Jan 23, 2018

Mastering Colored Pencil An Essential Guide to Materials, Concepts, and Techniques for Learning to Draw in Color Written by Lisa Dinhofer

"I received a free copy of the book for in exchange for writing a review on my blog"

I have always wanted to learn how to use colored pencils correctly. What I mean is that I would love to create images that look more realistic when it comes to coloring and drawing. I feel that learning to color properly can really bring to life any drawing or coloring page. That is why I figure I take a course on drawing, figuring I can learn more about value, shading and how to improve on what I already know. However, this course doesn't really cover colored pencils or any type of color tool, something I really wanted to learn about.

So I am super excited to have recieved a copy of the book, Mastering Colored Pencil by Lisa Dinhofer. I can say that just by the title and the cover, I knew this would be something I needed to read. The book covers so much about colored pencils and how to use certain guides and grids to help. I also found the information on how much pressure with the hand can help change a color from very deep to a very light effect. That is something I'll need to practice with my hands and also learn to not have such a heavy hand when it comes to coloring. Plus, the additional homework assignments are there to help keep anyone remembering and practicing to draw or color with colored pencils.

For me when it comes to coloring and drawing with colored pencils, it can be hard compared to drawing with just a pencil. I know there are some skills that need to be taught to draw or sketch with a pencil, but with color, it can be hard for me to get what look I really want, and how to blend colors to get the right look as well. However, this book makes it feel so much easier, and it's not a huge book but a much-needed guidance that can be used to apply to all types of art, in my opinion.

I also feel that the author made this book to be more of a guide and course in one. Almost like having a teacher in your very own home, presenting to the reader everything they need to know, tips,  and a few assignments to practice with, as well as a few helpful blank images to create your very own grids and a color wheel to work with. Of course, as a few books I've read before, this book begins the same with the mentioning of the different tools you will need or could use while drawing or coloring. 

One example of the colored pencils mentioned is the very well known Prismacolor. It is actually shown in comparison to the other colored pencil brands. It will tell you to build a chart or a type of grid to show the difference in the way it leaves the color on a piece of paper. This really helps and makes a great reference for those using a variety of pencils and how well they will color or provide the type of color you're looking for. 

Also, another helpful tip is about the paper, learning how the different weight of paper can play a role in drawing or coloring, by its texture and weight. I would have never thought about erasing and paper thickness how it can help and provide better support using a thicker paper or medium size thick paper.  There really is so much more taught in this book that even for a person like myself who draws, I feel that I'm learning so much more about the paper, the type of colored pencils, erasers, tape, boards and so much more about the accessories and the helpful guidance and images for examples come in handy.

Finally, I feel that this book is something I am so glad to own. I would highly recommend it's helpful guidance and it's an excellent way to keep it in memory by homework assignments. I honestly will use this book often, till I get a hang of coloring with colored pencils. This has just been a great read and a guide that will help improve my art!

About The Author:
Lisa Dinhofer is an artist who lives and works in New York City. Born in Brooklyn and educated in the New York City public school system, she went on to receive her BA with honors from Brandeis University and her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Her most recent solo shows were at The Century Association, Denise Bibro Fine Art, and Purdue University. Collected widely, Dinhofer’s paintings and works on paper are represented in many public and private collections including The Brooklyn Museum, the New York Public Library, City College (CUNY), IBM, and many more. A recipient of numerous awards, she has received a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Individual Fellowship Grant and the MacDowell and Yaddo Colony Fellowships. In 2003, Dinhofer completed a 90-foot glass mosaic mural, Losing My Marbles, commissioned by MTA, Arts for Transit. This public work is located at the Times Square, 42nd Street subway station in New York City. 

Lisa Dinhofer’s work has been featured, reviewed, and profiled in several publications including American Artist, The New York Times, Arts Magazine, ARTnews, and Drawing magazine. Dinhofer developed original workshops in the technique of colored pencil and color theory. She’s been successfully teaching all aspects of drawing for over 20 years and is currently on the faculty of the Art Students League and The National Academy Museum and School of Fine Art in New York City. She also taught a popular class for the online site, Craftsy. For more about the artist, visit www.lisadinhofer.com.

Book Information:

  • FORMAT: Trade Paperback
  • PAGES: 160
  • TRIM SIZE: 8-1/2 x 10-1/2
  • 300
  • ISBN: 9781580934923
  • PRICE: $25.00
  • ON SALE: December 19, 2017
  • PUBLISHER: Monacelli Studio 

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