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

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

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by Felix Scheinberger
     
 

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A guide that shows painters, drawers, doodlers, and urban sketchers how to bring their drawings to life with colorful, bold, yet accessible painting methods.

COLOR YOUR LIFE

Bring new energy to your sketches of urban scenes with this fresh and simple approach to watercolor painting. Whether you’re an amateur artist, drawer, doodler, or sketcher,

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A guide that shows painters, drawers, doodlers, and urban sketchers how to bring their drawings to life with colorful, bold, yet accessible painting methods.

COLOR YOUR LIFE

Bring new energy to your sketches of urban scenes with this fresh and simple approach to watercolor painting. Whether you’re an amateur artist, drawer, doodler, or sketcher, watercolor is a versatile sketching medium that’s perfect for people on the go—much like pen or pencil. Accomplished designer and illustrator Felix Scheinberger offers a solid foundation in color theory and countless lessons on all aspects of watercolor sketching, including:

Fundamentals like wet-on-wet, glazes, and washes
Materials and supplies to bring on your travels
Little-known tips and tricks, like painting when water isn’t handy and seeking out inspiration

Vibrant watercolor paintings grace each page, and light-hearted anecdotes (why do fish make great subjects to paint, you may be wondering...) make this a lively guide to the medium. With an open mind and sketchbook, you will be ready to capture the moments around you in luminous color with confidence, creativity, and ease—no matter what your skill level may be.

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“If you like urban bustle and disorganisation… you’ll love the book. It’s American, brash and makes no concessions to sensitivity, happily accosting you and telling you how it is”
The Artist 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780770435219
Publisher:
Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
Publication date:
03/25/2014
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
183,762
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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WATERCOLORS—IN OR OUT?

When we think of watercolor, many of us immediately picture sentimental landscapes and paintings of ruins and picturesque scenes. Although eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English artists established watercolor as a sophisticated painting medium, it often yields strangely negative reactions from contemporary artists. An entire generation quickly relegates it to a hobbyist’s medium.

Yet watercolor is far more than an amateur’s medium, as it requires intense concentration and practice. Once it’s put on paper, mistakes are difficult to remedy, and only when it is applied with confidence does it have a truly successful effect. Watercolor involves a certain degree of uncertainty, but it also teaches us to see. 

Watercolor was the first technique to free the artist from the studio because it could easily be taken outdoors. It required no tubes, easels, canvases, or similar implements, only a box of paints and paper. Even today, watercolor is a tool that frees us from the studio, our laptops, and countless charging cables. 

Watercolor is, however, not just a technique; it is almost an attitude. Watercolor always does what it wants. In a way, it is willful and anarchical. Therefore, for me, the secret to using watercolor to create pic-tures lies in striking a balance between control and letting go. Pictures are often only “really good” when they surprise us—when they reveal what we sensed and felt, but could not have consciously expressed. If we sacrifice the right amount of control in the artistic process, watercolor’s inherent qualities begin to work to our advantage. 

This book has two goals: to teach you watercolor techniques and to tell you something about color.
However, it does not aim to explain, for example, how you can paint a certain sky in four steps. I seriously doubt whether readers learn more from such instruction books than they do by actually painting that sky. What if the sky should suddenly cloud over? Instead, this book wishes to show you the basic principles of watercolor paints, so you can flexibly apply them to whatever you want to achieve. 

I imagine it’s a little like learning chords on a guitar. For me, it seems important that you learn the finger-ings, but what song you play is up to you. 
And don’t worry, everything that we need to know about color can be learned with a simple box of paints.

Whether watercolor painting is sophisticated and legit-imate or not isn’t the point. Watercolor can go anywhere. It is an autonomous, free, and creative medium. It makes the world our studio.

Yours truly,
 Felix Scheinberger

Meet the Author

FELIX SCHEINBERGER is an illustrator, artist, and designer. He is the author and illustrator of two other books on watercolors and has illustrated more than fifty children’s books in the last decade. His work has appeared in magazines including Harvard Business Manager and Psychology Today. He lives in Berlin, Germany.

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Urban Watercolor Sketching: A Guide to Drawing, Painting, and Storytelling in Color 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
bergamotbooks More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun book to peruse, and I am now a Scheinberger fan. He touches on a variety of subjects in this book, making it almost a crash-course in painting with watercolor. The Intro provides a comfortable start, describing the origins of watercolor and paint colors. The next section of the book, First Attempts, allows the reader to see some of Scheinberger's examples of glazes and washes in his own sketches. The illustrations used throughout the entire book are wonderful. Then he moves onto Excursion in Color Theory, which of course, introduces and gives examples of various color theories. The following section is Your Own Style, in which he shows the reader many examples of different ways of painting and how to fall into your own creative pattern. Basics/Tools explores the world of paints and brushes available for watercolor painting. Out & About introduces the reader to painting things outside the four walls, how to communicate perspective and how to paint water, fog, air, smoke and how to create an atmosphere. Finally Tips & Tricks is a collection of, well, tips and tricks Felix has collected over the years using different types of paper, paint techniques, special effects, and a lot more. I really enjoyed reviewing this book, because it is something I can personally use in my own artistic ventures. His particular style of sketching and painting is so inspiring and different to me. Most art books don't help much in the way of bettering your creativity or skills, but this one really is worth the 20 bucks if not for anything but the inspiration. Source: I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
book4children More than 1 year ago
What a fun book! It's been a long time since I've painted anything, but this book got me excited about it again. The author gives a short history of the different colors, goes through some basic color theory, and discusses everything from design to technique. This book contains a little bit of everything. While most of the information is not much different than you would find in any other watercolor book, the author gives some valuable tips and new ideas. For me, the biggest positive was the unique way the artist uses his watercolors. Usually when you think of watercolor, you think of soft landscapes and floral paintings, but the author uses watercolor in ways I had never considered before. Felix Scheinberger makes watercolor less complicated, more accessible, and much more fun. I can't wait to get out my paints and get started! Recommended for artists of all skill levels. Source: I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. Content: Clean. No nude images.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Review on Urban Watercolor Sketching by Felix Scheinberger A guild to Drawing, Painting and Storytelling in Color. Thank you to Blogging for Books and Co for this free book! You guys are amazing! Bring new energy to your Sketches of urban scenes with this fresh and simple approach to watercolor painting. Wheter you’re an amateur artist, drawer, doobdler, or sketcher, watercolor is a versatile sketching medium that’s perfect for people on the go-much like pen or pencil. Accomplisheddesigners and illustrator Felix Scheinberger offers a solid foundation in color theory and countless lessons on all aspects of watercolor sketch, including: -Fundamentals like wet-on-wet, glazes, and washes -Materials and supplies to bring on your travels -Little-known tips and tricks, like painting when water isn’t handy and seeking out inspiration Vibrant watercolor paintings grace each page, and light-hearted anecdotes (why do fish make great subjects to paint, you may be wondering…) make this a lively guide to the medium. With an open mind and sketchbook, you will be ready to capture the moments around you in luminous color with confidence, creativity, and ease-no matter what your skill level may be. This is a great instructional book! With such funny, amazingly good instructions. I love the beautiful colors and pictures. With suck feeling and emotions this is a great book for anyone who is interested in water-coloring.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Modern watercolor sketching I was looking for more straight-sketching books (like The Technical Pen) when I came across this wonderful book by Felix Scheinberger. My mind has now been opened to an incredible new world of color theory and surprisingly to watercolor painting. This book of 156 pages is filled with playful drawings and splashes of vibrant colors that demonstrate a very modern and contemporary use of the 4,000 year old painting technique. Not did the images inspire me to embrace my drawing style more and explore color in a new way, but I found the text most fascinating as well. Scheinberger is a really intelligent artist who can communicate his thoughts concisely in light-hearted conversation. I highly encourage you to pick up this book, which is a superb English translation of Wasserfarbe fur Gestaller (2011).