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
This is the book for everyone who wants to take great photos but doesn't know where to begin. With it, you'll learn how to compose a shot for visual impact, focus it to attract the viewer's eye, and expose it so every detail is captured. In short, you'll become a photographer!Completely focused on improving your pictures, Complete Photography is packed with the work of inspirational professionals and the expertise of Chris Gatcum, one of the world's best-selling photographer-authors. With clear explanations in everyday language, and carefully selected examples to illustrate every point, Gatcum brings fantastic photography within everyone's grasp.
You Will be Able to Draw by the End of This Book
By Jake Spicer
This time, experienced artist and teacher Jake Spicer brings the drawing lessons to you, using his innovative and easy-to-follow methods. Follow the simple lessons on the page, and practice them straight away in the book. From easy ways to get started, to the head-turning techniques you will master by the end, Jake will accompany you on your journey, with straightforward advice and lots of tricks to help you develop your skill. So pick up a pencil and discover the joy of drawing!
Draw Buildings and Cities in 15 Minutes
By Matthew Brehm
This book is ideal for anyone with an interest in the visual character of the cities and buildings that frame our lives. Expert art tutor and writer Matthew Brehm helps you capture the life of the places where you work and spend your free time, and the places you visit in your travels. The skills and strategies presented here will help you make a visual record of the urban places you experience, and help you learn about these places in the process. Draw Buildings and Cities in 15 Minutes is a perfect addition to the successful Draw in 15 Minutes series. Responding to the popularity of the Urban Sketchers movement, expert artist Matthew Brehm teaches the reader how to capture the city environment speedily and successfully, while also teaching them essential 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!
Draw Yourself Happy
By Alex Beeching
Tried mindfulness? Yoga? Therapy? New hair? Forget that! Sometimes finding happiness is much simpler than you thought. Draw yourself happy! With this engaging activity book all you have to do is pick up a pen and get doodling, colouring, embellishing and completing the uplifting and joyful drawing exercises within. You'll learn how to create whimsical cities, cute animals and intriguing insects - and how to turn the simplest doodle into charming cheerful art.You don't have to be an artist. Lose the fear, enjoy the moment, and join in. Alex Beeching's delightful characters and scenarios are designed to put a smile on your face.
501 Dot-to-Dot Cities
By Francesca Protopapa
Take a puzzling journey round the world's most exciting cities with this new collection of fun dot-to-dot puzzles. 40 locations include Rio de Janeiro, Chicago, Moscow and Tokyo, all presented as you've never seen them before!From the team who brought you the million-selling 1000 Dot-to-Dot books, 501 Dot-to-Dots is the new, accessible format with puzzles from talented line artist Francesca Protopapa. Each puzzle takes 20-30 minutes to complete and provides you with revealing, relaxing fun for all ages
In Camera: Perfect Pictures Straight Out of the Camera
By Gordon Laing
With amazing low-light capabilities, incredible definition, intelligent autofocus and a host of other features, digital cameras have now become so powerful that they have left their users behind. Most photographers can take competent shots in a range of conditions, or fix imperfect exposures in Photoshop or Lightroom, but very few have the skill to push their cameras to the limit and capture the perfect shot, under all conditions, with no post-processing required.In Camera is the perfect way to take your photography to that level; to master your camera, understand light, exposure and composition, and make amazing photographs, whatever your camera, without cheating after the event. One hundred of Gordon's beautiful photos are given his own expert commentary; full settings and camera details are included, and a host of tips and tricks let photographers of any level learn something from every example. The shots are taken with a wide range of cameras, and the emphasis is on getting results by improving your own skills, not wasting money on expensive equipment.
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!
South Africa: The World's Longest Dot-to-Dot Puzzle
By Abi Daker
Following the huge success of Ilex's 1000 Dot-to-Dot series, we bring you the longest and most satisfying dot-to-dot puzzle ever! This beautifully designed hardback book concertinas into a stunning frieze of no fewer than 3000 dots, providing several satisfying hours of mindful dot-joining fun. The perfect souvenir of your trip to South Africa, this fabulous original illustration features the country's most famous buildings and landmarks, including the Pretoria Union Buildings, the skylines of Cape Town and Johannesburg, and the Soweto Towers. To enable you to enjoy your handiwork to the full, the ends of the design are perforated: you can easily remove your completed masterpiece, and display it on your wall.
501 Dot-to-Dot Animals
By Francesca Protopapa
Create your own artwork and watch a collection of 40 extraordinary animals come to life before your eyes. From the chameleon to the cobra, parrot to the panda, each animal is revealed as you pick up a pencil and join the dots.From the team who brought you the million-selling 1,000 DOT-TO-DOT BOOKS, a new, accessible format with puzzles from talented line artist Francesca Protopapa. Each puzzle takes 20-30 minutes to complete: puzzling, revealing, relaxing, fun, for all ages
By Rossella Vanon
A COMPLETE PHOTOGRAPHER'S TECHNIQUES, POSING GUIDE & REFERENCELighting People is an art every photographer - and every photography student - must master, and this single volume is both a complete course and the most useful reference book you can find. SECTION 1: UNDERSTANDING LIGHTChapter 1: Lighting Equipment - Get to grips with light every artificial light-source: Continuous Light, Flash, Studio Strobes & Speedlights, as well as modifiers. Chapter 2: Setting The Mood - Understand the effect you can have with your lighting; hard & soft, low & high key, bounce, feathering, fall-off and more.Chapter 3: Standard Lighting Techniques - How to pull off techniques including: Loop, Rembrandt, Butterfly, Split, Clamshell and Accent.Chapter 4: Camera Settings - Using your camera's exposure settings to get the best from any lighting equipment.SECTION 2: WORKING WITH LIGHTChapter 5: Preparation - How to evaluate your client and their brief and plan a shoot.Chapter 6: Lighting Scenarios - Tips and tricks for doing the best whether you're shooting portraits, fashion, beauty, events or more.Chapter 7: Getting Started - Choosing your lights and setting up your shoot.Chapter 8: Getting Creative - Use gels, projections, blur and other effects for more unusual images.SECTION 3: RESOURCESLighting Setups: Hands-on examples of studio shootsLighting Reference Gallery: Hundreds featuring the same four models lit against a white and a dark background from a number of different angles; the most complete lighting reference available.
The Joy of iPhotography
By Jack Hollingsworth
Forget all the tech-talk about workflow and archiving, Apple have given us all a camera that takes care of all this for us, so now it's time to take great photos.This book will show you the best ways to approach every possible subject with your iPhone, offering tips as clear and simple as the iPhone's interface. Additionally you'll see some great effects that you won't find in Instagram (but your followers will love).
By Thomas Pavitte, Thomas Pavitte
From the creator of the 1000 Dot-to-Dot series comes Cat Querkles, putting an exciting new twist on the classic colour-by-number images that we loved as children. At first, you see nothing but a baffling tangle of circles, but hidden within each puzzle is a whiskery face waiting to be revealed!Featuring a menagerie of adorable felines from roaring lions to loopy long-hairs, Cat Querkles provides hours of creative colouring fun for artistic minds of all ages. Choose a dramatic colour scheme to make your Querkle truly unique, discover what's hidden in each puzzle, and create a striking kitty portrait that you can easily remove and display..
What They Didn't Teach You in Art School
By Rosalind Davis, Annabel Tilley
You have the artistic talent, but do you know how to make a success of it? The thing they don't teach you in art school is just how active and engaged you need to be; you'll have to become your own finance, business and marketing manager, as well as a researcher, curator and administrator. What They Didn't Teach You in Art School is the ultimate survival guide to life as an artist, and the perfect springboard for aspiring artists who haven't yet given up the day job. The book provides expert advice, tips and inspiration to help you build a successful career - giving you the opportunity to nurture your true talent.
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!
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.
By Jane Snedden Peever
Mindfulness is the easy way to let go of stress and be in the moment, and mandala colouring is one of the best ways to find it. In this new collection of hand-drawn mandalas, illustrator and pattern-maker Jane Snedden Peever presents distinctive designs that will lead you to calm and tranquility.
Fifty Paths to Creative Photography
By Michael Freeman
The most important practical photography book in a decade. "A really inspiring book" - Amateur Photographer magazineThe eagerly awaited follow up to global bestseller The Photographer's Eye will show you the paths the greatest photographers took to excellence so you too can take stand-out drilling photographs.In Freeman's own words: "There's a long line of opinion, from Plato through Kant, that holds creativity to be unteachable, and to be the province of genius. You have it or you don't. End of story. I don't agree"By looking at the work of other great photographers, as well as Freeman's own work, the book provides the reader with 50 "paths" they can explore to think about taking photos, looking at subjects from cliché to zen, so you will be able to hit the right point in surprise, originality, insight and execution every time.