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Yuko Nagayama: 12 lessons that will transform you in a more sensitive watercolor artist

Yuko Nagayama Watercolor Method Well Explained.

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Yuko Nagayama is a watercolor artist born in Tokyo in 1963. She is famous for her easy- to- understand style teaching approach.After graduating from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and the Satoru School of Arts Department in Tokyo, Yuko Nagayama became a professor at Musashino Art University, where she improved her ability of teaching such a difficult technique as a watercolor in a very simple and amazing way.Yuko Nagayama‘s teaching technique is so effective that she could teach in 12 simple lessons, as the title of her first volume underlines, in 12 weeks, obtaining her qualitative performance.

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Yuko Nagayama: “You can paint vibrant watercolors in 12 easy lessons”

The book is structured in 12 lessons. In the first lesson Yuko Nagayama explains her teaching method applicated on a simple object like an apple. The same chapter describes the fundamentals of watercolor: which kind of paper, the kinds colors available for this technique, and which brushes to use; The other eight lessons explains how to paint ordinary foodbottles with their highlights and how to paint flowers (which is a very popular subject for watercolor artists). Each object in the book is drawn and studied compositionally and proportionally before the painting process. Then the painting is described step by step: from veiling to veiling, up to the details that make the object feel real. One of the most interesting part of her teaching method is the choice of the captions and the historical line of the work in progress: summarized as a series of thumbnails at the bottom of the finished artwork, they show the progression of watercolor. To not lose sight of why some choices are important for watercolor’s sake. First of two volumes published in five years, Yuko Nagayama’s “You can paint vibrant watercolors” is a simple and essential volume, as Japanese tradition dictates103 pages are more than enough for a Japanese watercolorist to convey her sensitive mastery known throughout the artistic world.

Yuko Nagayama: “You can paint vibrant watercolors in 12 easy lessons”

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