In this beautifully produced book, artist and teacher David Webb shares his expertise to provide comprehensive guidance for anyone painting in watercolour, from beginners up.
How-to techniques are at the heart of the book and feature detailed explanations and demonstrations that will get you progressing fast, with a real understanding of the medium. Included in this section are 'Help!' panels that focus on what can go wrong: the typical mistakes made and how you can avoid them.
Readers will also discover the widest possible range of watercolour techniques thanks to our team of internationally recognised guest artists, who will be revealing some of their painting secrets in a series of 'life lessons' - how they appear to get the paint to really glow and their paintings to spring into life.
From beginners up this book, one of an excellent series, provides all the techniques and essential skills you need to begin to understand watercolour and paint your first paintings. There is no doubt that watercolour takes skill and understanding and that how it works is key to being able to use it. Understand the medium, learn how to mix, apply and more. This great watercolour primer will help you achieve success. Washes, resists, colour charts, design and perspective, texture, step-by-step demonstrations and fabulous finished art.
-- Karen Platt * www.karenplatt.co.uk *
This really rather attractive book is arranged more or less in an encyclopaedia format, but without quite falling into the tabulated effect that implies. It's a difficult thing to define, but the result is both a rattle bag and the basis of a nicely-structured course at the same time.
Subtitling itself "all the essential skills and techniques you need" is a pointer to this: it's not so much a manual as a connected series of lessons that you can work with in almost any order. And there lies its attraction: each section is easily separated out and you can read up about what you need or what interests you at the moment. It would be possible to work through from cover to cover and, indeed, you'll probably want to at some point. For the rest, it's something to keep by you and dip into serendipitously. It has many treasures to reveal and these are best discovered by chance.
There are hints, tips, lessons, exercises and demonstrations and the book finishes rather pleasingly with a section titled "Approaches to Watercolour", introducing a range of other contributors who present their own ways of working.
* Artbookreview.net *
Previously published in hardback, this new softbacked edition of David Webb's Complete Guide to Watercolour tells you everything you will ever need to know about the medium. David is an experienced artist and teacher, and his lively explainations and demonstrations will help both experienced artistsm and those new to the medium find inspiration. Opening with chapters on materials and techniques, the book moves on to making pictures, covering composition, perspective, colour and mood. A selection titled Expressing Form & Surface, includes specific elements of subject matter such as landscapes, textures, and figures and portraits. The final chapter concentrates on different artists' approaches to watercolour which provies a fascinating insight into the possibilities and variety of this beautiful medium.
* The Leisure Painter *