From Basics to Special Effects (Secrets of Watercolor) || Joe Garcia

The basic approach of this book is not dissimilar to the Top Tips series from another publisher. Each technique or subject is given a single page or spread, with example illustrations and short explanatory captions. Where it differs, though, is that it doesn’t try to get too many illustrations onto a page. Having decided on a small format, the designers seem to be aware of its limitations and to have worked within them, turning them quite frequently, into a strength. The approach is to keep it simple, stripped-back and constantly moving and the result makes it all very easy to follow and to absorb quickly. These aren’t books to pore over but rather to pick up and dip into for specific information or just for inspiration.

£9.99 is quite a lot for a book this small, and I can’t help thinking the series would have been an easier sell at a couple of quid cheaper, but I do think the titles I’ve seen so far are worth the money.

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