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Our illustration books will introduce you to this industry and the joys of commercial art. We have books dedicated to the best illustrators of all time and guides that will help you start illustrating.

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Illustration & Commercial Art Books

Our illustration books will introduce you to this industry and the joys of commercial art. We have books dedicated to the best illustrators of all time and guides that will help you start illustrating.

  • 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
    • £8.39
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  • Elmer Family Organiser Wall Calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BZACU
    Other
    Appointments, anniversaries, parties and birthdays... keep track of it all with this spacious family organiser. With 5 columns there's room for all the family. Featuring bright and colourful illustrations of Elmer from the cherished storybook series by David McKee, each month will have you smiling with delight at these lovable characters. The datepad features previous and next month's views. Created by Flame Tree Studio - The Art of Fine Gifts.
    • £7.98
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  • Moomin Wall Calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BWFHO
    Other
    A true Scandinavian classic, the Moomins, created by Tove Jansson, have been captivating audiences with their adventures - in both book and television form - for decades. Featuring 12 touching illustrations of the muchloved characters of Moominvalley, this art calendar depicts all your favourite characters, from Moominmamma and Moominpappa to Little My and Snorkmaiden. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views. Created by Flame Tree Studio - The Art of Fine Gifts.
    • £8.59
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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.
    • £8.79
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  • Spike Milligan - Mini Wall calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BYZSN
    Other
    Perhaps best known as the co-creator of and writer for the Goon Show, Spike Milligan has received accolades as a comedian, musician, poet and playwright. This mini wall calendar features a selection of his hilarious cartoons that have been chosen by his Manager, Norma Farnes. The datepad features previous and next month's views.
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  • Feathered Friends Notes

    Eloise Renouf

    Product Code: AMSQR
    Other
    This Birds boxed note set contains 250 gorgeous personal note sheets in a charming keepsake box. Illustrated by the talented Eloise Renouf, author of the best-selling 20 Ways to Draw a Tree, the note pages showcase 8 different hand-drawn designs and playful illustrations that add flare to notes, reminders, and spur-of-the-moment ideas. The handsomely designed box with a magnetic closure keeps these lovely note sheets at your fingertips and complements any desk. This Birds boxed stationery set also makes a stylish gift! Deluxe hand-drawn stationery set contains 250 premium non-stick designer note sheets. Sheets measure 6.5 inches x 4.25 inches. Quality paper takes pen beautifully. Find 8 delightful illustrations so you can write your own heartfelt message. Keepsake box Also makes a wonderful gift item and is wonderfully priced!
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  • Chinglish

    Sue Cheung

    Product Code: BZJVI
    Paperback
    It is difficult trying to talk in our family cos: a) Grandparents don't speak English at all b) Mum hardly speaks any English c) Me, Bonny and Simon hardly speak Chinese d) Dad speaks Chinese and good English - but doesn't like talking In other words, we all have to cobble together tiny bits of English and Chinese into a rubbish new language I call 'Chinglish'. It is very awkward. Jo Kwan is a teenager growing up in 1980s Coventry with her annoying little sister, too-cool older brother, a series of very unlucky pets and utterly bonkers parents. But unlike the other kids at her new school or her posh cousins, Jo lives above her parents' Chinese takeaway. And things can be tough - whether it's unruly customers or the snotty popular girls who bully Jo for being different. Even when she does find a BFF who actually likes Jo for herself, she still has to contend with her erratic dad's behaviour. All Jo dreams of is breaking free and forging a career as an artist. Told in diary entries and doodles, Jo's brilliantly funny observations about life, family and char siu make for a searingly honest portrayal of life on the other side of the takeaway counter.
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  • Amazing Fantastic Incredible

    Stan Lee

    Product Code: BUPDH
    Paperback
    In this gorgeously illustrated, full-colour graphic memoir, Stan Lee - comic book legend and co-creator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, the Incredible Hulk and a legion of other Marvel superheroes - shares his iconic legacy and the story of how modern comics came to be. Stan Lee is a man who needs no introduction. The most legendary name in the history of comic books, he was the leading creative force behind Marvel Comics, and brought to life - and into the mainstream - some of the world's best-known heroes and most infamous villains throughout his career. His stories - filled with superheroes struggling with personal hang-ups and bad guys who possessed previously unseen psychological complexity - added wit and subtlety to a field previously locked into flat portrayals of good v evil. Lee put the human in superhuman and, in doing so, created a new mythology for the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In this beautifully illustrated graphic memoir - illustrated by celebrated artist Colleen Doran - discover the true story behind the man, written with the same inimitable wit, energy and offbeat spirit that he brought to the world of comics. Moving from his impoverished childhood in Manhattan to his early days writing comics, through his military training films during World War II and the rise of the Marvel empire in the 1960s to the current cinematic resurgence, Amazing Fantastic Incredible documents the life of a man and the legacy of an industry and career. This funny, moving and incredibly honest memoir is a must-have for collectors and fans of comic books and graphic novels of every age.
    • £11.99
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  • How To

    Randall Munroe

    Product Code: BZLPG
    Hardback
    The world's most entertaining and useless self-help guide, from the brilliant mind behind the wildly popular webcomic xkcd and the million-selling What If? and Thing Explainer For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally bad that no one would ever try it. How To is a guide to the third kind of approach. It's full of highly impractical advice for everything from landing a plane to digging a hole. Bestselling author and cartoonist Randall Munroe explains how to predict the weather by analyzing the pixels of your Facebook photos. He teaches you how to tell if you're a baby boomer or a millennial by measuring the radioactivity of your teeth. He offers tips for taking a selfie with a telescope, crossing a river by boiling it, and getting to your appointments on time by destroying the moon. And if you want to get rid of this book once you're done with it, he walks you through your options for proper disposal, including dissolving it in the ocean, converting it to a vapour, using tectonic plates to subduct it into the Earth's mantle, or launching it into the sun. By exploring the most complicated ways to do simple tasks, Munroe doesn't just make things difficult for himself and his readers. As he did so brilliantly in What If?, he invites us to explore the most absurd reaches of the possible. Full of clever infographics and amusing illustrations, How To is a delightfully mind-bending way to better understand the science and technology underlying the things we do every day.
    • £13.59
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  • Ivory Cats Slim Calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BZAAV
    Other
    A treat for cat lovers everywhere, this slim calendar showcases 12 paintings by the celebrated artist Lesley Anne Ivory, whose work is admired worldwide for her unique and intricate portrayals of cats on richly decorative backgrounds. Accompany Motley, Posky, Gabrielle and other feline friends through the seasons with this lovely calendar.
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  • Chris Pendleton Garden Birds Family Organiser 2020

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BYZTH
    Other
    Artist Chris Pendleton is clearly a passionate lover of wildlife, having drawn and painted birds and wildlife for as long as he can remember. This charming family organiser calendar features 12 beautiful watercolours of Garden Birds - from a Chaffinch perched in blossom to the Christmas favourite, the Robin. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views.
    • £7.99
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  • Alice: 100 Postcards from Wonderland

    Product Code: APDME
    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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  • A Wild Child's Guide to Endangered Animals

    Millie Marotta

    Product Code: BZHLS
    Hardback
    What do the ingenious sea otter, the incredible shrinking reindeer, the tree-dwelling baby dragon or the Dodo's long-lost cousin have in common? They are all at risk of disappearing from our world forever. This book is all about the amazing creatures that are now endangered around the globe, from oceans and forests to mountains and snow. Filled with beautiful beasts, glorious illustrations, facts and tales, it will make you fall in love with the animal kingdom - and maybe even try to save it.
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  • Moomin Pocket Diary 2020

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BYZSM
    Other
    Combining high-quality production with magnificent fine art, this luxurious week-to-view pocket diary has a foil and embossed cover with magnetic closure. Featuring on its cover a beautiful design based on Tove Jansson's wonderful illustrations of Moomin and Snorkmaiden this diary makes a perfect gift or a special treat just for you.
    • £7.19
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  • Fairyland Mini Wall calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BYZSL
    Other
    Step into a world of dancing fairies, moonlit meadows and enchanted forests with this lovely mini wall calendar, featuring 12 beloved artworks by Jean & Ron Henry. The delicate illustrations capture the playfulness of these intriguing magical creatures, and offer a glimpse into the imaginatively rich land that is their secret home. Poetry extracts accompany each image and the datepad features previous and next month's views.
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  • Powers of a Girl

    Lorraine Cink

    Product Code: BYIYK
    Hardback
    This is the Marvel Universe. Where the personalities, powers, and straight-up legends of countless heroic women have captured readers for generations. This unique book is the perfect start-or addition-to any Marvel fan's collection! Using her in-depth knowledge and passion for Super Heroes, Lorraine Cink explores the lives of the exceptional and diverse women of the Marvel Universe. Filled with inspirational lessons and clever observations, each section digs into what these relatable women can teach us all about growth, bravery, and the true meaning of strength. Paired with over one hundred original, vibrant, and emotive illustrations from the talented Alice X. Zhang, this book balances the responsibility and the fun that comes with being a hero. (c) 2019 MARVEL
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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.
    • £12.00
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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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  • Alice in Wonderland Wall Calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BZACJ
    Other
    Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland remains one of the bestloved fantasy tales, with the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Caterpillar, the Queen of Hearts and the Cheshire Cat enjoying an enduring legacy in popular imagination. Including works by Arthur Rackham, John Tenniel, Charles Folkard, W.H. Walker, Charles Robinson and Gwynedd M. Hudson, some of the most iconic scenes from the book are laid out in vivid glory in this wonderful wall calendar. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views. Flame Tree: The Art of Fine Gifts. Flame Tree Publishing has produced calendars and diaries for over twenty years. Now the UK's premier art calendar producer, we work in the global market online and in retail. Each year we spend many hours creating new designs with artists, photographers, licensors, museums and galleries to bring beautiful art into the homes and offices of our customers around the world.
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  • Dragons by Kerem Beyit Wall Calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BYZZF
    Other
    This Dragon Art calendar is a stunning collection of dragon illustrations by the talented Kerem Beyit, a freelance digital artist from Turkey. The incredible fantasy artwork in this calendar celebrates the truly unforgettable fiery creatures that have inspired some of the greatest fantasy works of all time. Informative text accompanies each work in this art calendar and the datepad features previous and next months views.
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  • Arthur Rackham: Alice at the Tea Party Pocket Diary 2020

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BYZYL
    Other
    Combining high-quality production with magnificent fine art, this luxurious week-to-view pocket diary has a foil and embossed cover with magnetic closure. Featuring on its cover a beautiful design based on Alice at the Tea Party by Arthur Rackham, this diary makes a perfect gift or a special treat just for you.
    • £7.19
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  • Fairyland Wall Calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BYZUT
    Other
    Step into a world of dancing fairies, ethereal mermaids and enchanted forests with this charming wall calendar, featuring 12 beloved artworks by Jean & Ron Henry. The delicate illustrations capture the playfulness of these intriguing magical creatures, and offer a glimpse into an imaginatively rich land of fairies and fairytale. Poetry extracts accompany each image and the datepad features previous and next month's views. Created by Flame Tree Studio - The Art of Fine Gifts.
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  • Annie Soudain Wall Calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BYZUR
    Other
    A member of Sussex Guild and the Rye Society of Artists, Annie Soudain has always been inspired by nature. She uses a variety of media to create her beautiful artworks, but her main focus is on lino printing. This calendar showcases 12 of her great works. Informative text accompanies each work in this art calendar and the datepad features previous and next months views.
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  • Dragons by Anne Stokes Wall Calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)

    Flame Tree Studio

    Product Code: BYZST
    Other
    The fantasy art of Anne Stokes features striking designs and lifelike portrayals of fantasy subjects. Her art covers a broad range of themes, from the romantic and magical enchanted forest, to fearsome dragons and the dark underworld of gothic vampires. This officially licensed, eye-catching calendar gathers 12 of her celebrated dragons in vivid artwork that really brings these majestic creatures to life. Informative text accompanies each work in this art calendar and the datepad features previous and next month's views.
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