The Painting Workbook
How to Get Started and Stay Inspired
In this beginner’s guide to painting, the artist and art teacher Alena Hennessy introduces the elements such as colour, line and form, explains basic painting techniques, and offers advice on essential materials. She goes on to share 52 illustrated 'creativity prompts', for example 'Working in Circles', and 'Repetition', many based on her own distinctive style. Eight of the ideas expand into workshops that provide step-by-step instructions for techniques including layering and masking.
The Complete Illustrative Work of Thomas Bewick
Marrying research in the Beilby-Bewick workshop archives to a new study of hitherto uncatalogued images in the British Museum’s collection, Tattersfield presents a scholarly, illustrated account of the wood engraving workshop of Ralph Beilby, Thomas Bewick and Robert Bewick. The catalogue of Thomas Bewick’s illustrative works includes the famous Quadrupeds, British Birds and The Fables of Aesop. Volume I: The Workshop. Volume II: Descriptive Catalogue. Volume III: Notes and Indexes. Linen-bound and slip-cased.
Award-winning artist Peter Jarvis demonstrates the techniques that are used to create detailed architectural images of the built environment, including perspective drawing, 3D modelling and colouring. Through step-by-step illustrations the book explores the technical processes involved in creating aerial and street views, from initial sketches through to the finished drawings, with a focus on the use of watercolour for the final touches.
The Practical Encyclopedia of Watercolour
Wendy Jelbert and Ian Sidaway, both experienced artists and instructors, present an accessible introduction to painting in watercolour, with over 25 practical projects as well as a guide to basic materials and techniques. Both sections feature step-by-step photographs illustrating technique and showing the authors’ own works in progress. The projects are designed to use and practise different watercolour skills and are arranged in sections on painting skies, water, trees, flowers, still lifes, buildings and people.
The Escapist's Dot-to-Dot
Extraordinary Nature, Join the Dots. Unveil a Masterpiece
Each of the 40 intricate dot-to-dot puzzles in this nature-themed compilation will take between 10 and 20 minutes to complete and offer a pleasant diversion from the stresses of everyday life. Subjects include a leopard, a great white shark, a hummingbird and a sloth.
Fantastic Forgeries: Paint Like Van Gogh
A Step-by-Step Course to Painting Van Gogh's Classic Artworks
Each of the eight tutorials in this art techniques guide is an extended dissection of a famous Van Gogh composition, with a list of required materials and colours, a drawing template and illustrated instructions for each step of the painting process (Sunflowers has 32 steps illustrated). Also included are The Bedroom, Wheatfield with Crows and Fishing Boats on the Beach.
The Complete Guide to Drawing and Painting Sci-fi Art
This art manual employs both digital and traditional painting techniques to describe how to construct convincing sci-fi characters, vehicles and environments. Step-by-step project tutorials are supplemented by a section on developing coherent concepts and matching characters and architecture.
Landmarks of the World
Colour Your Way from Barcelona to Beijing
This collection of world landmark structures to colour in includes Angkor Wat, Hagia Sophia, the Pyramide du Louvre and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in Pennsylvania. The pictures are drawn in intricate architectonic detail on high-quality, single-sided pages, and each one is accompanied by a concise history of the building.
A Complete Guide
This practical exploration of contemporary realism introduces approaches and techniques for painting landscapes and the human figure in watercolour, acrylic and oils. Step-by-step instructions and links to augmented materials online, such as video tutorials, offer guidance on drawing, texture, colour choice, brushstrokes and a range of subject-specific skills to help intermediate to experienced artists create faithful renditions of everyday life.
Pastel Painting Atelier
Essential Lessons in Techniques, Practices, and Materials
The art of drawing and painting with pastel is comprehensively explored in this illustrated guide for the serious artist. Beginning with a look at historical use of the medium, the author (an accomplished pastel artist herself) explains best studio practice, how to adapt pastel use for different genres, the working process (including application, gradating tone and making corrections), and how to care for finished works. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Perspective for the Beginning Artist
More Than 40 Techniques for Understanding the Principles of Perspective
This introductory guide gives an overview of how perspective works, explaining different approaches and methods for dividing areas of a scene or subject proportionally using basic media: pencil, charcoal, pastel and ink. A range of techniques is explored – starting with straightforward frontal and oblique perspectives and building to the aerial view – each one clearly illustrated with step-by-step instructions and including useful tips, before the final section applies the skills to common subjects.
Manga Martial Arts
Over 50 Basic Lessons for Drawing the World's Most Popular Fighting Styles
Different martial arts have distinct styles of movement and may be associated with particular weapons and clothing. This guide to successfully drawing manga characters in authentic fighting scenes considers ten disciplines, including Kung Fu, Karate and Boxing, and provides step-by-step tutorials as well as background information on the traditions and characteristic positions of each style. Slightly off-mint.
For Beginners and Beyond: Art Materials, Techniques and Picture Making
David Webb, an experienced artist and teacher, offers comprehensive guidance to beginners and improving watercolourists, providing clearly illustrated instructions and solutions to the most common problems that students encounter. Including advice on tools and equipment, the guide explores over 20 different techniques, from flat wash to thick gouache; examines composition, with special sections on landscapes, textures and portraits; and considers the varied methods and styles of ten renowned watercolour artists. Slightly off-mint.
Sunlight & Shadows in Watercolour
Lucy Willis, herself an award-winning artist, uses her own watercolours on every page of this practical guide to demonstrate and explain various techniques. Starting with a sketch or a photograph, painting indoors or out, in all weathers and at different times of day, she offers advice on how shadows and the effects of light on objects and landscapes can create atmosphere in a painting.
Exotic Botanical Illustration With the Eden Project
The natural world is teeming with strange and striking plants that can be an enjoyable challenge to paint or draw. With step-by-step exercises and advice on setting up your work environment, using technology, choosing a subject, drawing and incorporating colour, this volume will help readers to produce impressive illustrations from nature. Presented by award-winning artists, many of the plants featured are inspired by the Eden Project’s Rainforest Biome.
Colouring from Nature
Dating back to the 1870s, and familiar to generations of French schoolchildren, the Deyrolle educational charts show varieties of plants and animals, from butterflies and mushrooms to cereal crops and silkworms. This book presents 60 of the best-known colour posters with 60 black-and-white illustrations inspired by them, to colour in.
Sketching Landscapes in Pen & Pencil
Through looking carefully at a subject and understanding and interpreting a scene as it appears to them, each artist – whether beginner or improver – can develop their own sketching style. Providing answers to problems such as how to direct light, add shadow and tone or approach complex scenes, and offering information on materials and how to use them, this illustrated guide includes many helpful examples of the author’s own work.
Colour and Abstraction
By liberating colour from its subservient role to drawing, abstract artists have found innovative ways to use and develop the pictorial space. In this title, the author complements works by well-known abstract artists with many of his own, giving clear descriptions of choices made and techniques used. He examines the media and tools available, looks at creating a series of paintings, and encourages the reader to paint with confidence.
Atmosphere and Light
The Automotive Paintings of Barry Rowe
Whether picturing Nuvolari at the Nürburgring Grand Prix circuit in 1939, Duncan Hamilton’s C-type Jaguar driving through the night at Le Mans in 1953, or Mika Häkkinen on his way to victory at Monaco in 1998, Barry Rowe‘s work is steeped in the atmosphere of the racetrack. This retrospective brings together around 80 paintings, including several Jaguars (Rowe’s favourite sports car), along with his own informative commentary on the historical context of each subject. Slipcased.
The Anatomy and Figure Drawing Handbook (Artists Handbook)
This comprehensive guide to anatomy and figure drawing includes hundreds of diagrams of the skeleton and the muscular systems of the body, a wide range of anatomical positions, and analysis of the male and female figures. These are followed by step-by-step exercises on drawing the nude figure, clothed figures and portraits, in a wide variety of media, including charcoal, pen and ink, pastels and pencil.
The challenge of botanical art is at once to create a painting that accurately reflects the appearance and colour of a plant, recording the correct number of petals, sexual parts and other features, while at the same time presenting a beautiful and artistically satisfying composition. This book places emphasis on meticulous observation through drawing to build the skills required and presents examples, exercises and colour studies of a variety of flowering plants and fruit.
Capturing the Essence
Techniques for Bird Artists
Renowned for his meticulous and accurate wildlife paintings and illustrations, William T Cooper explains in this book how detailed observation of a bird's behaviour and understanding of its anatomy are essential to his method. With colour illustrations and sketches throughout, analysis of specific technical aspects of painting birds is followed by example compositions in watercolours, oils and acrylics, with step-by-step sequences of how the pictures are built up.
Painting the Nude in Oils
The nude has inspired artists for centuries, but capturing the beauty of form and the delicate colours of the figure in oils presents particular challenges. This book provides a historical study of the nude in painting, together with a wealth of practical advice. There are tips on working with a model, on lighting and on choosing a pose, and step-by-step examples to show the progress of many paintings. The author exhibits widely and her work is in collections throughout Europe.
William Morris Designs
A Colouring Book
The 19th-century writer, artist and textile designer William Morris was a leader of the Arts and Crafts movement, and his work is no less popular today. Now you can colour his timeless floral designs for yourself, and see if you can improve on perfection – or, if you prefer, reproduce his own colour schemes, since the original artwork is printed in full colour on the inside covers of the book.
How to Draw Anything
A How to Book
This encouraging guide includes many tips for budding artists, such as how to look properly, simplify what you see but include key features, get the basic shapes correct, and understand how shading can transform your drawing. There are sections on depicting landscapes, animals, people and cartoons, and each is accompanied by step-by-step illustrations showing how to build up your drawings and create texture, while assignments enable you to measure your progress.
Chinese Animal Painting Made Easy
Rebecca Yue shows how to develop the techniques required to create the loosely drawn, expressive paintings that capture the essence of animal subjects in Chinese art. After explaining basic techniques and materials, Yue describes more specialized methods for various animals, such as the big, bold brushstrokes required for a panda's black patches or wet and dry methods for depicting animals with patterns such as leopards and tigers.