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The watercolourist's guide to painting buildings
Taylor, Richard.
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Publication Information:
Newton Abbot, Devon : David and Charles, [1998]

Physical Description:
128 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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Includes index.
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ND2310 .T37 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Buildings -- old and new, ornate or simple -- provide an endlessly intriguing subject for watercolorists. Author and artist Richard Taylor gives you all the skills and techniques for capturing perspective, proportion, light and shade, detail and texture. After deciding on the right materials, try your hand at courtyards, quadrangles, and cloisters; formal architecture: domestic and seaside buildings; and street life..Make wood look weather-beaten produce the cool appearance of stone, and add reflections to windows. Throughout, 120 paintings in various stages of completion guide you, showing the effects of color, shadowing and balance. A Selection of F & W's North Light Book Club.

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Library Journal Review

The new HarperCollins "Learn To Draw" series contains more than a dozen slim, inexpensive volumes, each devoted to a single genre. Cook's book on buildings is a good introduction to basic drawing tools and materials, with brief demonstrations and tips. The volume suffers from the smallness of many of the illustrations and the resulting loss of detail. An earlier effort by Michael Woods, The Complete Drawing Course: How You Can Master All the Techniques of Drawing in Just 25 Minutes (Batsford, 1995) is broader in scope and a better value. For those who want to render buildings in watercolor, Taylor's book is an unequivocal success. A member of the Society of Architectural Illustrators, Taylor has created a sumptuous work, rich in detailed images, and, moreover, complete with a brilliant text. For readers who wonder how a particular shadow is splashed over a stucco wall or how to get small panes in sunlight to look like real glass, Taylor reveals the color values and techniques necessary. Highly recommended, for beginning or advanced artists. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.