For a product labeled "Jump Start," I would have expected more detailed instructions. For example, "Add a touch of Burnt Ochre and French Grey 50% near the bottom of the reflection and in some of the cut crystal patterns" without identifying the shapes that need to be colored with each shade makes it a challenge. Also, the image is rather small -- about 5" x 6" -- so it's hard to make out and reproduce the detail. I may try again by enlarging the image and working from the photograph.
This was fun to draw and turned out great. While some of the illustrations are small, and they seem to change just a tad from picture to picture (as though the artist took progress pictures from different drawings) it was easy to follow and I get rave reviews when I share it with other artists. I started on the textured side of the paper which made the lemons look great, but wasn't ideal for the glass. So, I turned the paper over to the smooth side and started over. Worked fine. My first time using colored paper - except for my one excursion into black paper - and I was pleased with the result.
This was my first time using colored paper, and I like the process very much. I would prefer working on smooth, rather than textured paper, but that is my own preference, for the ease of obtaining very fine detail. I actually bought this kit to give to my sister as a gift, and then thought I’d try it first, to see if it would be too difficult, as she has only previously done one drawing. It definitely is not for a beginner! While there is lots of information given, unless you are quite experienced with colored pencils, I think it definitely would be too challenging. It would be lovely to have the option of paying a bit more and having the Canson paper and white transfer paper included. I could not even find white graphic transfer paper where I live, and so had to draw the image by hand, using a white pencil. I followed the instructions for awhile, and while they were very helpful at the beginning, as I got used to the process and order of applying pencil to textured, colored paper, after a while I found it much easier to just work directly from the reference photograph. The suggested palette of colors worked great. On the whole, it was a fun project, and a great reference photo to use an introduction to working with reflective surfaces and using Prismacolors on textured paper.