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Many novice artists are intimidated by the prospect of trawling through very technical drawing books, especially given our busy day-to-day lives. Five-Minute Watercolour is a handy companion as you explore your artistic potential by sketching in watercolour - in five minutes you can produce a great painting that you'll be proud to keep and share. Discover 55 bitesize exercises, written in jargon-free language, to help you make watercolour painting a part of your day. Starting with advice on the basic supplies you will need, professional urban watercolour artist Samantha Nielsen takes you through all the techniques required to begin and pursue your creative journey - from brush control to using warm and cool colours, followed by advice on implementing these techniques such as painting skies, seascapes or people. Samantha then helps you take it further by showing you how to capture movement and create depth. Every spread in the book features five expert tips and ideas, as well as examples of amazing five-minute watercolour sketches to inspire you. For new and aspiring artists everywhere who've dreamt of making art a part of their working lives, this pocket book is perfect for you.
As Picasso said: 'It took me a lifetime to Paint Like a Child'. Raw Drawing is not an art class - it is a unique philosophy and a practical resource that teaches you how to draw spontaneously and creatively without any inhibition. Learn how to use signs, lines and shapes to create a new visual language. It's a non-judgmental technique to help you visualize your thoughts, express your emotions, develop your ideas and, why not, relax with a pen or pencil. Since he launched the Raw Drawing initiative in 2017, Italian artist Alessandro Bonaccorsi has given dozens of courses across Italy, helping people expand their creativity. This book brings together all of Alessandro's core teachings, making the power and creativity of raw drawing accessible to everyone. The book is recommended for those over 14 years of age, who are open to let themselves become children again and draw with a carefree mind. Use Raw Drawing to get closer to the heart of things, and learn to appreciate the beauty of the spontaneous.
"Charming book for creative types who find a blank page a little too overwhelming." - The Guardian "In her charming journal-cum sketchbook, Matilda Tristram inspires us to look at the everyday things in life in a new way. As well as encouraging us to explore the extraordinary in the ordinary, she also provides guidance, insights, tips and inspiration." - Flow Magazine "If you've ever struggled with the enormous pressure that a blank page or canvas demands of you then Matilda's 'My Year in Small Drawings' is just the ticket to ease you back into the joys of drawing or help you have a go for the very first time! "Whether you're on the train to work, in the park on your lunch break or people watching at your local coffee shop, Matilda's book will help you see the world through fresh eyes!" - The Big Draw. Explore the extraordinary in the ordinary with this charming visual diary like no other! Create and collect the small details around you and build up dozens of dinky drawings for your own uniquely personal record. From tangles of cables to window frames to tree buds, learn to see everyday things in a new way and explore their simple - and sometimes surprising - beauty by drawing them. With expert advice on how to simplify what we see; which pens and pencils to use; colour; and using perspective plus suggestions for drawing every day of the year, this is an opportunity to embrace your creativity and build up a unique and delightful personal sketch collection.
Extreme Dot to Dot: Classic Pin-ups invites you to engage with your inner artist, to pick up a pen and create something truly amazing. Taking inspiration from Gil Elvgren's glamorous pin-up girls, this exciting new book of activity book will help you create art masterpieces, one dot at a time. Beautifully packaged and challenging to perfect, Extreme Dot to Dot: Classic Pin-ups lets you create own magical works of art: all you have to do to join in the fun...is join the dots.
In this innovative approach to Impressionism and its methods, Jonathan Stephenson's instruction enables amateurs the world over to paint like the Impressionists. Vibrantly illustrated in colour throughout, both with well-known works of art and step-by-step examples, the book shows how the masters achieved their diverse effects and how their ideas and styles can be adapted to today's tastes. Sections on the artists provide fascinating insights into individual techniques: learn how Monet produced his oil colour sketches, or how Sisley created his atmospheric landscapes. With an introduction providing the historical background to Impressionism, and a comprehensive section on artists' materials, this is a highly practical book that will appeal both to beginners and more experienced artists, as well as to the many thousands of of people inspired by the brilliance and beauty of Impressionist painting.
A deceptively simple adventure into the unknown using only paper, a pencil and a single line Wreck This Journal had a simple premise: destroy the book in all the ways you can imagine. The Line is even simpler: find pencil, start a line. As you move through the pages of Keri Smith's newest book, you'll be asked to let your line meander, explore the book's gutter, and jump around the edges of the pages. You'll hide your line, cut your line and even let someone else take over your line for a bit. The farther you get into the book, however, the more you'll discover that maybe things aren't as simple as they first seemed. The line has a mind of its own, and it's up to you to discover what's at the end of the line (hint: it's just the beginning).
'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain' is the world's most widely used drawing instruction book. Whether you feel you have little talent and you doubt you could ever learn, or you enjoy drawing but have not been able to get much beyond a childlike level, this book will show you how to gain the skill that you have always wanted. If you are already drawing as a professional artist or are an artist-in-training, it will give you greater confidence in your ability and deepen your artistic perception.
This new edition of 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain' has been dramatically revised, with more than fifty per cent new material, including:
See how the astonishing success of 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain' – responsible for teaching millions to draw – can work for you, too.
Welcome to the third and fabulous colouring book from the sensational Kerby Rosanes, Mythomorphia. Featuring his unique and intricate ink drawings, this book includes images of gorgeous mythological creatures morphing and shapeshifting to create Kerby's signature, breath-taking scenes. From magnificent dragons and a fiery phoenix to beautiful mermaids and mischievous goblins, this book is truly out of this world. Every super-detailed picture can be coloured in and all of them hide a selection of search objects to find. Readers will have to keep their eyes peeled for these items scattered throughout the pages. On top of the success of Animorphia and Imagimorphia, Kerby's skills have already earned him a solid fan base. His Sketchy Stories Facebook page has more than 1,000,000 likes, he has had 275,000 project views on Behance and his incredible website (www.kerbyrosanes.com) is getting more hits by the day. Other books in the colouring series include: 9781910552070 Animorphia 9781910552148 Imagimorphia 9781910552865 Fantomorphia 9781910552926 Geomorphia
`Colour is a power which directly influences the soul.' Wassily Kandinsky There's nothing like a unicorn to give life some colour. Relax, take a break and let your imagination soar... So Keep Calm and Colour Unicorns!
Written by one of the world best-selling authors of practical art titles, The Ultimate Drawing Book is a great guide to taking the first steps to become an artist. From choosing the right equipment and making those initial, tentative marks on paper to building up the composition of a still-life picture to learning how to draw figures, this easy-to-follow guide will have the reader creating beautiful images in no time. Readers will learn how to portray the texture of different materials, such as cloth and glass; how to depict the elements in a landscape, like water, trees and sky; how to understand perspective, and how to convey the features and movement of humans. Illustrated by the author himself, often with step-by-step sequences, and accompanied by easy-to-understand instructions, this will become the go-to reference for the new artist.
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.
Add colour to this captivating collection of tranquil ocean mandalas and feel instantly relaxed. Whether you're colouring in a pod of serene whales, or adding the finishing touches to some intricate seashells, The Tranquil Ocean Mandala Colouring Book will help you practise mindfulness for hours. With over 120 blissful designs to colour, this activity book is the perfect gift for anyone wanting to de-stress and is a fantastic source of inspiration for anyone creating their own designs.
If you can write your name, you have enough touch to learn to draw. Let Mark Linley inspire you to pick up your pencil and create a magical masterpiece. His positive approach secures quick, accurate results and ever-growing confidence. Learn to look properly and get the basic outlines correct; include the key features but simplify what you see; understand how shading (such as dot stipple or cross-hatching) can transform a sketch; get the eye level right and see how a grid helps with the composition. Whatever you want to draw - a beautiful holiday scene, a lifelike portrait of your family or favourite pet, or even a funny cartoon to illustrate a birthday card - Mark Linley shows, in this new edition of his bestselling book, everything you need to succeed.
Learn to Draw Comics is a new title in the successful Learn to Draw series of instructional step-by-step books for beginners. It covers the basic techniques of drawing comic strips and graphic stories in a lively and accessible way. Comic strips and graphic stories are very popular and have international appeal. This book, which complements the author's very successful Learn to Draw Cartoons, provides an ideal introduction to the skills required to draw successful comics of your own. All the basics are covered, including how to develop cartoon characters and then create a narrative for them, and the essential techniques and processes are described in a clear and entertaining way, accompanied by step-by-step illustrations. A number of different types of comics are featured, including the popular `superhero' type, with something to appeal to all age groups.
This is the definitive instructional guide to the art of botanical illustration, published in association with The Society of Botanical Artists and featuring detailed step-by-step demonstrations by members of the Society. Botanical illustration has been a popular art form for many centuries, with its appealing traditions of detail and beauty. This beautifully illustrated book covers all aspects of the subject and is an essential book for all serious students of botanical painting. The book includes useful information about materials, basic plant anatomy, flower and leaf shapes, and then explores the techniques for drawing and coloured pencil work, as well as painting with watercolour and gouache. Subjects include exotic and common plants, flowers, fruit and vegetables, as well as flowers in the garden. Packed with step-by-step demonstrations and stunning illustrations, this is an inspiring, practical guide, as well as a visual treat.
The definitive artist's reference guide and comprehensive sourcebook of art materials and painting techniques, now available in a modern paperback edition. The Complete Artist's Manual covers all the elements of painting and drawing from materials to techniques, colour composition and media - the ultimate artist's bible. In addition, it contains a structured painting course with simple exercises developing into more advanced projects, with demonstrations by well-known practising artists who share their experience and expertise with the reader. Contents includes; Supports Drawing and painting media Drawing and sketching Painting techniques Colour and composition What to paint - getting started The artist's studio Glossary and directory The Complete Artist's Manual is visually rich and exciting, practical and comprehensive - no artist's studio should be without it.
Useful information on important anatomical features, directions on how to handle subjects, and how to express their forms and postures. 224 illus.
From grasping perspective to balancing your composition to mixing colours and learning how to create new effects, Drawing and Painting Step-by-Step is an accessible guide through practical lessons for the budding artist. Beginning with a section on the equipment needed, the book covers the different drawing and painting tools from pastels to acrylics to oils and water, the papers and brushes used, how colours can be combined and mixed. More advanced techniques include painting without a brush, painting on glass and curved surfaces, while other skills include how to capture movement, how to paint reflected light and understanding tone. After all the lessons, there are also tips and hints on breaking the rules. Each lesson is packed with colour photographs and artworks, with helpful tips as well as step-by-step guides keeping you clearly on track. Including instructive examples of classic works by artists such as Pieter Brueghel the Elder, David Hockney, Jackson Pollock, Vincent Van Gogh and Alfred Sisley, Drawing and Painting Step-by-Step is an expert companion for the home artist.
It is impossible not to have fun adding colour to this captivating collection of kaleidoscope designs. Whether you're applying the finishing touch to an intricate pattern or bringing to life a more simple design, The Kaleidoscope Colouring Book will enthral you for hours. With over 120 mesmerising designs to colour, this adult activity book is the perfect gift for the artist in your life and a fantastic source of inspiration for anyone wanting to create their own designs.
Stuck for something to draw? Want to improve your skills on the widest range of subjects you possibly can? Searching for inspiration for that graphic novel you've been planning to start work on forever? Then look no further. Artprompts, derived from the popular website of the same name, is a treasure trove of brilliant ideas for artists to dip in and out of, and the best way ever to overcome creative block. It's bursting with hundreds of imaginative prompts written especially for anyone who enjoys creating art. Open this book and discover a huge selection of creative and challenging descriptions of exciting characters, monstrous creatures, immersive environments, enticing objects and hypothetical situations - you might find yourself drawing an adorable girl hugging her huge, hairy pet spider, a robot pug, a misty moonlit graveyard or an alien abduction. Combine the prompts in any way you like to create amazing complex scenarios, or hone your artistic skills on single images. Fill a sketchbook with the things you love drawing, or push yourself out of your comfort zone and try new subjects. Have Draw Something-style competitions with your friends and family, and the prompts even work for writers too. And interspersed between the prompts are longer features packed with practical advice to help you become the best artist you can be. So what are you waiting for? Flip to a prompt, get your sketchbook out and start drawing! Word count: 15,000
Mandala patterns are great for colouring in, de-stressing and trying out your own colour scheme. Whether you're colouring in calming mandala flowers, or completing an intricate mandala design, The Meditative Mandala Colouring Book will help you relax and practise mindfulness. With over 120 stunning designs to colour, this activity book is the perfect gift for anyone who needs to unwind and is a fantastic source of inspiration for anyone looking to create their own designs.
A fun and accessible guide to painting flowers in watercolour with step-by-step exercises. World-renowned artist Trevor Waugh reveals the secrets of painting flowers in watercolour in this fun, easy-to-follow book. Focusing on the techniques that matter the most, you'll be able to start producing better flower paintings in the space of an afternoon. The book includes expert guidance on all aspects of flower painting in watercolour, including the basic shapes and how to combine them, how to design the perfect composition and how to create subtle and evocative effects. The author shares tips on how to use colour to create realistic-looking flowers and foliage, his go-to basic palette and details on how to create beautiful, nuanced colour mixes. There is also a section on how to achieve real artistry in your work, using hard and soft edges, clever observation and different angles to perfect your work. Armed with this beautiful book, packed with breathtaking inspirational paintings and a selection of helpful step-by-step demonstration sequences, you'll become an expert flower painting in no time at all.
Whether you're trying your hand at painting for the first time or honing your artistic ability, Artist's Painting Techniques is the handiest guide to teach you how to paint. Starting with the basics such as observational skills and learning how to draw, Artist's Painting Techniques will guide you into working with watercolours, acrylics, and oil paints. Discover everything you need to know about tone, colour, pattern, brushwork, and composition to create your own masterpieces with confidence. Learn a range of key watercolour, acryllic, and oil painting techniques, including laying a flat wash, painting fur, and creating impasto sculptural effects. Embark on exciting artistic exercises and projects to discover your style and grow as an artist. Follow the fully illustrated step-by-step guides and get inspiring advice and encouragement from practising artists. Kickstart your creativity and develop your own style with Artist's Painting Techniques.
Second in importance only to the face, hands play a key role in
expressing emotional states--from anger and fear to resignation,
serenity, and surprise. This resource features more than 1,000
illustrations, offering figure artists at all skill levels insights
into the structure, character, and expression of hands.
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