Painting & Drawing Books

  • HDRW
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    This chunky beginner's handbook for aspiring artists of all ages will help you learn how to sketch and draw anything at any time.

    Completely inspirational, whether you want to draw as a hobby or are thinking of a new career, it is full of proven exercises for real-world practice and improvement. It's a complete course of tried-and-tested lessons that range from five-minute exercises to dedicated sessions that can take at least an hour.

    With a focus on everything from still lifes to urban landscapes, the accessible tips and advice in this book comes from Jake Spicer, the UK's favourite drawing teacher.
  • WIBK
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    Give in to your creative urges and experiment with watercolour by following the tips and advice from contemporary artists in this incredible book.

    Watercolour painting is perfect for experimentation and this book is packed with tips for textures, applications, techniques and materials to use from contemporary artists.

    Create truly original artwork as you learn from what other people have done and rub, dab, scratch, scrunch, cut, sew and seal your next incredible piece.
  • 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.
  • Artist's Painting Techniques - Hardback - 9780241229453
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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
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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
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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.
  • AHBAB
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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.
  • AHBAE
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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.
  • ALSRP
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    Creative Lettering and Beyond : Inspiring Tips, Techniques, and Ideas for Hand-Lettering Your Way to Beautiful Works of Art
  • ANGUK
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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.
  • AOCXG
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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.
  • AQGWA
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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.
  • ASMRR
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    Thomas Pavitte's 1000 Dot to Dot books have delighted puzzlers and artists worldwide since the appearance of his first title in 2013. More than one million copies later, in 2016 he will take you on a journey of discovery to some of the world's most amazing places. Recreate the mysterious heads of Easter Island, discover the mysterious lost city of Macchu Picchu, and reveal the ancient monuments of Stonehenge. Every location starts life as a baffling page of 1,000 dots, and only reveals itself as you work on the puzzle - an absorbing and relaxing process, perfect for recharging your mental batteries. You'll create your own fabulous line art versions of these iconic places that you can easily remove or colour in - and who knows, perhaps you'll be inspired to make the trip of a lifetime!
  • ADLBK
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    This is a newly revised and updated edition of the bestselling guide for aspiring fashion designers. Selling nearly 40,000 copies, the original 2003 edition proved to be a popular resource worldwide for students of illustration and fashion design. This new expanded edition increases in extent to 160pp, and includes a new section introducing readers to digital drawing and rendering techniques for fashion illustration, both as the primary media and in combination with traditional methods. The new edition also brings in a complete refresh of the artwork examples shown throughout the book, drawing on contemporary illustrative styles and apparel design, portrayed both in digital and traditional media techniques. It is organized into 24 instructional units to reflect the progression of a course at top design college, covering everything from finding inspiration, observational techniques, lateral thinking, mastery of the drawing media techniques themselves, to the more technical aspects of garment shapes, range planning, and flat specification drawing.
  • AHZQQ
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    An instructional introduction to drawing people, the book completely demystifies the whole process, showing how to build up great pictures using simple shapes and step-by-step illustrations. Words are not needed, as artists will be able to follow the sequences without any difficulty. Two colours are used effectively in a helpful way in each of the sequences and the superb collection of twenty eight drawings offers a range of different ages, ethnicities and poses. People at home, at work and at play are included, and using the building blocks in this book, beginners will soon find themselves producing fantastic finished drawings. More experienced artists interested in drawing figures will also find inspiration amongst the demonstrations on every page.
  • AMOCQ
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    Credited with being the inspiration for Walt Disney to pick up a pencil and pursue a career in animation, E G Lutz's method of drawing complex illustrations in gradual, simplified stages paved the way for many of the artists and illustrators who followed him. What to Draw and How to Draw It is a wonderful masterclass in drawing a delightful range of subjects, from animals and people to toys, buildings and landscapes. Pictures are broken down into simple shapes and lines, which are then built up, with the aid of clear step-by-step instructions, into beautiful drawings. Simple enough for children to follow, yet using the same principles that can be seen in sophisticated artworks and animations today, What to Draw can help budding artists of all ages to develop their skills and learn a real sense of proportion and form, which they can go on to use in their own illustrations. Nostalgic yet timeless, this historically and culturally important book has inspired so many adults and children to draw and can help you too to discover the delights of creating your own artwork.
  • AAKMH
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    A detailed guide for beginners looking to master The Art of Drawing Manga, Ben Krefta?s helpful tutorial is accessible even for complete beginners. A talented illustrator and graphic artist, Krefta is a master in the field and imparts all his technical knowledge in an enthusiastic and informative manner. His ideas are presented in the form of a thorough step-by-step guide through the drawing process that sees the illustrator through from conception to finish, including a useful section on how to colour your designs in Photoshop.

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    The sculptor Alexander Calder (1898-1976) and the painter Joan Miro (1893-1983) met in Paris in 1928 and became lifelong friends. This deluxe book places the mobile sculptures of Calder alongside the poetical paintings of Miro and provides fresh insights into the visual dialogue between these two artists. The slipcased box includes three books: one book on Miro s Constellations, one on Calder s Constellations, and one on their relationship with a shared chronology, correspondence, and photographs. Acquavella Galleries reunites all twenty-three works of Miro s Constellations, a series that has special significance in the artist s oeuvre. The exhibition at Acquavella will run simultaneously and in collaboration with a presentation of Calder s series of Constellations sculptures at the Pace Gallery, which similarly explores themes of the cosmos and the forces of the universe.
  • AINUG
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    One big slice of cheesecake. Pin-up travels the long road from barracks wall to high art. In the 15 years since TASCHEN released The Great American Pin-up, international interest in this distinctly American art form has increased exponentially. Paintings by leading artists such as Alberto Vargas, George Petty, and Gil Elvgren that sold for $ 2000 in 1996 are going for $ 200,000 and more today. Pin-up, defined as drawings or paintings of pretty girls that stop short of frank nudity, was produced between 1920 and 1970, and much of it was discarded by publishers and calendar companies after printing. Today it's huge, and ripe for an equally huge and truly comprehensive collector's edition. Formidably sized, The Art of Pin-up is an impressive book that will be coveted by casual fans as well as hardcore pin-up collectors. The reproduction quality of the paintings, pastels, and preparatory sketches - largely sourced from the original art - invites the viewer to trace the brush strokes in these full-page delights. Each chapter contains exquisite period calendars, vintage prints, and original model photos as well, documenting the artists' creative process. Much of these ephemera were photographed on-site at the historic Brown & Bigelow Company, home to the world's largest archive of vintage pin-up calendars. Following the chapters on the 15 featured artists, the book concludes with an "Encyclopedia of Pin-up," featuring thumbnail bios and representative art of 72 additional artists, the most complete compendium of pin-up artists ever compiled. All this adds up to a hard-to-beat book on this popular subject.
  • BSHSX
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    Between the fourteenth and the eighteenth centuries, the art of fresco painting was to be found across all regions of Italy. This volume aims to illustrate the most significant periods still visible today in churches, convents, and in the palaces of the Italian courts, as well as in the villas of the enlightened aristocracy. Starting with Giotto, the great pictorial cycles from across the centuries the fourteenth century, the golden centuries of the Renaissance, the Baroque, and the Venetian eighteenth century are all presented in stunning reproductions. The high-quality images are displayed full-page, along with several close-ups that allow the reader to observe details of the artwork in a way that, in reality, would be close to impossible, as many frescoes are painted on inaccessible walls, vaults, and domes. An introduction written by a well-known historian of Italian art narrates how the art of fresco painting originated and developed in Italy. Each period is also briefly introduced by a historical-artistic fact sheet.
  • ASFDS
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    Celebrates one of the giants of French Impressionism with luxurious, large-format images Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) was one of the founders of Impressionism and a friend of Monet, Pissarro and Sisley. He worked side-by-side with Monet on the banks of the Seine, sharing his concern with light and colour, but landscape painting never displaced his enduring love of figure painting. Delighting in the ample curves of the nudes he painted increasingly frequently in his later years, Renoir was also a master at capturing the spirit of Parisian life. His art is filled with optimism - his lifelong philosophy was that he painted because it gave him pleasure, and he shares that pleasure with those who see his work. It is almost always summer in his pictures, and in paintings like Moulin de la Galette, The Dance at Bougival and The Luncheon of the Boating Party he gives us an enduring record of contemporaries relaxing and enjoying their leisure.
  • ASFDT
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    Celebrates one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age with luxurious, large-format images Johannes Vermeer (1632-75) is one of the most beloved artists of the Dutch Golden Age. Vermeer's tranquil and meticulously painted interiors, of such subjects as women writing or reading love letters, and men and women drinking together or playing musical instruments, are acutely observed and have an enduring appeal. This sumptuously produced volume features full-colour reproductions of all 36 surviving works by the artist, along with numerous details that reveal the exquisite complexity of his paintings. An updated essay for the 1958 edition by Ludwig Goldscheider, co-founder of Phaidon Press, is accompanied by a new preface from Dutch painting specialist Wayne Franits, putting Vermeer into a contemporary context. Elegant design, fine papers and tipped-on image plates make this a true collector's edition.
  • ASFDR
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    Celebrates one of the greatest and most beloved painters of the Early Renaissance with luxurious, large-format images Sandro Botticelli, one of the greatest painters of the Italian High Renaissance, enjoyed the patronage of the greatest Florentine families. He spent most of his career in the humanist circle of the Medici, for whom he painted such masterpieces as Primavera and Venus and Mars, works that combine a decorative use of line with Classical elements in harmonious and supple compositions. This sumptuously produced volume features an updated, full-colour selection of the artist's works made for the original 1937 edition by Ludwig Goldscheider, co-founder of Phaidon Press. The original essay by Lionello Venturi is accompanied by a new introduction from Renaissance specialist Alessandro Cecchi, putting Botticelli and his school into a contemporary context. Elegant design, fine papers and tipped-on image plates make this a true collector's edition.