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Can't recommend for the price
on September 4, 2009
Joseph Zbukvic is a talented artist and the works in the book are terrific. But you won't learn much from this book. His watercolor clock idea is perhaps a nice teaching aid but the basic idea- about using paper mositure and brush loading to good effect- is nothing you won't learn from very fundamental watercolor technique and just experimenting on your own. Having looked at Zbukvic's website and a video, I will say that he has one great hint: connect your shapes, and this is done using lost and found edges (let edges of some shapes be indistinct so shapes are connected). He also emphasizes values, but this is basic technique and no revelation.
I don't see the book as nearly worth the money (at more than $50). Alvaro Castagnet paints almost exactly like Zbukvic; I can barely tell them apart. Although Castagnet's book is nearly non-informative, get it for the images (at much less cost). I would also recommend one of Zbukvic's DVDs ([...]) as less expensive and probably overall more informative. For context, look at the Amercian Watercolor Society website and see the artists' links and the great variety of terrific watercolors, many of them polar opposites of Zbukvic in technique. Charles Reid has good basic instruction.