Figure in Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused

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Following in the footsteps of Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused is Mel Stabin’s latest: The Figure in Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused. Capturing a figure’s unique personality and multifaceted quality in watercolor is challenging—but Stabin demonstrates, step by step, how the new artist can capture the figure by painting simply, directly, and with intense focus on the “essence” of a person. Readers will discover tested techniques and hands-on tips for painting portraits, people in an environment, and ...

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Overview

Following in the footsteps of Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused is Mel Stabin’s latest: The Figure in Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused. Capturing a figure’s unique personality and multifaceted quality in watercolor is challenging—but Stabin demonstrates, step by step, how the new artist can capture the figure by painting simply, directly, and with intense focus on the “essence” of a person. Readers will discover tested techniques and hands-on tips for painting portraits, people in an environment, and groups of people, as well as for painting people from photographs. They’ll also find a treasury of valuable advice on design, composition, shape, value, color, and more!

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KLIATT
Stabin has given us a how-to that demonstrates both in tone and example that the author is a patient, savvy, and experienced teacher of watercolor. The well-designed book is filled with his own work, from one-minute sketches to fully realized group portraits. This is far from tiresome since he is a marvelous draughtsman and colorist, and the reproductions are well photographed. As in any useful book of this kind, the author sets out precise recommendations for papers, brushes, paint and studio equipment, explaining the benefits of higher quality supplies but also suggesting alternatives for the beginner. He proceeds logically to build on the skills required to paint the figure, starting with the importance of good drawing to understanding light, edges, anatomy and composition. He shows step-by-step demonstrations of a few paintings, which are not meant for the reader to copy, but rather to enable the student to look over the artist's shoulder while he works. These lessons, peppered with quotations from Thoreau, Henri, or Mark Twain, can start a young person on the right path, stimulate a hobbyist, or reinforce the professional. Stabin is an artist who understands what it's all about. KLIATT Codes: JSA*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Watson-Guptill, 112p. illus. index.,
— Susan Avishai
Library Journal
These three volumes line up nicely as a good beginner's book on anatomy drawing, an advanced one, and a specialized volume on the watercolor figure in context. In his Beginner's Guide, Horton (DK Art School: An Introduction to Drawing) offers a clear, brief manual with chapters on arms, torsos, legs, and heads, as well as male and female forms and athletes and dancers in general. Using chalks, charcoal, pastel, watercolors, and oils, he caters to the rank beginner or the advanced student who wants pointers on portraying the figure. Robins, who studied figure drawing at the famous Art Students League in New York City, goes far deeper into tonal detail, texture, shadow and light, perspective, and specific problems of hands, feet, and hair. Comprehensive collections will also want Stabin's The Figure in Watercolor, which places the clothed or unclothed figure in context, using loose strokes. The reader rapidly advances from quick drawings to portraits and painting the figure in scenes from around the world. All three books are well worth acquiring. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823016945
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 634,545
  • Product dimensions: 10.52 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Mel Stabin is the author of Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused. His paintings have been honored with national awards, and are in many private and corporate collections. He lives in Park Ridge, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Introduction 11
Ch. 1 Materials and Equipment 13
Ch. 2 Drawing the Figure 21
Ch. 3 Painting the Figure 27
Ch. 4 Light and Shadow 43
Ch. 5 Treating Edges 57
Ch. 6 Painting Portraits 65
Ch. 7 Painting People in an Environment 75
Ch. 8 Groups of People 87
Ch. 9 Painting from Photographs 95
Ch. 10 In Conclusion 111
Index 112
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