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Watercolor for the Fun of It: How to Sketch with Watercolor eBook

By David R. Becker

Format: eBook

SKU# Z5697

You’ll Love This Watercolor Painting eBook If:

  • You love watercolor painting & want to lear more about sketching
  • You want to create watercolor pieces with stronger compositions
  • You want to learn more about the power of sketching in watercolor painting

David R. Becker shares his favorite tips and tricks for sketching and planning successful watercolor pieces in this step-by-step eBook. Learn his fun, "easy sketching" approach to watercolor and sketching and soon you’ll be ready to create solid watercolor compositions. Learn how to sketch, simplify details and shadows, incorporate figures into your paintings and then play and have fun as you practice techniques and add personality to your art. Tips and lessons also include how to sketch outdoors, sketching in your studio, and moving from quick pencil sketches to full-fledged watercolor sketches. Use a computer to enhance your sketching & learn how to sketch from start to finish with these great step-by-step demonstrations

Plan successful watercolor paintings with thumbnail sketches, value sketches, color sketches, sideline sketches, composition adjustments and experiments. Work out elements, composition and techniques necessary for a successful finished painting. Learn how creating a plan of attack takes the pressure out of painting in watercolor today with this instantly downloadable eBook PDF.

In the Watercolor for the Fun of It: How to Sketch with Watercolor eBook You’ll Learn:

  • How to work with a limited palette, understand color schemes and color theory, and compositional do’s and don’ts
  • Watercolor techniques for working on elements, composition and sketching from pencil to watercolor
  • Tips and techniques for assembling your own traveling sketch box, using a computer to enhance your sketching, and simplify details and shadows

A Word From the Author:

"In this digital age, using pencil or watercolor to sketch seems outdated. Sketching, though, is still the best and cheapest way to learn how to draw and design. A computer, no matter how advanced, can’t help you learn better than pencil and paper can. Your skills and abilities can improve infinitely through practice. You don’t need high-end, fancy equipment to become a master draftsman, designer or artist, but you do need practice, hard work and a mind filled with ideas and desire. Great ideas start as simple sketches, and from them, great things come." — David R. Becker

Check Out This Excerpt From Watercolor for the Fun of It: Getting Started:

What a View!
You should plan every painting you do by sketching the scene before putting brush to paper. You also should plan your sketches before putting pencil to paper by creating good compositions. It may take a few thumbnail sketches before you find a good one, but if you pay no need to composition, your paintings will show it no matter how much sketching you do.

Always carry a viewfinder when sketching outdoors or painting plein air. They’re pretty easy to manufacture on the spot; it just takes two hands! Any other object that creates a small box or rectangle to view and frame a live subject also can serve as a viewfinder. I use a cardboard slide holder. It’s small, lightweight and easy to use. The viewfinder on any camera also works well.

A viewfinder crops a scene to fit the rectangle dimension that makes a well-composed picture. When outdoors, you’ll find there is too much to take in, and the task of capturing the scene on paper easily can become overwhelming. A viewfinder brings the scene back to a simple, four-sided picture that is easier to comprehend.

These books are presented in PDF format and are viewable on both MACs and PCs with Adobe Acrobat, a free program.

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SKU Z5697
Additional Feature 100 b&w and 100 Color illustrations
Author/Speaker/Editor David R. Becker
File/Trim Size 22 MB
File Type PDF
Format eBook
ISBN 13 9781600618697
Special Requirements This eBook in PDF Format can be used on multiple devices. Learn More!

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Recommended for beginner artist Review by Daniel

This is probably one of the book who doesn't show you step-by-step how to draw something, but gives you in details what do you need to see to be a good artist.

The first step is to create a good composition, then create the thumbnail sketches using black and white pencil. Then more thumbnails with water color, before doing the real water color masterpiece.

I like the author's coaching style. He doesn't limit you to what kind of tools that you should use (brushes, type of watercolor, the color choices, paper, etc), but really insist that you practice with what you have in order to get accustom to it. He also putting a lot of pressure of creating good composition. not merely paintings that looks like photograph.

If you are going to buy this book, I should remind you that the practice (that the book recommends) may take a lot longer than reading the books =) I'm still sketching now with 2B pencil, and slowly transfer my sketching into water color (single color, with gradient) to learn how my tools behave.

(Posted on 5/15/2014)

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