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The only instructional book on watercolor you will ever need.

Trying your hand at watercolor painting? Or looking to advance your range of artistic skills?

Watercolor Techniques for Artists and Illustrators is for you.

Beginning with the basics - such as honing your observational skills, choosing a subject, and learning about composition - the book then takes a comprehensive, in-depth look at techniques to expand your repertoire.

With expert advice from artists and illustrators working in a range of styles - from classic to cutting-edge contemporary -this book will equip you with the skills and confidence to develop your own style and grow as an artist.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. The basics
    1. Why watercolor
    2. Watercolor paint
    3. Other water-based media
    4. Paper and other supports
    5. Brushes
    6. Applying paint
    7. Pencils, pens, and mediums
    8. Observational skills
    9. Perspective and composition
    10. Drawing basics
    11. Sketching and planning
    12. Color theory
    13. Properties of color
    14. Color mixing
    15. Choosing a palette
    16. Your painting setup
    17. Displaying your paintings
  3. Techniques
    1. Introduction
    2. Beginner techniques
    3. Wet-on-dry
    4. Wet-in-wet
    5. Dry brush
    6. Layering paint
    7. Alla prima
    8. Showcase painting
    9. Tone
    10. Using runbacks
    11. Flat wash
    12. Graduated wash
    13. Variegated wash
    14. Line and wash
    15. Straight edges
    16. Lifting out
    17. Using a sponge
    18. Correcting mistakes
    19. Showcase painting
    20. Intermediate techniques
    21. Granulated wash
    22. Separated wash
    23. Softening edges
    24. Splattering and spattering
    25. Using masking fluid
    26. Using wax resist
    27. Highlights
    28. Showcase painting
    29. Repetition
    30. Balanced composition
    31. Negative spaces
    32. Analogous colors
    33. Complementary colors
    34. Warm and cool colors
    35. Aerial perspective
    36. Glazing
    37. Showcase painting
    38. Advanced techniques
    39. Working in monochrome
    40. Simplifying figures
    41. Simplifying a scene
    42. Linear perspective
    43. Shadows and sunlight
    44. Focal points
    45. Showcase painting
    46. Scraping
    47. Using plastic wrap
    48. Using salt and bleach
    49. Using gouache
    50. Using charcoal
    51. Using inks
    52. Watercolor pencils and pens
    53. Effects with gouache
    54. Toward abstraction
    55. Showcase painting
  4. Subjects
    1. Introduction
    2. Landscapes and townscapes
    3. Woodlands
    4. Tree blossom
    5. Open landscapes
    6. Abstracting a landscape
    7. Showcase painting
    8. Still water
    9. Waves
    10. Harbor scene
    11. Colors in snow
    12. Bright snow
    13. Urban cityscapes
    14. Buildings
    15. Urban abstract
    16. Showcase painting
    17. Patterns, still lifes, and flowers
    18. Creating patterns
    19. Still life shadows
    20. Aged surfaces
    21. Showcase painting
    22. Botanical painting
    23. Loose flowers
    24. Portraits, figures, and animals
    25. Painting faces
    26. Skin tones
    27. Expressive portrait
    28. Showcase painting
    29. Single figures
    30. A group of figures
    31. Fashion illustration
    32. Incidental figures
    33. Showcase painting
    34. Pet portraits
    35. Creatures in motion
    36. Showcase painting
  5. Glossary
  6. Index (1/2)
  7. Index (2/2)
  8. About the artists
  9. Acknowledgments