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favorites collection of watercolor learning books. Lovely hardback instructional watercolor book. Easy to understand, glossy pages, photos and printed (easy to understand) instructions to ensure success at practically any age. Glad I bought it. Excellent info.
A great book for all levels. I’ve bought a lot of watercolor books and this is one of my favorite by far. It covers just about everything a book can, keeping in mind that you can’t really learn to paint from a book. But it’s a great resource for techniques
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2020
This book covered watercolor techniques and tips from beginner to advanced level. They also covered a variety of styles of painting (realistic, abstract, etc.) as well as a variety of subjects (landscape, portrait, etc.). Each technique had some instruction and tips on how to do it, but the main part was a step-by-step project for each technique. This project used the new technique and some previous techniques, and the basic projects were much simpler than the more advanced ones (later in the book). Some of these projects were step-by-step instructions (use this color and this technique to get this result) while other projects were more tips of what to think about or look for in that step (mostly in the advanced section). The focus was solely on watercolor, but they assumed that you could draw very well when it came to the advanced projects. For example, you draw the profile of a person for step one in the portrait "technique" project. The rest of the steps were loosely filling in certain parts of the drawing with watercolor. They did a good job of describing the techniques, providing tips, and choosing interesting projects. Overall, I recommend this book to beginners and intermediate watercolor artists.
I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2020
Absolutely breathtaking illustrations of watercolor techniques! The book is well organized for reference describing the basics followed by chapters for beginners, intermediate and advanced. Then, the book focuses on subjects to paint such as landscapes, still lifes, people, colors/shapes, animals and flowers.
I have basic experience with watercolors and found this book to be incredibly encouraging. My first class in this media had me intimidated when the teacher said it was one of the more difficult media to master. My father and daughter prefer acrylic, oil, etc. but I must admit that I find watercolors rather soothing and forgiving.
I would recommend this book alone just for the beautiful art inside the book! A fantastic edition to any artists library.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this arc book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2020
If you are already good at drawing or illustration, this book could either introduce you to watercolor techniques or help you practice the skills you already have. Watercolor can be so evocative. It can be exceedingly realistic or have a dreamlike quality... or be anything in between. It can be vibrant or muted. There is a lot of latitude with the medium, and it has special effects that can be only done with it. This book offers a sequential path of learning to provide or deepen watercolor skills.
The book starts with the basics, going over types of paint, brushes, and paper, as well as more generalized art knowledge like color theory, composition, and perspective. The biggest part of the book is the section on techniques, divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced techniques. Beginner techniques include wet-on-dry and wet-on-wet techniques as well as flat, graduated, or variegated washes. Intermediate techniques go further into more complex washes, like granulated or separated. It looks at how to do highlights and work with negative space. The advanced techniques section looks at simplifying what you see, linear perspective, and using other mediums like charcoal or watercolor pencils and pens. The third section moves beyond techniques to the actual subjects that might be painted: landscapes, still life and flowers, and finally portraits, figures, and animals. As you can tell, this goes over a fair amount of information and techniques.
Each technique page has one drawing broken down, showing how it was done layer by layer. If you are an artist or illustrator with an interest in watercolor, you may very well find this book to be useful for you.
I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.
Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2020
This is an awesome book on watercolor techniques, whether you are a newbie or advanced. It includes in-depth info on the basics, including tools, many types of skills, techniques, information on color, color theory, mixing colors, and palettes. Beautiful photos throughout the book. Detailed instructions. Breathtaking. A must- have for anyone interested in watercolor, even if just as a hobby.
Very informative, lots of content - real value for money. Various techniques explained very well, inspiring to paint more and more. Suitable for beginners as well as for advanced learners looking for inspiration and ways to develop their skills. Many good artists participated, especially impressed with Chris Robinson and his use of watercolour.
The package was opened this morning as part of a special birthday gift , and the book is damaged at the bottom of its spine - it has clearly been dropped onto its bottom corner to cause a compressed 12mm ( or so ) at the bottom of the spine and a 50mm split to the spine above , Very disappointing , both to me and to the ' birthday girl ' . David Walker