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 - binder 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
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.
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!
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
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.
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.