The Nude Sketchbook
Copying is how we learn. It is the oldest, grandest tradition and essential to an artist's development. Featuring 20 masterpieces by Michelangelo, Modigliani, Matisse, and more, The Nude Sketchbook is the first in an innovative new series that combines careful study with independent expression. Each image is accompanied by helpful prompts from iconic artists, critics, and art historians, with plenty of blank space to practice and explore within the theme. Complete with a brief history of life drawing and an introduction to the draughtsman's toolkit, this guided sketchbook equips artists with everything they need to develop their style and skills. Gain a fresh understanding of the tools, materials, and techniques necessary to master this most intimate subject.
The Portrait Sketchbook
With centuries of artistic wisdom, The Portrait Sketchbook offers everything you need to train your eye, hand, and mind. Explore and experience the creative processes of iconic draughtsmen to realize your own original style; quickly sketch passersby with da Vinci; create a ghostlike form with Seurat; master Ingres' evocation of the most kissable lips; and adopt Freud's liberating directness.Featuring 20 works and a host of helpful prompts from leading artists, critics, and art historians-as well as plenty of blank space to practice in-this sketchbook will guide you to a fresh understanding of the tools, materials, and skills necessary to master this most personal subject.
Love Those Eyes
By Sarah Jane Ellis, Elisa Mazzone
In Love Those Eyes, Sarah Ellis and Elisa Mazzone bring you 50 gorgeous eye-makeup recipes. These mouth-watering ideas will delight all the more when you apply them to your own eyes. As with any great recipe collection you are inspired to adjust and re-balance the elements to suit your own eye shape, complexion or mood. Featuring light looks to warm your day, cool powerful looks to say you mean business, carefree looks for out and about, dramatic looks for turning those heads. And when you need to party? Look no further - you will rock it! Complete all looks with your favourite mascara or lashes for the perfect finish. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It will be.
If You're Bored With Your Camera Read This Book
By Demetrius Fordham
You know photography, don't you? Nice group pictures, tasteful landscapes, perhaps a filter from an app on your phone. Conventional, easy to manage, inoffensive, boring...right?WRONG! In this book you'll find inspiring ideas and genuinely different techniques that you can use to capture anything, from artistic portraits, through to stunning street photography and unusual aboreals. This book will open your eyes, and your lens cap, to new ideas.Topics include:Put Down Your CameraForget the RulesCreative Shooting ExercisesGo Back to Basics
Stop Look Breathe Create
By Wendy Ann Greenhalgh
Stop Look Breathe Create is a simple four-step process for exploring mindfulness through creativity, and in turn, developing creativity through mindful practice. The book engages the reader with ten everyday subjects, from 'The Ground Beneath Our Feet' to 'Returning Home' and for each of these there are three projects: one drawn, one photographic, one written. All are based on the effective mindfulness techniques that Wendy Ann has developed in her successful workshops and courses, and the book is filled with simple techniques and ideas to help the reader enjoy their artistic endeavours while being in the moment.A timely introduction to the benefits of mindfulness through creativity, Stop Look Breathe Create offers an oasis of calm in a frenetic world.
Black & White Photography
By Michael Freeman
Beautifully illustrated and far-reaching in scope, this guide is destined to be a standard reference for years to come. Alongside the work of author Michael Freeman, you'll find the classic photography of renowned black and white photographers such as Ansel Adams, Ian Berry, Bill Brandt, Edward Curtis, Brett Weston and Edward Weston.Freeman covers all aspects of black-and-white digital photography: the fine art tradition as well as the techniques. Learn how to see and expose in black and white, digitally convert colour to monochrome and develop a black and white digital workflow using the latest software.
The Photographer's Eye Remastered 10th Anniversary
By Michael Freeman
Design is the single most important factor in creating a successful photograph. The ability to see the potential for a strong picture and then organize the graphic elements into an effective, compelling composition has always been one of the key skills in making photographs. Of course, digital photography has brought a new, exciting aspect to design first because the instant feedback from a digital camera allows immediate appraisal and improvement; and second because image-editing tools make it possible to alter and enhance the design after the shutter has been pressed. This has had a profound effect on the way digital photographers take pictures. The Photographers Eye shows how anyone can develop an eye for seeing great digital photos. The book explores all the traditional approaches to composition and design, but crucially, it also addresses the new digital technique of shooting in the knowledge that a picture will later be edited, manipulated, or montaged to result in a final image that may be very different from the one seen in the viewfinder.
Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction
By John Austin
We've come a long way from the Peashooter Era: with the advent of modern household products and office supplies - foldback clips, clothespins, rubber bands, ballpoint pens, toothpicks, paper clips and plastic utensils - the everyday junk drawer can hold all the materials needed to create pocket-sized weaponry. Whether you're slowing dying of boredom in a stuffy office, plotting revenge on your older siblings or simply looking for a wonderful way to kill some time, this book is for you. Toy designer John Austin provides detailed, step-by-step instructions for each project, including materials and ammo lists, clear pictures, and construction tips, for mayhem-loving MacGyvers. The 35 devices include catapults, slingshots, darts, crossbows, and combustion shooters. Build a tiny trebuchet from paper clips and a D-cell battery. Wrap a penny in a string of paper caps to create a surprisingly impressive "bomb." Several of the projects even include variations where combatants mount laser pointer sights to their shooters to increase their accuracy. The instructions are simple so that anyone can make these wacky innovations in minutes whilst also learning about mechanics and physics in a fun, hands-on way.
Make Great Art on Your iPad
By Alison Jardine
You don't have to be an artist to achieve great results on your iPad, and this refreshingly accessible book is perfect for skilled artists and creative wannabes alike. Alongside the step-by-step projects that teach the fundamentals of digital painting, there are also some easy and fun artistic tricks that anyone can try. Tutorials include - What Would Bansky Do?- Find Your Inner Urban Artist- The 30-Second Portrait Portrait- The Purrrfect Cat - Five Easy Art Hacks - The Not-So-Still Life. You'll master the most popular art apps, and you will learn new painting and drawing skills along the way.
If You're Bored With WATERCOLOUR Read This Book
By Veronica Ballart Lilja
Are you bored of painting tasteful landscapes, light seascapes and delicate still-lifes? Or are you labouring under the misconception that that is simply all watercolour is good for? Maybe you're so bored of looking at watercolour paintings that you've never even tried it! Whether you're at the beginning of your artistic journey, stuck in a rut and in desperate need of some inspiration or simply looking to improve your skills with watercolour, this book is sure to awaken your creativity. Stimulate your artistic minds and open your paint boxes to a whole new realm of possibility, using things like bleach, salt and combs - yes, the thing you'd ordinarily use to brush your hair with - to create exciting results.Professional fashion illustrator Veronica Ballart Lilja shares a wealth of new techniques based on her years of working with the medium that will open up watercolour for beginners, and encourage experts to stray from their more traditional methods. Jam packed with fresh ideas, adventurous tips and techniques, detailed theory and engaging exercises, this book allows you to develop and practise your skills in a free and expressive way.
Illustration: What's the Point?
By Mouni Feddag
Of all the graphic arts, illustration is currently the most dynamic and exciting. In every medium - advertising, book publishing, product design, houseware and home furnishings - new talents are emerging, making their mark and (in some cases) a fortune out of their illustration skills.But why? In this uniquely presented book, gifted illustrator Mouni Feddag takes on the subject and gives it the treatment it deserves. Witty, dynamic, wide-ranging and visual, this title answers the big questions that illustration throws up, including: What's the point of hand-drawn things?What's the point of pictures?What's the point of looking good?What's the point of decoration?What's the point of commercial art?What's the point of repetition?
By Bev Speight
Art Life is an invitation to take a creative journey - making your own fantastic art along the way. This is a completely original way to unleash your creativity, with an engaging structure based around four distinct categories for exploring ideas - line, book, traces, and marks. For each of these there are numerous projects and accessible methods for creating art, and you are encouraged to try whatever inspires you, without pressure or any preconceptions. Enjoy the element of surprise and satisfaction in creating something that evolves, rather than following a rigid plan. You will be amazed by what you can achieve.Introducing work in every conceivable medium with sensational art and new photos, this book will let you enjoy the creative process, relax, and enjoy the art escape.
By Chris Gatcum
Whether you're a complete beginner, a casual snapper or a seasoned photographer, there is a lot to be learned from this extensive photography guide. Take the guesswork out of your photography and understand not just what to do with your camera, but how and why this affects the photos you take. You'll learn how to compose a shot for visual impact, focus it to attract the viewer's eye, expose it so every detail is captured and so much more. Photography never stands still so it doesn't matter what camera you have, whether you own an SLR, film camera or a compact digital camera, Chris will teach you how to take the best photos possible. Chris Gatcum's writing is clear and instructive, covering a vast range of essential photography aspects in great detail so that you can truly understand how to take a great photo that stands out. As well as Gatcum's expertise on the subject, Complete Photography is packed with tips and masterclasses from other inspirational professionals. Each point is illustrated with carefully selected, beautiful photography examples along with clear diagrams to inspire and instruct.