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The Natural Way to Paint: Rendering the Figure in Watercolor Simply and Beautifully Paperback – Apr 1 2000


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; New edition edition (April 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082303173X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823031733
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 1.1 x 26.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 640 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #233,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Katherine Adlam on May 17 2013
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I'm dying to dive right into this book. I've gotten other books by Charles Reid from the library and used them extensively. I bought this one as I really want to work on painting the figure in watercolour. I love the sections on blending to produce skin tones. The pictures are exciting and make one want to start painting immediately.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sir_isaac_newton on July 16 2002
Format: Hardcover
I was captivated by this book when I first flicked through it. The striking pictures of naked women probably helped but Charles' unique style really is what captivates. For example, one of my favorite pictures is of an old man fly fising. This book inspired me to first reproduce some of my favorite pictures from the book and then to do a series of paintings myself -- a good learning experience. The book is well illustrated (of course) and layed out, and would be a great tutorial in watercolor painting and/or painting people (clothed or otherwise). Charles also wrote a similar book on painting flowers (not of interest to me) and an older less colorful book on painting portraits -- which I was fortunate enough to pick up cheaply and new in a second-hand store. This book is the best of the three though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KNW on Aug. 5 2001
Format: Paperback
Mr. Reid has a unique style which I love but which may not be for everyone. His book will be most useful for those chosing to emulate his style but will also be very informative for those following a different style.
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This book begins with a couple exercises intended to improve your ability at drawing people with pencil. All of these are ones I've utilized before in college art classes. These are followed by several exercises intended to improve your ability at drawing people with watercolor. All exercises focus on quick drawings. His paintings often use exagerated colors, to simplify the reader's task of figuring out what is happening. Together, these exercizes (and a lot of practice) are bound to greatly improve your artistic ability.
Even if you prefer to do slow detailed paintings, the quick paced exercises are an invaluable tool to improve your ability to draw people.
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