Watercolor Techniques For Artists and Illustrators

Book description

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
      1. Wet-on-dry
      2. Wet-in-wet
      3. Dry brush
      4. Layering paint
      5. Alla prima
      6. Showcase painting
      7. Tone
      8. Using runbacks
      9. Flat wash
      10. Graduated wash
      11. Variegated wash
      12. Line and wash
      13. Straight edges
      14. Lifting out
      15. Using a sponge
      16. Correcting mistakes
      17. Showcase painting
    3. Intermediate techniques
      1. Granulated wash
      2. Separated wash
      3. Softening edges
      4. Splattering and spattering
      5. Using masking fluid
      6. Using wax resist
      7. Highlights
      8. Showcase painting
      9. Repetition
      10. Balanced composition
      11. Negative spaces
      12. Analogous colors
      13. Complementary colors
      14. Warm and cool colors
      15. Aerial perspective
      16. Glazing
      17. Showcase painting
    4. Advanced techniques
      1. Working in monochrome
      2. Simplifying figures
      3. Simplifying a scene
      4. Linear perspective
      5. Shadows and sunlight
      6. Focal points
      7. Showcase painting
      8. Scraping
      9. Using plastic wrap
      10. Using salt and bleach
      11. Using gouache
      12. Using charcoal
      13. Using inks
      14. Watercolor pencils and pens
      15. Effects with gouache
      16. Toward abstraction
      17. Showcase painting
  4. Subjects
    1. Introduction
    2. Landscapes and townscapes
      1. Woodlands
      2. Tree blossom
      3. Open landscapes
      4. Abstracting a landscape
      5. Showcase painting
      6. Still water
      7. Waves
      8. Harbor scene
      9. Colors in snow
      10. Bright snow
      11. Urban cityscapes
      12. Buildings
      13. Urban abstract
      14. Showcase painting
    3. Patterns, still lifes, and flowers
      1. Creating patterns
      2. Still life shadows
      3. Aged surfaces
      4. Showcase painting
      5. Botanical painting
      6. Loose flowers
    4. Portraits, figures, and animals
      1. Painting faces
      2. Skin tones
      3. Expressive portrait
      4. Showcase painting
      5. Single figures
      6. A group of figures
      7. Fashion illustration
      8. Incidental figures
      9. Showcase painting
      10. Pet portraits
      11. Creatures in motion
      12. Showcase painting
  5. Glossary
  6. Index (1/2)
  7. Index (2/2)
  8. About the artists
  9. Acknowledgments

Product information

  • Title: Watercolor Techniques For Artists and Illustrators
  • Author(s): DK
  • Release date: September 2020
  • Publisher(s): DK Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780744035278