- Hardcover: 112 pages
- Publisher: Batsford Ltd (10 Jun. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849941408
- ISBN-13: 978-1849941402
- Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Learn Watercolour Quickly Hardcover – 10 Jun 2014
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About the Author
Hazel Soan is a popular and successful artist who divides her time between London and Cape Town, exhibiting her work widely. She has her own gallery in Fulham, London. She is author of eight bestselling books for both Harpercollins and Batsford, including the Essence of Watercolour. She was one of the art experts in the popular Channel 4 TV series Watercolour Challenge. The very successful Collins Gem 10 Minute Watercolour (9780007202157) is also by Hazel Soan.
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I like her relaxed style. If I wanted great detail, I can take a picture by my camera, and hang it up.
I like the idea that a little less detail makes the brain of the viewer work or imagine. It makes the subject more personal.
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I got off to a bad start at the introduction where it says that you can read this book in about 30 minutes. That should give you an idea about how much text and information there are in this 112-page A5-sized hardcover.
This book is actually a very condensed introductory guide that explains what watercolour is. Every topic or technique is just given a one paragraph treatment. Then there's either one or two pictures of some effects (e.g. splatter, wet on wet), followed by a finished painted example. The steps towards creating the final painting is missing.
The information is useful, yes, but they are too short and lacking in depth. I feel that beginners will find it more helpful if there were more hands-on tutorials -- there are only two extremely brief step-by-step demonstrations.
At the end of the book, I suppose you'll know the theory of the various techniques but most likely you won't know how to use them well in practice, or in combination to finish a simple painting.
Yes, I think you can learn some basic watercolour techniques quickly, but definitely not with this book. To learn watercolour so quickly might end up frustrating you instead. For 30 minutes, that's just enough time to learn one of the many techniques. Learn Watercolour Quickly is an introductory guide that could be better with techniques more elaborately demonstrated.
For beginners, I would recommend the more hands-on and practical Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner instead, at around the same price of Hazel Soan's book.Read more ›
There are 6 chapters covering a) what to know about water colours b) equipment needed c) choose the colours d) putting paint on paper e)selecting a subject and f) go for it.
I went for it but was far from successful. I think to be even marginally competent there has to be some artistic flair in you but it is unfortunately not in me.
A first class teaching book that will bring joy to many.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A book I have needed to read for a long time and I am not really a beginner. Hazel has written a beautiful and very positive book about watercolour. I have learned a lot. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Annelise
What a little gem this book really is. Hazel Soan is a remarkable artist who does know her craft and makes it look so easy. Read morePublished 5 months ago by TennisNut
Very good book for the absolute beginner who wants inspiring. I am still trying to paint and keep going back to this book to help me.
Excellent very easy to follow, most helpful instructions enjoying the bookPublished 10 months ago by Margaret