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Beginner's Guide to Painting with Oil Pastels - Projects, Techniques and Inspiration to Get You Started (Paperback): T.... Beginner's Guide to Painting with Oil Pastels - Projects, Techniques and Inspiration to Get You Started (Paperback)
T. Fisher 1
R260 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R54 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

'If you thought oil pastels were just something for children, prepare to think again.' The Artist '...look on in wonder as Tim shows you how you can use this neglected but simple medium to create real works of art...Just open this book at random and you'll be hooked.' Paint Magazine Learn to paint with oil pastels in this colourful, accessible book for newcomers to the medium. Tim Fisher demonstrates how to use the oil pastels on their own, or in conjunction with acrylic inks and paints, and watercolours, on a variety of surfaces, to create beautiful paintings that will maintain their vibrancy for years to come. The Beginner's Guide to Painting with Oil Pastels features six full step-by-step projects covering a variety of subjects including animal portraits, street scenes, boats and harbours, buildings and glorious landscapes. Tim introduces the reader to mark-making with oil pastels, explains the history of the medium, and how to protect and keep an oil pastel painting once it is complete.

The Art of Drawing Dangles - Creating Decorative Letters and Art with Charms (Paperback): Olivia A. Kneibler The Art of Drawing Dangles - Creating Decorative Letters and Art with Charms (Paperback)
Olivia A. Kneibler
R311 R221 Discovery Miles 2 210 Save R90 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

If you like coloring, tangling, or lettering, you'll love to dangle! Grab a marker, with The Art of Drawing Dangles by your side, you'll be drawing beautiful designs with flourishes and flair abound. Dangles are a beautiful and whimsical new art form for people who love coloring and tangles. By adding charms and pretty embellishments to letters and artwork, you can make your own dangles. With 50 projects in the book, you can add stunning patterns and color to dangles, personalize your dangles with details that are unique to you, and create dangle words from the dangle alphabet in the book. Dangles are a perfect way to accentuate your stationary, invitations, lettering, and more. Everyone loves hand lettering; this is the next step! Don't just create beautiful word art, use the techniques and ideas you'll find in The Art of Drawing Dangles to make your art really standout from the crowd.

Canvas Art - Easy, Fun & Stylish Abstract Ideas for Home Decor (Paperback): Leisure Arts Canvas Art - Easy, Fun & Stylish Abstract Ideas for Home Decor (Paperback)
Leisure Arts
R278 R221 Discovery Miles 2 210 Save R57 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Figures and Faces - A Sketcher's Handbook (Paperback, Dover ed): Hugh Laidman Figures and Faces - A Sketcher's Handbook (Paperback, Dover ed)
Hugh Laidman
R285 R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Save R50 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Veteran artist, illustrator, and teacher shows how simple and rewarding it can be to draw two of the most challenging of artistic subjects. 160 pages of figures; 25 halftones; 4 charts.

Fantasy Genesis Characters - A creativity game for drawing original people and creatures (Paperback): C. Lukacs Fantasy Genesis Characters - A creativity game for drawing original people and creatures (Paperback)
C. Lukacs
R405 R286 Discovery Miles 2 860 Save R119 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Conjure creatures and characters from your imagination! To generate fantasy characters and inhabitants that populate an imaginary world, sometimes you need a little creative fuel...and a 20-sided die. Fantasy Genesis Characters is a choose-your-own-adventure game where a roll of the dice decides what type of creature you create. Each chapter expands on mimicking the observable world to engineer original populations by mashing up unrelated quirks and concepts--think "vegetarian zombie," "Byzantine goth" or "gangster sheep." Roll the dice to combine traits from word lists. Mix random emotions, behaviors, costumes, cultures and anthropomorphic attributes to create infinite and unexpected characters. Short lessons supply the building blocks to develop character components--expressions, gestures, posture, etc.--while mini demos, creative challenges and RPG-like activities help you bring them to life. 30+ challenges and demonstrations illustrate how to conceptualize and create fully developed fantasy characters Use free-association word games to jump-start your brain into forming original ideas, crazy-cool mash-ups and visual solutions Includes a crash course in anatomy, plus tips for drawing from life and reference photos Learn to sketch facial expressions and modify classic archetypes

How to Draw an Object - The Foolproof Method (Paperback): Soizic Mouton How to Draw an Object - The Foolproof Method (Paperback)
Soizic Mouton
R296 R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Save R71 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Filled with colourful illustrations and step-by-step explanations, How to Draw an Object is a foolproof introduction to the art of sketching. Equal parts inspiration and tutorial, the delightful drawings are sure to have even the shyest artists reaching for a sketchbook. The book begins with simple explanations of drawing fundamentals - how to use perspective and draw basic shapes like cubes, cylinders, and cones. From there newly minted sketch artists will learn how to transform those simple components into realistic drawings. A cylinder becomes a many layered wedding cake festooned with frosting while a cone is transformed into a martini, a butterfly net, or a sea shell. Soon readers will see that even the most complicated drawing is really only a collection of basic shapes. The book also includes a range of more specific tips and tricks, such as how to mimic the drape of fabric when drawing clothes or add texture. How to Draw an Object will give anyone who's ever wanted to learn to draw the confidence to pick up a pencil and begin!

Portfolio: Expressive Painting - Tips and techniques for practical applications in watercolor, including color theory, color... Portfolio: Expressive Painting - Tips and techniques for practical applications in watercolor, including color theory, color mixing, and understanding color relationships (Paperback)
Joseph L. Stoddard
R319 R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Save R89 (28%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Joyful Designs Artist's Coloring Book (Paperback): Joy Ting Joyful Designs Artist's Coloring Book (Paperback)
Joy Ting; Created by Peter Pauper Press
R156 R121 Discovery Miles 1 210 Save R35 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Doodle Designs Artist's Coloring Book (Paperback): Peter Pauper Press Doodle Designs Artist's Coloring Book (Paperback)
Peter Pauper Press
R155 R120 Discovery Miles 1 200 Save R35 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Figure It Out! - The Beginner's Guide to Drawing People (Paperback): Christopher Hart Figure It Out! - The Beginner's Guide to Drawing People (Paperback)
Christopher Hart
R403 R256 Discovery Miles 2 560 Save R147 (36%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Chris Hart has a head for figures -- human figures, that is. Not only does he draw them with incredible style and flair, he also has a friendly, accessible teaching style that makes his how-to books super-sellers. In this unique figure-drawing course, Chris avoids the usual anatomy lessons that intimidate aspiring artists and gets right down to the basics young illustrators need to get started. Starting with heads and facial expressions, he moves on to full figures, male and female, ideal and average, some in fashion poses and others in dynamic action. On every page, his practical advice and clear examples will help readers achieve terrific results -- and have fun every step of the way.

Zendoodle Coloring - Crazy Kittens (Paperback): Jodi Best Zendoodle Coloring - Crazy Kittens (Paperback)
Jodi Best
R264 R203 Discovery Miles 2 030 Save R61 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
How to Draw Dogs, Cats, and Horses (Paperback): Arthur Zaidenberg How to Draw Dogs, Cats, and Horses (Paperback)
Arthur Zaidenberg
R116 R81 Discovery Miles 810 Save R35 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Clear, step-by-step illustrations demonstrate how to draw dogs, cats, and horses by placing basic shapes in proper relation to each other. Written and illustrated by a noted creator of art instruction books, this guide emphasizes the importance of capturing your own individual vision to reveal the subject's special characteristics.

The Portrait Sketchbook - Learn the art of drawing from the masters (Paperback): The Portrait Sketchbook - Learn the art of drawing from the masters (Paperback)
R252 R196 Discovery Miles 1 960 Save R56 (22%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

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.

Abstracts: 50 Inspirational Projects (Paperback): Rolina Van Vliet Abstracts: 50 Inspirational Projects (Paperback)
Rolina Van Vliet 1
R317 R257 Discovery Miles 2 570 Save R60 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Where do you find inspiration for an abstract painting? How do you start? What materials should you use? Are composition and perspective important? These questions and others are answered in detail in this impressive book, with a clarity that guarantees success. Whether you want to purely abstract your ideas, thoughts and feelings into colour and mood, or whether you want to base your pictures on subjects that interest you, such as landscapes, flowers, or music, you will find much to guide and fascinate you here. Rolina van Vliet is an enthusiastic teacher, and she offers a brilliant insight into what makes good paintings, with 50 stunning projects, each accompanied by expert tips and a full palette of exciting and fun techniques. With help on what materials to use and how to use them, she includes many photographs illustrating different ways to create smooth, textured, collaged, vibrant, powerful and atmospheric abstract art. Beginners will love the way Rolina encourages experimentation - there are no rules, and more experienced artists will find much here to inspire them.

How to Draw What You See (Paperback, New ed): Rudy De Reyna How to Draw What You See (Paperback, New ed)
Rudy De Reyna
R419 R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Save R157 (37%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Watson-Guptill's all-time best-selling drawing book. A best-seller for 35 years! This is a timeless classic that has taught generations of artists - and will teach generations more. When it was originally published in 1970, "How to Draw What You See" zoomed to the top of Watson-Guptill's best-seller list - and it has remained there ever since. "I believe that you must be able to draw things as you see them - realistically," wrote Rudy de Reyna in his introduction. Today, generations of artists have learned to draw what they see, to truly capture the world around them, using de Reyna's methods. "How to Draw What You See" shows artists how to recognize the basic shape of an object - cube, cylinder, cone, or sphere - and use that shape to draw the object, no matter how much detail it contains.

Beginner's Guide to Abstract Art - Making abstract art in watercolour, acrylics, mixed media and collage (Paperback):... Beginner's Guide to Abstract Art - Making abstract art in watercolour, acrylics, mixed media and collage (Paperback)
Laura Reiter
R314 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R90 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Beginner's Guide to Abstract Art is an inspirational but practical book that will help artists to paint in a less figurative way. Laura Reiter demonstrates different ways to approach an abstract painting from `just a little bit abstract' to `completely abstract'. She does this by focussing on ideas and themes as starting points, looking at the creative processes involved and more unusual techniques. Laura Reiter also covers how to use materials creatively - watercolour, acrylics, mixed media and collage - and how to experiment with colour and composition. There is also details on texture, simple printing, mark making, colour and its meaning, and sources of inspiration. Several projects are included, and, in addition to Laura's vibrant, colourful paintings, the work of several other contemporary abstract artists is featured. Previously published in hardback as Painting Accessible Abstracts.

Drawing Birds (Paperback): John Busby Drawing Birds (Paperback)
John Busby; Introduction by Bill Oddie
R468 R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Save R110 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This is a fully revised and updated new version of a popular RSPB handbook to the art and joy of drawing birds. John Busby beautifully conveys his own remarkable ability to capture the grace and motion of living birds, illustrating his ideas and suggestions with many examples of his own work. He also uses illustrations from over 45 other talented bird artists to demonstrate a variety of principles and techniques. The text covers a wealth of topics, including choice of media, sketching from life, composition and different ways of interpreting the subject matter. This is a beautiful and inspiring book which will appeal to aspiring artists and anyone who has ever been entranced by the beauty of birds.

Drawing Nature for the Absolute Beginner - A clear and easy guide to drawing landscapes and nature (Paperback): Mark... Drawing Nature for the Absolute Beginner - A clear and easy guide to drawing landscapes and nature (Paperback)
Mark Willenbrink, Mary Willenbrink
R403 R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Save R85 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"Have you ever experienced the peace of walking through the woods or the excitement of a storm gathering on a beach? Artwork provides the ability for us to capture those moments and share them with others."

"Drawing Nature for the Absolute Beginner" offers a great beginner's course on drawing nature. In their fun and friendly teaching style, Mark and Mary Willenbrink show you how to realistically capture the world around you.

All you need to get started are some simple supplies, basic techniques, and inspiration. From field to forest, beach or mountain, begin with a structural sketch, apply values and textures, and, before you know it, you'll be drawing everything you see. You'll even learn how to render favorite wildlife such as chipmunks, deer and eagles

  • Follow along with easy step-by-step demonstrations to draw rocks, seashells, butterflies and even more developed nature scenes.
  • Gain a working understanding of key concepts such as perspective, value and composition.
  • Discover simple tools and tips you can use right away to improve your art.
Your artistic journey can be as pleasant as your final destination with drawing instruction meant for everyone.
Batik - Modern Concepts and Techniques (Hardcover, Illustrated Ed): Noel Dyrenforth Batik - Modern Concepts and Techniques (Hardcover, Illustrated Ed)
Noel Dyrenforth
R493 R348 Discovery Miles 3 480 Save R145 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Batik has moved a long way since its interest in the West began. In 'Batik', Britain's leading batik artist provides a book that takes the craft beyond the basics to include new materials as well as new techniques. Lavishly illustrated in colour and clearly arranged and written, it includes working on paper, wood and leather as well as textiles, plus a series of step-by-step sequences of key techniques. The work of the author and international batik artists and historical pieces will be used to illustrate the techniques and materials covered in the book.

Portfolio: Beginning Colored Pencil - Tips and techniques for learning to draw in colored pencil (Paperback): Eileen Sorg Portfolio: Beginning Colored Pencil - Tips and techniques for learning to draw in colored pencil (Paperback)
Eileen Sorg
R318 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R90 (28%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Colourtronic Animals (Paperback): Lauren Farnsworth Colourtronic Animals (Paperback)
Lauren Farnsworth 1
R235 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R43 (18%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Dive into a fantastically vibrant world of colour with Colourtronic Animals. Complete each image using the easy-to-use number system and reveal incredible animals with striking colour palettes on every page. Each piece of artwork is a feast for the eyes.

Urban Watercolor Sketching (Paperback): Felix Scheinberger Urban Watercolor Sketching (Paperback)
Felix Scheinberger
R477 R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Save R175 (37%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A guide that shows painters, drawers, doodlers, and urban sketchers how to bring their drawings to life with colorful, bold, yet accessible painting methods.
COLOR YOUR LIFE
Bring new energy to your sketches of urban scenes with this fresh and simple approach to watercolor painting. Whether you're an amateur artist, drawer, doodler, or sketcher, watercolor is a versatile sketching medium that's perfect for people on the go--much like pen or pencil. Accomplished designer and illustrator Felix Scheinberger offers a solid foundation in color theory and countless lessons on all aspects of watercolor sketching, including:
Fundamentals like wet-on-wet, glazes, and washes
Materials and supplies to bring on your travels
Little-known tips and tricks, like painting when water
isn't handy and seeking out inspiration
Vibrant watercolor paintings grace each page, and light-hearted anecdotes (why do fish make great subjects to paint, you may be wondering...) make this a lively guide to the medium. With an open mind and sketchbook, you will be ready to capture the moments around you in luminous color with confidence, creativity, and ease--no matter what your skill level may be.

Dot-to-Hot Darcy - Dot-to-dot heart-throbs from Heathcliff to Darcy (Paperback): Jake McDonald, Emma Price, Lindsey Sagar Dot-to-Hot Darcy - Dot-to-dot heart-throbs from Heathcliff to Darcy (Paperback)
Jake McDonald, Emma Price, Lindsey Sagar; Lily Magnus 1
R217 R175 Discovery Miles 1 750 Save R42 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

It's a truth universally acknowledged that a romantic person in possession of a good set of colouring pencils must be in want of a Dot-to-Hot book! This unofficial colouring book is brimming with dot-to-dot heart-throbs. From heroes and romantics to rebels and villains, these literary lovers and bad boys are waiting to be lovingly drawn, coloured and completed by you! Connect the dots to create Mr. Darcy and Mr. Wickham from Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre, Marius from Les Miserables, Romeo from Romeo and Juliet, Willoughby from Sense and Sensibility, and many more! A fun and quirky dot-to-dot book perfect for those who love their colouring served with a Mr. Darcy-sized dash of romantic fiction!

Portfolio: Beginning Drawing - A multidimensional approach to learning the art of basic drawing (Paperback): Alain Picard Portfolio: Beginning Drawing - A multidimensional approach to learning the art of basic drawing (Paperback)
Alain Picard
R320 R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Save R90 (28%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner (Paperback, New Ed): Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner (Paperback, New Ed)
R414 R294 Discovery Miles 2 940 Save R120 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This popular book provides all the information you need to get started in watercolour painting. Full of clear, simple advice and more than 70 step-by-step demonstrations, Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner will teach even the least confident of beginners the skills and techniques needed to start painting.

In this easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide, three professional artists explain all the basic watercolour techniques.

Top TV artist Alwyn Crawshaw demonstrates the basic techniques including brushstrokes, colour mixing and depicting distance and foreground to get you started in watercolour.

Lecturer and Artist Sharon Finmark explains how you can paint realistic figures, covering scale and proportion, mixing convincing skin colours and portraying movement and light effectively.

Artist and teacher Trevor Waugh demonstrates techniques for painting animals - domestic, farmyard and wild. Starting with simple animal shapes, Trevor takes you through the rudiments of 3D shapes, tone and colour and the tricks of using foreshortening in your work.

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