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Our art history books will take you on an epic journey through the ages, focusing on those artists who made a difference to popular culture with their incredible artwork.

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Our art history books will take you on an epic journey through the ages, focusing on those artists who made a difference to popular culture with their incredible artwork.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • AUTXJ

    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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  • BZBDP

    How to Draw: Dogs (Paperback)

    Susie Hodge

    This delightful introduction to drawing dogs completely demystifies the drawing process. It shows how images can be built up easily, from initial geometric shapes right through to the finished animals. Susie Hodges includes a good selection of popular breeds and 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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  • BYICP

    Life Drawing in 15 Minutes (Paperback)

    Jake Spicer

    Drawing expert Jake Spicer introduces you to the most important skill in the artist's repertoire: life drawing. Life class remains a key component of nearly every art degree in the UK. From understanding relationships and proportions and considering basic anatomy, to learning about mark-making and tonal values, Jake takes you through the process of drawing the most rewarding of subjects. With step-by-steps and techniques derived from his proven life-class methods, Jake gives you the skills to create beautiful life drawings quickly, successfully and, ultimately, in only 15 minutes.
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  • BXXBK

    Raw Drawing (Paperback)

    Alessandro Bonaccorsi

    As Picasso said: 'It took me a lifetime to Paint Like a Child'. Raw Drawing is not an art class - it is a unique philosophy and a practical resource that teaches you how to draw spontaneously and creatively without any inhibition. Learn how to use signs, lines and shapes to create a new visual language. It's a non-judgmental technique to help you visualize your thoughts, express your emotions, develop your ideas and, why not, relax with a pen or pencil. Since he launched the Raw Drawing initiative in 2017, Italian artist Alessandro Bonaccorsi has given dozens of courses across Italy, helping people expand their creativity. This book brings together all of Alessandro's core teachings, making the power and creativity of raw drawing accessible to everyone. The book is recommended for those over 14 years of age, who are open to let themselves become children again and draw with a carefree mind. Use Raw Drawing to get closer to the heart of things, and learn to appreciate the beauty of the spontaneous.
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    Draw 62 Magical Creatures and Make Them Cute (Paperback)

    Ms. Heegyum Kim

    Build your drawing and character design skills while following the step-by-step instructions of Draw 62 Magical Creatures and Make Them Cute. Beloved illustrator and Instagrammer Heegyum Kim takes you on a magical journey to expand your character-building skills as she shows you how to draw each creature, from simple shapes to identifying marks, and then shares several other options for varying your design. You might change the view, the character's posture, their features, or their expression. Grab your pen and use the open spaces throughout the book to create your own fantastic variations of each one. Whether it's a gremlin, a gargoyle, a hobgoblin, or unicorn-you will be inspired by the fascinating characters of this collection. Fresh, modern, and unexpected, you won't find a more enjoyable way to practice your illustration and expand your imagination.
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  • BXKRZ

    How to Draw Dogs & Cats from Simple Templates (Paperback)

    Christopher Hart

    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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  • BWMIH

    A Touch of Asia Coloring Book (Paperback)

    Tuttle Publishing

    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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  • BUXJC

    You Will be Able to Draw by the End of This Book: Coloured Pencils (Paperback)

    Jake Spicer

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    You Will Be Able to Draw by the End of this Book: Coloured Pencils is a combined tutorial and sketchbook that teaches you how to draw in colour, and allows you the space to practise on the page through guided exercises in mark-making and drawing. The book lays flat to allow you to draw comfortably and has an elastic band to keep your artwork safe. The clear instructions enable you to build your skills and develop an understanding of composition, colour and tone.
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  • BUQVU

    Draw 62 Animals and Make Them Cute (Paperback)

    Ms. Heegyum Kim

    Build your drawing and character design skills while following the step-by-step instructions of Draw 62 Animals and Make Them Cute. Beloved illustrator and Instagrammer Heegyum Kim takes you on a fun journey to expand your character-building skills as she shows youhow to draw 62 animals and make them cute! On the left-hand page, follow along with the steps as each animal moves from simple shapes to identifying marks. On the right-hand page, you will find several other clever options for varying your character design. You might change the view, the animal's posture, their accessories, or their expression. Grab your pen and use the open spaces throughout the book to create your own versions and variations of each one. Whether it's a playful platypus, an adorable sloth, or a scintillating chinchilla-you will delight in the charm of this animal collection. Fresh, modern, and with a dash of clever anthropomorphic humor, you won't find a more enjoyable way to practice your illustration and expand your imagination.
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  • BUAEL

    Urban Sketching Step by Step (Paperback)

    Klaus Meier-Pauken

    Join the growing movement of reactionary artists and learn how to capture our fast-paced world in this inspiring book by popular artist and author, Klaus Meier-Pauken. With useful advice on the basic materials needed, Urban Sketching Step by Step then moves on to honing essential drawing techniques - from tone and colour to perspective and composition. The huge collection of creative exercises will help you build your skills, see your surroundings with a new artistic eye and draw lively sketches of your city or town that reflect its character. Whether you are looking to discover your own sketching style, or to build on your existing knowledge, this book is packed with material to get you creating your own dynamic works of art.
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  • BSNAB

    Fast Draw Manga Challenge (Paperback)

    T. Beaudenon

    Learn to draw manga and anime characters with 50+ easy step-by-steps in three styles: manga-style humans, chibi-style humans, and creatures. Each lesson features eight steps in total and breaks down the character with a simple process: identify the basic lines and forms of the body; add volume and details; and ink and color. Introductory pages include facial expressions, hairstyles, age groups, friends and foes.
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  • BRXRZ

    Fantastic Creatures and How to Draw Them (Paperback)

    Kev Walker

    Delve deep into a magical world of Kev Walker, and learn how to draw 30 fascinating, beautiful and curious creatures that wander through it. A renowned comic book artist and illustrator, Kev Walker will help you master the art of sketching and illustrating a collection of marvellous beasts through his how-to-art exercises, accompanied by his fascinating advice and the techniques used by professionals like himself. From elementals that stalk you at night or the beasts that lurk beneath the water to the sand creatures that wander the lonely deserts of North Africa, there is a whole world of terrifyingly beautiful monsters to learn of and inspire you. Find stunning finished illustrations along with exciting ideas, hints, and practical lessons on how to recreate the monster yourself, including suggestions for adding movement and texture. From there, morph this precious-looking book into your very own sketchbook-journal and record and design your own fierce creations on the interactive pages inside. Stick and paste inspiring photographs and drawings onto the pages, work little sketches onto the plain sheets, and paint the amazing minute details that appear on your own beast's form - this will be your personal and ultimate notebook journaling your dark adventures. With dozens of imaginative illustrations to inspire, discover this captivating bestiary now and create your own inky keepsake of these legendary creatures to treasure and share.
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  • BRTJP

    50 Art Movements You Should Know (Hardback)

    Rosalind Ormiston

    The story of modern art begins with a revolution-when the realists started rejecting romanticism in favor of depicting life as it really was. Since that movement began in the mid-19th- century, painters have been rebelling, rethinking, deconstructing, and challenging notions of what art is. Filled with stunning reproductions of some of the world's greatest masterpieces, this reference book offers a chronological journey through artistic revolutions. Each movement is presented in a series of informative presentations-a concise definition and description; full-page and smaller detailed color illustrations; and in-depth profiles of the artists crucial to the style's development. Covering a wide range of movements both familiar and obscure, this accessible and informative volume is a perfect introduction for readers interested in art's constantly evolving story.
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  • BRNVH

    The Master Guide to Drawing Anime: Tips & Tricks (Paperback)

    Christopher Hart

    The third title in Christopher Hart's bestselling Master Guide to Drawing Anime series is essential for all anime artists who want to fine-tune their skills. This is the guide that all anime and manga artists--of any level--need! Chris Hart delves deep into the specifics of drawing anime characters and scenes and explores every aspect of anime forms. He reveals his secrets for composing a complete picture, and discusses rarely covered topics. Entirely new tutorials include instruction on drawing hands and feet in different gestures or positions, arranging characters within the action, and creating nuanced expressions. Fans of The Master Guide books will find this title to be invaluable in strengthening their drawing skills, while newcomers will see this as a perfect introduction to the series.
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  • BQWLS

    10 Step Drawing: Flowers (Paperback)

    Mary Woodin

    The blank page can be daunting, but 10 Step Drawing: Flowers offers an easy jumping-off point for any doodler to be creative. Featuring illustrated tutorials for drawing 75 irresistible flowers - from exotic wildflowers, to aquatic flora, garden posies and beautiful succulents - every image is fun and easy to replicate in ten simple steps using just a pen and paper. Handy prompts help the reader without giving them dry, prescriptive instructions, and every flower has its own distinctive character. 10 Step Drawing: Flowers is sure to encourage even the most nervous amateur artist to dust off their pen and doodle. Other titles in the series: 10 Step Drawing: Animals.
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  • BQMBC

    Pocket Art: Figure Drawing (Paperback)

    Joanna Henly

    In Pocket Art: Figure Drawing, the second book in the new Pocket Art series (be sure to check out the first book on portraits!), learn to draw figures on the go with the quick visual exercises in this compact book. The lively, graphic approach of this guide will get you drawing right away. Look and learn with step-by-step illustrations and expert tips provided by London-based fashion and portrait artist Joanna Henly (aka Miss Led). This compact, 112-page book is just theright size for carrying in a backpack or pocket, and comes with a sturdy flexi binding and elastic closure for added portability. You'll start your lessons with "Understanding the Figure" and move on to "Runway Work," "Tricks for Creating Movement," "Working from the Imagination," and "Creating Environments," wrapping up with a gallery of drawings that demonstrate and reinforce what you have learned.
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