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  • Kawaii: How to Draw Really Cute Animals

    Angela Nguyen

    Product Code: BZBDU
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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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  • You Will be Able to Draw Manga by the End of this Book

    Laura Watton

    Product Code: CBRGB
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    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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  • 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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  • 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
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    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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  • 15-Minute Watercolor Masterpieces

    Anna Koliadych

    Product Code: CCVPH
    Paperback
    Create Breathtaking Watercolor Paintings in No Time With this collection of easy, step-by-step instructions, unlocking your creativity with watercolor has never been easier. Follow along as Anna Koliadych, founder of DearAnnArt, guides you through painting your own watercolor masterpieces in just 15 minutes. These 50 projects have something for everyone, from underwater landscapes to galaxies, from fashion sketches to tasty sweets. Learn to paint a meadow of poppies, a cosmic tea cup, a set of high heels or a tabby cat all in one quick evening. Whether you're new to watercolor or have been practicing for years, these colorful designs are perfect for a relaxing afternoon alone or as an activity for the whole family. In each lesson, Anna highlights efficient techniques, like sketching your design with simple shapes, or adding small, beautiful details, so you can create the most charming artwork in the shortest amount of time--even if you've never painted before!
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  • Medieval Illumination

    Kathleen Doyle

    Product Code: CCANQ
    Paperback
    Illuminated manuscripts from England and France are among the greatest masterpieces of medieval European art. This beautiful book showcases dozens of the finest examples, some of which have never before been exhibited and are rarely reproduced. It reveals the close artistic and intellectual connections between Anglo-Saxon and Norman England and medieval France, where scribes and illuminators often shared stylistic ideas and subjects. We include a wide range of important texts and illuminations from the collections of the British Library and the Bibliotheque nationale de France, including ornamented initials, delicate line drawings and fully painted scenes on gold grounds, illustrated with more than 75 full-page colour images.
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  • Drawing Animals

    Lucy Swinburne

    Product Code: CAVKZ
    Paperback
    Brand-new, updated edition of the bestselling book, Drawing Masterclass: Animals by popular artist, Lucy Swinburne. Whether you want to capture a beloved pet cat or a magnificent wolf on paper, this book provides a complete course in how to draw them. All the essential drawing techniques and materials you need are explained clearly and simply by Lucy, and two brand new sections show you how to sketch the key features of a wide variety of animals such as eyes, ears and fur, and how to capture movement. The 20 step-by-step exercises inside draw on a diverse range of subjects from various continents, including meerkats, lizards and horses. This inspiring book is a must-have for any artist seeking to capture the spirit and character of animals in their drawings.
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  • The Drawing Ideas Book

    Frances Stanfield

    Product Code: BYXVH
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    If you're stuck in a rut - or simply just stuck - this book is filled with ideas for what to draw, how to draw and even where and when to draw. Packed with arresting examples of creatives' drawings and sketchbooks from all over the world, it's sure to fire up your creativity. Imagine it, doodle it, sketch it, ink it and more. Discover the infinite possibilities of this essential art form, from its key mediums to unusual processes, across subjects from figure drawing and landscape sketching to abstract compositions.
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  • Life Drawing in 15 Minutes

    Jake Spicer

    Product Code: BYICP
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    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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  • Mandala Sketchbook

    Matt Manson

    Product Code: BTGVR
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    The Mandala Sketchbook is a new and exciting sketchbook, which will appeal to both adults and children, for the creation of beautiful Mandalas in 8 easy steps. A Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning circle or discoid object and creating a Mandala involves using a variety of own unique shapes and patterns. Designing, drawing and colouring a Mandala can be a highly enriching and calming personal experience. With 48 pages to complete or share with others, the Mandala Sketchbook guides you through the design process before setting you free to enjoy creating your own unique designs, which can be coloured in or painted once completed. The perforated pages allow the illustrations to easily be removed for framing or card-making
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  • Making Medieval Manuscripts

    Christopher de Hamel

    Product Code: BKPUF
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    Many beautiful illuminated manuscripts survive from the Middle Ages and can be seen in libraries and museums throughout Europe. But who were the skilled craftsmen who made these exquisite books? What precisely is parchment? How were medieval manuscripts designed and executed? What were the inks and pigments, and how were they applied? This book looks at the work of scribes, illuminators and book binders. Based principally on examples in the Bodleian Library, this lavishly illustrated account tells the story of manuscript production from the early Middle Ages through to the high Renaissance. Each stage of production is described in detail, from the preparation of the parchment, pens, paints and inks to the writing of the scripts and the final decoration and illumination of the manuscript. This book also explains the role of the stationer or bookshop, often to be found near cathedral and market squares, in the commissioning of manuscripts, and it cites examples of specific scribes and illuminators who can be identified through their work as professional lay artisans. Christopher de Hamel's engaging text is accompanied by a glossary of key technical terms relating to manuscripts and illumination, providing an invaluable introduction for anyone interested in studying medieval manuscripts today.
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  • The Art Book

    DK

    Product Code: BUAGX
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    Embark on a grand tour of art history with this guide to the story of art, and the big ideas and themes behind the world's most important artistic movements, artworks, and artists. The Art Book explores the more than 80 of the world's most groundbreaking artworks by history's most influential painters, sculptors, and artists with stunning visuals and insightful quotations. Discover key artworks and artists from across the globe, stretching from the prehistoric Altamira cave paintings and Chinese jade carvings to more impressionism, symbolism, cubism, and pop art. Understand the ideas that inspired masterpieces by Botticelli, Rembrandt, Klimt, Matisse, Picasso, and dozens more, with The Art Book's fascinating overview of painting, drawing, printing, sculpture, conceptual art, and performance art, from ancient history to the modern day.
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  • Figure Drawing

    Christopher Hart

    Product Code: BAKUS
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    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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  • 50 British Artists You Should Know

    Lucinda Hawksley

    Product Code: ABJGZ
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    This highly readable and informative collection of the best of British art showcases magnificent portraits by Thomas Gainsborough and Stanley Spencer; landscapes by J. M. W. Turner and David Hockney; satire by William Hogarth and Gilbert & George; sculpture by Henry Moore and Rachel Whiteread; and the latest works by Grayson Perry and Damien Hirst. Each artist is presented in a double-page spread that features a major work, details from the work, a brief biography and fascinating insights into the artist's life and times. Lucinda Hawksley's engaging survey compares the skill of the Elizabethan miniaturists and the magnificence of the High Victorians with the grit of post-war British modernists and the best of the Young British Artists, whose fearless approach to controversial themes make them worthy inheritors of the great traditions of British art.
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  • Just Draw Botanicals

    Helen Birch

    Product Code: CCZFD
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    Just Draw Botanicals presents a collection of 90 beautiful botanical images by contemporary artists from around the world. Dip-in for advice or flick through the pages for inspiration. Each image is accompanied by a short introduction, information on the approaches, techniques and tools used, and useful tips. Advice covers composition, colour, painting techniques and tips for working with plants. This is the perfect guide for artists and art lovers alike.
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  • How to Look at Stained Glass

    Jane Brocket

    Product Code: CCMYR
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    The magical qualities of stained glass have an enduring appeal, but church windows tend to be ignored as a form of creative and artistic expression. How to Look at Stained Glass is a fresh, unstuffy guide, which explores the medium by themes, patterns, designs, and effects. Using an A-Z format to reveal a multitude of fascinating details - all the way from apples to zig-zags - it makes looking at gloriously colourful, artistically important windows entertaining and rewarding. This layman's guide requires no previous historical, artistic or religious knowledge and the A-Z miscellany is in keeping with the pot-luck mix of windows to be found in most churches. It covers all the major periods and styles from medieval to modern, Victorian to post-war, eighteenth century to Arts and Crafts, figurative to abstract, and examines the fascinating and evolving iconography of stained glass. Illustrated in black & white and colour and with a list of the top 30 places to see outstanding examples, How to Look at Stained Glass is all that is needed to make sense of and enjoy the array of stained glass windows in the churches of England.
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  • Islamic Art

    Luca Mozzati

    Product Code: CCGQG
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    From its birth in the 7th century through modern times, the Islamic religion has inspired glorious works of art. This stunning book includes more than four hundred reproductions of treasures of Islamic art that span the world: from southern Europe, along the entire Mediterranean basin to sub-Saharan Africa through the Middle East, India, and Central Asia. Arranged geographically, the objects include paintings, miniatures, ceramics, calligraphy, textiles, carpets, and metal works. Each region is given a thorough introduction that offers historical context and extensive descriptions of its artifacts. Accompanying essays offer guidance in interpreting the many themes that tie these works together, including typology, calligraphy, and religious beliefs. With its large format, exquisite reproductions, and extensive research, this book is a thorough introduction to the Islamic artistic tradition.
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  • Draw 62 Characters and Make Them Cute

    Ms. Heegyum Kim

    Product Code: CBWTM
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    Build your imagination and drawing design skills while following the step-by-step instructions of Draw 62 Characters and Make Them Cute in this third book in the quirky illustration series Draw 62 (following Animals and Magical Creatures). Beloved illustrator and Instagrammer Heegyum Kim takes you on a fun journey to expand your character-building skills as she shows you how to draw 62 creative, imaginary characters and make them cute! On the left-hand page, follow along with the steps as each character is built, from simple shapes to identifying marks. On the right-hand page, you will find several other clever options for varying your character design. Your character may have particular personality traits, or perhaps an interesting career. Your character may be part cat and part kangaroo! Discover the pleasure of dreaming up, mashing up, and lighting up the pages with your wonderful imaginary characters. Grab your pen and use the open spaces throughout the book to create your own versions and variations of each one. Whether it's an elephant plumber, a catopotamus, or a furry superhero-you will delight in the charm of this cute character collection. Fresh, modern, and with a dash of silly humor, you won't find a more enjoyable way to practice your illustration and expand your imagination.
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