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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

  • Kawaii: How to Draw Really Cute Animals

    Angela Nguyen

    Product Code: BZBDU
    Paperback
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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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  • Art

    Simon Schama, CBE

    Product Code: CAVFZ
    Paperback
    `Great art has dreadful manners... ...The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock and proceed in short order to re-arrange your sense of reality.' In inimitable style, our greatest historian and master storyteller Simon Schama makes an irresistible case for the power of art and its necessary place in our lives, examining art through the prism of the troubling life and works of Italian master painter, and murderer, Caravaggio. Selected from The Power of Art VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us human Also in the Vintage Minis 'Great Ideas' series: Religion by Karen Armstrong Science by Ian McEwan
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  • How to Draw Comics the "Marvel" Way

    Stan Lee

    Product Code: ABWFU
    Paperback
    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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  • Fame

    Andy Warhol

    Product Code: BMGWO
    Paperback
    '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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  • Origami Paper 500 sheets Rainbow Patterns 6 inch (15 cm)

    Tuttle Publishing

    Product Code: CAXYE
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    This pack contains 500 high-quality origami sheets printed with colourful Rainbow Patterns. These illustrations were chosen to enhance the creative work of origami artists and paper crafters. The pack contains 12 patterns unique to this pack, and all of the papers are printed with coordinating colours on the reverse side to provide aesthetically pleasing combinations in origami projects that show both the front and back of the papers. This origami paper pack includes: 500 sheets of high-quality origami paper; 12 unique designs; Vibrant and bright colours; Double-sided colour; Small 6 x 6 inch squares; Instructions for 8 easy origami projects.
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  • Create Dangerously

    Albert Camus

    Product Code: BMHGL
    Paperback
    'To create today is to create dangerously. Any publication is an act, and that act exposes one to the passions of an age that forgives nothing'Camus's powerful lecture, as relevant today as ever, argues against 'art for art's sake', while his Nobel Prize speech brilliantly sets out his vision of the artist's role and responsibilities.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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  • You Will be Able to Draw Manga by the End of this Book

    Laura Watton

    Product Code: CBRGB
    Paperback
    The perfect book for any budding manga artist! Learn to draw manga from scratch, and get a crash course in creating your own characters, worlds and stories with the help of this guided sketchbook. Get started with easy step-by-step instructions for drawing manga facial features and bodies. Next, put your new-found drawing skills into practice, with guidance on developing a scene and planning your storyline. There's plenty of open space in each section to fill with your sketches, along with advice on the best materials to use, and expert tips on perfecting your technique throughout. In no time at all, you will gain the skills and confidence needed to start creating your very own manga.
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  • Dot Art: Sticker Van Gogh

    Yoni Alter

    Product Code: CCDOF
    Paperback
    Van Gogh's A Wheatfield, with Cypresses and Georges Seurat's Bathers at Asnieres are two of the most famous and popular paintings in London's National Gallery. These activity books allow adults and children to understand how the two artists used colors to create vibrant and luminous scenes. Opening with a brief informative essay, each book contains thousands of colored round stickers and a poster "canvas" of colored outlines - readers simply need to match the stickers to the outlines found on the poster to recreate the paintings. It's not necessary to place each sticker on precisely the right outline. As a result, every finished poster will be its own original work of art. With a handy folder-style flap that allows for easy storage and transportation of the artwork in progress, this activity book is perfect for hours of entertainment, relaxation, or meditation, as well as for unwinding at the end of a busy day.
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  • The Pebbles on the Beach

    Clarence Ellis

    Product Code: BRMAK
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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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  • How to Talk to Children About Art

    Francoise Barbe-Gall

    Product Code: BMMRX
    Paperback
    This is a children's art book for grown-ups. In everyday language it shows how to explain to children what to look for and how to enjoy paintings as diverse as a Renaissance religious scene, an impressionist portrait or modernist masters like Kandinsky and Picasso.This new edition of How to Talk to Children about Art examines 30 paintings by great artists, from 1500 to the present day, in galleries around the world. The book gives examples of the kinds of questions a child might ask about the paintings, and provides straightforward answers. 'Who are the people in this painting?' 'Why has the artist used those colours?' 'How did the artist choose what to paint?' The book demystifies art appreciation and reveals that the simplest questions can be among the most pertinent. There is plenty that will stimulate children's interest in art and enlighten grown-ups too.
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  • Draw Like an Artist: 100 Realistic Animals

    Ms. Melissa Washburn

    Product Code: CCXFD
    Paperback
    Featuring 600+ sketches depicting a vast array of beautiful animal forms, detailed faces, and more, Draw Like an Artist: 100 Realistic Animals is a must-have visual reference book for student artists, scientific illustrators, urban sketchers, and anyone seeking to improve their realistic drawing skills. This contemporary, step-by-step guidebook demonstrates fundamental art concepts like proportion, anatomy, and spatial relationships as you learn to draw a full range of creatures, all shown from a variety of perspectives. Each set of illustrations takes you from beginning sketch lines to a finished drawing. Author Melissa Washburn is a skilled illustrator whose clear and elegant drawing style will make this a go-to sourcebook for years to come. Draw Like an Artist: 100 Realistic Animals is the third book in the Draw Like an Artist series following Faces and Figures and Flowers and Plants.
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  • Origami Paper 300 sheets Tie-Dye Patterns 4 inch (10 cm)

    Tuttle Publishing

    Product Code: CAXYH
    Other
    This pack contains 300 high-quality origami sheets printed with groovy Tie-Dye Patterns. These illustrations were chosen to enhance the creative work of origami artists and paper crafters. The pack contains 12 patterns unique to this pack, and all of the papers are printed with coordinating colours on the reverse side to provide aesthetically pleasing combinations in origami projects that show both the front and back of the papers. This origami paper pack includes: 300 sheets of high-quality origami paper; 12 unique designs; Vibrant and bright colours; Double-sided colour; Small 4 x 4 inch squares.
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  • The Manga Artist's Handbook: Drawing Basic Characters

    Junka Morozumi

    Product Code: BZGNJ
    Paperback
    This book provides a revolutionary new 3-step tracing technique that beginning artists can use to quickly learn to draw manga characters just like a pro! Every page presents a classic manga pose, from walking and running to jumping for joy, in three different steps: 1. A simple outline of the body2. The defining elements of the character (like clothes, hair and facial expression) highlighted for easy tracing so you can practice placing them onto the basic body outline3. The finished drawing (for inspiration). Popular manga artists Junka Morozumi and Tomomi Mizuna guide you through a series of carefully graded lessons to build up your skills gradually. Chapter 1 deals with the basic poses of standing, walking, and running.; Chapter 2 presents signature manga poses such as turning around in surprise and being angry with hands on hips.; Chapter 3 practices various sitting and sleeping poses.; Chapter 4 deals with drawing perspective, looking at characters from above, below and diagonal viewpoints.; Chapter 5 focuses on 2-person manga poses including the classic prince with a princess in his arms.; Chapter 6 lets readers try out the skills they have acquired by tracing and copying a full-page manga illustration containing multiple characters.. These six lessons are supplemented by exercises for capturing the right facial expressions, drawing the clothes and getting the perspective and body proportions right. Beginning manga artists are in good hands with Morozumi, who lectures at art academies in Tokyo, and Mizuna, whose work has been exhibited in the U.S., Europe and beyond. If you've been looking for an easy-to-use guide to drawing manga, The Manga Artist's Handbook: Drawing Basic Characters is the perfect place to start!
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  • A Touch of Asia Coloring Book

    Tuttle Publishing

    Product Code: BWMIH
    Paperback
    This adult colouring book featuring stunning Asian designs and high-quality paper and is the perfect stress-reliever for fans of Asian art motifs. Artistry is in the details, and A Touch of Asia Coloring Book presents over 50 colouring patterns drawn from the exquisite traditional porcelains, prints, manuscripts, textiles, mosaics and many other artworks of Asia. Each design gives you a taste of the rich culture, history and variety found in this part of the world. Apply your pencils and fine markers to drawings based on: Chinese porcelain designs; Islamic tiles; Persian rugs and other Asian textiles; Japanese prints... and more! This is a colouring book for both relaxation and exploration. Choose a simpler design for a more restful mood or a detailed pattern when you want more of a challenge. Each single-sided page can be torn out for sharing with family and friends or for framing your finished masterpiece.
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  • How to Draw Dogs & Cats from Simple Templates

    Christopher Hart

    Product Code: BXKRZ
    Paperback
    Learn how to draw your favorite furry friend! With Christopher Hart's simple templates, any pet owner can do it. Whatever your pet, you can capture it in a beautiful drawing! Chris Hart, the world's bestselling art instruction author, has created templates that work for pups and kitties of just about any shape and size--from poodles, dachshunds, and Bernese Mountain Dogs to tabbies, Persians, and Siamese cats. Every template is easy to follow so you'll get adorable results worthy of framing . . . no matter what your skill level.
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  • The Queen's Castle at Windsor

    Elizabeth Newbery

    Product Code: BUQAE
    Paperback
    The official children's guide to Windsor Castle, containing fun activities to break up the commentary or enhance a visit -Combines historical accuracy with humor and a lightness of touch appropriate for the 7-11 age range -Illustrations by the award-winning Elizabeth Newbery Windsor is the oldest inhabited castle in the world - for over 900 years it's been home to kings and queens, including the current British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. This colorful activity book reveals the secrets of the world's oldest inhabited castle and the Kings and Queens who have lived there. Over time it has been a royal fortress, a King Arthur-inspired palace, a Victorian Christmas wonderland and home to The Queen (and her corgis)! There's also a mini palace inside - Queen Mary's Dolls' House has hot and cold running water, two working lifts and even flushing lavatories! Jousting and feasting, deaths and dungeons, childhood games and celebrity events - lively illustrations and fun facts bring the Castle's colorful history to life.
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  • A History of Art in 21 Cats

    Nia Gould

    Product Code: BUJDM
    Hardback
    Art history has been given a fun feline makeover. Discover the basics of important art movements through a host of beautifully illustrated cats, each one inspired by a specific period in art history. From Surrealism to Cubism, Abstract Expressionism to Ancient Egyptian art, these creative cats will introduce you to key themes and provide you with all of the inspiration you need if you want to create your own version. Each illustrated cat comes with an overview of the art movement that it represents, plus a breakdown of the cats features, explaining the relevance of each. Accompanied by fun, informative captions, each element - from faces and fur to patterns, shapes and colours - provides a quirky, accessible insight into the history of art. More than just a reference book, A History of Art in 21 Cats is perfect for art enthusiasts and cat lovers alike.
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  • Quentin Blake: Pen Ink & Places

    Quentin Blake

    Product Code: BQYEC
    Hardback
    FOLLOWING FROM THE ENORMOUS SUCCESS OF WORDS AND PICTURES AND BEYOND THE PAGE , THIS THIRD VOLUME CONTINUES A NARRATIVE OF VISUAL ADVENTURES OF UNUSUAL DIVERSITY. Pens Ink & Places contains a wealth of new material, ranging from touching series of vignettes for Great Ormond Street Hospital to gigantic drawings for the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings; from the sombre apocalyptic landscapes of Riddley Walker to the energetic fantasy of Billy and the Minpins. This beautiful volume also includes Blake's unique illustrations made to accompany accompany the works of John Ruskin, La Fontaine, Lucius Apuleius and Beatrix Potter. Blake's commentary - straight, as it were, from the drawing board - explores the challenges and opportunities in the creation of drawings known around the world, as well as others seen here for the first time. It is clear from every page of this informative and richly illustrated volume that there has been no slackening of brio in the scratchy pen nib of an artist who has been called the `Godfather of Illustration'.
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  • Tattoo Tarot: Ink & Intuition:Ink & Intuition

    Megamunden

    Product Code: BRNIJ
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    A beautifully illustrated set of tarot cards based on traditional tarot iconography but interpreted by MEGAMUNDEN, author of the best-selling Tattoo Coloring Book. The set contains the 78 cards of the tarot deck together with a 48-page booklet explaining the significance of all the major and minor arcanae written by tarot reader and writer Diana McMahon Collis. The booklet also contains instructions on how to create your own readings. The Tattoo Tarot set is luxuriously packaged in a gift box.
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  • Modern Calligraphy Workshop

    Imogen Owens

    Product Code: AYHBH
    Paperback
    Learn how to create beautiful, hand-lettered stationery, art, and other decorations with Modern Calligraphy, a sophisticated, interactive book full of exquisite sample alphabets, fun exercises, and simple step-by-step projects. From modern calligraphy in ink to hand lettering in chalk on blackboard and brush lettering in paint, you will discover a variety of ingenious and unique ways to turn words and letters into projects that can be given as gifts, sent as snail mail, or used within your home decor. Among other things, you will learn to create eyecatching letterforms, embellish with swirls and flourishes, free-brush letters on canvas, and digitize your work for printing. Along the way, you will find plenty of inspiration and helpful artist tips to encourage you, as well as numerous open practice pages to help you develop your own lettering style. You can customize letters and words, developing your own rules and methods as you go. With oractical projects for all sorts of celebrations, from engagements and weddings to baby showers and even Halloween, Modern Calligraphy will give you the inspiration as well as the skills to turn your everyday handwriting into artwork.
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  • 642 Tiny Things to Draw

    Chronicle Books

    Product Code: ATLLF
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    This pocket-size drawing journal is packed with just as much clever, creative fun as the original bestselling 642 Things to Draw. All 642 drawing prompts inside invite doodlers to draw teeny tiny things-from 'a keyhole' and 'a marble' to 'an atom' and 'your house, from space.' Sure to keep creative folks inspired on the go, or wherever the doodle bug strikes!
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  • Wreck This Journal

    Keri Smith

    Product Code: AGLIP
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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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  • Watercolour Landscapes

    Terry Harrison

    Product Code: BJVVB
    Paperback
    Readers who want to learn to paint but can not rely on their drawing skills have everything they need in this book. The outlines of five paintings (plus one bonus picture) are provided to pull out from the centre of the book. Clear instructions and step-by-step photographs show how to transfer the outlines on to watercolour paper and then how to create beautiful watercolour paintings.
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  • Gustav Klimt: Poppy Field (Foiled Journal)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: CCZAY
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    Part of a series of exciting and luxurious Flame Tree Notebooks. Combining high-quality production with magnificent fine art, the covers are printed on foil in five colours, embossed, then foil stamped. And they're powerfully practical: a pocket at the back for receipts and scraps, two bookmarks and a solid magnetic side flap. These are perfect for personal use and make a dazzling gift. This example features Gustav Klimt's Poppy Field. With a high horizon, the foreground dominates this oil painting, creating a sense of a vast expanse of poppies. Although this subject was explored by Claude Monet (1840-1926) and Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), stylistically it is extremely different from Impressionism. The tightly packed poppies provide detail, while the elevated view displays the whole landscape.
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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.

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