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An excellent starter but the high quality drawing is a bit daunting
on 21 January 2013
There are many "how to" books on watercolour, but Alwyn Crawshaw is one of the big names and reading this I can see why. I would recommend this to a beginner precisely because the styles of fluid, grainy watercolour seen in these pages are just what the beginner needs to master. Too many books basically consist of "colouring in" and this is proper watercolour with granulating washes, overlaying veils of colour and the paint doing most of the work.
Drawbacks? This IS proper watercolour, and nobody ever said proper watercolour was easy. You can't learn judo from a book even if you can get the general idea - and you have to have a lot of practise to master watercolour too. One reviewer suggested repeating the exercise till you improve and this is very good advice indeed. Another facer is the fact that the drawing shown by the artists, especially in the animals section, is too dauntingly good to encourage a beginner. Forget elephants, concentrate on dogs (which are more convenient to study as they are widely available) and also sheep, which are gratifyingly easy with all that wool to blur the awkward bony bits.