|Nicole Caulfield's ebook - Dramatic Portraits in colored pencil|
My long time coloured pencils buddy Nicole Caulfield has been working on a book about portraits for some time.
However since she started the book she has moved with her family from the east coast to the west coast of the USA, bought a new house, started a new full time job as an elementary teacher and runs an art stall at the Portland Saturday Market in Old Town, Portland, Oregon every weekend during Spring and Summer. Phew!
Nicole is now making "Dramatic Portraits in colored pencil" available for FREE - as a downloadable ebook. This is the link to where you can find it on her website - just click Free Ebook!
I wrote a book a while back..... on how I do portraits with colored pencil on sanded paper. I was going to try and sell the book to a publisher... then I decided to make it into an ebook and try to sell it... but now my circumstances have changed and that won't be happening. I would have to redo the examples because the images are not good enough quality since I processed them through Microsoft Word (duh) and I just don't have the time with my new job. So long story short I am giving it away for free for anyone who would like to read it. This was about a year of my life, lol, so it kills me that it has been sitting on my hard drive waiting for a virus to lose it! The link is on my website. http://www.art2.gallery/zen-seriesHer book is not finished (it includes images but lacks words at the end and is unedited) but it does have a HUGE amount of good content - much of which is applicable to anybody doing portraits. In fact I'd go as far as saying there's much more content then you typically find in any number of books which have been dumbed down for the strictly hobby market. Hardly surprising as Nicole is an artist who has been winning prizes and selling her art for years.
For those of us who have admired Nicole's coloured pencil artwork for years, you can find out exactly HOW she does it!
Nicole has been very generous in the past on art forums and her own blog in sharing her approach to working with coloured pencils on abrasive surfaces and providing a step by step insight into how she develops her work. However, unless you've taken a workshop with her, this is the first time she's given us a clear description of exactly how she develops her artwork in general and portraits in particular. There is also a lot of excellent instruction about techniques for using coloured pencils - especially for those who like working on or want to try an abrasive surface such as the one she favours - Fisher 400.
You can find the Table of Contents below.
INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 1: SUPPLIES
CHAPTER 2: PHOTOGRAPHY
Photography Supplies Lighting
CHAPTER 3: DRAWING THE HEAD
Making a Line Drawing Proportions
Shape Vs. Form
CHAPTER 4: THE 2-STEP COLORED PENCIL TECHNIQUE
Phase 1 – The Tinted Underpainting
Phase 2 – The Glaze Phase
Exercise – A Portrait from Start to Finish
CHAPTER 5: EYES
The Shape of the Eye
Eyes from Different Angles Eye Colors
CHAPTER 6: THE NOSE
CHAPTER 7: THE MOUTH
CHAPTER 8: HAIR
CHAPTER 9: FOLLOW ALONG EXAMPLES