Colored Pencils The Direct Method Step by Step Book

For many artists who love drawing horses, the most difficult thing to get right is not the horse, but the landscape. I know that was the case for me. For many years, portraits featured plain backgrounds or tonal backgrounds with gradated color and value. Because backgrounds were so often little more than a necessary distraction, I often used acrylics just so I could get to the horse more quickly. To further speed up the process, I prepped the panel with whatever color I wanted for the background!

When I started using colored pencils, I usually chose a colored paper that completely eliminated the need for drawing a background. Colored paper was like an answer to prayer!

But I eventually tired of doing such portraits and started painting or drawing horses in their natural environment, whether that was a paddock, a stall, a race track, or an open field. Needless to say, that required learning how to draw more complicated backgrounds—including landscapes!

I know from personal experience that some skills are more easily—and quickly— acquired with the help of others. I didn’t have that help when I was learning. I’m hoping to provide that help to you.

Hence, the creation of this book. I hope that my years of trial and error can help you learn how to draw a pleasing and realistic landscape more quickly.

Colored Pencils The Direct Method Step by Step Book

Workbook-style book with coil binding, full color cover and illustrations, and protective cover front and back.

About the Book

The Colored Pencils The Direct Method Step by Step book is based on the same drawing as the lesson download.

Like the lesson download, it’s more than just a step-by-step description the direct method of drawing with colored pencils. The book features tips on basic techniques, a basic materials list, and helpful hints on using colored pencils. But that’s where the similarity ends.

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The book lies flat on your drawing table or work surface.

Colored Pencils: The Direct Method Step by Step is formatted so that each section begins with a full-color image. Detailed step-by-step instructions accompany each illustration. Learn about color selections, pencil strokes and pressures, and other tips and techniques.

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Each full color illustration is accompanied by detailed instructions, tips, and commentary.

I’ve also included special tips and comments throughout the book, with special detailed illustrations and instructions on specific methods and areas of interest.

The book concludes with a list of basic materials and special tools, a basic tips section, and a full-page line drawing generated from the finished artwork, so you can make your own drawing based on this lesson.

I believe anyone interested in learning colored pencils or in improving skills will benefit from the Colored Pencils The Direct Method Step by Step book, but it is written for artists who have a good working knowledge of colored pencils.

Book Specifications

  • 88-pages
  • Full color, step-by-step illustrations
  • Coil bound to lie flat for easy reference
  • Basic Materials and Supplies section
  • Basic Technical Tips section
  • Complete line drawing for you to use
  • Shipped via USPS Priority Mail

Purchase Details

Colored Pencils: The Direct Method Step by Step can be yours for only $35.95 plus shipping. Books are mailed by USPS Priority Mail at the end of each week.

Pre-Order Price $35.95
Shipping $6.45
Total $42.40