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Vivian Wong shares her love of colored pencils and explains that one way "baby artists" improve their work is by copying what they see. Love Colored Pencils is designed to enable exactly this.
*Named One of the 54 Best Colored Pencil Drawing Books of All Time by BookAuthority*
Look over Vivian's shoulder as she demonstrates all the techniques you need to make luscious drawings in the wonderful, soft, blendable medium of colored pencil. On one side of each spread, Vivian demonstrates a technique or she colors in a subject, and on the opposite page or the next spread, you are encouraged to try it yourself, drawing directly in the book. Exercises throughout offer fun ways to explore drawing while being inspired by Vivian Wong's popular and colorful drawing style.
Vivian will teach you about:
- Holding your pencil
- Pencil pressure
- Hatching and crosshatching
- Color mixing
- Creating tones with color
- How to color facial features
- And more!
This is a book for all levels of artists who want to explore this versatile and fun medium with a colorful and talented artist, baby step by baby step. With Vivian by your side, you can't go wrong!
From the Publisher
Born and bred in Hong Kong, I began drawing at a very young age. I attended art lessons from the age of five-the only extracurricular classes I was willing to attend! It was in these classes that I learned how to use the tools of my trade-crayons, modeling clay, sketching pencils, watercolor paints, colored pencils, acrylic paint, and ink. Out of all the mediums that I encountered in my school years, colored pencils remained my favorite.
With colored pencils, you have full control. You are able to manipulate the lightness and darkness of colors quickly and easily. Colored pencils are also great for creating detailed drawings with a beautiful finish. And, of course, I love the feel of a traditional pencil in my hand while facing a blank canvas-being free to run the pencil across the page to create a wonderfully colorful drawing.
Animations and illustrations from pop culture have also had an influence on my artwork. Websites like Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr have been great sources of inspiration, and I use many reference images from these sites. I would describe my style as creative, colorful, and sometimes fantastical. I enjoy drawing thematic portraits, particularly because I love coloring hair and characters, and incorporating some kind of imaginative and evocative theme. I’m also a big fan of animation and graphic design, and doodling beautiful patterns.
Instructions and ‘Try It Yourself’.
My Favorite Things – Flowers
Create a base color for the tulip using a pink and purple. Lightly color in the top half of the tulip with the pink and the bottom half of the tulip with purple. Use a light green to color in the stem and leaf.
Use a blue violet to darken the bottom half of the flower. Do the same with a deep pink on the pink section. In order to ensure the color mix between the pink and purple to look as natural as possible, you should overlap the pink and purple in different areas, i.e., extend some of the purple higher up into the pink section. Then, use a grass green to build some shadow on the stem and leaf, especially near the flower and the edges.
Use a blue violet to add shadow to the purple sections of the flower. Concentrate the color in areas where the petals are overlapping one another to emphasize the layers. Repeat the same with a fuschia. Then use a pine green to add more shadow on the stem and leaf. Make sure to darken the edges of the stem to give the illusion of a round and three dimensional shape.
Lastly, select a walnut brown for the final layer of shadows. You should keep a light pressure on your pencil so that the brown doesn’t overpower the original purple color. Concentrate the colors where petals are overlapping one another and where the stem, leaf, and flower meet.