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Ilex Press

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.

Mitchell Beazley

Miller's Arts & Crafts

Judith Miller
Authors:
Judith Miller

'...one of the most friendly, easygoing and instructive books on the design movement' Chicago TribuneArts & Crafts is one of the most influential design movements of all time, beginning in the late 19th century and still being explored by designers today. The Arts & Crafts ethos - rejecting mass production and industrialization in favour of individualism, simplicity, honest craftsmanship, respect for materials and good design - had a massive impact on the design of the early 20th century and transformed design sensibilities globally. This invaluable guide covers furniture, ceramics, silver and metalware, glass, textiles, jewellery, books and posters, and includes fascinating profiles of key designers such as William Morris, the Stickleys, Liberty & Co, Tiffany Studios, George Ohr, Rookwood and many more. It comes with a pictorial design directory, price ranges and a wealth of essential information for collectors and anyone wishing to follow William Morris's golden rule of Arts & Crafts: 'Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.'

Hamlyn

The Telegraph: Killer Sudoku 2

The ultimate test of logic, these challenging puzzles take sudoku to a whole new level. The killer sudoku is a favourite in the Telegraph newspaper and with puzzles across a range of difficulties included in the book, whether you're a seasoned expert or new to the game, you're sure to be utterly hooked.

Ilex Press

Draw People in 15 Minutes

Jake Spicer
Authors:
Jake Spicer

Best-selling author and art tutor Jake Spicer here gives you all the skills you need to sketch a convincing figure in just 15 minutes.With a syllabus of carefully crafted tutorials, from how to put together a basic sketch of a person, to developing your drawings and taking them further, materials and set-up, mark-making, spatial relationships and how clothes hang on a body, every aspect of the figure drawing process is examined. A special emphasis on guerilla sketching in public places cafes, trains, buses, and anywhere that people are to be seen in action means that this book will be especially useful for those unable to find the time to make it to a regular life drawing class.

Mitchell Beazley

Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2015

Hugh Johnson
Authors:
Hugh Johnson

Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2015 is the essential reference book for everyone who buys wine - in shops, restaurants, or on the internet. Now in its 38th year of publication, it has no rival as the comprehensive up-to-the minute annual guide. Hugh Johnson provides clear succinct facts and commentary on the wines, growers and wine regions of the whole world. He reveals which vintages to buy, which to drink and which to cellar, which growers to look for and why. Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book gives clear information on grape varieties, local specialities and how to match food with wines that will bring out the best in both.

Chris Gatcum

Chris Gatcum has lived and breathed photography for over two decades, working as a pro photographer, journalist, specialist magazine and book editor, and best-selling author. A passionate advocate of experimental digital and traditional photography, he is as comfortable conducting technical camera tests as he is demystifying the art of photography for the rest of us.

Hugh Johnson

Hugh Johnson is the world's pre-eminent writer on wine. First published in 1977, his Pocket Wine Book sells hundreds of thousands of copies a year. His winning formula of insight, critical appraisal of the world of wine, plus valuable vintage news and wine recommendations has been often-imitated but never bettered. With the publication of his first book, Wine, Johnson established himself at the age of twenty-seven as the most refreshing and authoritative voice on the subject. During the past four decades he has written books that have become landmarks on the subject, including his classic The World Atlas of Wine, co-authored with Jancis Robinson, his Wine Companion, first published in 2003, The Story of Wine and Hugh Johnson on Wine. In his spare time he writes about gardening from his home in London.

Jake Spicer

Jake Spicer is an artist and drawing tutor based in Brighton, England. He is head tutor at the independent drawing school Draw, a co-director of the Drawing Circus and regularly runs portrait and figure drawing courses for the Camden Arts Centre and National Portrait Gallery.www.jakespicerart.co.uk@BrightonDrawing

John Fisher

The late John Fisher was a full-time professional canine behaviourist with a practice in Surrey and a referral clinic in London. He lectured on canine behaviour at the Canine Studies Institute, and was consulted by many official bodies and veterinarians on dog behavioural problems. He was also a founder member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Consultants.

Judith Miller

Judith Miller began collecting in the 1960s while a student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. She has since extended and reinforced her knowledge of antiques through international research, becoming one of the world's leading experts in the field. In 1979 she co-founded the international best-seller Miller's Antiques Price Guide and has since written more than 100 books which are held in high regard by collectors and dealers.Judith Miller appears regularly on TV and radio. She is an expert on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow and has co-hosted the popular BBC series The House Detectives, ITV's Antiques Trail, and Discovery's It's Your Bid. She has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and CNN. She is a regular lecturer and contributor to numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph, BBC Homes & Antiques and House & Garden. She has lectured extensively, including at the V&A in London and the Smithsonian in Washington.

Karen Wild

Karen Wild BA (Hons) Dip App Psy, is a full-time, qualified U.K. dog trainerand behaviour consultant with over 17 years' experience. She has an honours degree and diploma in Psychology from the University ofNottingham, is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellorsand is an Associate Member of the British Institute of Professional DogTrainers. Karen deals with dog behaviour problems in a family-oriented, practical waybased in solid scientific fact. Her experience has ranged from classteaching, obedience, flyball, agility and working trials competition torunning a popular dog display team. Karen formed her company Pawprint for behavioural consultations andtraining, and Intellidogs which specialises in online advice in this area.Her passion is to create and rebuild the 'enjoyment factor' that can comefrom pet dog ownership Karen's work with dogs and young people includes her programme to bring moredogs into schools in the UK as well as a heavy focus on children and safetyaround dogs. She is a regular contributor to Dogs Today Magazine and she isa regular blogger for Dr Ian Dunbar's revolutionary website, Dog Star Daily.

Kay Plunkett-Hogge

Kay Plunkett-Hogge is an acclaimed food and drinks writer, and the author of Adventures Of A Terribly Greedy Girl (Mitchell Beazley, 2017), A Sherry And A Little Plate Of Tapas (Mitchell Beazley, 2016), Heat: Cooking With Chillies (Quercus, 2016) and Make Mine A Martini (Mitchell Beazley, 2014).In addition to her own books, Kay has co-authored a further six books, working with the award-winning chef Bryn Williams on his two books Bryn's Kitchen and For The Love Of Veg, Academy Award nominated actor Stanley Tucci on his second cookbook The Tucci Table, and with the American pizza guru Chris Bianco. She also co-wrote Leon: Family and Friends with John Vincent and Cook Yourself Thin: Quick and Easy.Born and brought up in 1970s Bangkok, Kay spent her childhood between two kitchens - inside for Western food, outside for Thai - before forging an international career in the film and fashion industries. It is an experience which has given her an in-depth knowledge of cuisines from all over the world.Kay began her food career when she set up a bespoke location catering service for fashion shoots. Since then, and in addition to her writing, she has worked as a food consultant for a variety of restaurants and bars, including Leon, The Formosa Café, Isola del Sole, Ma Goa and The Luang Prabang Motorcycle Club.Her cult book, Make Mine A Martini, was the Financial Times's pick for drinks book of the year, led to her induction into the Gin Guild (in the words of Heston Blumenthal: "She shakes a damn fine cocktail.") and her writing regularly on cocktails for The Daily Telegraph and Sainsbury's Magazine. She has also written for the FT Weekend, Delicious and Olive, and has published recipes in The Times, Hello and Borough Market's Market Life magazine.And her next book, Aperitivo: Drinks And Snacks For The Dolce Vita, will be published by Mitchell Beazley in June.She lives in London with her husband, two cats and a dog.

Matthew Brehm

Matthew Brehm is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Idaho, where his teaching responsibilities include design studios, graphics courses, and an annual study abroad program in Rome, Italy, that he initiated in 2007. He is the author of Sketching on Location and Drawing Perspective. In 2010, Matthew received the university's Hoffman Award for Excellence in Teaching, and his drawings have been recognized with awards by the Design Communication Association and the American Society of Architectural Illustrators.

Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman, professional photographer and best-selling author, was born in England in 1945, took a Masters in Geography at Brasenose College, Oxford University, and then worked in advertising in London for six years. In 1971 he made the life-changing decision to travel up the Amazon with two secondhand cameras, and when Time-Life used many of the pictures he came back with, he embarked on a full-time photographic career.Since then, working for clients that include all the world's major magazines, most notably the Smithsonian Magazine (for which he has shot more than 40 stories over 30 years), Freeman's reputation as one of the world's leading reportage photographers has been consolidated. Of his many books, which have sold over 4 million copies worldwide, more than 60 titles are on the practice of photography. For this photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture.Freeman's books on photography have been translated into 27 languages.

Patricia Mercier

Patricia Mercier trained as a yoga teacher many years ago with specific emphasis on making yoga accessible to the Western mind, creating a bridge to traditional teachings. She is a fellow of Hygeia College of Colour, a qualified holistic healer using various energy techniques and has written extensively on these subjects. She is author of The Chakra Bible, The Chakra Experience, Chakras and four books about Mayan teachings from Central America. She has been upon a visionary path since initiations with esoteric teachers and shamans.

Patrizia Collard

Dr Patrizia Collard is a psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, stress management consultant and lecturer in psychotherapy at the University of East London. Her books include Journey into Mindfulness, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies, Awakening the Compassionate Mind (2014), and The Little Book of Mindfulness. Dr Collard's wide range of approaches and methodologies include mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy, rational emotive behaviour therapy, core energy management, existential therapy, drama therapy, yoga and meditation, relaxation and self-hypnosis.

Peter Hain

MP Peter Hain is renowned for his three decades of anti-apartheid campaigning. Born to anti-apartheid activists with links to Mandela that go back to the 1960s, he grew up in South Africa where his parents were jailed and then banned by the regime. At just 15, Hain made his first anti-apartheid speech at the funeral of an activist, a year before his parents were forced to leave South Africa, taking him to London. Hain's fervent campaigning throughout the 1970s made apartheid a national issue in Britain, whilst making him a target of the regime's security services. A regular contributor to the daily nationals, he is also the author of thirteen published works including Don't Play With Apartheid, Mistaken Identity: The Wrong Face of the Law and Sing the Beloved Country.

Steve Parke

Steve Parke started working for Prince in 1988, after a mutual friend showed Prince some of Steve's photorealistic paintings. As Steve learned Photoshop and other design programs, Prince asked him to design everything from merchandise and album covers to sets for tours and videos. Eventually Steve became Paisley Park's official art director and spent a week out of every month in Minneapolis, often working through the night with Prince in a near-empty studio. In the late 90s, Prince asked Steve if he could use a camera. For the next several years, Steve took hundreds of shots of Prince, most of them in or around Paisley Park. What is unique about Steve is that he not only worked with Prince so intimately and for so long-the way very few other people did-but that, of the very few people who did, he's one of the only ones with photos.Steve is currently the photo editor for Faerie Magazine.

Thomas Pavitte

When graphic designer Thomas Pavitte found himself between jobs, he started doodling to keep his creative juices flowing, experimenting with the dot-to-dot puzzles he remembered from his childhood. The result was a 6,239-dot reconstruction of the Mona Lisa, which then led to the 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book and its sequels. Constantly exploring new graphic ideas, Thomas lives in Melbourne, Australia, and shares his work at thomasmakesstuff.com.

Veronica Ballart Lilja

Veronica Ballart Lilja was born in Stockholm, studied Graphic Design in Barcelona, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. A successful fashion illustrator, she has worked for brands like Zara, Mango, and Harpers Bazaar. Most of her work is in watercolour, which she often uses as a basis for innovative mixed-media work.