Handicrafts, Arts & Crafts

Painting & Drawing Books

  • LCPE
    • £4.99
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    Esteemed artist Vivian Wong shows you how to realise the true potential of making art using colouring pencils with this interactive journal.

    She explains how to create luscious drawings that sing off the page and reveals all the methods that will help you make something stunning. Stunningly illustrated, she reveals a host of practical techniques to master using a back-to-basics approach.

    She'll even show you how to blend, crosshatch and gradate colours. You can then practise these newfound skills by copying them into the templates provided. This is a great guide for helping you get awesome at drawing.
  • IYBW
    • £4.99
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    This contemporary and stylish book highlights all the incredible things you can do with the classic art form of watercolour painting.

    Watercolour has often been seen as conventional, easy to manage and perhaps inoffensive... this book changes everything. It shows you how to use a variety of modern techniques and learn a host of new tricks.

    Written by fashion illustrator Veronica Ballart Lilja, it reveals how you can use luminous colour, dynamic composition, mixed media and so much more. From choosing the correct materials to using different object, it even showcases enhanced techniques like creating silhouettes for painting city skylines.
  • Collins Learn to Draw Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780007960309
    • £6.99
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    • Just £1.40 per book
    Learn to draw like a professional with this wide-ranging collection. From animals and buildings to still life and the countryside, these books are full of hints, tips and techniques to inspire you to embrace your creative nature.

    The books are all easy to follow and will help you master the basics of drawing techniques for each subject and then encourage you to hone these new-found skills in a variety of ways. There's even a book to help you create realistic drawings of people.

    Each book has practical exercises and looks at the structure and form of each subject. They will help you choose the right medium, learn about composition and understand the importance of light and shade. They will also help you capture movement and behaviour.
  • AFAA
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    This fun and quirky fill-in book will inspire even the most anxious of artists to draw amazing animals.

    There are fill-in watercolour illustrations by Faye Moorhouse to complete on each page and suggested options of features to copy. Among the creatures you can complete are tigers, sharks and peacocks.

    Encouraging any age to use their imagination, these fun and accessible drawing exercises provide perfect practice for budding artists.
  • PFAA
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    John Bigwood's interactive book will inspire even the most anxious of artists. It has quirky watercolour illustrations for you to complete and encourages you to embrace wonky lines, weird features, smudges and scribbles!

    The fill-in nature of the book will help you practise drawing people of all shapes and sizes and there are also humorous suggestions of features you should copy.

    With pictures of The Beatles, Kiss and other familiar characters, this book is fun for all ages and shows how every stroke of your pen adds personality and flair.
  • ARPT
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    If you've always dreamed of painting or if you just want to hone your creative skills further, Artist's Painting Techniques is a book that will help you explore art with watercolours, oils and acrylics.

    A book that encourages you to discover your own style and grow as an artist, it starts with the basics of painting such as developing your observational skills and learning how to draw and then gradually progresses to working with the different types of paint.

    It will explain everything you need to know about tone, colour, pattern, brushwork and composition and build your confidence. It also has inspiring advice from practising artists and will take you through a range of projects that will hone your skills, step by step.
  • DCTS
    • £3.99
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    With their luxurious fur and distinctive markings, you might think that drawing cats is an impossible challenge. Think again! With Draw Cats in 15 Minutes you'll be sketching your favourite feline friend in no time at all.

    Following the formula of the popular Draw Faces in 15 Minutes, the book presents easy-to-follow tutorials that take you from basic drawing techniques every would-be artist needs to know, to capturing the unique qualities that define your cat.

    From understanding a cat's anatomy to how it affects their appearance, rendering their fur in both pencil and charcoal and putting their distinctive character onto page, Draw Cats in 15 Minutes is a book that ensures that anyone who's ever wanted to draw will be able to in no time!
  • STRR
    Gareth Moore, B.Sc, M.Phil, Ph
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    This dot-to-dot book is perfect for puzzle-loving stargazers. It has 29 intricate dot-to-dot projects that each showcase a beautiful artistic interpretation of a constellation.

    Sure to engage both puzzlers and night sky enthusiasts, the designs include the 12 zodiac signs and an enchanting selection of Ancient Greek constellations. It also provides the stories behind each one so will help you build your knowledge of the night sky.

    Each design is even accompanied by an overview of the astronomical arrangement's history and myths associated with it. This is a sensational book for helping you to plot your own night sky.
  • Draw Your Way to a Younger Brain Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407250380 - Anastasia Catris
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    • Just £1.66 per book
    This three-book collection of art therapy has been especially designed to help you draw your way to a younger brain.

    Losing your memory is one of the biggest concerns in people aged over 40 and these three books provide a creative way to help you keep your mind sharper and 'younger'. Each book contains a series of line drawings and then space on the opposite page which allows you to copy the illustration.

    The scenes gradually become more challenging as you progress and every page can help stimulate the parts of your brain that are vital for memory retention.
  • RTBO
    Phaidon Editors
    • £12.99
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    An iconic and award-winning read, this absolutely huge tome provides a compelling and comprehensive introduction to art. It contains full-colour recreations of some of the most acclaimed artworks of all time and features critics' overviews for each one.

    It introduces 100 artists selected from all periods and from all over the globe and highlights leading performers from both the photography and performance art industries. Among the artworks you can both view and read all about are Michelangelo's Pieta, Pablo Picasso's Weeping Woman and Joan Miro's Women and Bird in the Moonlight. It even lists where you can see the paintings in real life.

    Drawing on the research of artists, curators, critics and academics, this updated edition of The Art Book provides an introduction to art that has influenced culture - all the way from the medieval era through to today's contemporary masterpieces.
  • DRWF
    Jake Spicer
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    Designed especially for beginners, this step-by-step guide to drawing will delight aspiring artists!

    Providing 30 easy and fun lessons, the book finds artist Jake Spicer using tried-and-trusted methods to help you not only gain confidence but also build your artistic skills in a manageable and methodical way.

    From people to pets and still life to cityscapes, the book provides exercises to enjoy and tips to bear in mind when it comes to drawing in future. The final section also looks at the skills needed in more detail. Draw: A Fast, Fun & Effective Way to Learn is a book designed to give any would-be artist all the information they need.
  • BWAT
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    If you want to start painting or are looking to hone your skills, Beginner's Watercolour will inspire you to pick up a brush and a palette in order to create your own masterpieces.

    Suitable for all ages, it will show you the basics of painting with watercolour - from building up washes to mixing colours and creating the impressions of light and shade. There is also advice on how you can use effects such as spattering, sponging and stippling.

    A brilliant book bursting with advice for all those who want to paint - whether you're interested in portraying landscapes, still lives or people.
  • ASBP
    Andrew Marr
    • £5.99
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    The writer and broadcaster Andrew Marr talks about how artists make good work and just what 'good' means in this thought-provoking book about painting.

    Andrew also explains how the serious stroke he suffered in 2013 left him partially paralysed and how this affect his own painting. This experience led to him asking questions about brushstrokes, colour balance, line and textures and here he uses his own work in progress as examples of failures alongside examples of techniques used by all kinds of artists to show how painters learn and improve on their mistakes.

    A provocative, political and instructive book that will appeal to all levels of painters or anyone who is fascinated by art and its creative process.
  • How to Paint Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781600587245
    • £9.99
    • RRP £59.90
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    • Just £1.00 per book
    From still life to portraits, this 10-book collection will help you learn how to paint in style using oils and acrylics. Covering all the basics of painting, the books feature progressive visual demonstrations and expert advice to help you get to grips with a paintbrush in the right way.

    There are step-by-step lessons featured in all the books too, helping you learn how to paint spectacular landscapes, sunsets, clouds and skyscapes, pet portraits, oceans and seascapes and flowers.

    There is also advice on setting up a studio, selecting tools and materials and learning the tips, tricks and techniques for the different styles of painting. A perfect starter library for a budding artist!

    Please note these books are dedicated to oil and acrylic painting.
  • MAVD
    Thomas Pavitte
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    Inspired by classic Marvel comic book artwork, this massive dot-to-dot book features images of the world's greatest superheroes for you to put together.

    There are 20 complex and intricate puzzles to complete and they feature Avengers including Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow and Thor. Once you have joined the dots, you can colour in the scene and display it proudly on your wall for all to see.

    Illustrated by Book People favourite and bestselling dot-to-dot artist Thomas Pavitte, this will provide hours of super fun for superhero fans.

    Please note this book is targeted at teens and adults. The dots in the puzzles are extremely intricate.
  • WMAG
    Andy Pankhurst
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    Showcasing 80 of the most famous paintings and sculptures of all time, What Makes Great Art is a handy pocket guide that provides would-be art aficionados with a guide to why these pieces of art have inspired so much acclaim and respect.

    Ideal for anyone who loves art, Andy Pankhurst and Lucinda Hawksley look at projects from many different eras and of various styles - from Expression and Beauty to Realism and Form. There are also chapters based on Symbolism, Distortion and Erotic artwork.

    Whether the paintings owe their greatness to the composition or colour, provide an insight into a human subject or convey a message in an effective manner, this book covers it. Among the famous pieces covered are Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Claude Monet's Impression: Sunrise and Jackson Pollock's Mural.

    Please note that What Makes Great Art contains a chapter dedicated to Erotic art.

    Although this book features Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring on its cover, there is no information inside about this painting. There are, however, intricate details about 80 of the most iconic pieces of artwork ever created.
  • DTDB
    Thomas Pavitte
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    Who said dot-to-dots were only for children? This comprehensive collection of intricate and complex dot-to-dot patterns features 1,000 dots in each pattern to build your concentration and keep you focused for a satisfyingly long time.

    The unique puzzles presented on extra large pages take on Thomas Pavitte's unique style and recreate people and portraits in dot form. So not only will you have plenty of fun completing the pictures, but the finished illustrations will be impressive enough to display on your wall, too!

    As calming as adult colouring, but with the added bonus of a little bit of problem-solving, The 1,000 Dot-to-Dot Book will provide hours and hours of creative entertainment.
    Ian Sidaway
    • £19.89
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    This title helps you in mastering the art of drawing and painting with step-by-step projects and techniques shown in over 2450 photographs. This is a boxed set of fully illustrated practical guides to painting and drawing with watercolours, oils, acrylics, gouaches and charcoal. It includes a complete guide to artist's materials. This is a comprehensive teaching course from beginner level to advanced skills: the different strokes, washes, and how to mix the paints to create the right palette, drawing outlines, shading and tonal work, line and wash, sketching, using negative spacing, blending, frottage and sgraffito, as well as fundamental principles such as understanding perspective, composition and colour. This instructive painting course offers step-by-step projects to help you to put the basics into practice. There are projects for beginners, and others for intermediate painters, grouped by subject and by complexity. Covering the varied media of watercolours, acrylics, oils, gouache and drawing, this new box set is the perfect practical art guide whether you are a complete beginner or a more experienced artist looking for inspiration and to expand your skills. Each concisely written, beautifully illustrated book begins with a helpful introduction that explains the basics for each technique, plus some of the fundamentals of art, such as colour theory, scale and perspective. Each then offers small-scale practice exercises and 20 to 25 projects, shown step by step. Whatever your level of experience, these accessible and inspiring handbooks are packed with practical advice and tips for every new artist.
    Sam Piyasena
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    The drawing course that sets free your creativity Aimed at anyone who would like to be able to pick up a pencil and just draw, this book provides a foolproof way to pick up the skills - and most importantly the confidence - to sketch and experiment without the hang-ups and inhibitions that can all too often get in the way of our creativity. Just Draw It! is suitable for anyone, from self-styled artistic no-hopers to aspiring artists who want to get new ideas and skills. It is organized as a series of exercises, all of which will provide you with essential practice for your brain, eye, and hand - from trying out rapid-fire sketches of moving objects, to detailed observation of tones and contrast, to capturing the mood of a scene, or looking at its structure through the formal rules of perspective. The result is a deceptively powerful drawing course that does not feel like a course, designed to conquer your inhibitions and develop a love of drawing and sketching that lasts a lifetime.
    Giovanni Civardi
    • £9.39
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    This is an essential book for anyone learning to draw, or wishing to improve their drawing. Starting with the basics of drawing techniques, Civardi gives expert advice on drawing portraits, the clothed figure, hands and feet and scenery, finishing with a section on the importance of light and shade. Civardi's technical advice and practical tips, accompanied by his own outstanding drawings, make this an invaluable resource for any artist. It was previously published as Giovanni Civardi's "Complete Guide to Drawing", 9781844482061 and now includes "The Nude", 9781844482443.
    Gabri Joy Kirkendall
    • £10.39
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    Creative Lettering and Beyond : Inspiring Tips, Techniques, and Ideas for Hand-Lettering Your Way to Beautiful Works of Art
    Alice Chadwick
    • £8.89
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    Choose your colours, unleash your creativity and lose yourself in a wonderful coloured universe. As you focus on colouring in and forget the stresses of everyday life, you'll find calm returning.
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    How can you free yourself from niggling everyday worries? When your mind is distracted simply pick up this collection of 70 intricate designs inspired by India and the fabulous world of Bollywood and reach for your colouring pencils. There are absolutely no rules - you can choose any combination of colours you like. As you concentrate on the simple action of colouring in, you will find your mind clearing and stress disappearing. The sheets in this pad are all detachable, so you can display your favourite creations.
    Beverley Lawson
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    The world has gone activity book crazy, and the trend is set to go even dottier, with Extreme Dot-to-Dot. Unique, challenging and expertly produced, the Extreme Dot-to-Dot are for grown-up kids of all ages who want to relax and unwind and create something from nothing! Extreme Dot-to-Dot invites you to engage with your inner artist, to pick up a pen and create something truly amazing. Taking inspiration from a wide range of inspiring places and locations, this exciting new book is your one-stop shop to help you create art masterpieces, one dot at a time. Beautifully packaged, challenging to perfect, Extreme-Dot-to-Dot lets you create own magical works of art: all you have to do to join in the fun...is join the dots.