I mean, don't get me wrong...pretty picture books are great, too...it's just not the sum total of what CP Treasures is! Each and every one of the carefully selected artists shares with you technique, tips, advice and more. Art, invaluable insights and techniques shared by over 70 artists all in one beautiful package.
How does Linda Lucas Hardy work on sanded paper? Page 35
How about using CP on wood? Karen Hull shares her secrets. Page 16
What's Gemma Gylling's technique for drawing touchable fur on suede board? Page 34
I never tire of looking through these pages, or showing it to others not familiar with colored pencil...just to watch their jaws drop! With my iPad (and the PDF version of CP Treasures) I have shown the book to countless folks seated next to me on a flight...just for the sheer pleasure of watching their eyes widen and their sounds of disbelief. Oh, I do love seeing folks instantly change their minds about the "lowly" colored pencil!
I was inspired to put this book together when I was leafing through some old "Best of Colored Pencil" books and realized the colored pencil world had moved forward a long way since those books were published. It seemed a shame that no one had chronicled the passage from there to here... and so I decided to capture the "2012 Colored Pencil World" before it was gone! As I started to gather materials, I realized something else had happened since the early days of CP Fine Art - it had gone global! No longer limited to only the US and Canada...we were able to feature fabulous artists from all over Europe, Asia and East Asia. It's exciting to think the heights the medium might reach during the next decade or two!
So anyway...it's a treasure, because it's the first colored pencil compilation book that's truly international, that includes lots of instruction, and that can be carried around on your mobile device.