The Encyclopedia of Coloured Pencil Techniques - Judy Martin

The Encyclopedia of Coloured Pencil Techniques – Judy Martin


  • Type: Paperback
  • No of Pages: 176
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd
  • Release Date: 27 Sept. 2016
  • ISBN-13: 9781782214779
  • Size: 22.2 x 1.3 x 22.2 cm

The Encyclopedia of Coloured Pencil Techniques by Judy Martin lives up to its name. It is a comprehensive look at the various coloured pencil techniques and skills at an artist’s disposal and serves as a great teaching and reference book for both beginners and those who are more advanced alike. The Book is split into two halves – the first half is techniques and the second is themes.

It covers a wide variety of techniques including how to handle pencils, using various types of paper, blending and shading, burnishing, overlaying colours, different ways of mark making such as hatching and pointillism, highlighting, eraser techniques, using solvents, frottage, masking, tracing, squaring up or down and fixing problems. the text is easy to follow and there are plenty of full colour illustrations of both finished artwork and in progress pictures to follow.

The second part Themes is further split into Landscape and Townscape, Objects, Nature and People and Portraits. It then goes on to explore shapes and textures, light and atmosphere, groups of objects, table settings, fruit, full length portraits and expressions.

It’s a beautiful and very useful art book and is highly regarded and has been reprinted several times due to this, but for some reason I was disappointed and it took me a little while to figure out why. It is most definitely aimed at artists rather than colourists. The illustrations are sketchy and expressive; more about creating atmosphere than realism which is what I was looking for. I was looking to be taught ways to colour fur, glass, fire, fabric, reflections, different lighting and the like and this is not the type of book. This is not to say it isn’t a good book, it most definitely is and it is a well-loved book. If you are looking for a good text book that covers artistic techniques and talks about them from an artistic viewpoint this is a great book, but if like me you are looking for something to show how to create realistic colouring effects this is not the book.

The Encyclopedia of Coloured Pencil Techniques is available to buy from Amazon., Amazon. com, Book Depository and The Wordery (Both with free worldwide shipping).

I was kindly sent a copy from the publishers.


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