Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Just Add Watercolor

This perfect travel-size book is filled with gorgeous paintings in several different types of watercolor media including digitally enhanced works.  After trying many "beginner" books, I was apprehensive about this one.  Imagine my surprise when I opened it and not only could I admire beautiful works of art, I could read and understand the tips on how it was created.  The tips were do-able for a beginner and a great resource for honing craft for the expert.

This book removes much of the mystery around how watercolors are done by providing clear, no-nonsense instructions in a very succinct manner.  For example, "Clean, graphic lines like this one are not easily achieved through freehand drawing.  [well, that allayed some fears about how this was achieved for sure] using graphite paper is a good way to give yourself guidelines you can carefully ink over before adding paint color to your image." (p. 30)

Not only is this advice great for the beginner, but it's also reassuring that all artists do not draw everything freehand.  Oh, and I did not know graphite paper existed prior to reading this passage.  Another skill and tool for my toolbox.  Reviewer's Note:  if you are not able to purchase graphite paper, coloring the backside of a sheet of paper with pencil and tracing on the front will produce a similar result. 

This book has much to offer all experience levels of watercolorist.  It is a perfect inspirational resource as well as answering the ubiquitous question "how do they do that??"  Highly recommended.  

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.