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Gouache for Illustration Paperback – August 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; First Edition edition (August 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823021653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823021659
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think this is one of the best books from cover to cover.
Oksana Shiell
When it was only available on the used book market, this classic book on gouache technique was beyond most budgets.
LINDA C GRUMMON
This is almost the only book you'll need to get started with gouache.
Bettaman

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent introduction to the best techniques for painting in gouache, also known as opaque watercolor. Gouache has been a standard medium for illustrators for generations, yet it is not often taught in American art schools. It also has been used by fine artists for centuries. Gouache is remarkably easy to use, has low toxicity and is easy to clean up. Considering all that, it is amzing how little information about is available for professional artists.
Howard's book goes a long way toward correcting the problem. He explains how to select the right type of paint for your project, reviews several different brands of paint, and gives sound advice on color mixing. Even if you don't want to use opaque watercolor, the book is worth buying just for Howard's chapter on "Color Theories That Don't Work."
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is jam packed with valuable information for not just painters who work in gouache, but all painters. If you only have room or money for just a few more books, make sure that this is one of them. It is excellent, I have worked in illustration and and have painted in watercolors for 24 years. Many gouache techniques and properties, for some reason, are not commonly taught. Some of the working knowledge in here is the type that one only learns either on the job, or as an assistant/apprentice. The author has been very generous to be so informative while writing this book. Definitely not your average "how to" book!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bettaman on November 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is almost the only book you'll need to get started with gouache. As the medium of such outstanding artists as the late Bob Peak and industrial design master Syd Mead, gouache has so many possibilities IF you can learn how to use it and this book will tell you exactly how to get started! Be sure to do the exercises, get some decent sable brushes, and use one of the quality gouaches listed. Winsor Newton is pricey but Holbein's Acryla gouache is incredible once you figure out their color names (not standard like W&N or Holbeins standard gouache). His basic color palletes are a great start & his recommendation of the Quiller color wheel is right on. There is a new Quiller wheel out but the one in the book will not lead you astray. Study(!) the sections on color and color mixing and you will soon have a leg up on every other "beginner" and start seeing "what" makes some art professional as opposed to "straight out of the tube" amateur attempts. This book is great and I recommend it highly to anyone who wants to paint in gouache.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LINDA C GRUMMON on January 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
When it was only available on the used book market, this classic book on gouache technique was beyond most budgets.
Finally, the author has reissued it, reasonably priced and in digital form at [...]
There really is nothing else like it. Gotta have it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bird on May 24, 2014
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My daughter is a professional artist in England and I this book was purchased as a gift for her. She was more than pleased when it arrived and she was full of praise for both the content and the condition of the book.
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