A sketchbook is the perfect place to gather and record observations, whether your intent is to complete a quick watercolor sketch or prepare for a larger studio painting. In Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook, acclaimed artist Brenda Swenson explores the many wonderful possibilities that an artist's sketchbook has to offer-from practice pad to travel journal. You will discover how to get the most out of your own personal sketchbook, as well as learn essential art theory and techniques, including composition, perspective, color mixing, and much more. It's all right here in this comprehensive guide! (64-page paperback, 6.5 x 9.5) Awards: Craftrends Awards of Excellence 2006 Finalist
Discover the rewards of keeping a watercolor sketchbook Keeping a watercolor sketchbook is a unique artistic journey involving all the senses. This creative process of painting what you perceive both strengthens art skills and yields a uniquely personal collection of one's life experiences. Learning this process has never been a greater joy than with this kit. Everything needed to begin a watercolor sketchbook is inside-from a quality set of art materials to a 40-page inspirational guidebook by accomplished watercolorist Brenda Swenson. After touching on the basics of watercolor painting, Brenda leads readers through the artistic process of recording the world around them. With insight on expressing mood with color, assembling dynamic compositions, and exploring time of day, this guide is more than an instructional book-it offers creative ways for artists to communicate their experiences with watercolor. Brenda also explores the versatility of the sketchbook, showing how to use it as a travel diary, a daily journal, and even a tool for preparing a full-sized painting.
Keep a sketchbook journal and explore your world, preserve your thoughts and celebrate life! More than a diary of written words, a sketchbook journal allows you to indulge your imagination and exercise your artistic creativity. It is a personal, private place where you have unlimited freedom to express yourself, experiment, discover, dream and document your world. The possibilities are endless. In How to Keep a Sketchbook Journal, Claudia Nice shows you samples from her own journals and provides you with advice and encouragement for keeping your own. She reviews types of journals, from theme and garden journals to travel journals and fantasy sketchbooks, as well as the basic techniques for using pencils, pens, brushes, inks and watercolors to capture your thoughts and impressions. Exactly what goes in your journal is up to you. Sketch quickly to capture a thought or image before it vanishes. Draw or paint with care, to render an idea or vision as realistically as possible. Write about what you see. The choice is yours--and the memories you'll preserve will last a lifetime.
Learn Eight Valuable Principles for Planning Your Next Watercolor Painting
Author: Brenda Swenson
Pubpsher: Walter Foster Publishing
A unique approach to painting in watercolor that won't be found anywhere else on the market It may seem impossible to be able to ensure the success of a watercolor painting before the paintbrush hits paper, but the newest addition to our Artist's Library series proves that it can be done. Accomplished watercolorist Brenda Swenson breaks down the process of planning a painting into eight individual steps, which include choosing a format, planning out values, effectively using color, developing a center of interest, creating a visual path, incorporating variety, painting negative shapes, and introducing light and shadow. Then she combines the steps in one final painting to show how each step works together to produce a pleasing, successful work of art. With clear, step-by-step instruction and helpful hints from the artist, this book is unique because it focuses not only on the painting process itself, but also on experimenting and strategizing, which are essential to the painting process. This book shows readers that, when you plan ahead, taking the time to study the essential elements that create a painting will make the finished product more satisfying and rewarding.
In Sketching Your Favorite Subjects in Pen & Ink, Claudia Nice covers all aspects of pen and ink drawing. You'll find complete instruction for and demonstration of techniques such as crosshatching, stippling, texture and value contrasts, as well as the use of contour, parallel and scribble lines. All of theses techniques are illustrated throughout by the author's striking works. You'll find chapters detailing: Houses and Buildings: using freehand and architectural styles, learn to detail barns, houses and cityscapes. Animals: draw realistic animals by focusing on anatomy, facial features and hair texture. The Plant Kingdom: learn to sketch plants, flowers, leaves and trees - from an individual flower to an entire forest. Faces and Figures: sketch realistic, dynamic figures and capture varying moods. Birds: learn to draw lifelike feathers, eyes, bills and feet. Waterscapes: capture the reflections of a quiet brook and the spray of crashing surf.
Expand your artistic horizons with watercolor! Watercolor is a fun, challenging medium that captures the magic of light and color. Now world-renowned artist and instructor Claudia Nice helps you get started in watercolor today. In Watercolor Made Simple with Claudia Nice, you'll start with the very basics, learning new techniques as you paint. Detailed instructions and step-by-step artwork show you how to: Explore the amazing variety of effects you can get by painting watercolors on dry, damp or wet paper Mix paint and water to create a variety of soft, beautiful washes Use fun and easy techniques such as spatter, sponging and stamping to bring a lively new look to your work Blend colors on your palette to capture the precise shade you're seeking Use your brushes, papers and paints to produce wonderful textural effects Throughout, you'll find helpful troubleshooting tips, practical exercises, and Claudia's encouraging advice - all so you, too, can become a watercolor pro.
Draw & Paint Realistic Trees in All Four Seaons Bestselling author and naturalist Claudia Nice is back with another studio essential for every landscape artist. Drawing & Painting Trees in the Landscape features Claudia's best tips and techniques for painting trees of all kinds in their natural settings—from the majesty of mountain evergreens to the delicate pink blossoms of cherry trees in spring. With her inspiring artistic style and in-depth visual instruction, Claudia starts with the basics, showing you how to break down reference photos and open-air vistas into simple shapes, colors and textures. Follow along as she skillfully guides you through every step of creating vibrant compositions anchored by glorious trees and foliage, including: Drawing and sketching techniques for mapping out successful compositions A variety of basic tree shapes you can reference and copy; featuring more than 40 conifers, hardwoods and deciduous trees Proven color mixes for painting an array of vibrant hues—from the many different greens of foliage to the soft pastels of spring blossoms—using watercolor, oil, acrylics or mixed media Step-by-step instructions on drawing and painting important details, such as the weathered textures of bark, the sculptural shapes of bare branches in winter, aged mossy trunks and more Techniques for working smart in any medium, such as using simple watercolor washes for distant foliage, adding details with pen & ink, and "knife painting" in oils for interesting dimensional effects Whether your goal is to make accurate field sketches for your journal, paint what you see on your travels through the countryside, or just capture familiar views of your own back yard, Claudia makes the process fun, easy and satisfying. Like a walk in the woods, with every step you'll relax, enjoy and learn something new.
A World of Creative Ideas for Drawing and Designing Alphabets
Author: Abbey Sy
Pubpsher: Rockport Publishers
Create an alphabet all your own with a helping hand from Hand Lettering A to Z and its team of international artists here to help you get started. Your hand lettering contains a little bit of you! Hand lettering not only expresses what you have to say, but also demonstrates the creativity in your communications. In Hand Lettering A to Z, artist and author Abbey Sy has invited four international artists--Meg Hyland, Joao Neves, Tessa Go, and Lisa Lorek--to join her in designing all new alphabets for you to draw and use in many different languages. You don’t have to be a trained artist to master the art of hand lettering. These alphabets are for every skill level, and will suits any taste. Do you want colorful script full of bombast? Maybe an austere black and white script? Whether you're going for classic or just plain fun, Hand Lettering A to Z has direction for you. So why wait to get creative? Grab some supplies and customize twenty-six letters of your own!
Make your first steps in watercolor fun and rewarding! Watercolor's vivid colors and fresh, direct brush strokes make it the most exciting way to paint. "But," you think, "Learning to paint must be hard and frustrating." Not with ,b>Cathy Johnson as your teacher! Here, she makes learning to paint in watercolor fun—even easy! With Painting Watercolors, you'll learn to paint by picking up a brush and painting—not by reading about a bunch of confusing theories. Cathy tells you everything you need to begin—including: • Which tools and materials you should buy to get off to a good, affordable start • When, what, even where to paint • Explanations of watercolor terms (such as "washes" and "puddles") • Easy and useful painting tricks—such as glazing and drybrush. Exercises help you loosen up and learn the ins and outs of putting paint on paper. Easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions show you how to paint water, believable skies, a variety of trees in different seasons and other popular elements. Plus, a dozen demonstrations show you how paintings come together, from initial sketch to final brushstrokes. With Cathy's help, you can start painting right away!
A renowned artist shares her special techniques for capturing nature's boundless beauty in this new book that offers step-by-step instructions for painting a range of subjects. 116 illustrations, 100 in color.