Masterclass in Colour

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From Pavillionbooks we received Masterclass in Colour for testing and writing a review about. We want to thank Pavillionbooks very much for this.

Information on the internet: Discover professional techniques for making the most of color in your art.
Take your use of color to a new level with the help of award-winning artists and tutors, Meriel Thurstan and Rosie Martin. In easy-to-understand language, they explain color theory and how to combine hues so they work well together; work with different media; and master shadows, texture, and pattern. On every spread, the left-hand page teaches a technique, while the right-hand side features a workbook page to encourage practice. Throughout, there are line illustrations for budding colorists to fill in and advice on turning them into watercolor paintings.

This book contains an extensive explanation about colouring and the study of colours. The book starts with an explanation about the different materials. How you can use them and how to combine the different materials. Of course the study of colours is addressed. You learn about the primary, secondary and tertiary colours. Furthermore there are the complementary colours. These colours oppose one another on the colour wheel.

Then the book addresses particular techniques. First you get an explanation of how to draw a water drop. This is explained step by step. It didn’t come out exactly as I wanted but for a first I don’t think it looks that bad.

In this chapter they also explain other techniques, like making patterns and applying texture in a design for example. These things are very interesting to read.

Then there’s the chapter “Colour your own” where you have an example on the left side, and you can get to work on the right side. I chose the Cardoon. I didn’t go by the full example, but what I did notice was that by working in multiple layers, you get much more depth in the design, and it becomes more fabulous than when you colour everything in the same colour.

Next the attention is shifted to the different colours. Something is explained about a colour and then you see a diagram where you can mix the colour with other colours, this way you learn which other colours can be made. You also get a couple of designs that belong to a certain colour. Something is told about the design and extra tips are given. This allows you to apply those extra details and make that design extra special.

Finally there are some exercises for the advanced colourists. Multiple colours are combined here in order to get a nice result. You can colour butterflies for example, where you have to pay attention to the smaller details, or mix colours in order to get the correct colour of the butterfly.

In the back of the book you can find an index in which you can quickly look up something special .

Conclusion : This is a very extensive book containing useful information if you want to improve your colouring skills. This book is a must have when you want to learn more about how to apply certain techniques, or want to learn more about specific colours. I learned a lot from this book and I will look into it more often in the future, and do exercises from this.

Data of the book:
Title: Masterclass in Colour
Illustrator: Meriel Thurstan & Rosie Martin
Publisher: Pavilionbooks
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 12 x 250 x 250 mm
ISBN: 9781849944250

This book is available at Bookdepository & a.o.

This review is translated by Nathalie Janssen. Thanks for that.

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