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The Urban Sketching Handbook: Working with Color: Techniques for Using Watercolor and Color Media on the Go Flexibound – Illustrated, 26 March 2019

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  • Language : English
  • Flexibound : 112 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1631596802
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1631596803
  • Reading age : Baby and up
  • Customer reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 159 ratings

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Catch the color of a locale ... Offers practical color advice and essential techniques for on-site sketchers. ― Artists Magazine

About the Author

Shari Blaukopf is a Montreal-based workshop instructor, watercolor painter and sketch blogger who loves to travel and share her love of sketching. She’s the author of The Urban Sketching Handbook: Working with Color, and you can find her many online sketching courses at learn.shariblaukopf.com. She’s been part of the Urban Sketchers community since 2012 and has given many watercolor workshops both on her own and internationally through the Urban Sketchers Workshop Program. Her watercolors are in corporate, government and private collections in North America and abroad, and she’s a signature member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. You can follow her sketches on her blog at shariblaukopf.com or on Instagram @sharisketcher.

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M. T. Noonan
3.0 out of 5 stars Very small text and photos
2 April 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
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Catherine Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource for Watercolor Sketching on Location
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource for Watercolor Sketching on Location
Reviewed in the United States on 3 April 2019
I preordered this book in August when Shari announced it on her blog. Shari has two wonderful classes on Bluprint that started my foray into watercolor sketching. I have also followed her blog for a couple of years and was delighted when I learned that she had written a book on color. What I most wanted to know more about was her mixes and I was excited to see that she shares a great deal about her green mixes, shadow mixes, neutrals, etc. I am a landscape painter living in a tropical setting, so tackling those walls of green have been a challenge and I can't wait to experiment with some of these new mixes.

The basic tools you pack in your sketch bag are after all the foundation of any work that you do. I don't think you can truly create the depth of color that I see in her work with hard cakes of watercolor. The big take away here is that Shari uses tube paints in her palette, and the fresher the better. When I look back over my sketchbooks, I can always pinpoint the days when I refilled the pans with fresh paint. There is more detail about the specific brands she uses on her blog. One color mentioned in the book is Forest Green by Sennelier. This is a beautiful green that I would not do without, and because it is honey-based it never dries out in my palette.

Shari recommends a couple of travel brushes over a water brush. If you are working in a small sketchbook you might get away with using a water brush. I work in 8x5" or larger watercolor journals and to get a beautiful sky wash I like a mop brush loaded with lots of juicy paint. When you are working en plein air, paint dries much faster and if you are working with a small brush that does not hold enough water, you are going to get a lot of fiddly little brush strokes that dry on the paper before you've even finished laying in your sky or other large shapes.

How you find this book depends a lot on your expectations. This book surpassed mine. There is a lot of very useful information to be had in this book and for the price I don't think there is a better value.
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24 people found this helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a tutorial.
16 June 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
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Carole P
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Handbook on Color, Especially for New Sketchers
2 April 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
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