, individual facial features, all kinds of clothing, and the painting sequence of a portrait, with tons of full-color demos in every chapter. I’ve also included a section on the "business side" of portraits, including finding clients, contracts and pricing. Whether you’re a rank beginner or a seasoned pro...or even an artist working in another medium, I really believe "Colored Pencil Portraits" has something in it for you!

Want to see more of my portrait work before hitting that shopping cart icon? Well, I can’t give you a URL for my website…..but a search on my name will take you there! Thanks for taking an interest in my book...and I wish you many hours of Happy Coloring! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ann Kullberg is also the author of Capturing Soft Realism in Colored Pencil.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Mar. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Ann Kullberg's new book, "Colored Pencil Portraits Step by Step", is a complete and exciting collection of lessons and examples on the difficult subject of portraiture. Kullberg, a full time commission portrait artist, shares her methods and opinions in a very readable, understandable, and unpretentious way. She covers composing a portrait, seeing the light, creating believable skin tones, painting features and the face, painting hair, painting fabric, and putting it all together. Each section includes demonstrations, thorough explanations, and many examples of her exquisite artwork. The extensive discussion on skin tones is especially enlightening. In the last section, she takes the reader through several detailed multi step demonstrations. Kullberg's enthusiasm and love for her life's work is evident on every page. For anyone interested in drawing people with colored pencils, this book is a must!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Feb. 1999
Format: Hardcover
To me this book would be worth the price just for Kullberg's explanation of the technique of "scumbling". Fact is though, her "skin tone color guide" is something that is equally valuable, and well worth the time to construct (she shows how in the book)
I have probably read every book on "how to" paint in colored pencil. This one is the best published to date. Not only is it well done (and "step by step" as the title says) but Kullberg gives examples of not just how to paint drapery, but how to paint the various FABRICS (knits, polished, denim etc) and these are worth studying for one simple reason; Kullberg's portraits are so lifelike that sometimes at first glance you could confuse them with photographs. Her work is absolutely gorgeous. It REALLY gives you a benchmark to shoot for in your own paintings. The challenge of striving for that goal can provide you with a new excitement for your own work. I know this was bound to have been a lot of work for her to put together, but I really hope we see more such books from her in the future !
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jack on 7 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
...to know about using those pesky waxy coloured pencils that cost over a quid each.
I've spent a fortune on coloured pencils, being a lazy geezer, but I've always suspected that there was more to it than filling in the spaces between black lines and using the colours raw. Mixing? Layering? Blending? Good grief, Charlie Brown, with a crayon?
Not only can it be done, though, Ann Kullberg shows you how. And what makes this book special - to me, at any rate - is that she uses exactly the same brand of pencil. Used to be called Karisma, now gone legs up, reissued as Prismacolour. Only some of the colours have different adjectives - flesh is peach, etc - which Kullberg also tells you, to avoid confusion just in case you're still using the stubs of the old product. Wicked. The demos are great. Her artwork is brilliant. I think it pays to buy "How It's Done" books by artists whose work you admire. In Kullberg's case, I almost felt like using my pencils to start a barbecue. She is intimidatingly good, but also encourages the reader to try to improve. Which is the only reason I didn't have burnt sausages for tea last night.
So, put it in a nut shell - let's say a hazelnut - or a pecan, if you like - buy this book. I've already ordered her companion book, how to do the same thing in "...Soft Realism." Something like that, anyway. Dang it, buy 'em both. You know you want to.
It's frothy to the tenth power, man.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 May 1999
Format: Hardcover
A "must have" book for all colored pencil artists and for any artist interested in portraiture. Ann Kullberg has the talent to produce superlative work, but also the added ability to be able to explain how she does it and give hope to others that one day they might be that good! Worth the price just for the practical tips on what to do with pencils that you have sharpened almost to nothing, but more than this, a book I really enjoy just looking at.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Jan. 2002
Format: Hardcover
I hadn't even picked up a coloured pencil before reading this book. Now I am doing portraits and I've actually sold a few too! All thanks to Ann Kullberg for the knowhow.
She starts with materials, of which there aren't many, and goes on, showing in steps how to achieve the fantastic colouring, blending and layering that she has developed to make skin look 'touchable and breathable'. There is a colour chart to help with skin colour.
There is even a section at the back showing how to go about setting out a contract etc. for selling. The photo's of her work are worth the purchase price alone.
In my opinion this is a book well worth reading.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 April 2003
Format: Hardcover
As a long term colour pencil devotee, i am always interested in books on the subject and, feeling in need of some inspiration, i can say i found it in Ann Kullbergs' book 'Colored Pencil Portraits Step by Step'. Straightforward and easy to understand techniques, step by step lessons and fab. drawings. Excellent!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Norton on 20 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
For coloured pencil portraits of children, this book cannot be faulted. But I was a bit disappointed not to see more portraiture, as it was not made clear in the description that the pictures were of children. Having said that, the book is brilliant, and worth the money for the photos of the artist's work alone.
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