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Urban Watercolor Sketching: A Guide to Drawing, Painting, and Storytelling in Color

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ISBN13: 9780770435219
ISBN10: 0770435211
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INTRO

Watercolors—In or Out?

A Painting for the Emperor

Gum Arabic: Where the Watercolors Grow

Pigments: The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

Yellow and Orange: Of Camels and Crocuses

Red and Purple: Of Bugs and Snails

Blue: Of Lapis Lazuli, Indigo, and Woad

Green: Of Plants and Poison

Introducing Color to Sketches:

We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

 

FIRST ATTEMPTS

Multiple Choice: To Design Is to Decide

From Dusk till Dawn: Shadows and Light

Black Is Back: Glazing with India Ink

Layer for Layer: The Glaze

Mixing Colors with Glazes

Fish Soup: Practicing the Glaze

The Wash: The Paint Does as It Pleases!

On the Run: Graded Wash Techniques

Once More, with Feeling!: Washes

It’s a Give and Take: Applying and Removing Paint 

Wet-on-Wet

Combining Techniques: A Little Bit of This and That 

 

EXCURSION IN COLOR THEORY

Where Do Colors Come From?:  

The Simple Science

Arranging Colors

Opposites Attract: Color Contrasts

From South Park to Stoplights: Types of Color

True Color: The Effect of Light 

Every Color Tells a Story: Intensifying Your Sketches

It’s All Relative: The Effects of Colors

Color Harmonies: Simple and Complex

Analogous, Monochromatic, and Complementary Harmonies

Triadic and Tetradic Harmonies

Cool-Cool and Warm-Warm Harmonies

Collecting Colors

Designing Color Harmonies: Working with Color Code Strips

Getting Out of Your Color Comfort Zone  

The Blue Ridge Mountains: Color and Perspective

 

YOUR OWN STYLE

Less Is More

Me, Myself, and I: Finding Your Own Style

Style and Creativity

Throwing Down: Loosening Up Your Painting

Seek Not and You Shall Find: Imagination vs. Internet

Make It Matter

Priorities 

 

BASICS / TOOLS

Paintboxes

Watercolor Pencils

Buying Paints

Mixing Paints

Impossible Hues: Bright Colors

Pimping Watercolors: Making Colors Pop

Liquid Watercolors: Bright Now, Pale Later

Into the Wild: Brushes

Even More Brushes

Paper 

The Permanent Wave: Stretching Paper 

The Contents of My Bag

OUT & ABOUT

Bad Weather: Painting Outdoors

The Other Viewpoint: Changing Perspective

Painting Water  

Air, Fog, Smoke

Smog and Atmosphere

What Is Beauty Anyway? 

TIPS & TRICKS

Composition and Design

Smudges and Spots

Painting What’s Not There: Negative Space

White: A Special Case

Studies, Sketches, and Drafts  

Undo

Merging Colors: Working from One Color

Working with Colored Paper

Special Effects

Lettering and Writing

Layouts, Scribbles, and Storyboards

Watercolor Illustrations

How Much Is Your Picture Worth?

Everything Ends: When Is a Picture Finished?

Index

Synopsis:

WATERCOLORS—IN OR OUT?

When we think of watercolor, many of us immediately picture sentimental landscapes and paintings of ruins and picturesque scenes. Although eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English artists established watercolor as a sophisticated painting medium, it often yields strangely negative reactions from contemporary artists. An entire generation quickly relegates it to a hobbyist’s medium.

Yet watercolor is far more than an amateur’s medium, as it requires intense concentration and practice. Once it’s put on paper, mistakes are difficult to remedy, and only when it is applied with confidence does it have a truly successful effect. Watercolor involves a certain degree of uncertainty, but it also teaches us to see. 

Watercolor was the first technique to free the artist from the studio because it could easily be taken outdoors. It required no tubes, easels, canvases, or similar implements, only a box of paints and paper. Even today, watercolor is a tool that frees us from the studio, our laptops, and countless charging cables. 

Watercolor is, however, not just a technique; it is almost an attitude. Watercolor always does what it wants. In a way, it is willful and anarchical. Therefore, for me, the secret to using watercolor to create pic-tures lies in striking a balance between control and letting go. Pictures are often only “really good” when they surprise us—when they reveal what we sensed and felt, but could not have consciously expressed. If we sacrifice the right amount of control in the artistic process, watercolor’s inherent qualities begin to work to our advantage. 

This book has two goals: to teach you watercolor techniques and to tell you something about color.

However, it does not aim to explain, for example, how you can paint a certain sky in four steps. I seriously doubt whether readers learn more from such instruction books than they do by actually painting that sky. What if the sky should suddenly cloud over? Instead, this book wishes to show you the basic principles of watercolor paints, so you can flexibly apply them to whatever you want to achieve. 

I imagine it’s a little like learning chords on a guitar. For me, it seems important that you learn the finger-ings, but what song you play is up to you. 

And don’t worry, everything that we need to know about color can be learned with a simple box of paints.

Whether watercolor painting is sophisticated and legit-imate or not isn’t the point. Watercolor can go anywhere. It is an autonomous, free, and creative medium. It makes the world our studio.

Yours truly,

 Felix Scheinberger

Synopsis:

FELIX SCHEINBERGER is a German illustrator, artist, and designer. He has illustrated dozens of children's books, and has had work commissioned for Harvard Business Manager, Designer's Digest, Le Monde Diplomatique, Slanted Magazine, Belletristik, and Psychology Today.

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FELIX SCHEINBERGER is an illustrator, artist, and designer. He is the author and illustrator of two other books on watercolors and has illustrated more than fifty children’s books in the last decade. His work has appeared in magazines including Harvard Business Manager and Psychology Today. He lives in Berlin, Germany.

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Philosophic Ferret, June 16, 2014 (view all comments by Philosophic Ferret)
For anyone who paints with watercolor or is interested in watercolor paints, this book is a must! This book thoroughly captivates you with the gorgeous watercolor paintings that Scheinberger has done, but also his History of watercolors, and Where do watercolors grow. The author is a German illustrator and it shows in his knowledge and easy use of humor in the descriptions of various materials. This is the only 'art book' I've ever wanted to buy rather than borrow from the library. Would definitely make a beautiful coffee table book as well!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780770435219
Author:
Scheinberger, Felix
Publisher:
Watson-Guptill Publications
Subject:
Watercolor
Subject:
Art-Watercolor
Subject:
drawing;drawing ideas;learn to draw;learn to paint;how-to book;step-by-step;watercolor brush;watercolor course;how to watercolor;watercolor pencils;watercolor painting;watercolor art;paintings;watercolor paintings;watercolor artist;painting lessons;waterc
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
9.45 x 8.29 x 0.6 in 1.46 lb

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"Synopsis" by , WATERCOLORS—IN OR OUT?

When we think of watercolor, many of us immediately picture sentimental landscapes and paintings of ruins and picturesque scenes. Although eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English artists established watercolor as a sophisticated painting medium, it often yields strangely negative reactions from contemporary artists. An entire generation quickly relegates it to a hobbyist’s medium.

Yet watercolor is far more than an amateur’s medium, as it requires intense concentration and practice. Once it’s put on paper, mistakes are difficult to remedy, and only when it is applied with confidence does it have a truly successful effect. Watercolor involves a certain degree of uncertainty, but it also teaches us to see. 

Watercolor was the first technique to free the artist from the studio because it could easily be taken outdoors. It required no tubes, easels, canvases, or similar implements, only a box of paints and paper. Even today, watercolor is a tool that frees us from the studio, our laptops, and countless charging cables. 

Watercolor is, however, not just a technique; it is almost an attitude. Watercolor always does what it wants. In a way, it is willful and anarchical. Therefore, for me, the secret to using watercolor to create pic-tures lies in striking a balance between control and letting go. Pictures are often only “really good” when they surprise us—when they reveal what we sensed and felt, but could not have consciously expressed. If we sacrifice the right amount of control in the artistic process, watercolor’s inherent qualities begin to work to our advantage. 

This book has two goals: to teach you watercolor techniques and to tell you something about color.

However, it does not aim to explain, for example, how you can paint a certain sky in four steps. I seriously doubt whether readers learn more from such instruction books than they do by actually painting that sky. What if the sky should suddenly cloud over? Instead, this book wishes to show you the basic principles of watercolor paints, so you can flexibly apply them to whatever you want to achieve. 

I imagine it’s a little like learning chords on a guitar. For me, it seems important that you learn the finger-ings, but what song you play is up to you. 

And don’t worry, everything that we need to know about color can be learned with a simple box of paints.

Whether watercolor painting is sophisticated and legit-imate or not isn’t the point. Watercolor can go anywhere. It is an autonomous, free, and creative medium. It makes the world our studio.

Yours truly,

 Felix Scheinberger

"Synopsis" by , FELIX SCHEINBERGER is a German illustrator, artist, and designer. He has illustrated dozens of children's books, and has had work commissioned for Harvard Business Manager, Designer's Digest, Le Monde Diplomatique, Slanted Magazine, Belletristik, and Psychology Today.
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