A beautifully illustrated, easy-to-navigate guide to creating contemporary watercolours, pairing paintings with insights and tips for artists.
A small-format (13x18cm) 208 page flexibound plastic cover book by Helen Birch.
Just Add Watercolour is an unusual and accessible guide to contemporary uses of watercolour in fine art and illustration. It is really enjoyable to flip through and see all the gorgeous artwork. It is designed to dip in and out for practical information or flick through for fresh inspiration and ideas. Eighty eight paintings by contemporary artists cross a range of different styles and approaches, with a small piece of text for each examining the different techniques, qualities and effects relating to each piece. The styles range from sketching comic styles to finished landscapes.
The book is organized into chapters according to medium and materials (traditional watercolour, gouache, digital, mixed media, other water-based media, non-paper media). Each artwork is featured on the right page with text about the image on the facing page. Each page has a ‘tip’ based on the image and practical advice on topics such as tone, perspective, colour and more. The unique approach of accessing practical information via the images, focusing on the way subjects can be treated using a range of different watercolour techniques, makes it quite usable for artists.
A visual index with thumbnails of all the artworks is located at the front of the book and enables the reader to easily find a specific painting, style, colour or subject matter within the book. You can see the various ways in which similar subjects and styles are executed by different artists, while also being inspired to use the tips in the book as a way of building on your existing skills.
Helen Birch is a journalist and prolific artist based in the UK. She is also the author of the highly popular blog DrawDrawDraw reaching more than half a million readers. Birch teaches courses in art and design, fine art, and illustration at Bradford College, UK.
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