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5/3/11

Tuesday Tips and Tricks: Book Reviews

Hello Copic lovers! Samantha here, but before we get started, don't forget to check out our current contest for a chance to win a $5 gift certificate for your next iCopic order!! You can enter on the blog post from Sunday(click here) or on our Facebook page (click here). That gives you TWO chances to win :O)

And today, I would like to do some book reviews for you! iCopic.com is stocked with some awesome books to help you color like a pro and I want to take a chance to tell you about them. I have been reading two in particular and they are fantastic!! And when I am done with the book reviews, I am going to tell you what is next on Sami's must have list.

First up: Coloring Techniques for Card Making Craft Book

This book has many coloring techniques in it, not just Copic coloring, but it also includes Colored Pencil and Watercolor techniques. If you are anything like me, you already have other coloring supplies lying around. I found the other sections very useful as well (although Copic coloring is by far and away my absolute favorite coloring method).

The book is divided into three sections, on for each coloring method. At the start of each section, the coloring projects are very very basic for beginners and as you read through the section, the techniques get more and more advanced.

And after the three sections are complete, there is a special section at the end called "Beyond the Basics" where it goes into detail about some of the more advanced techniques that some of the projects used.

There are a lot of great projects in this book and I felt like I took a lot of ideas away from it.

What I LOVE about this book:
  • BIG project pictures so you can see all the coloring details on each project.
  • The layout, divided into the three coloring techniques, and beginner to advanced coloring in each section.
  • Complete projects, not just showing you the coloring, but it shows you how to put the coloring onto your card project.
  • Detailed description for each project.
 What I don't love about this book:
  • I really wish that the "Beyond the Basics" section was bigger!!
  • If you don't read the entire project steps, you can miss some of the best tips. This is especially bad because I like to scan rather than read all the pages. The best tips and tricks from this book are actually in with all the project details so you need to read everything carefully.

Next up: Shadows & Shading Book: A beginner’s guide to lighting placement

Now this book is MAGICAL!! First of all, this book is only $9.99!!! That is a complete steal because there is so much information in this book about shading, it is a gold mine for coloring.

When I first received this book, I'll have to admit, I was really intimidated because just by the cover, it looks really advanced. It looks very technical and advanced, but once I started reading it, I realized that it was broken down in an easy to digest format! This book is set up to help you no matter what level you are at.

And one of the best things about this book is that Marianne explains that people using Copics are ARTISTS and you need to think of this as your ART. This struck me on a personal level because I had never considered my Copics like that before.

I took fine arts classes from the time I was 5 or 6 years old up until I graduated from college. I know about lighting and gradients and such, but I had never really applied any of the things I learned through fine arts to my Copic coloring. I didn't consider Copic coloring, anything like my fine arts background, but now that this book explained that Copics are art, I am able to begin to mesh the two.

It has really helped me to open up my eyes.

This book goes through all the different types of light, shading gradients, light sources, and it really does a fantastic job of covering each topic so that it is easy to understand. There are many drawing/coloring examples for each topic so that you can see what she is describing to us.

Also, there are shadowing guides included with the book. These guides have lines and grids on them to help you determine where the shadows fall on your coloring. They are really neat!!

What I LOVE about this book:
  • The shadowing guides (they are awesome!!)
  • The fine arts explanation, Copics ARE art and you ARE an artist!
  • Lots of visual examples to help you grasp each concept
  • Everything is explained in basic terms and it is easy to follow
  • A great resource for any level of coloring
  • It covers a ton of information
What I don't love about this book:
  • It is SMALL! I don't mean by the number of pages, but I mean the size of the pages are smaller than a standard magazine sized book. This can be good because you can take it with you places, but in my case, I have misplaced it a few times in my scrap area!! LOL


And to end today's post: What's on Sami's Must Have List
The iCopic store offers soooooo many things, and it feels like I always have a wish list a mile long! I want to tell you about the items at the very top of my wish list -the must haves.
That is all I have for you today. Be sure to pick up a copy of the books today. They are great reads! Tomorrow, you will meet one of our brand new design team members so stay tuned.



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