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

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


By (author) Felix Scheinberger

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  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 154 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 240mm x 10mm | 600g
  • Publication date: 30 July 2015
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0770435211
  • ISBN 13: 9780770435219
  • Illustrations note: full colour drawings
  • Sales rank: 11,105

Product description

A guide that shows painters, drawers, doodlers and urban sketchers how to bring their drawings to life with colourful, bold, yet accessible painting methods. Watercolour sketching is a rapidly emerging technique that enlivens sketches done in pen or pencil with the expressive washes, glazes, and luminous hues of watercolour. This lushly illustrated resource teaches artists on the go how to sketch with watercolour, rendering subjects efficiently and without inhibitions. Readers are guided through all aspects of the medium, from fundamental techniques including wet-on-wet, glazing, and washes; materials and supplies; and little known tips and tricks for getting the most out of watercolour (for example, just sprinkling a little salt on your painting creates a texture that's impossible to achieve with a brush). A strong focus on colour theory provides a solid foundation for enhancing drawings with vibrant hues.

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Author information

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.

Table of contents

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