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Our art books cover all the periods and movements of this endlessly fascinating subject and will help you learn about everything from classic paintings to modern pieces. Each of these art books will provide you with ideas when it comes to creating your next masterpiece. After you've bagged yourself a book full of inspiration, why don't you check out our art supplies to make sure you have everything you need to get creative!

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Art Books

Our art books cover all the periods and movements of this endlessly fascinating subject and will help you learn about everything from classic paintings to modern pieces. Each of these art books will provide you with ideas when it comes to creating your next masterpiece. After you've bagged yourself a book full of inspiration, why don't you check out our art supplies to make sure you have everything you need to get creative!

  • ARLW

    Artists: Their Lives and Works (Hardback)

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    Learn all about the stories behind 80 of the world's favourite artists and their masterpieces with this incredibly lavish gift book. It talks about artists ranging from Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt to Andy Warhol and Anish Kapoor and examines their works, influences, developments, friendships, loves and rivalries.

    From Holbein's matchmaking portraits for Henry VIII to Caravaggio's thuggish reactions to a badly cooked artichoke and the romantic affairs of Picasso, this book contains so many lavishly illustrated biographies of incredible artists and looks at the unique techniques, artworks and personalities that made them so legendary.

    An amazing book for art lovers of all ages, this book provides a fascinating overview of so many influential artists in a handy timeline.
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  • DCTS

    Draw Cats in 15 Minutes (Paperback)

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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!
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    MLAD

    Miller's Art Deco (Hardback)

    Judith Miller

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    Art Deco is one of the most iconic and impressive design styles of all time and this book provides a celebration of the glamour of the Jazz Age.

    Classic yet contemporary, Art Deco remains a popular theme today and this stylish book looks at how designers and craftsmen used natural and man-made materials in innovative ways to produce the elegant pieces that defined the 1920s and 1930s.

    Judith Miller, an antiques expert, explores the key makers and pieces from the Art Deco era and explains what you should be looking for as a collector. From furniture to sculptures and prints to rugs, it's illustrated with over 700 stunning photographs.
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  • ARTY

    Art (Hardback)

    Andrew Graham Dixon

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    This beautiful book offers a definitive visual historical timeline of art - all the way from classical Greek art and the Italian Renaissance through to modern-day masterpieces.

    Featuring masterpieces from artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso and Van Gogh, this reference book reveals key facts about art movements and their origins and influences and examines the matter and methods used by each artist.
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  • PVSK

    Puppy versus Kitten (Hardback)

    Andy Riley

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    From Emmy award-winning Andy Riley, the creator of cult favourite The Bunny Suicides, comes Puppy versus Kitten - an illustrated and wickedly humorous story about a bright-eyed puppy and a philosophical kitten who live under the same roof.

    The duo know nothing about the world and will have to work together to navigate the ins and outs of life. Kitten uses its intelligence to work out what is going on while the much stupider Puppy just charges around, doing whatever comes naturally...

    Obviously, with their very different outlooks they clash. But then they meet the human... Full of dark humour and jokes as sharp as a cat's claw, this is a laugh-out-loud book for grown-up animal lovers.
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  • BZBDQ

    How to Draw: Faces (Paperback)

    Susie Hodge

    This delightful introduction to drawing faces completely demystifies the drawing process. It shows how images can be built up easily, from initial geometric shapes right through to the finished faces. Susie Hodge includes a good selection of head-and-shoulder portraits in this book including couples, children, babies and older people in a variety of poses, and showing a range of expressions. She uses a helpful two-colour method that clearly shows every line and curve of the step-by-step pictures. Even absolute beginners will find themselves creating great drawings when they use this book and there is much to inspire more experienced artists too. An invaluable guide for anyone interested in this subject.
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  • AGLIP

    Wreck This Journal (Paperback)

    Keri Smith

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    A new edition of Keri Smith's bestseller, with updated material Think of Wreck. This Journal as the anarchist's Artist's Way - the book for those who've always wanted to draw outside the lines but were afraid to do it. For anyone who's ever wished to, but had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or sketchbook comes "Wreck This Journal", an illustrated book featuring a subversive collection of suggestions, asking readers to muster up their best mistake - and mess-making abilities to fill the pages of the book (and destroy them). Through a series of creatively and quirkily illustrated prompts, acclaimed artist Keri Smith encourages journalers to engage in "destructive" acts - poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting with coffee, colouring outside the lines, and more - in order to experience the true creative process. With Keri Smith's unique sensibility, readers are introduced to a new way of art and journal making, discovering novel ways to escape the fear of the blank page and fully engage in the creative process. Bestselling author Keri Smith is a freelance illustrator by trade, and has illustrated for the "Washington Post", "The New York Times", "Ford Motor Company", "People", "The Body Shop" and "Hallmark". She is the author of "Wreck This Journal", "How To Be An Explorer of the World" and "Mess". She lives in Canada.
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  • ABWFU

    How to Draw Comics the "Marvel" Way (Paperback)

    Stan Lee

    Stan Lee, the founding father of Marvel Comics, and John Buscema, artist of the classic Silver Surfer series, give professional advice and instruction for budding comics artists. Learn how to draw the Marvel way, courtesy of this lavishly illustrated, step-by-step guide to all facets of the process.
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  • BRMAK

    The Pebbles on the Beach (Paperback)

    Clarence Ellis

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    This fascinating guide to pebbles shows you how they are formed, what they actually are and how to identify individual stones in the best pebble-spotting grounds in the UK.

    Both witty and knowledgeable, Clarence Ellis explores pebble-hunting as a hobby and shows you the difference it can make to a trip to the beach, lakeside or riverbank!

    Including a foreword by Robert Macfarlane, this illustrated guide will help you to know your chert from your schist and your onyx from your agate.
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  • BSJBA

    Harry Potter - A History of Magic (Paperback)

    British Library

    Harry Potter: A History of Magic is the official book of the record-breaking British Library exhibition, a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between Bloomsbury, J.K. Rowling and a team of brilliant curators. As the spectacular show takes up residence at the New York Historical Society from October 2018, this gorgeous book - available in paperback for the first time - takes readers on a fascinating journey through the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, from Astronomy and Potions through to Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures. Each chapter showcases a treasure trove of artefacts from the British Library and other collections around the world, beside exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrations from the Harry Potter archive. There's also a specially commissioned essay for each subject area by an expert, writer or cultural commentator, inspired by the contents of the exhibition - absorbing, insightful and unexpected contributions from Steve Backshall, the Reverend Richard Coles, Owen Davies, Julia Eccleshare, Roger Highfield, Steve Kloves, Lucy Mangan, Anna Pavord and Tim Peake, who offer a personal perspective on their magical theme. Readers will be able to pore over ancient spell books, amazing illuminated scrolls that reveal the secret of the Elixir of Life, vials of dragon's blood, mandrake roots, painted centaurs and a genuine witch's broomstick, in a book that shows J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their cultural and historical forebears. This is the ultimate gift for Harry Potter fans, curious minds, big imaginations, bibliophiles and readers around the world who missed out on the chance to see the exhibition in person.
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  • BZBDU

    Kawaii: How to Draw Really Cute Animals (Paperback)

    Angela Nguyen

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    RETURN TO PLANET CUTE!!! Kawaii: How to Draw Really Cute Animals teaches you how to draw almost 100 different creatures in an adorable manner. Don't believe seagulls and stingrays can be cute? Think again! You don't need any specialist tools or materials to start drawing cute stuff: all you need is a biro or marker pen, then you're ready to go! In her latest book, artist and illustrator Angela Nguyen starts by teaching you the essential techniques of kawaii through quick and easy exercises on the basic shapes, effects and style. From there, jump straight into drawing the myriad beasts - small and big - you can find inside the book, from household pets to the exotic animals in the seas and skies. The clear and easy-to-follow step-by-step diagrams are great for visual learners, and make following the instructions for your kawaii critters a breeze. As a brand new addition to this series, interactive pages have been included to encourage you to get drawing straight away, and practice alongside Angela's examples. A perfect book for beginners - add cute-appeal to your furry 'n' feathered companions in no time at all! Other title in the series is the incredibly popular Kawaii: How to Draw Really Cute Stuff
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  • BYIGM

    On Chapel Sands (Hardback)

    Laura Cumming

    Laura Cumming's On Chapel Sands is a book of mystery and memoir.

    Two narratives run through it: the mother's childhood tale; and Cumming's own pursuit of the truth. Humble objects light up the story: a pie dish, a carved box, an old Vick's jar. Letters, tickets, recipe books, even the particular slant of a copperplate hand give vital clues. And pictures of all kinds, from paintings to photographs, open up like doors to the truth.

    Above all, Cumming discovers how to look more closely at the family album - with its curious gaps and missing persons - finding crucial answers, captured in plain sight at the click of a shutter...
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  • APDME

    Alice: 100 Postcards from Wonderland (Other)

    To celebrate 150 years since the first publication of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this gorgeous collection of one hundred postcards features a mix of Sir John Tenniel's original and iconic illustrations coloured by various artists including Harry G. Theaker, Diz Wallis and John Macfarlane, alongside stunning modern designs. Curious Alice, the bossy White Rabbit, the formidable Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter all feature in this exquisite collection. Each card has an appropriate quotation on the back, setting the image in context of the stories, or the history of this iconic publication. Celebrating the extraordinary beauty and imagination of Wonderland, Alice: 100 Postcards from Wonderland is the perfect gift for anyone that loves Alice, illustration, or design.
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  • BZBDT

    How to Draw: Wild Animals (Paperback)

    Jonathan Newey

    Learn how to draw a lion or a tiger. See how easy it is to draw an elephant. There is a great selection of wild animals in this book, including more big cats, zebra. a giraffe, a white rhino and a magnificent stag. Amazing results can be achieved in no time using Jonathan Newey's simple step-by-step techniques. From simple shapes to each final image, he demystifies the process, making drawing achievable and fun to do.
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  • BXLQH

    Math Art (Hardback)

    Stephen Ornes

    From geometry in motion to the possibilities of pi, this stunning volume reveals how art inspired the beauty and poetry of mathematical principles. The worlds of visual art and mathematics come together in this spectacular volume by award-winning writer Stephen Ornes. He explores the growing sensation of math art, presenting more than 80 pieces, including a crocheted, colorful representation of non-Euclidian geometry that looks like sea coral and a 65-ton, 28-foot-tall bronze sculpture covered in a space-filling curve. For each work, we get the artist's story followed by accessible and thought-provoking explanations of the mathematical concept and equations behind the art. From 3D-printed objects that give real form to abstract mathematical theories, to mystic fractals, to Andy Warhol as a solution to the Traveling Salesman Problem, these artworks embody some of strangest, most beautiful relationships among numbers and across dimensions.
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  • BWGZU

    Draw Like an Artist: 100 Faces and Figures (Paperback)

    Chris Legaspi

    Featuring 600+ sketches depicting a vast array of human expressions, movements, and more, Draw Like an Artist: 100 Faces and Figures is a must-have visual reference book for student artists, illustrators, cartoonists, urban sketchers, and anyone seeking to improve their realistic drawing skills. Designed as a contemporary, step-by-stepguidebook for artists who are learning to draw the human form, Draw Like An Artist: 100 Faces and Figures features an inclusive array of faces, figures, and poses, all shown from a variety of perspectives. Each set of illustrations takes you from beginning sketch lines to a finished drawing. Author Chris Legaspi is a leading figure illustrator and popular workshop instructor whose clear and elegant drawing style will make this a go-to sourcebook for years to come.
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  • BWGZC

    Watercolors Gift Wrapping Papers (Paperback)

    Tuttle Editors

    These fine-quality tear-out wrapping sheets feature six whimsical watercolour patterns, suitable for craft projects as well as for gift wrapping. An introduction details the history and meaning behind the designs Tuttle Gift Wrapping Papers are an excellent value a fraction of the price of a single sheet of gift wrap paper from stationery shops Each sheet is removable by tearing along a perforated line There are six sheets with six different patterns in each book
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  • BVJTO

    Hiroshige (Hardback)

    Adele Schlombs

    Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) was one of the last great artists in the ukiyo-e tradition. Literally meaning "pictures of the floating world," ukiyo-e was a particular woodblock print genre of art that flourished between the 17th and 19th centuries. Subjects ranged from the bright lights and attractions of Edo (modern-day Tokyo), to spectacular natural landscapes. In the West, Hiroshige's prints became exemplary of the Japonisme that swept through Europe and defined the Western world's visual idea of Japan. Because they could be mass produced, ukiyo-e works were often used as designs for fans, greeting cards, and book illustrations. The style influenced Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Art Nouveau artists alike, with Vincent van Gogh and James Abbott McNeill Whistler both particularly inspired by Hiroshige's landscapes. This introductory book presents key images from Hiroshige's vibrant, vivid portfolio of blooming cherry trees, beautiful women, Kabuki actors, and busy shopping streets to introduce one of the greats of Asian art history.
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  • BROJH

    Lust For Life (Paperback)

    Irving Stone

    Lust for Life is the classic fictional re-telling of the incredible life of Vincent Van Gogh. "Vincent is not dead. He will never die. His love, his genius, the great beauty he has created will go on forever, enriching the world... He was a colossus... a great painter... a great philosopher... a martyr to his love of art. " Walking down the streets of Paris the young Vincent Van Gogh didn't feel like he belonged. Battling poverty, repeated heartbreak and familial obligation, Van Gogh was a man plagued by his own creative urge but with no outlet to express it. Until the day he picked up a paintbrush. Written with raw insight and emotion, follow the artist through his tormented life, struggling against critical discouragement and mental turmoil and bare witness to his creative journey from a struggling artist to one of the world's most celebrated artists.
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  • BPOOO

    How to Draw: Woodland Animals (Paperback)

    Susie Hodge

    Learn how to draw all kinds of woodland animals using this fun and easy step-by-step method. Starting with simple shapes, Susie Hodge shows you how easy it is to develop circles, rectangles, squares and ovals into an exciting selection of animals and birds including rabbits, badgers, woodpeckers, wolves, squirrels and chipmunks. If you have never drawn before this is definitely the book for you, and there is a lot here to inspire more experienced artists too.
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    Fame (Paperback)

    Andy Warhol

    'Good b.o means good "box office." You can smell it from a mile away'The legendary sixties New York pop artist Andy Warhol's hilarious and insightful vignettes and aphorisms on the topics of love, fame and beauty.Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour. Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin, Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson; essays radical and inspiring; poems moving and disturbing; stories surreal and fabulous; taking us from the deep South to modern Japan, New York's underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space.
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    Harry Potter - A Journey Through A History of Magic (Paperback)

    British Library

    An irresistible romp through the history of magic, from alchemy to unicorns, ancient witchcraft to Harry's Hogwarts - packed with unseen sketches and manuscript pages from J.K. Rowling, magical illustrations from Jim Kay and weird, wonderful and inspiring artefacts that have been magically released from the archives at the British Library. This spellbinding book takes readers on a journey through the Hogwarts curriculum, including Herbology, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Astronomy, Divination and more. Discover the truth behind making the Philosopher's Stone, create your very own potion and uncover the secret of invisible ink. Learn all about the history of mandrake roots and dragons, discover what witches really used their brooms for, pore over incredible images of actual mermaids and read about real-life potions, astronomers and alchemists. The perfect gift for aspiring witches and wizards and any Harry Potter fan. Celebrating twenty years of Harry Potter magic, and produced in association with the British Library to support their major exhibition, Harry Potter: A History of Magic.
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  • BAKUS

    Figure Drawing (Paperback)

    Christopher Hart

    Master drawing human eyes, hands, faces, and every aspect of the human figure! Best-selling author, Christopher Hart, teaches budding artists how to create proportional, realistic people in this essential how-to-draw volume.
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    Draw 500 Everyday Things (Paperback)

    Lisa Solomon

    A pocket-sized sketchbook filled with 500 inspirational illustrations featuring a variety of doodles. The best way to learn to draw is to DRAW! And this little book is going to help you do just that. Filled with 500 inspiring drawings of everyday things, this cute chunky volume features plenty of room for sketching your own versions of items you use all the time. From chairs, spoons, lamps and fans, Draw 500 Everyday Things is perfect for illustrators, cartoonists, doodlers, and anyone who loves to sketch. This is not a step-by-step technique book--rather, the doodles in this volume are simplified, modernized and reduced to the most basic elements, offering simple approachable illustrations to inspire you. This all-in-one pocket-sized sketchbook lets you draw right on the pages making it easy to keep all of your creations at hand. Get out your favorite drawing tools and see what you can create!
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If you have a love of art, whether that be creating your own or admiring the works of others, you will find loads of stunning art books in our selection, from books about famous artists to guides on how to make your own art, there is something for casual artists and art-lovers alike.

Learn the history of art

The history of art is a fascinating topic and you can learn all about it in our brilliant books detailing the different movements and styles in art over the years. Whether you’re an art student or just interested in the topic, you’ll find the best art books in our range.

Arty tips and advice

Learn all about art from the experts and discover all their tips and tricks to improve your drawing and painting. From books about art basics to guides for the most advanced artists to improve their work, we have a great range of art guides for you to try.