The New Colored Pencil: Create Luminous Works With Innovative Materials And Techniques by Kristy Ann KutchThe New Colored Pencil: Create Luminous Works With Innovative Materials And Techniques by Kristy Ann Kutch

The New Colored Pencil: Create Luminous Works With Innovative Materials And Techniques

byKristy Ann Kutch

Paperback | May 20, 2014

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Start coloring, relieve stress, and learn to create radiant, original works of art using colored pencils, wax pastels, and watercolor pencils.

Add vibrancy to your coloring creations with instruction from best-selling author and teacher Kristy Kutch as she guides you through recommendations for the newest colored pencil brands, best drawing surfaces, and groundbreaking techniques.

Including easy step-by-step demonstrations and inspiring art from today’s best colored pencil artists, The New Colored Pencil shows you how to use color theory to your advantage, combine color media, create and enhance textures, and experiment with surfaces to create phenomenal effects. Whether you use traditional wax-based, or watercolor colored pencils, The New Colored Pencil will take your creative art pieces to a whole new level.
KRISTY ANN KUTCH has taught more than two hundred colored pencil and watercolor pencil workshops to artists and students nationwide. She is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil, and is a contributor to several colored pencil publications, including The Best of Colored Pencil, Creative Colored Pencil, and Colored Penci...
Title:The New Colored Pencil: Create Luminous Works With Innovative Materials And TechniquesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.61 × 8.64 × 0.51 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/RodaleLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0770436935

ISBN - 13:9780770436933

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Introduction  From the first time I picked up a colored pencil in my local art league class, I have been intrigued by the medium. More than two decades have passed since that course, and I have embraced the growth of colored pencil as a fine art medium with great enthusiasm. Since my first book, Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil, was published by Watson-Guptill in 2005, there have been many product and technique developments. With a spirit of fun and adventure, I have incorporated new pencils, wax pastels, tools, and approaches into my own art. Whether I drew, brushed, grated, spattered, or even blew pigment through a screen, it has been an enjoyable and satisfying experience. In recent years, many new varieties and types of colored pencils have emerged, each with their own merits and characteristics—and sometimes inspiring new techniques. The varieties of pencils and the palette of colors in which they’re available have grown beyond wax- or oil-based “permanent” traditional pencils. Water-soluble drawing products now include new types of watercolor pencils, including ink-like pencils and even tinted aquarelle graphite pencils. Pigments are rich and dense, and more emphasis has been placed on lightfastness for the permanence of one’s art. The emergence of water-soluble wax pastels—which may look like crayons but which offer much more in terms of quality, speed, and versatility—has been perhaps the most surprising development in the world of color drawing and painting. Aquarelle wax pastels swiftly cover large areas with rich pigment that dissolves instantly with the sweep of a damp brush. The wax pastel can also be sharpened to a point, or the pigment can be stroked from the tip with a wet brush. This type of aquarelle wax pastel can yield a highly pigmented liquefied wash which can then be applied with a brush.  New and diverse drawing and painting surfaces that are colored pencil–compatible have emerged, too. Longtime favorite lines of paper have expanded to include more colors. New brands of papers have appeared with a variety of textures, to appeal to artists’ wide-ranging tastes. Versatile illustration board ideally designed and textured for wet media as well as dry is now on the market. Translucent film–like vellum, acid-free and of high quality, offers speedy, rich laydown of colors. From fine-toothed silky paper to sandy-textured boards, dazzling pure white or toned to a range of colors, such supports offer an aspiring array of textures, hues, and unique traits—the potential unfolds with great possibilities.  Colored pencil is ever-blossoming as a fine art medium, bringing with it new materials and surfaces, even an expanded concept of what “drawing a painting in color” means. This book presents many possibilities and techniques for widening those colored pencil boundaries.  Artists whose work I have admired over the years, whether they were long-recognized figures in colored pencil circles or emerging artists I met through my workshop travels, have been generous in sharing their art, describing their tools and techniques, even revealing their sources of inspiration. You will linger and marvel over their art as I, too, have done. I am most grateful for their participation and the enhancement that their art has lent to The New Colored Pencil. My deepest gratitude goes to these very special guest artists, whose contributions so enhance these pages: Debbie Bowen, Jeannette Buckley, Karen Coleman, Barbara Grant, Mary Hobbs, Laura Miller, Jackie Treat, Ranjini Venkatachari, and Jana Westhusing. I hope that learning about colored drawing materials and seeing the work of colored pencil artists will inspire you to consider such techniques and materials and to continue to grow creatively.

Table of Contents


Part One: Wax‑Based Traditional Colored Pencils
Chapter 1: Getting Started with Waxy Colored Pencils 
Chapter 2: Compatible Surfaces for Waxy Colored Pencils 
Chapter 3: Getting the Most Out of Color 
Chapter 4: Applying and Lifting Waxy Colored Pencil 
Chapter 5: Creating and Enhancing Textures with Colored Pencil 

Part Two: Water-Soluble Colored Pencils
Chapter 6: Water-Soluble Colored Pencils and Compatible Surfaces 
Chapter 7: Brushes for Water-Soluble Drawing Products 
Chapter 8: Water-Soluble Pencil Techniques 

Part Three: Wax Pastels and Combining Colored Drawing Media
Chapter 9: Wax Pastels, Compatible Surfaces, and Techniques 
Chapter 10: Combining Color Drawing Media 


Editorial Reviews

"In recent years, the medium of colored pencil has expanded significantly. Divided into three sections on each main type of colored pencil--wax, oil, water-soluble--this guide covers both traditional and more modern colored pencil principles and styles. Included is a chapter on color theory; step-by-step excercises to familiarize the reader with a range of traditional, innovative, and unusual techniques; many handy comparison charts showing the characteristics of various tools, materials, and brands; and a very useful hue/color name/manufacturer appendix. VERDICT: Artists of all levels looking for a versatile, portable, and colorful new medium can draw inspiration from this book."-Library Journal