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'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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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
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.
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.
A guide that shows painters, drawers, doodlers, and urban sketchers
how to bring their drawings to life with colorful, bold, yet
accessible painting methods.
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!
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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