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The Complete Watercolour Course: A Comprehensive, Easy-to-follow Guide to Watercolor Hardcover – 28 Mar 2004

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown; 1st edition (28 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843400081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843400080
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Raynes is a practicing artist and an experienced teacher of art to students of all levels. He has written a number of highly successful books including The Figure Drawing Workbook and Drawing and Painting People and, with these two books, is the only author to have been twice awarded the prestigious Artists' Choice Practical Art Book of the Year Award. John lives in Cornwall.


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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 Aug. 2011
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John Raynes has authored a few books, and one of them is this one on watercolours.

There are two editions for this one. One's the hardcover published in 2004 by Collins & Brown. The other's the one I'm reviewing, a paperback published by Batsford (an imprint of Anova Books) in 2008.

This book is for the beginner watercolour artists. All the tutorials in the book are guided exercises with step-by-step pictures and instructions. It is very detailed and easy to follow.

There's an exercise on seeing and creating tones that I find to be very useful. In that exercise, several coloured boxes are stacked to create shadows, and the author goes on to demonstrate how physical form can illustrated with just tones. The exercise is really simple and is one of the most effective exercises on tones that I've seen in any instructional art book.

The first half of the book is on the techniques. It explores not just watercolour techniques like glazing and mixing colours but also some art basics like composition.

The latter half has a several lengthy projects on painting subjects, ranging from still life to landscapes to people. Everything is still step-by-step. The examples are pretty nice looking as well.

This is a helpful book. Highly recommended to watercolour beginners.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blogs. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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One of the finest books about this un-forgiving medium called water-colour. Simply brilliant. Purchase this book before it goes out of print.
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I'm a ,newcomer to watercolour. I recently completed some basic watercolour exercise and this book looks at watercolour.in a different way I like textures so this book looks at that. So for me the book is an easy to follow guide to watercolour. I shall I'm sure get a lot out of this book.

Service was prompt and the book as brand new was clean and tidy.
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I'm doing a watercolour course here in Dorset and while my tutor is very good I find The Complete Watercolour Course a most valuable addition to my library. From the tools which are vital to detailed examples of the many different types of watercolour techniques, this is an exhaustive and most approachable work, which I would strongly recommend to anyone embarking on a watercolour course or starting out on their own.
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HASH(0x93e0c00c) out of 5 stars Clear instructions, good exercises 23 Aug. 2011
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Format: Paperback
John Raynes has authored a few books, and one of them is this one on watercolours.

There are two editions for this one. One's the hardcover published in 2004 by Collins & Brown. The other's the one I'm reviewing, a paperback published by Batsford (an imprint of Anova Books) in 2008.

This book is for the beginner watercolour artists. All the tutorials in the book are guided exercises with step-by-step pictures and instructions. It is very detailed and easy to follow.

There's an exercise on seeing and creating tones that I find to be very useful. In that exercise, several coloured boxes are stacked to create shadows, and the author goes on to demonstrate how physical form can illustrated with just tones. The exercise is really simple and is one of the most effective exercises on tones that I've seen in any instructional art book.

The first half of the book is on the techniques. It explores not just watercolour techniques like glazing and mixing colours but also some art basics like composition.

The latter half has a several lengthy projects on painting subjects, ranging from still life to landscapes to people. Everything is still step-by-step. The examples are pretty nice looking as well.

This is a helpful book. Highly recommended to watercolour beginners.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blogs. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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