Review: Portfolio: Beginning Color Mixing: Tips and techniques for mixing vibrant colors and cohesive palettes by Kimberly Adams

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Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing
Author: Kimberly Adams
Released: April 3rd 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I received a copy of Portfolio: Beginning of Color Mixing in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Beginning of Color Mixing has got to be one of the most vibrant and beautiful art guides I’ve read in quite some time, which I feel like is saying something. The artist, Kimberly Adams, certainly has full right to be teaching others about color theory and mixing colors, based on the artwork shown in this book. Half the time I found myself distracted by her beautiful work, only to remember I was supposed to be reading the book…

This guide is wonderfully comprehensive, from cover the basics (like setting up a workspace and how to understand a color wheel), to color placement and individual tips on the use of many different colors. I want to say there are about three to four pages for the most common colors used, and the artwork that goes along with each guide is both beautiful and supportive.

Also included are some tips and tricks for painting from life, with some really fantastic step by step images showing the progression of a few different pieces of her work. I particularly loved these images – seeing how Kimberly Adams layered the paintings was both fascinating and informative.

I really enjoyed reading this guide by Kimberly Adams, and I would love to see more of her work. I’ll be honest and say that I hadn’t heard of her before this, but can now safely say she’s gained a new fan.


About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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