Reader Comments :
June 12 1998
Bernard Poulin is a master in the medium of Colored Pencil. Whether you are beginning or advanced in the use of this new medium, you will find useful information. The work featured is breathtaking, and the information is straightforward and easy to follow. I highly recommend it.
April 8, 2007
Excellent artwork in the book. Don't judge the artwork by the cover, or even the back. OPEN IT, the work gets better.
Don't let the title fool you either. The author/artist even says in his introduction that he is offering you a "...'GLIMPSE' into the versatile and vibrant medium..." He is basically wanting to show the reader that colored pencil can render high value artwork just as those created in oil. Just getting the recognition it deserves. So, that is where the artist/author is coming from.
It is not a step by step book or how to draw book. He explains some techniques and gives a lot of verbal information about each work presented in the book. He gives you things to think about when you start to approach your own projects, as would a college art instructor. But gives you the freedom to create your own and be an individual and expressive. Instead of step-by-step how to do the exact artwork in the book, he shows you how to do your own artwork, and inspires you to do so. Much of the work in the book is his, but he does show other artists work as examples as well. There are many subjects covered which is great. The best way to like this book and learn from it, is to really READ it and study it.
He is guiding you, not holding your hand. So beginners, don't buy this book.
Sept. 22 2006
This is one of the excellent books on Colored Pencil fine art. I have read or used nearly a dozen of such books. The author gives a nice balance between skills/techniques and the fine art aspects to develop masterly paintings. The text is simple and easy to follow. The author being a portrait artist, the chapter on portraits is well written and valuable. The art work and the illustrations are very instructive.
I like the author not only exhibiting his own work, but a few selected paintings of well-known CP artists like Vera Curnow and Gary Greene. Another nice aspect is that the author does not endorse any particular brand of Colored pencils or support, thus commercialize book writing, as many authors do, but give sensible and technical suggestions. The book is a good buy for any serious CP artist.
March 21, 2011
I purchased this book because of a recommendation from the Ann Kullberg ezine. I found the book good for beginners by explaining the various pencils and papers, drawing tools, and studio space. It was also good for intermediate artists by explaining advanced techniques and and tips. But as usual I found I wanted more information. The color examples were excellent on showing a specific look and I enjoyed the author's easy to read style.
June 22, 2009
I have read so far is very helpful with my own colored pencil drawings. I am trying to establish my own technique and with Poulin's steps of applying color and textures I am able to.
June 27, 2009
PERFECT! A very comprehensive cataloging of all you need to master colored pencils. Ideal for the beginner and intermediate, even advanced!
August 23, 2013
I purchased this book directly from the publisher. Trust me, this book is worth buying! Wonderful works by many colored pencil artists with different styles with author's explanations. Many portraits by the author. Great ideas that I have not seen anywhere else. Some step by steps. The only things I did not like was a full chapter on building a studio (I do not have space for it and am not going to build one) and frequent use of dark papers. Nevertheless, this book is worth 5 stars.