By Orla Kiely
The world of Orla Kiely is one where pattern reigns. Immediately recognisable, her unique design language and sure sense of graphic control has seen her label become a hugely successful global brand. From her early signature bags, the collection has grown to include a complete womenswear line, accessories, travel and homeware, sold in shops and outlets worldwide.Pattern is Orla's opportunity to provide her many devoted followers around the world with an insight into her creative process. Giving a personal account of what informs her work and inspires her designs, she looks at pattern in all its manifestations - the impact of scale and proportion, rhythm and texture and the all-important dimension of colour. With her prints applied to a wide range of products, from bags and clothing to decorative objects and soft furnishings,she is in a unique position to comment on all the ways in which pattern can enrich our lives.Illustrated with many examples of Orla's work and inspirational images that have shaped her style, the result is a stunning guide to using pattern with flair and confidence.
The Nude Sketchbook
The ultimate exercise book for any original, training the eye, the hand and the mind.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Berlin in Fifty Design Icons
By Sophie Lovell
In this series, the Design Museum looks at the fifty design icons of major cities around the world - icons that, when viewed together, inherently sum up the character of their city. Covering anything from buildings, monuments and iconic designers to a classic film or street sign, these books explore a tapestry of infamous designs, all with their own story to tell. One part design history, one part visual guidebook, this fascinating series unlocks the design stories of the biggest, most creative cities in the world.Berlin's turbulent history has led to a wealth of innovative, evocative design, from the TV Tower and Jewish Museum to the S-Bahn and even kebab kiosks. Uncover this history and explore the fifty design icons that have shaped this city. With stunning photography selected by the Design Museum, Berlin in Fifty Design Icons is the perfect gift for design enthusiasts and anyone who loves Berlin. Also available in the series: London in Fifty Design IconsNew York in Fifty Design IconsParis in Fifty Design Icons
Paris in Fifty Design Icons
By Brigitte Fitoussi, Imogen Fortes
In this series, the Design Museum looks at the fifty design icons of major cities around the world - icons that, when viewed together, inherently sum up the character of their city. Covering anything from buildings, monuments and iconic designers to a classic film or street sign, these books explore a tapestry of infamous designs, all with their own story to tell. One part design history, one part visual guidebook, this fascinating series unlocks the design stories of the biggest, most creative cities in the world. With entries on design icons from I.M. Pei's glass pyramid to the humble baguette, Le Monde newspaper to Le Corbusier's striking Maison La Roche, Paris in Fifty Design Icons builds an intricate portrait of Europe's most romantic city. With stunning photography, this book is the perfect gift for design enthusiasts and anyone who loves anything Parisian.Also available in the series: London in Fifty Design IconsNew York in Fifty Design IconsBerlin in Fifty Design Icons
1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
By Mark Irving
From ancient Egyptian wallpaintings to contemporary Western canvases, this book is truly comprehensive in scope and beautiful to leaf through. Within its pages you will see displayed 1001 of the most memorable, haunting, powerful, important, controversial and visually arresting paintings that have ever been created. This newly updated and revised edition improves upon previous editions by featuring larger images throughout and unparalleled readability of text. Entertaining and informative text written by an international team of artists, curators, art critics and art collectors illuminates both the paintings and the people who painted them. An insightful review accompanies a beautiful reproduction of every painting - an enviable art collection to dip into whenever you please. The paintings are listed by artist and by title, making it easy to find a specific painting or trace the development of one painter's work. 1001 Paintings is a collector's must for the bookshelf.
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.
Terence Conran: My Life in Design
By Terence Conran
In My Life in Design, Terence Conran tells the story of the Conran brand from the founding of the Conran Design Studio sixty years ago to the creation of the Design Museum, now moving to a dazzling new space on High Street Kensington in November this year. Extensively illustrated chapters consider the many areas where Terence and his design team have made a lasting impact on the way we live our lives, including the founding of Habitat, which introduced good, affordable homeware to the high street, his restaurants, which brought Britain out of the culinary dark ages to discover the joys of eating out and his talent for rescuing and regenerating abandoned buildings and bringing them back into exciting new use. My Life in Design is illustrated with more than 400 images - many from private collections that have not been published before.The book is introduced by internationally renowned designer, Thomas Heatherwick, who identifies his mentor Terence Conran as 'a modernist who, together with a tiny handful of others, gave us a new vision of Britain and ourselves.' Now in his eighties and still designing beautiful homeware and opening buzzy, welcoming restaurants, Terence reveals the secrets and stories of this transformation of British design. Gloriously lively, opinionated and visually stimulating, this is the only book to tell the story of Terence Conran's remarkable career in his own words. Terence Conran: My Life in Design is published in time for the opening of the Design Museum at its new home in a world-class building. It will appeal to designers, students and all those who have grown up with the work of the multi-talented Sir Terence Conran.
Real Life Family Photography
By Amy Drucker
Go beyond the birthday snapshot and learn how to take inspired and unposed family photographs that capture the ages and stages of family life. Real Life Family Photography puts an end to awkward family photos, encouraging you to take inspiration from the every day details, while offering tips on fundamental techniques such as exposure, composition, lighting and focus. There's even advice on how to photograph babies and pets, giving you the knowledge and freedom you need to take unique, frame-worthy pictures.
Sketch Your Style
By Robyn Neild
Inside this book you will find practical fashion sketching tips and over 50 fun exercises to help you generate ideas and experiment with your own sense of style. Follow the creative prompts, check out the style inspiration section and use the sketching pages to plan outfits and let your imagination run wild. Each exercise includes three pages for readers to try out their own ideas. Some pages are blank, others have printed templates, such as figure outlines (croquis) and fabric swatches, to provide guidance. Be inspired, become your own fashion designer and create your dream wardrobe.
By Lee Suttey
Inside you'll find a series of inspirational exercises to help you start creating your own hand-drawn lettering styles. Follow the pointers, check out the expert examples and use the sketching pages to design your personal one-off typeface for a t-shirt or a tattoo, a poster or a postcard, or just for fun.When hand-drawing type, you generally don't need to worry too much about having a good knowledge of typography, although it helps to know the rules before breaking them. This book will give you some insights into the characteristics and anatomy of type, while giving you the space to play by your own rules.
Life Drawing in 15 Minutes
By Jake Spicer
Life Drawing in 15 Minutes is the latest addition to the best-selling Draw in 15 Minutes series. Following the success of Draw Faces and Draw People, artist and drawing expert Jake Spicer introduces you to the most important skill in the artist's repertoire: life drawing.From understanding relationships and proportions and considering basic anatomy, to learning about mark-making and tonal values, Jake takes you through the process of drawing the most rewarding of subjects: life class remains a key component of nearly every art degree in the UKWith step-by-steps and techniques derived from his proven life-class methods, Jake gives you the skills to create beautiful life drawings quickly, successfully and, ultimately, in only 15 minutes.
The Three-Colour Drawing Book
By Sarah Skeate
You won't believe how much fun you can have with just three coloured ballpoint pens! This engaging and anarchic little book takes the art of doodling and drawing to new heights, using the most basic tools and only three colors: red, black & blue.The artistic explorer will discover how to make punky patterns, draw the most adorable animals, personalise their belongings, and summon up the cutest little characters-all with the pens that they already have at home. Combining step-by-step lessons in drawing with ingenious ways of decorating and doodling, The Three-Colour Drawing Book is a perfect for ballpoint mavericks of all ages.
100 Years of Colour
By Katie Greenwood
This beautiful book features 100 carefully chosen images from the graphic arts, each representing a colour palette for every year of the 20th century. The images are taken from a variety of sources including magazines, book covers, adverts, posters, illustrations and postcards.A perfect source of inspiration for any professionals in the creative arts, the palettes taken from the images are displayed in a number of ratios, demonstrating the different effects achieved when altering the dominant colour. Ten palettes per decade gives an authentic overview of the colours and trends of an era, making this an ideal historical reference for anyone working in set or interior design, graphic design, illustrations or fashion. Not just a collection of pretty palettes, but a fascinating compendium of 20th-century imagery and artistic styles, this book aims to please the eye on more than one level.
The Knitter's Handbook
By Eleanor van Zandt
Whether you are new to knitting and want to learn the basics or an experienced knitter who wants to try complex patterns, The Knitter's Handbook will guide you through more than 90 stitches and techniques. Featuring a comprehensive guide to yarns and patterns, clear and easy-to-follow instructions and 250 step-by-step illustrations, this practical book will help you master the techniques in no time.