PRINTABLE: Color Theory with Pencils & Mandalas by Dawn Devine - A color theory workbook and adult coloring book for artists,



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Color Theory with Pencils & Mandalas
By Dawn Devine, Illustrated by George Goncalves
90 pages • Black and White • ISBN 13 978-0692952870

"Color Theory with Pencils & Mandalas" is an introduction to color theory for colorists of all levels. More than a coloring book, this workbook is a self-contained mini course. It introduces the basic principles and elements of design, then presents a series of exercises to help the reader discover new ways to choose and use color in their artworks. This hybrid coloring/workbook will speed up your art process, helping you to think like a designer and increase your efficiency by providing design templates to color. Easily experiment with color without having to create original illustrations. More than mandalas, this book is filled with a wide variety of images based on designs from around the globe

Think Like a Designer – Workshop In a Book

One of my most popular courses is an introduction to costume design entitled, “Think Like a Designer.” This course began life many years ago at a community college. It is a full 15-week semester, and over the years, I’ve broken it into smaller “workshop length” presentations that I’ve shared at events across the US. One of the most popular workshops focuses on color theory and how to use color harmonies when designing costumes.

The truth is that I can’t travel everywhere to teach, and folks can’t always come to me. "Color Theory with Pencils & Mandalas" pulls together the basics of color theory that I teach in my classes. Added to this information and exercises, I’ve added lots of designs to test-drive different color harmonies.

Coloring and Costume Design

As a costume designer, I create my illustrations in mixed media using paint, either watercolor or gouache, markers, and colored pencils. When I teach this class in person, I supply handouts printed on copy paper. I ask students to bring along a basic 24 color pencil set to work through the exercises in class. So while participants are learning about color theory, they are also working with one of my favorite media, colored pencils.

Meditative Coloring

While my aim is to share color theory, I also wanted to provide enthusiasts with beautiful illustrations for meditative coloring. I worked with George to craft some stunning mandalas, hamsas and other circular designs from around the globe. The illustrations vary in complexity. There are some beautiful open designs, which offer the colorist loads of opportunity to experiment with artistic pencil techniques. We have also included intricate drawings advanced colorists will enjoy. But no matter if you are a beginner or have been coloring for years, the fun is in selecting your hues to transform these black and white illustrations into your own brilliantly colored artwork.

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136 shop reviews

5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars

The course is clear and concise, well laid out, and gives a great foundation knowledge. I am excited about this book not only as a costume designer, but also as a photographer and quilter. My partner is a photographer, and is eager to read this as well!

Sarah Strider Jan 1, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Fun coloring book

Jamie Burkhalter Aug 15, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

Made the short length gloves as the base for a pair of scifi space gauntlets, and everything went together really nicely. I have relatively large/fat hands (glove size 8), so I ended up drafting an additional gusset inserted down the outside of the pinky to the wrist.

catimenthe Nov 1, 2021

3 out of 5 stars

- Too small (like for the arms of an emaciated 10-year-old small), no instructions for resizing. I added an inch to each side of the pattern (I wear women's medium/large for reference.) -Inadequate instructions, basically just looked at the pictures and made the gauntlets based on my own sewing experience. - Once I made a larger version of the pattern and adjusted some of the steps, I was happy with the finished results.

Sarah Kingsbury Nov 1, 2021