Art Book Review: Urban Watercolor Sketching by Felix Scheinberger


Urban Watercolor Sketching by Felix Scheinberger

Age Range: Adult (appropriate for teens as well)

Genre: Arts and crafts/instructional

Paperback: 160 pages

Publisher: Watson-Guptill (March 25, 2014)

Language: English

Source: From publisher via Blogging for Books

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

A guide that shows painters, drawers, doodlers, and urban sketchers
how to bring their drawings to life with colorful, bold, yet accessible
painting methods.

Bring new energy to
your sketches of urban scenes with this fresh and simple approach to
watercolor painting. Whether you’re an amateur artist, drawer, doodler,
or sketcher, watercolor is a versatile sketching medium that’s perfect
for people on the go—much like pen or pencil. Accomplished designer and
illustrator Felix Scheinberger offers a solid foundation in color theory
and countless lessons on all aspects of watercolor sketching,

Fundamentals like wet-on-wet, glazes, and washes
Materials and supplies to bring on your travels
Little-known tips and tricks, like painting when water
isn’t handy and seeking out inspiration

Vibrant watercolor paintings grace each page, and light-hearted
anecdotes (why do fish make great subjects to paint, you may be
wondering…) make this a lively guide to the medium. With an open mind
and sketchbook, you will be ready to capture the moments around you in
luminous color with confidence, creativity, and ease—no matter what your
skill level may be. 

 Interior page

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About the Author/Artist:

FELIX SCHEINBERGER is an illustrator, artist, and designer. He is the
author and illustrator of two other books on watercolors and has illustrated more than fifty children’s books in the last decade. His work has appeared in magazines including Harvard Business Manager and Psychology Today. He lives in Berlin, Germany.

 Interior page

My Thoughts:

What a fun book! It’s been a long time since I’ve painted anything, but
this book got me excited about it again. The author gives a short
history of the different colors, goes through some basic color theory,
and discusses everything from design to technique.  This book contains a
little bit of everything. While most of the information is not much
different than you would find in any other watercolor book, the author
gives some valuable tips and new ideas.

For me, the biggest positive was the unique way the artist uses his
watercolors. Usually when you think of watercolor, you think of soft
landscapes and floral paintings, but the author uses watercolor in ways I
had never considered before.  Felix Scheinberger makes watercolor less
complicated, more accessible, and much more fun. I can’t wait to get out
my paints and get started!

Recommended for artists of all skill levels.

Source: I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Content: Clean. No nude images.


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    July 9, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    My daughter LOVES art and wanted to take an art class. It was too expensive but maybe I should put together a package of art books for her and maybe that will work. I think the art in this would be really inspiring!

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      July 14, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      I love art books. You can learn a lot from them for a fraction of the cost of lessons. Of course, nothing quite compares to a one on one with a good teacher.

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    July 14, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Really beautiful!

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