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Direct Watercolor Paperback – 15 Feb 2018
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About the Author
Though best known for his sketchbook drawings and paintings in watercolor, Marc also works in oils in the studio, and paints digitally in photoshop as a concept artist for video games and feature animation. Marc has been a correspondent with UrbanSketchers.org since 2009, and served as a board member and volunteer editor from 2009-2016. Originally based in San Francisco, He is currently representing Montreal, Quebec. Marc was elected to the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor in December of 2016, recently winning their Sloan Award (2016), and CSPWC Second Prize Award (2017). He graduated in 1995 with a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary Alberta, going on to 15+ year career as an art director and concept artist for various studios including Electronic Arts, Microsoft, and Disney. He has worked on games such as Dragon Age Inquisition, Neverwinter Nights and Baldur’s Gate, specializing in characters and costumes, and fantasy-historical environmental design.
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It didn't disappoint.
The first part of the book goes over what direct watercolor is, the tools Marc uses, and includes a few tutorials on working with this technique. The rest features the various destinations Marc travelled to over the years, and of course the paintings that he made while there. So you'll have a few pages dedicated to Portugal, Tuscany, Key West, and so on. I found it a very nice way of organizing things, it's almost like reading a book version of his blog.
Even though the more "technical" how to bits are mostly reserved to the first part of the book, you'll find the author's thoughts and more tips alongside the paintings in the rest of the book as well. There are also a few step by step spreads showing the process for entire paintings scattered throughout the book.
Great book, and a great source of inspiration too.
That said, I would recommend you pick up The Urban Sketcher as well; while it describes a slightly different process (i.e. creating a loose ink sketch that will then be colored with watercolor), it includes A TON of technical tips that aren't really covered in this book.
Kudos to the author on a helpful, lovely book. I will be adding it to the list of books I recommend to my watercolor sketching students.