The Urban Sketching Handbook: Working with Color Techniques for Using Watercolor and Color Media on the Go

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2019-03-26
  • Publisher: Quarry Books
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Learn to express yourself through color while painting on location with the in-depth tips and techniques of Working with Color, the fifth volume in the Urban Sketching Handbook series.

Expert watercolorist, illustrator, instructor, and co-founder of Urban Sketchers Montreal Shari Blaukopf shares her essential color tips about color-water ratio, achieving bold color, avoiding muddy washes, painting in layers, and using wet-in-wet techniques.

This essential handbook covers:
  • supplies and materials
  • sample color palettes
  • color mixing
  • using limited palettes
  • monochrome sketches
  • the power of complementary colors
  • using evocative, expressive color
With a focus on using watercolor with greater confidence and knowledge, the book also delves into pencil and ink and watersoluble pencils.
The instructional text is enhanced with stunning watercolor illustrations by the author and other expert urban sketchers from beautiful locations around the globe. The illustrations include examples of color swatches showing value; mixing; illustrations of complementary, analogous, and neutral color schemes; and sample galleries.

Working with Color is an indispensable guide for on-location artists looking to expand and strengthen their expressive use of color.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Urban Sketching Handbook: Working with Color
Author: Shari Blaukopf
Key I — Basics
Brushes, pens, pencils, ink, palette, paper, paints
Vocabulary of color: value, hue, saturation, complementary, analogous, triad
Illustration: color wheel
Key II — Pigments and Color mixing
An urban sketchers palette
Choosing colors
Color mixing
Understanding your pigments: Transparency and opacity
Key III — Color and Value
The importance of white
The power of darks
High key sketches
Low key sketches
Atmospheric Perspective
Key IV  — Limited Color Palettes
Monochrome (Practice using only one color)
Triads (Limit yourself to the primaries)
Black plus one color (Choose a dark pigment and add an accent color)
Pure color
Key V — Color Schemes
Split Complementary
Unity through color
Key VI — Neutral Color
Mixing greys
Mixing browns
Gallery I — Mood and atmosphere
Gallery II  — Expressive color
Gallery III — Light and shadow
Gallery IV — Using a variety of media

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