Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Winner of the Derwent Art Prize

Derwent Art Prize 2016

The UK Coloured Pencil Society was proud to again award a prize for Excellence at the 3rd Derwent Art Prize held at the Mall Gallery, London. This year our worthy winner, selected by Morryce Maddams, was ‘Poor Old Kitty has had her Day’ by Angharad Pelling.

Angharad received a cheque for £250 plus a free year’s membership and we look forward to welcoming her to the society.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Book Review: 12 Coloured Pencils Techniques By Cindy Wider

Title: 12 Coloured Pencils Techniques
Author: Cindy Wider
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Published: 2016
ISBN:  9781533635853 
Pages: 142pp
Price: £24.08
Where to buy: Amazon 

Who for:  beginners, artists, art tutors, art students, reference

There are books, there are good books, and there are excellent books. Cindy Wider's book is excellent.

Whether you are a beginner just picked up a bundle of coloured pencils and want to create art work, or you are a seasoned artist thinking of exploring coloured pencils this book is a must have.

Wider covers all the essentials to creating art with coloured pencils. She guides the reader right from the first steps of what equipment is needed right through to understanding colour mixing and controlling colour tones.

The book is set out as a Seven Week course in coloured pencils. For example, The first week explores the key techniques: Sharp and dull pencil points, gradations, blending and so on. The following sections delve deeper in the methods of using coloured pencils.

The book explores the most important techniques a coloured pencils artist must know

The book stands out in many ways, I don't want to spoil the enjoyment for you! But in particular I do like Wider's tips and advice on organising yourself, getting materials around you, and very importantly keeping motivated and focussed.

The book is very well illustrated which is extremely important in a how-to book.
The techniques are explained in detail and supported with excellent illustrations and are relevant to the beginning artist.
Wider covers the essentials for making your coloured pencils journey not only a pleasure but a success too.

Coloured pencils techniques are well illustrated and explained

I highly recommend Cindy Wider's book; Wider genuinely shares her knowledge and expertise with her readers, the tutorials are well planned and geared for beginning coloured pencils users.

Cindy Wider at work

You might be interested in other books by Cindy Wider on using pencils:

12 Charcoal Techniques: A complete five week course

6 Pencils Techniques: A complete two week course

both can be obtained from Amazon.


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