My Art Teacher, Mr Matisse
By Liana Jegers
Henri Matisse is considered one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century with a unique vision that continues to inspire artists to this day. Guided by Matisse's innovative methods and wise words, this colourful book sets you a variety of tasks to complete on the page, and describes several techniques for you to attempt any way you please.My Art Teacher, Mr Matisse is the first in a delightful new series of master-led activity books where you will also discover the wisdom and expertise of Mr Picasso.
By Alexandra Loske, Robert Massey
A source of light in the dark of night and our ever-changing cosmic companion, the Moon has fascinated humankind since we first gazed into the sky. In this extensively illustrated and illuminating volume, art historian Alexandra Loske and astronomer Robert Massey present a rich and curious history. From its violent birth through to the exhilarating story of the Space Race and current exploration efforts, discover the many faces of the Moon and how they have shaped humanity's existence.
Marvel's Avengers 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book
By Thomas Pavitte
Join the greatest heroes in the universe with this super puzzle book from best-selling dot-to-dot artist Thomas Pavitte. With 20 complex puzzles to complete, all based on Marvel's finest comic art from The Avengers, you'll have hours of fun bringing the superheroes to life.Colour your completed puzzle, frame it on your wall...there are a host of ways to complete Marvel's Avengers 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book. Includes puzzles of Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, and many, many more!
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.
Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book
By Thomas Pavitte
Team up with Marvel's most dynamic team of interstellar heroes in a new collection of amazing puzzles from international best-seller Thomas Pavitte. There are 20 complex puzzles to complete, each consisting of at least 1000 dots and including an epic match up with over 1500! Fans of Rocket Racoon, Groot, Star-Lord and the rest of the team will find hours of thrilling fun bringing the Guardians and their foes to life.Tear out the perforated pages to enjoy connecting the dots with friends, or relax and unwind on your own. Colour your completed puzzle, frame it on your wall... There are a host of ways to complete Guardians of the Galaxy: 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book!
Museum of Me
By Charlotte Farmer
The Museum of Me is interactive, graphic and all about YOU! Pick up a pencil and explore the rooms and exhibits of your very own museum, created from the extrordinary imagination of gifted illustrator Charlotte Farmer.Complete every page with the most important things in your life - your ideas, your favourite songs, books and clothes or your ideal travel destination.Feel free to embellish your curations with drawings, doodles and writing - any way that pleases you, it's your museum after all!
Marvel's Amazing 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book
By Thomas Pavitte, Thomas Pavitte
Join the greatest heroes in the universe with this super puzzle book from best-selling dot-to-dot artist Thomas Pavitte. With 20 complex puzzles to complete, all based on Marvel's finest comic art, you'll have hours of fun bringing your favourite super heroes to life.Tear out the perforated pages to enjoy connecting the dots with friends, or relax and unwind on your own. Colour your completed puzzle, frame it for your wall... there are thousands of ways to enjoy Marvel's Amazing 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book!
Marvel's Spider-Man 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book
By Thomas Pavitte, Thomas Pavitte
Team up with your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man and all your favourite wall-crawlers on a new adventure from best-selling dot-to-dot artist Thomas Pavitte. With 20 complex puzzles to complete, each consisting of at least 1000 dots and including an epic fight scene with over 1500 dots to join, web-heads will have hours of fun bringing Spidey's friends, allies and most villainous foes to life.Tear out the perforated pages to enjoy connecting the dots with friends, or relax and unwind on your own. Colour your completed puzzle, frame it for your wall... there are loads of ways to complete the Marvel Spider-Man 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book!
By Francisca Mattéoli
Through this magnificent collection of historical maps, travel writer Francisca Mattéoli takes us on a geographical adventure, telling the stories of twenty-three places and voyages that inspired her, as they inspired the creation of these fascinating charts.Discover some of the world's most magical places and how they revealed themselves, from the lost trails of the first colonies of the American West to Amundsen's exploration of the South Pole, and the rediscoveries of Petra and Angkor Wat. This unexpected volume will let the curious mind roam the contours of the planet, and discover how the world we know today was made, and un-made. Map stories include:The incredible rediscovery of the lost city of PetraThe mystery of Machu PicchuThe search for the source of the NileThe pioneers of the North American WestThe untamed island of MadagascarThe footsteps of T. E. Lawrence 'of Arabia'The first adventure of the Orient Express
Masterpiece Spot the Difference
Nothing rewards close attention like the work of the great old master painters - and with Masterpiece Spot-the-Difference, you'll be lost in a gallery of the world's most stupendous artworks - each given a puzzling twist. Lose yourself in the Paris of the Impressionists, the iconography of Renaissance Florence, and the lush still lifes of the Dutch Masters: forty eye-bending visual teasers, from beginner to expert, will challenge your puzzling wits to the full.
Martin Scorsese in Ten Scenes
By Tim Grierson
From the violent mob tale and surreal dark comedy to the restrained period piece and Hollywood blockbuster, the five-decade career of Martin Scorsese has been compellingly varied. Recognised as one of the most innovative and exciting filmmakers of our time, Scorsese might have been denied Oscar success until 2007, for The Departed - but his films have always made an impact.An essential read for filmmakers, film students and movie fans alike, Martin Scorsese in Ten Scenes brings a fresh perspective to one of the greatest directors in the world. Selecting ten indelible scenes and exploring them from every angle, film critic Tim Grierson examines what it is about these sequences that makes them so unforgettable, to shed light on Scorsese's approach as a whole. With insights from the cast and crew who have worked most closely with him, and featuring rare behind-the-scenes material including scripts, storyboards and set designs, this book will give you a new understanding of the man whose films have inspired generations of moviegoers and filmmakers.
Masters of FX
By Ian Failes
It would be rare these days to find a film that did not in some way depend on the magic of special and visual effects - from the raging computer-generated dinosaurs in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park, to the fantasical worlds of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, and the photoreal tiger and ocean in Ang Lee's Life of Pi. Through interviews with 16 of the leading FX pioneers from around the world, author Ian Failes explores the making of some of the most memorable film sequences ever produced, showcasing the shift from practical to digital magic with original behind-the-scenes imagery, shot breakdowns, and detailed explanations of some of the secrets behind the making of cinema's most extraordinary creations.
Michael Freeman's Photo School: Street Photography
By Michael Freeman
The street aesthetic is more in vogue than ever, and rapidly becoming an essential part of every photographer's repertoire. Subjects are found around every corner, each moment offers a new and fresh perspective, and that excitement and spontaneity make it an ideal training ground for honing the skills needed to anticipate and successfully capture dramatic scenes on the fly.Getting great street shots is much more than just a matter of chance. Michael Freeman details the optimal strategies for anticipating the action before it happens, and the fastest techniques that ensure you're ready with your finger on the shutter for that critical moment. A thorough overview of which equipment is best suited for each particular style lets you make the most of the gear you have, even in the most challenging lighting conditions. And a series of exercises keeps you engaged and alert to the creative potential of countless scenes throughout your daily life.Beyond the gear and technique, you will also learn to think like a street photographer recognising not just captivating scenes with engaging subjects, but also innovative angles from which to capture them, all with the split-second instinct of a professional.
Michael Freeman's Photo School: Landscape
By Michael Freeman
The classic genre that has been a fundamental part of photography since the beginning, landscape has perennial appeal to all photographers. Michael Freeman shares his wealth of experience in this comprehensive guide to art of capturing beautiful landscapes.Start your exploration of this vast subject by deconstructing and studying its elements from the most reliable locations to the classic compositions. Next, learn how to find and position yourself in the optimal viewpoints for original and creative interpretations of these massive subjects. Using the right gear and techniques for each frame, you will be able to capture depth and dimensionality that speak to the grandeur of these exotic locations. With the sky as your studio, you can make the weather work for you to provide a stunning variety of spectacular light.Going beyond the purely technical side, Freeman also dives into the mind of the landscape photographer, addressing the environment, studying how distinct colour palettes can evoke moods, and following in the illustrious tradition of B&W landscapes. The studio will start to feel very small indeed once you start exploring the great outdoors!
Michael Freeman's Photo School: Black & White
By Michael Freeman
From timeless, elegant portraits to gritty, graphic street shots, the possibilities of black and white are endless, enticing, and exciting. Recognising this potential within every shot, and knowing the digital-editing tools and techniques to maximize itseffect are essential steps to building up your photographic repertoire.Having first established the fundamental aesthetic choices that go into every B&W conversion, Michael Freeman goes on to review the noble tradition of black and white, detailing its numerous styles and fashions, with step-by-step instructions on how to achieve each effect, regardless of your particular software. Presented in a straightforward and easy-to-understand format, you will soon be able to both visualise exactly how you want your final image to appear, and achieve that signature look with efficient workflows and powerful conversion techniques.These skills open up new worlds of photographic opportunity everywhere you look, and encourage artistic growth just as much as they inspire you to try new styles and exciting treatments.
Michael Freeman's Photo School: Portrait
By Michael Freeman
At some point, all photographers are called upon to shoot a proper portrait combining technical skill with personable demeanour to capture someone in their best possible light. Michael Freeman teaches you how to achieve flattering portrait results with a variety of both traditional and modern styles.Learn how to set your subjects at ease and bring out their natural beauty with a friendly yet professional attitude. Feel confident giving directions on posing and stance with a thorough review of the classic approaches, from head-and-shoulder shots to full-length compositions, and everything in between.Take creative control of your portrait sessions by learning to manipulate the light to your own ends whether that means bouncing sunlight o a reflector or building your own studio setups with multiple flash units. The complex science of photographic lighting is explained in straightforward and easy-to-understand language, with abundant and inspirational examples. Finally, master the fundamentals of post-production finishing techniques to make sure every portrait looks its absolute best. Your subjects will thank you for it!
The Moviemaking with Your Camera Field Guide
By Olivia Speranza
Michael Freeman's Photo School: Exposure
By Michael Freeman
Leave the Auto mode in the dust and take complete creative control of your images with this comprehensive guide to photography's most fundamental principles. Michael Freeman brings his years of experience to the table, teaching you all the professional techniques so you can nail the optimal exposure in-camera at the moment of capture, every time.Learn the particular nuances of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, understand the specific ways in which they interact within each exposure, and master their usage to quickly and efficiently achieve your creative vision, regardless of the lighting conditions or subject characteristics. Get under the hood of your camera with an in-depth look at how each of its metering modes works, so you can know exactly how to find the best options and settings for each scene. Then review some of the most challenging exposure scenarios - from a bride against a shadowed background to the neon lights of city streets - all explained with reliable methods and established techniques for delivering stunning results.
Michael Freeman's Photo School: Composition
By Michael Freeman
The essential concept for which there is no Auto mode, quality composition is what distinguishes a snapshot from a phenomenal photograph. Learn how to develop your photographic eye not to only seek out engaging subjects, but also to approach them from the best angle, in optimal light, for maximum effect.Going beyond the basics, Michael Freeman reveals why certain photographs succeed, demystifying the abstract aesthetics to give practical rules and real-world advice that will enhance your images and inspire your creativity. Presented in a straightforward, down-to-earth method, these compositional principles will become second nature, giving you the creative freedom to seek out new, stunning shots of your own. What's more, you will develop reliable skills to approach a wide variety of subjects - from portraits to landscapes and everything in between - and to consistently present them in a strong, compelling composition.