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""Anyone who can hold a pencil can learn to draw with some degree of proficiency," Bert Dodson proclaims."
In this book he shares a complete drawing system that you can use for any subject or type of drawing-even if you doubt your ability to draw. It's based on fifty-five "keys to drawing," which are introduced at a comfortable pace. The keys are interspersed with dozens of practice exercises that help you learn by doing.
You'll learn how to: Restate, focus, map and intensify.Free your hand action, and then learn to control it.Convey the illusions of light, depth and texture.Stimulate your imagination through "creative play"
Turn the pages of this lavishly-produced book to discover a collection of monsters, creatures, and characters created by self-taught concept artist Francisco Garces, AKA Dibujante Nocturno. The artist and illustrator shares his journey, revealing how his self-taught skills have evolved over the years, resulting in the demonic yet exquisite style that has earned him over 400,000 followers on Instagram. In addition to a specially curated gallery of his past work, there are new pieces created exclusively for this book, including step-by-step tutorials that break down not only the artist's workflow and routine, but also his intricate pen linework techniques, cleverly chosen color palettes, and detailed rendering. Being self-taught, the artist has honed his skills in a completely unique way, allowing readers to glean not only unique tips and techniques, but also inspiration and insight into how they can practise, improve, and develop their own style. His experience of teaching art ensures he knows how to effectively communicate ideas, concepts and practical techniques. From his elegantly drawn linework to the darkest character creation, this is a unique opportunity for fans of fantasy art and creature design to see what goes into the epic art of Dibujante Nocturno.
Learn how to combine delicate watercolor illustrations with expressive hand lettering to create beautiful art and gifts. Self-taught artist Tanja Poeltl shares the tips, tricks and know-how she's learned on her creative journey so that you can fast-track your skills. Discover the materials you'll need in terms of watercolor paints, brushes, paper and pens, then get started with Tanja's exercises to learn the basic techniques of hand lettering and watercolor painting. In the Hand Lettering Know-How section you will start with some warm up exercises and practice letters, before learning faux calligraphy, bounce lettering, joining letters and more. In the Watercolor Know-How section you will learn how to handle the brush, and gain color knowledge as well as an understanding of tonal values, transparency and opacity, and learn how to create your own unique color palette. 20 amazing step-by-step painting and lettering projects then help you put your skills in action with ideas for a myriad of different applications. Create a moodboard, inspirational cards, seasonal gift boxes, a botanical table runner, a plant journal, floral greetings cards, fruity jar labels, posters, hoop art, party stationery, a birth poster, milestone cards, a height chart, recipe cards, an illustrated ABC, box frames, 3D flowers, and more - all beautifully illustrated in a modern yet timeless style. These inspiring projects are so varied and interesting, and will undoubtedly spark ideas for all sorts of other ways you can use watercolor and hand lettering together to create beautiful yet easy art. Even if you are a total beginner, this book will kickstart your creative journey with watercolor and hand lettering, showing you the techniques and giving you fun projects to try them out on. This accessible guide to easy watercolour and hand lettering techniques will teach you everything you need to make art that makes you happy! Self-taught and full of enthusiasm for experimentation artist Tanja Poeltl is your teacher and guide. She's taught thousands of beginners to find their creative voice through her workshops and classes, and can't wait to help you on your journey into the wonderful world of watercolor and hand lettering.
Valentin Popov's art combines images of the superhero in American society with traditional religious iconic art from his native Ukraine. His work is in a number of major art museum collections including the National Museum of Ukrainian Art, the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and more. Ironic Icons is his first book.
Just add colour to this stress-busting collection of kaleidoscopes. The antidote to everyday worries, over 120 kaleidoscopic designs are waiting to be coloured in. Varying from delightfully simple to intricately complex, this collection of designs created especially for grown-ups will divert your mind and soothe your soul.
Helping artists catapult into further action, this guide is a treasury of insight and inspiration. Rather than focus on art techniques that build skills or overcome creative blocks through playful activities or writing, this guide walks the artist through exercises designed to develop the personal qualities critical to being an artist in the world, such as courage, the ability to look and see, and connection to the true creative self. This is a hands-on, experiential action book designed to get the reader creating art and exploring a variety of possibilities for being an artist. According to the teachings of this handbook, engagement with art is less about end results or products and more about the self-awareness and competence that frees the artist to seek out and create work that is vital. This is a rigorous programme that allows artists of any skill level to deepen their creative habits and be the best artists possible.
The How To Draw series takes a highly visual and practical approach to drawing, featuring step-by-step instructions and highly-detailed illustrations for each art project. This comprehensive drawing handbook covers all aspects of drawing coasts and coastlines, from necessary elements of technique like perspective and composition to beautiful examples such as Tintagel and the Amalfi Coast.
Billy Showell is a well-respected contemporary artist whose watercolour flower portraits have earned her the respect of watercolour artists all over the world. Worked to the same degree of accuracy as traditional botanical paintings, Billy's compositions are given a more contemporary twist, combining her unique eye for design with her love of flowers. In this book, 40 flower portraits are presented, arranged in alphabetical order, each one accompanied by small studies, details, step-by-step instructions and the colour mixes used to accomplish the finished work. At the start of the book there are useful sections on the materials and equipment needed and the main techniques used, including wet-into-wet, colour blending, lifting out, layering glazes, dry brushing and colour mixing, and at the end of the book Billy gives her own unique slant on composition and discusses the importance of creating a sketchbook. Whether you love to paint, or simply love flowers, this book will delight and inspire you.
Bring your own colour to the story From colouring book queen Johanna Basford, a lavishly illustrated fable about a girl named Ivy who stumbles upon a secret door leading to the magical world of Enchantia. A charming story that interacts playfully with beautiful, colourable artwork in Johanna's signature style, Ivy and the Inky Butterfly is a one-of-a-kind adventure for the whole family and readers of all ages to customise, colour and cherish. Johanna has picked a crisp ivory paper that accentuates and compliments your chosen colour palette. The smooth, untextured pages allows for beautiful blending or gradient techniques with coloured pencils, or are perfect for pens, allowing the nib to glide evenly over the surface without feathering.
The top-selling Sterling Sketchbook series now features the popular new Kraft-cover format! With their quality paper and sturdy binding, this is the sketchbook of choice for both amateur and professional artists. This beautiful sketchbook contains acid-free, medium-weight drawing paper with a vellum finish that's perfect for everything from charcoal and pencil to light washes with ink and watercolor. Perforated pages make it easy to tear out "masterpieces" for framing or gift giving. All the copy (title, paper description, size, page count) appears on an attractively designed removable sticker that you can either leave on or remove for a clean, blank front cover.
Part of a series of exciting and luxurious Flame Tree Notebooks. Combining high-quality production with magnificent fine art, the covers are printed on foil in five colours, embossed, then foil stamped. And they're powerfully practical: a pocket at the back for receipts and scraps, two bookmarks and a solid magnetic side flap. These are perfect for personal use and make a dazzling gift. This example features Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights
Rob Wareing has built a formidable international reputation as a portrait artist. This is his first book, and here he draws on over 40 years' experience to provide a complete guide to painting portraits in oils. In Rob's view, the most effective way to capture character is by working from life rather than photographs, and to follow the alla prima method to create a painting in one sitting. Starting with a fascinating overview of the subject, Rob then guides the reader through the materials he uses, explains how to pose and light the sitter, and how to prepare the work area before starting to paint. This is followed by detailed coverage of design and composition, the importance of proportions, and the painting process itself - from colour mixing through to finishing a painting without over-working. With clear, step-by-step demonstrations and numerous examples of the author's work throughout, this book provides both an expert guide to portrait painting and a unique insight into the working methods of one of the world's leading portrait painters.
Colour Quest (R) is a colour by numbers challenge unlike anything you've ever seen before. Use colouring pens or pencils to colour numbered shapes and uncover stunning and intricate artwork hidden on the page. Shade in a luscious lion camouflaged under dots, a pixelated cityscape lighting up the night sky or an elaborate cathedral created entirely from triangles. The easy-to-use number system is perfect for beginners, who can complete each image with paints, pens or pencils and reveal a beautiful image on every page. Let Colour Quest take you on a magical journey to find hidden gems waiting to be coloured in and brought to life in this beautiful and detailed colouring book; perfect for adults who wish to rediscover their playful side, or for children who enjoy an artistic challenge! Colour Quest is a trade mark of Michael O'Mara Books Limited.
For beginners up, everything you need to know. Includes 28 teaching videos to view online. This combined book and video-guide to drawing manga will allow artists of ANY ability to master this hugely popular drawing style. The 256 page book is packed with step-by-step tutorials on every aspect of manga drawing, basing the instructions around traditional sketching and colouring techniques, and including digital tools for rendering and finishing artwork. The author is highly accomplished professional artist Sonia Leong, who is also creating 28 two-minute video demonstrations designed to link specifically to the content of this book. These video clips are hosted online, and accessed from the book's pages using QR codes (or URLs), making this one of the most user-friendly manga tutor books on the market. Readers will learn how to build up characters from basic shapes and measurements, get the anatomy and poses absolutely right, add crucial design elements to enhance drawings and stories, render artwork in different styles and mediums (including digital), and even start to create comic pages and sequences- for publication in print or online.
Escape the mayhem of the busy world and indulge in this relaxing colouring book. From animals and landscapes to mandala patterns and scenes from everyday life, this delightful collection of more than 60 designs will bring hours of pleasure. This colour-by-numbers book is perfect for those who love colouring but prefer to have some guidance regarding colour-choice. It includes a key of suggested colours on the back flap, meaning you can flip these out to refer to when colouring each design. This stress-relieving book, printed with large-print numbers for enhanced readability, will help you create wonderful and professional-looking artwork with ease and enjoyment. ABOUT THE SERIES: The bestselling Arcturus Large Print Colour by Numbers Collection contains an array of enchanting designs, printed on thick, high-quality paper with large-print figures for easy reading.
Learn to draw by sketching what surrounds you everyday. In Observational Sketching, author Mariko Higaki-an ISDA Gold Award-winning industrial designer based in Japan-teaches you how to practice and learn to sketch by using well-established observational techniques. Perspective, proportion, lines, shapes, shading, and many other techniques can be learned through everyday practice and observation of the items you come in contact with everyday, from a backpack to your sunglasses. This book addresses how to approach sketching a range of shapes and materials and how to disassemble each object to accurately capture its unique design elements. Inspiration and examples from the author and other well-known artists accompany a variety of projects that you can try right away and skill-building projects that will strengthen your talent. Find within: An introduction to observational sketching The basic concepts and tools used in observational sketching Observation techniques Illustrated step-by-step instructions for creating observational sketches of 20 common objects, from a alarm clock to a wooden stool Hone your artistic skills with this daily sketching practice. Whether you are an urban sketcher or an industrial designer, this books should be part of your reference collection.
Take time to relax and clear your mind with this beautiful pocket-sized book of intricate patterns to colour in. As you choose your colours and start to bring the pattern to life you will find yourself entering a deeply peaceful state, completely focused on creating your unique picture. Art therapy at its simplest; focus on colouring in your picture and forget about the cares and stresses of the day. You can colour in as little or as much as you like, taking your time to develop your picture the way you want it. Start colouring today and enjoy the still, quiet voice of calm this simple meditative practice will bring.
Take time to relax and clear your mind with this beautiful pocket-sized book of nature patterns to colour in. As you choose your colours and start to bring the pattern to life you will find yourself entering a deeply peaceful state, completely focused on creating your unique picture. Art therapy at its simplest; focus on colouring in your picture and forget about the cares and stresses of the day. You can colour in as little or as much as you like, taking your time to develop your picture the way you want it. Start colouring today and enjoy the still, quiet voice of calm this simple meditative practice will bring.
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