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Our art techniques and principles books look over some of the most effective methods of producing art - and they're all available at unbelievable prices.

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Art Techniques & Principles Books

Our art techniques and principles books look over some of the most effective methods of producing art - and they're all available at unbelievable prices.

  • If You're Bored With Acrylics, Read This Book

    Denise Harrison

    Product Code: BZMYG
    Paperback
    YOU KNOW ALL ABOUT ACRYLICS, RIGHT? Colourful, cheap and what you used in art class. The kind of thing you had at school. A sort of lesser cousin to oil paint? WRONG! Acrylics are one of the most versatile and powerful mediums. They can be mixed with water to make colour washes, or used in opaque layers like oils. In this book, you'll discover techniques that will allow you to work with acrylics in entirely new and exciting ways: creating stencils and stickers, weaving and piping acrylics, creating texture with improvised tools, dripping, smudging and blending, and working with fluorescent paints.
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  • The Printmaking Ideas Book

    Frances Stanfield

    Product Code: BYXWV
    Paperback
    From traditional methods such as screenprinting, etching and lithography to contemporary techniques such as risography and digital collage, this book is packed with new ideas, methods and tips on every page. Brimming with experimental, arresting and beautiful examples of printmaking from all over the world, it will take your creativity further and awaken new ideas.
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  • Drawing and Painting Beautiful Faces

    Jane Davenport

    Product Code: AMGYZ
    Paperback
    Drawing and Painting Beauitful Faces is an inspiring, mixed media workbook on how to draw and paint beautiful, fashion illustration-style faces. Author Jane Davenport is a beloved artist, and popular international workshop instructor known by her thousands of students and fans for her over-the-top, enthusiastic, happy and encouraging style. In this book, she guides you step-by-step through the foundations of drawing a face, developing successful features, creating skintones, playing with bright colors, shading, highlighting and much more as you learn to create amazing mixed media portraits. Master a variety of techniques that employ pencil, marker, pen, watercolor, acrylic paint, ink, pastel, and ephemera as you happily dance your way through the exercises in this brilliant guide.
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  • Urban Sketching Step by Step

    Klaus Meier-Pauken

    Product Code: BUAEL
    Paperback
    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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  • World Traveler Coloring Book

    Thaneeya McArdle

    Product Code: ALSYL
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    These fun and easy art activities feature ready-to-color line drawings of 30 far-flung travel destinations. Each ready-to-color line drawing has plenty of space for aspiring artists to add their own doodles, designs, and patterns. From Mayan pyramids and Dutch windmills to the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China, Travel Landmarks Coloring Book offers endless opportunities for creative self-expression. Printed on high quality extra-thick paper, it s perfect for decorating with markers, colored pencils, gel pens, or watercolors. Designed to eliminate bleed-through, each page is pre-perforated for easy removal and display."
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  • 20 Ways to Draw a Cat and 44 Other Awesome Animals

    Julia Kuo

    Product Code: AGKRS
    Paperback
    This inspiring sketchbook is part of the new 20 Ways series from Quarry Books, designed to offer artists, designers, and doodlers a fun and sophisticated collection of illustration exercises. Each spread features 20 inspiring illustrations of a single animal, such as a cat, giraffe, seal, elephant, or whale-with blank space for you to draw your take on "20 Ways to Draw a Cat." The stylized animals are simplified, modernized, and reduced to the most basic elements, showing how simple abstract shapes and forms meld to create the building blocks of any item that you want to draw. Each of the 20 interpretations provides a different, interesting approach to drawing a single item. Presented in the author's uniquely creative style, this engaging and motivational practice book provides a new take on the world of sketching, doodling, and designing.
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  • Central Saint Martins Foundation

    Lucy Alexander

    Product Code: BZJPL
    Hardback
    Experiment, explore and expand your creative skillset with the Central Saint Martins Foundation in Art and Design. Heralded as the most prestigious foundation course in the world, teachers from across the course have contributed their expert knowledge to help you find your own path and the right specialist field for you. The school is famed for its successful graduates, including Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney, and its rigorous foundation curriculum which is used as a leading education model for first-year art and design college students across the globe. Try your hand at projects that will inspire you to think differently, hone your abilities and guide your forays into Fashion and Textiles, Fine Art, Graphic Communication Design, and Three-Dimensional Design and Architecture. You'll be introduced to a range of materials and methods of researching and developing your ideas and learn how to evaluate and reflect on your practice. Every chapter and exercise is designed to help you build your understanding and portfolio and prepare you for the next step.
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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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  • Draw 62 Magical Creatures and Make Them Cute

    Ms. Heegyum Kim

    Product Code: BXVMB
    Paperback
    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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  • 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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  • Textile Landscape

    Cas Holmes

    Product Code: BQYDI
    Hardback
    Textile Landscapes demonstrates how to develop your approach to textile art with a focus on using found objects and paint and stitch on cloth and paper. Cas explains how to exploit the contrast between the hands-on textural quality of working with fabrics and threads and the spontaneity and movement of brush marks to lend a painterly quality to your work. She begins with the basics - keeping a sketchbook to generate ideas, painting and stitching on cloth and on paper and working digitally; Inspiring Landscapes looks at natural and urban space, the changing seasons and great landscapes as well as intimate spaces and travel diaries; Painting and Marking with Cloth explains the practical aspects of painting and dyeing cloth and how to make connections between paint, print, dye, stencil and stitch; Stitch-scapes looks at the different forms of landscape, experimenting with photographs and prints and how to translate those images using ink, stitch, abstract and collage techniques and then at how to transform the image using digital techniques; On Closer Inspection covers using elements and details from landscape and the environment as found objects and for research; finally People and Place explores the relationship we have with the outdoors and the built environment, as well as personal interpretations of place. The book includes artworks by the author that explore the UK, USA, Europe and Australia, as well as works by other internationally renowned textile artists. A creative guide ideal for textile artists of all levels - students, teachers and practising artists and makers - to make unique and beautiful work inspired by the world around us.
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  • Draw 500 Everyday Things

    Lisa Solomon

    Product Code: AUTXJ
    Paperback
    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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  • Creative Lettering and Beyond

    Gabri Joy Kirkendall

    Product Code: ALSRP
    Paperback
    Creative Lettering and Beyond : Inspiring Tips, Techniques, and Ideas for Hand-Lettering Your Way to Beautiful Works of Art
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  • Folding Techniques for Designers

    Paul Jackson

    Product Code: ABCVN
    Other
    Many designers use folding techniques in their work to make three-dimensional forms from two-dimensional sheets of fabric, cardboard, plastic, metal and many other materials. This unique book explains the key techniques of folding, such as pleated surfaces, curved folding and crumpling. An elegant, practical handbook, it covers over 70 techniques explained by clear step-by-step drawings, crease pattern drawings, and specially commissioned photography. This book will be accompanied by a CD containing all the crease pattern drawings.
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  • Non-toxic Printmaking

    Mark Graver

    Product Code: CBQGE
    Paperback
    In this book, Mark Graver puts the case for non-toxic printmaking and then discusses the various technical factors (both materials and equipment) to consider when etching with acrylic resists, making aquatints, etching in general, using drypoint, engraving, making mezzotints and collagraphs and using photopolymers as well as combining various printmaking techniques. There is also information on various inks and health and safety measures in the printing workshop. All in all, this book contains everything you need to know to clean up your printmaking practice.
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  • Words Fail Me

    Teresa Monachino

    Product Code: CBKMJ
    Hardback
    In this reissue of the bestselling Words Fail Me, Teresa Monachino rounds up and breaks down a variety of unruly words: words lacking in integrity, misleading words that do not mean what they say, words that mean more than they say, words with inconsistent pronunciation or spellings that are just plain cruel! Using striking and witty graphic design the author demands answers to such troublesome questions as, why is abbreviation such a long word, does monosyllabic really need five syllables and why is lisp so hard to say if you have one?
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  • You Will Be Able to Draw by the End of this Book: Ink

    Jake Spicer

    Product Code: CAWGX
    Paperback
    Discover the endless possibilities of ink - whether you are using a nib pen, brush, biro or marker. This interactive book teaches you how to draw in line, wash and colour, and allows you the space to practise on the page through guided exercises in mark-making and drawing. You will: * Experiment with line * Learn about hatching and cross-hatching * Work with ink wash * Understand colour and tone
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  • The Complete Guide to Drawing Action Manga

    Shoco

    Product Code: BZKWW
    Paperback
    Whether your character is jumping for joy, kicking and grappling with an opponent, or fighting to the death with sword in hand, this book provides all the essential techniques to draw more lifelike action figures in the classic Japanese manga style. The comprehensive introduction first shows the reader the physical anatomy of male vs. female figures and gives important tips on proportions, perspective and small but often-overlooked details such as the relative differences between male and female hands, fingers and feet. Five subsequent chapters cover over 40 action poses in the following categories: Chapter 1: General movements (e.g. running and jumping) Chapter 2: Basic fight movements (e.g. punching and kicking) Chapter 3: Facing off with an opponent (e.g. judo holds and high fives) Chapter 4: Use of weapons (e.g. swords and knives) Chapter 5: Reacting to an opponent (e.g. dodging a punch or taking a punch) Each pose and movement is illustrated with a rough sketch outline followed by a highlighted manga drawing containing detailed annotations by the author. After studying the sketches, you practice the drawing techniques in a tracing section at the end of each chapter. Each chapter also provides professional tips on the use of color and shading for greater realism. Special sections contain information and tips on particular topics of interest, such as how to draw clothes, hair and facial expressions or how to create special effects. At the end of the book, an actual 6-page comic strip gives readers the opportunity to practice what they have learned by filling in the missing elements.
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  • The Drawing Ideas Book

    Frances Stanfield

    Product Code: BYXVH
    Paperback
    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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  • Tate: Sketch Club

    Hester Berry

    Product Code: BYXGG
    Paperback
    The only way to get better at drawing is through practise - and there is no better subject to draw from than life. Let Sketch Club: Life Drawing show you how. This practical guide to capturing the human figure teaches fundamental drawing skills while providing instruction on how to get the most from a life drawing class. Featuring 20 step-by-step exercises, the book shows intermediate artists how to put their skills into practice. Learn how to construct a figure, capture gesture and bring depth, energy and movement into your work. Sketch Club: Life Drawing is the first in an exciting new series aimed at demystifying the artist's process. The book covers a range of media and offers inspirational references to the work of other famous artists. A problem-solving section covers how to fix common mistakes and know when to stop. Hone your skills, build your confidence, and most importantly, get drawing!
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  • The Story of Painting

    DK

    Product Code: BYWPD
    Hardback
    A fascinating new history of art, this gloriously illustrated book reveals how materials, techniques, and ideas have evolved over the centuries, inspiring artists to create their most celebrated works. Covering a comprehensive array of topics, from the first pigments and frescos to linear perspective in Renaissance paintings, the influence of photography, Impressionism, and the birth of modern art, The Story of Painting follows each step in the evolution of painting over the last 25,000 years, from the first cave paintings to the abstract works of the last 100 years. Packed with lavish colour reproductions of paintings and photographs of artists at work and the materials they used, it also focuses on key paintings from each period to analyse the techniques and secrets of the great masters in detail. Immerse yourself in the pages of this beautiful book and find yourself dazzled by new colours; marvel at the magic of perspective; wonder at glowing depictions of fabric and flesh; understand cubism; and embrace abstraction. It will transform your understanding and enjoyment of paintings forever.
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  • Drawing the Head for Artists

    Oliver Sin

    Product Code: BYWOZ
    Paperback
    Drawing the Head for Artists is the definitive modern guide to drawing the human head and portrait, featuring the classic mediums and methods of the Old Masters. Written by celebrated portrait artist and veteran studio instructor Oliver Sin, this richly informative and beautifully illustrated volume leads readers step-by-step through his method, from establishing a point of view to applying the timeless principles for creating an accurate and expressive likeness. Among the topics covered: Essential Materials & Techniques:Learn about necessary supplies and basic drawing techniques, including hatching, various stroke styles, and blending. Applying the Essentials: Explore how the concepts of sight-sizing, value, negative space/shapes, and plane changes factor into a portrait's underlying structure. Techniques for Creating Depth & Dimension:Investigate how contrasting shapes, overlapping forms, and linear and atmospheric perspective are used to enhance depth. Creating the Illusion of Three Dimensions: Examine how edges-contours as well as changes in value-are used to convey three-dimensional form. Brimming with striking images that document all the phases and details of the author's process, Drawing the Head for Artists inspires and informs all artists, from aspiring to accomplished, on how to successfully portray the physical subtleties and emotional eloquence of the human face.
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  • Painting Nature's Details

    Meriel Thurstan

    Product Code: BYIEJ
    Paperback
    A practical guide to painting nature's flora and fauna from award-winning botanical painting authors Meriel Thurstan and Rosie Martin. Recording the wildlife that surrounds us is an age-old art. The authors, in collaboration with the Eden Project, show us how to accurately and beautifully capture the natural world on canvas and make the most of the revival of this art form. Step by step, they take you through the whole process of capturing the essence of some of the most beautiful things on earth. From dinosaur skeletons and fossils to birds, butterflies and frogs. Learn how to paint the subtle scales on a fish, the iridescence of a feather or the lustre on a shell. The authors take you through the full range of skills and techniques you need to undertake natural history drawing and painting. Key techniques are explained with practical step-by-step demonstrations. Beautiful illustrations by the authors are featured throughout and will inspire you and illuminate the techniques you are learning. Painting Nature's Details is a stunning book on an art form that is fast becoming the new botanical illustration.
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  • Life Drawing in 15 Minutes

    Jake Spicer

    Product Code: BYICP
    Paperback
    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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