Watercolor Pencil Magic

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Watercolor pencils are ideal for capturing a range of subjects -- everything from landscapes and water scenes to still lifes, flowers and portraits. All it takes is your imagination and the urge to experiment. Cathy Johnson makes exploring this fascinating medium easy by providing lively, hands-on instructions, illuminating examples and step-by-step demonstrations that help you master every new technique. You'll learn how to render the most challenging details, from water reflections to animal fur, and paint ...
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Overview

Watercolor pencils are ideal for capturing a range of subjects -- everything from landscapes and water scenes to still lifes, flowers and portraits. All it takes is your imagination and the urge to experiment. Cathy Johnson makes exploring this fascinating medium easy by providing lively, hands-on instructions, illuminating examples and step-by-step demonstrations that help you master every new technique. You'll learn how to render the most challenging details, from water reflections to animal fur, and paint successful compositions full of crisp luminosity and brilliant color. So go ahead and try something new! Watercolor Pencil Magic provides a fun way to learn more and paint better than ever before.
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A relatively unknown medium, watercolor pencils are a portable, versatile alternative to the traditional watercolor kit. Generally made of pure pigment in a water-soluble wax base enclosed in a wooden pencil, they are used dry for sketching but when moistened easily create washes and multiple layers of color. Johnson is a prolific author and artist with 25 books to her credit, including Sketching and Drawing. Here, she introduces this unique medium with simple mini-demos on the basics and fully developed compositions of landscapes, flowers, bridges, and buildings. Large collections will want to add this, though small libraries may want a more general book that includes a section on watercolor pencils, such as Janie Gildow and Barbara Newton's Colored Pencil Solution Book. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581801194
  • Publisher: North Light Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/1902
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 10.64 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Chapter 1 Gathering Supplies 8
Choosing the Right Pencils
Learning How Your Pencils Behave
Choosing the Right Paper
Choosing the Right Brushes
Gathering Other Supplies
Chapter 2 Making Your Mark--Getting Familiar with the Medium 20
Varying Your Application
Applying Basic Techniques With Water
Playing With Pigment
Working Dry-Into-Wet
Using Saturated Colors
Working Light Over Dark
Keeping It Clean
Retaining Whites
Using Linear Effects
Creating Flat Tones
Creating a Graded Wash
Layering
Painting With Color Lifted From Your Pencil
Getting Familiar With Opacity
Working With Colored Papers
Incorporating Elements of Design
Chapter 3 Painting Landscapes 42
Demonstration: Painting Aerial Perspective
Painting Tree Shapes
Painting Tree Bark
Demonstration: Painting Tree Bark
Painting Foliage
Demonstration: Painting Foliage
Demonstration: Using Trees in Your Landscapes
Demonstration: Painting Rocks and Boulders
Demonstration: Using Rocks in Landscapes
Painting Weeds and Grass
Demonstration: Painting Grass
Demonstration: Painting Intimate Landscapes
Chapter 4 Painting Water 62
Painting the Sea
Painting Waterfalls
Painting Rivers and Streams
Demonstration: Creating Reflections in
Rivers and Streams
Demonstration: Painting Lakes and Ponds
Demonstration: Painting Reflections
Demonstration: Painting Reflections of a Fountain
Chapter 5 Painting Plants and Flowers 76
Following the Rules of Perspective for Plants
Demonstration: Painting Flowers in the Distance
Demonstration: Painting the Irresistible Rose
Demonstration: Painting Plants Up Close
Creating Field Studies
Painting Still Lifes with Flowers
Chapter 6 Painting Light, Skies and Weather Effects 86
Painting the Light of Sunrise and Sunset
Painting Night
Demonstration: Painting Morning Light
Demonstration: Dealing With Shadows
Demonstration: Capturing Firelight
Painting Different Types of Clouds
Painting Snow
Painting Rain
Demonstration: Painting Rain Clouds
Chapter 7 Painting Birds and Animals 100
Painting Fur and Hair
Demonstration: Painting an Animal's Eye
Demonstration: Painting Feathers
Demonstration: Painting Flocks of Birds
Demonstration: Creating a Bird's Portrait
Demonstration: Creating an Animal's Portrait
Chapter 8 Painting People 114
Painting Crowd Scenes
Painting the Complete Figure
Painting Hair
Demonstration: Painting a Person's Portrait
Demonstration: Using a More Traditional
Approach to Portraiture
Creating Skin Tones
Demonstration: Applying Skin Tones Effectively
Index 128
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