A paperback reissue Hazel Soan's classic practical art book. Hazel Soan is a well-known and popular artist and an enthusiastic and inspirational teacher. In The Essence of Watercolour Hazel shows how wonderfully versatile and beguiling the medium of watercolour is and how to get the most out of it. Hazel stresses how important it is to understand the characteristics of the medium in order to exploit it to the full. She encourages the reader to explore the properties of watercolour and to be unafraid of strength of colour and brushstroke. Hazel shows through demonstration and projects that tone is king in watercolour and illustrates how to paint light with the use of shade. Armed with this understanding she demonstrates that watercolour is not such an unforgiving medium after all: accidents and mistakes can be disguised, overridden and corrected. The Essence of Watercolour is a culmination of many years of Hazel's teaching and demonstrating, in which she offers inspirational insights into the secrets of watercolour painting and encourages artists to take their art to the next level.
Learn to paint with Anna Mason, using this inspiring, practical watercolor guide to botanical art Anna's vibrant, detailed and uplifting watercolors have earned her worldwide recognition. In this, her second book, she goes beyond flowers to explore her inspirations from across the natural world, including fruit, birds and animals. The book gives you a very personal insight into Anna's way of working; with clarity and warmth she will help you find inspiration, choose scale and composition, see things correctly and work with discipline and flow until you produce fabulous work of your own. Packed with advice and inspiring finished pieces, this gorgeous book guides the reader through Anna's method of working with a variety of beautiful step-by-step projects and exercises. It is suitable for beginners or for more experienced artists looking to refine their style or try some new techniques.
Bestselling artist and writer Hazel Soan has distilled her art teaching into the things that matter most and can be digested in a short period of time - in just one afternoon you can start painting. Learning to paint is one of the life-long aspirations of many of us, and these techniques can be picked up faster than you think. Hazel Soan's concise book, filled with easy-to-follow instructions and step-by- step exercises, is written in an accessible way for those completely new to painting. Chapters include: Getting Started (the materials you will need and those you can ignore in the art shop); Choice of Colours; Mixing Colours; What's the Subject?; What Surfaces to Paint on; Basic Painting Techniques; Brushstrokes and Composition (with details on how to design paintings with horizon, focus and balance, a hint of perspective and the light and shade of a subject). Packed with illustrations for guidance, this is the most comprehensive guide to learning watercolour very quickly.
A practical guide to learn painting individual people and crowds, with simple exercises and step-by-step demonstrations. Bestselling artist and writer Hazel Soan has distilled her art teaching into the things that matter most and can be digested in a short period of time. Learning to paint is one of the life-long aspirations of many of us and the techniques of painting lively crowd scenes or portraits of loved ones can be picked up faster than you think. In this concise book, Hazel Soan explains everything you need to know about figurative painting in an accessible way. She advises on how to paint people in a variety of poses and settings, dealing with the theories of colour and light in a way that beginners will understand and more experienced painters will find invaluable. She also guides you through ways to insert people into your pre-existing painting to bring them to life; scenes like urban streets and on the beach are explored. Subjects like how to paint portraits and getting to grips with body proportion and perspective are also covered. Both media of watercolours and oils are covered, making this the perfect book for any type of artist. Filled with easy-to-follow exercises and demonstrations, this is a practical and helpful guide to learning to paint people very quickly.
Important as it is, successful watercolors require more than good technique. Often, it is the artist’s attitude to their work that can make the difference between a merely competent painting and one that really stands out. Confidence is the key, and for the intermediate painter, this comes not just by practicing techniques but also by developing a deeper understanding of the underlying tenets of watercolor painting. Hazel Soan, internationally successful artist and instructor, reveals the secrets of watercolor painting that are so often overlooked in the desire to capture likeness. By focusing on the practice and discipline of painting, artists will build confidence in their skills, which will lead to a more positive approach and to paintings that are both vibrant and exciting.
Author: Tom Hoffmann
The beauty of a watercolor painting lies in its diaphanous layers, delicate strokes, and luminous washes. However, the very features that define the beauty of the medium can make it difficult to master. This complete guide to understanding the relationships between color, value, wetness, and composition unravels the mysteries of watercolor to help your practice evolve. Experienced teacher and acclaimed artist Tom Hoffmann offers a unique, inquiry-based approach that shows you how to translate any subject into the language of watercolor. With Hoffmann as your guide, you’ll learn the key questions to ask yourself at every turn and time-tested methods to help you reach solutions. Hoffmann’s thorough explanations and step-by-step demonstrations delineate the process of composing a painting in watercolor, while art from more than thirty-five past and present masters, including John Singer Sargent, Ogden Pleissner, George Post, Emil Kosa, Jr., Mary Whyte, Trevor Chamberlain, Lars Lerin, Torgeir Schjølberg, Piet Lap, Leslie Frontz, and Alvaro Castagnet serve to illustrate and inspire. Whether you’re a serious beginner or a seasoned practitioner, this book will guide you toward the all-important balance between restraint and risk-taking that every watercolorist seeks. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Lou Bonamarte, Carolyn Janik
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company Incorporated
Goes beyond traditional instruction to counsel developing artists on the timing and purpose of specific watercolor techniques, detailing the best uses of light and shadow, color values, exploring expressions of conflict and more.
Offers step-by-step lessons on painting and drawing wildlife with tips on materials, drawing or painting on location, the painting process, and techniques, such as, composition, design, lighting, and color
A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but the less expected routes are what more often lead artists from inspiration to great paintings. Splash 13 explores the paths less traveled...real solutions and alternative approaches from 100 of today's masters of the medium. Pulsing with the spirit of play and experimentation, over 100 paintings are accompanied by insight from the artists revealing how they pushed the limits of color, blurred the boundary between realism and abstraction, embraced accidents, and did away with expectations, traditional thinking...and sometimes even brushes! Filled with stunning paintings, fresh inspiration and ground-breaking innovation, Splash 13: Alternative Approaches is a must-have showcase for artists and art-lovers alike.
Winning with Watercolour
Author: Trevor Waugh
Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Limited
Colour and light provide the key to creating paintings that are exciting and full of atmosphere, and Trevor Waugh focuses on these important aspects throughout the book. He sees a painting as a "room", for which a colour scheme needs to be chosen and in which the different elements must be carefully placed in relation to the light and the composition as a whole.
Painting in Watercolor
Author: David Webb
Publisher: Firefly Books
Comprehensive guidance for anyone painting in watercolor, from beginners up.
This handy, practical and inspirational little book is perfect for the pocket or art bag. It shows watercolour painters of all levels how to loosen up their paintings and maintain spontaneity by painting simple watercolour studies in no more than 10 minutes.
Accomplished artist Jean Haines shares her passion for watercolors in this wonderfully vibrant book suitable for complete beginners looking to kick-start their interest in painting or experienced artists who wish to work in a looser style. Taking a less conventional, almost abstract approach to watercolor painting, this guide provides expert advice and easy-to-follow exercises that can be applied to any subject, including animals, buildings, still lifes, flowers, people, and more. Known for her engaging techniques and love of color, Jean provides tips and methods for creating glorious washes and sunbursts and harnessing watercolor flow, as well as numerous finished paintings to excite and inspire. Written in a style that reflects her boundless energy and enthusiasm for watercolor, the book reveals the huge potential of this medium.
Author: Michael Reardon
Publisher: North Light Books
Painting Light and Color in the Modern Landscape is a guidebook to help artists of all skill levels to create watercolors that are imbued with light and mood by working with value and color. For beginners, the basic materials and techniques are covered in detail, based largely on questions the author had when he was learning and the questions that his students ask him today. The remainder of the book is filled with practical lessons intended to advance the overall knowledge and confidence of the reader. One aspect that will be unique to this book is that the author will share personal, disastrous learning experiences with readers as a means of both encouragement and entertainment and to illustrate the point that anyone can learn, anyone can improve and anyone can master this particular subject matter. In addition to 12 individual step-by-step demonstrations , approximately 27 gallery pieces with detailed explanations of the painting techniques and concepts used to create the painting.
Portraits have the power to capture a likeness that touches the soul. You can learn to paint realistic portraits with artistry following the guidance in this inspirational book. Nine complete step-by-step demonstrations show you how to use watercolors to build portraits that come to life with realism and personality. Each demonstration features a different person—so you can explore a range of ages, skin tones, facial features, hair tones and textures—mastering each detail at your own pace. Even if you are a beginner, success is within your reach as you learn how to: Place an image properly Capture a likeness and add character Paint realistic skin tones Fix mistakes without starting over Edit visual information for greater impact Capture the textures of clothing and accessories Select and paint a background that supports the portrait With this guide on your side, you can achieve the portraits you've always dreamed of painting. Get started today. Great portraits await!