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.
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.
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 Chris Gatcum
400 pages to take you from beginner to expert photographer"The must have book for EVERY photographer" - Diana ElizabethWhether 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. Make More Impact 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.Get More Book At 400 superbly designed & illustrated pages, this book represents better value than anything else. Any Camera 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.Easy to Read 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.The Voice (& Photos) of Pros As well as Gatcum's expertise on the subject, Complete Photography is packed with tips and masterclasses from other inspirational professionals.Stunning Photography and Bespoke Diagrams Each point is illustrated with carefully selected, beautiful photography examples along with clear diagrams to inspire and instruct.Table of professionals case studies in this bookSectionMasterclassProfessional Master-PhotographerExposureLandscape David Taylor PortraitsBen Anker SportsIan MacNicol InteriorsAdrian WilsonLight & ColourFoodStuart Ovenden Still LifeDaniel Brooke FashionDixie DixonLensesStreet PhotographyBrian Lloyd Duckett WildlifeRichard Garvey-Williams MacroAndy Small ArchitechtureJanie Airey AbstractRyan BushPost-processingRetouchingMiss AnielaIn The BagDocumentaryMichelle FrankfurterThe cover design features a mirrorless digital camera with interchangeable lenses, a reto-style film camera and an iPhone 7 because this book applies to every different way you can take a photo.
You Will be Able to Draw by the End of This Book
By Jake Spicer
This book is for anybody who wants to draw more, whether you are learning from scratch or developing existing skills. When you're learning to draw, the most important thing you'll own is a sketchbook, and this is a sketchbook with training wheels. Let go of your fear and unlock drawing skills that you never believed you could have with this expertly guided sketchbook. Not your ordinary art book, You Will be Able to Draw by the End of This Book is a combined tutorial and sketchbook that not only teaches you the fundamental steps required for you to be able to draw, but also allows you the space to practise on the page. The book lays flat to allow you to draw comfortably and has an elastic band to keep your artwork safe. Each exercise has an estimated completion time, so it doesn't matter whether you are at home, on your lunch break or even on the bus, you'll always find time to practise. Jake is like an ever-present companion who will guide you on your creative journey, with his friendly and practical tone. His lessons build in complexity as you work through the book, starting with the basics of line making and progressing to portraits and landscapes. His clever exercises will help you gain confidence and break you out of old habits as well as encouraging you to see things in a different way and relax. So pick up a pencil and discover the joy of drawing!
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.
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 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.
In Camera: Perfect Pictures Straight Out of the Camera
By Gordon Laing
Understand your camera's capabilities. Master the skills of exposure, composition and focus. Take amazing photos; no post-processing, no Photoshop, just your own vision.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 with 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