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The Natural Way to Paint

Charles Reid's style is characterized by very loose, free sketchy lines and use of spotty watercolors. That's how all his examples look in the book. The style might not be for everyone, but he has included colour mixes so you can develop your own style. You can apply the lessons learned to all sorts of figures, although the nude is primarily featured in the book.


Author Charles Reid
Editions Watson-Guptill Publications
Date of Publication
1st April 2000
Pages 143
Registration ISBN 9780823031733
OnLine acquisition
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The book

The book describes as much the way to sketch nudes as painting them.


Comments are simple to understand, there are several drawings step by step, and many topics are approched in a very concrete and simple manner.

The particularity of this artist is to let blank about 30% of the surface, using colorful tones which blend on the paper.

This generates a beautiful light, a kind of explosion of colors ... I put different examples of his compositions to share the effect.