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beautiful is small,
This review is from: 10-Minute Watercolours (Collins Gem) (Paperback)
It is small, there's no denying that, but it's not thin on inspiration, information, or beautiful examples. It is Hazel Soan's examples that make this the book of choice for me. Every single illustration right down to the paints, palettes and brushes you're recommended to buy are exquisite examples of 10-minute watercolours. Other examples in the book are breathtaking in their simplicity to convey form and rendering with a minimum number of strokes and colours. As for the size, well part of the attraction of watercolours must be in the ease of carrying. The media is relatively compact compared to others. So, why should the book be any larger than pocket sized? I think it fits perfectly into the watercolour package.
One thing I would say is that it does only deal with a single aspect of watercolour. As the title suggests, it is the use of watercolours as a quick sketch medium. Obviously, watercolours offer more versatility than just quick sketching and, possibly, you might want a more comprehensive manual on watercolours if you're exploring the medium. But if sketching is what you do, especially on the move, in between walking about, or on holiday, you really can't go wrong with this gem packed alongside your paints and brushes.
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Initial post: 19 Feb 2015 21:17:07 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Feb 2015 22:55:50 GMT
Ian Russell above, says, that "One thing I would say is that it does only deal with a single aspect of watercolour." ...Well, the title of the book is 10-Minute Watercolours, what can be done in 10 minutes? A sketch... if you want something more advanced, you'll have to get another book... There are so many books on the market for various stages of development. In my opinion, this is a very useful book for beginners and slightly more advanced amateurs alike.
My only criticism is that the format IS too small. A5 would have been much better, so some of those illustrations that are 'double spread' in this format, could have been printed onto one page.
Otherwise I agree with the previous reviewer that, yes, this is a little
Gem of a book, which is extremely useful and full of easy to follow tips. I highly recommend this book to anyone, especially if you are, like me, coming back to painting after a good few years away from the brushes...
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