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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must for all colored pencil artists!
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,...
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant artist!
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must for all colored pencil artists!, 5 Mar 1999
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, informative, helpful and a joy to read, 11 May 1999
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to learn, learn FROM the best., 19 Feb 1999
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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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the beginner and more experienced alike., 3 Jan 2002
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillliant stuff!!, 14 April 2003
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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant artist!, 20 Dec 2006
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you ever wanted..., 7 Feb 2008
This review is from: Colored Pencil Portraits: Step by Step (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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing and complete, 5 April 1999
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Found the book to be truly instructional. The ease at which Ms. Kullberg presents her techniques was simple and clear. Even a beginner like myself found it easy to follow along! Bravo!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book, 23 Aug 2013
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I bought this book as I had already got her book Soft Realism and was very pleased with that. Her explanations are clear and there are plenty of good quality pictures so it's easy to follow.

Be warned though this is another book that is based solely on prismacolor pencils.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Buy!, 5 April 2011
This review is from: Colored Pencil Portraits: Step by Step (Paperback)
I'd recommend this book to anyone with a interest in coloured pencils.

It teaches in a very friendly , and easy to comprehend manner of many aspects of portraiture.

However is a great companion for other studies, as is a good read for a quick start introduction to composition ,recommended tools to start with , understanding colour and light , and of course - among other things! - the techniques. Being an artist myself and working in this medium for a few years now ,I've found that the techniques can be applied for many other styles, and not just limited to portraiture.These techniques are indispensable to any artist to have under their belt.

I will note here though that the coloured pencils used in this book are mainly Prismacolor , which I believe are not available in the UK. However , don't let that stop you! All you have to do is match up your own colouring pencils to the colours shown in the book , and you're off! I must say , this also helps in learning due to the fact you have to experiment more with your coloured pencils , and this is all good as you're familiarizing yourself with your colours without realising it :)
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