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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (May 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440308446
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440308444
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carl Purcell has taught beginning drawing, figure drawing, watercolor painting and art appreciation at Snow College in Utah for 30+ years. He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and an honorary member of the Utah Watercolor Society; a member of both the Nevada Watercolor Society and the Northwest Watercolor Society. He is on the board of directors for the Central Utah Art Center. http://www.carlpurcell.com/

Customer Reviews

It has lots of information which is very easy to follow.
Aikido Guy
I love this Book, I started messing with watercolor and sketching about a year and NOT a thing I did turned out and now I know why, I needed this Book.
Donna Fuller
This book helps you view things from the perspective of an artist and your work will improve greatly because of that.
Hugo A. Félix

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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Donna Fuller on July 29, 2010
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I love this Book, I started messing with watercolor and sketching about a year and NOT a thing I did turned out and now I know why, I needed this Book. The Author covers everthing that you didn't think about and starts you out on some easy lessions. I have spent a ton of money and am knee high in books that are not informative for a beginner, this book explains everything and guides you along to some pretty decent sketches and watercolor. If I had had this Book last year I would have saved alot of money, paint, brushes that I didn't need let alone frustration. I just bought the Book for a frend of mine who is starting to sketch and paint, this is all she needs to get going, this book and Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes by Sterling Edward are all you need to be really and stay inspired. Everything that most Authors don't cover with out endless babble is in Your Artist's Brain. I love this Book so much and am really proud of what I have been able to do with this book on my tsble, it is great and unlike most books you will want to keep reading and learning. The art work is great, not hung up on drawing coffee cups, etc. Read the chapters on angle and how to get it right the first time. Worth every penny, I am waiting for the next book. You really won't want to pass this Book, don't buy another Book until you get this one. Also Carl Purcell can paint! You will come a long way with this Book at your side, be you a beginner or pro don't pas this one. I am truly grateful for Carl sharing what he knows! Thank you, Thank you so much Mr. Purcell. I highly recommend this Book for everyone Sketching and Painting!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ronald K. Ridley on March 29, 2011
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This book helps you improve of the design of the shapes in your composition, so you can have a better watercolor painting. Carl Purcell goes through a series of examples on how to look at a subject and draw it with results that look professional. Contrast is one of the most important concepts to get right. He explains how to see value contrasts in subjects and draw them with pencil on a sketch. This is a good exercise to do before you do a watercolor painting, so you know where to put the dark colors and the light colors or white of the paper.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By CJ. Stanek VINE VOICE on December 30, 2011
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I loved this book because it made me "think outside the box" so to speak.
Made me look at how I come up with what I am going to paint. Its easy to
think that our paintings are due to what we see...well, when you start to
look at a scene that you are going to paint as dark/light/grey areas you
see it TOTALLY differently, it will change how you think...it will as the
author said, make your analytic brain step aside and let your artist's
brain take hold in a new way. I really enjoyed this read and how the
author not only wrote it so anyone could understand it, he also put in
sketches/drawings and paintings showing the point of interest and how to
drive people to look at it and not have the painting be too distracting.
I actually put this to a small drawing test, and did an exercise he suggested
(pick something in a photo to paint, turn it upside down, then sketch it) it
makes you SEE the dark, light, grey tones and NOT the flowers or pieces of
fruit, etc. Try it! It is really an interesting exercise. Lots of art
books out there, I think this is a good addition to any art library.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Health Foodie on August 4, 2012
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Not what I thought....I was expecting to see more right-brain exercises. He does explain that theory at the beginning, which was excellent, but it is mostly painting demos.

I did like how he explains seeing a scene and changing it to make better compositions. But, only an experienced artist can fabricate things....like extra rocks, trees, etc.

I thought that the book was more for beginners, since it discusses drawing and painting from the right side of the brain, but I think that it is for more advanced artists. I am a beginner and found the demos to be too complex for me.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Conway on August 24, 2010
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If you are looking for a reference source that helps under the techniques and principals use to create realistic art work then you have found a very good book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Greg Hershberger on May 28, 2011
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This book really is great. It is very practical and shows you how to block images in everyday life into smaller shapes so that you can learn to draw them better. While many books just show you what the artist has done, this author breaks down the process in simple ways and also explains what is happening as you draw the pictures. There are a lot of helpful tips here, and in my opinion this book is the kind of fundamentals training source that could be studied again and again with great benefit to all artists. Definitely one of the best drawing books I have read so far, and I've read a lot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Wiesneth author of TAILS OF IMAGINATION on January 1, 2014
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I have a few favorite art books that I go back to again and again. This one just got added to the stack.
There's nothing terribly new to the approach but Purcell takes you effortlessly through the ideas on line, shadow, values, shapes, and composition.

Once he's covered the foundations necessary for a great composition, he introduces color. While not a watercolor artist, I still found his examples in this section helpful as they tied back to the concepts of shape, value, and composition already covered, providing a good refresher.

One of the best quotes in the book relates painting to cooking: "Start with the big picture. Decide what you want to make for dinner before dragging out spices and ingredients."
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