Rubens and Company
Flemish Drawings from the Scottish National Gallery
Due to their fragility, the prints held by the Scottish National Gallery can only be displayed on rare occasions, and some of those in the Gallery’s 2016 exhibition of Flemish art had never been shown before. Following an introductory essay on the Rubens and van Dyck paintings in the exhibition, this accompanying catalogue reproduces and discusses its 26 prints, many of which are preparatory sketches that offer an insight into studio practice.
Drawn in Colour
Degas from the Burrell Collection
One of the great British industrialist art collectors, Sir William Burrell (1861–1958) had a particular passion for the work of the French Impressionist Edgar Degas. This catalogue, with its essays on Degas and Burrell, and commentary on over 30 works, accompanied an exhibition in 2017, on the centenary of Degas’ death. Reflecting the artists’ preoccupations with dancers and horse-racing, the works reproduced include the famous The Rehearsal and Jockeys in the Rain.
Scratch and Draw: Botanicals
Each of the 20 line drawings in this title is followed by a detachable page with a special coating in which budding artists can scratch their own version, using the enclosed stylus. While there is scope to personalize the final piece or create a unique work, the suggested images include cacti, sunflowers and more stylized floral designs.
Scratch and Draw: Enchanted Animals
Each of the 20 line drawings in this title is followed by a detachable page with a special coating in which budding artists can scratch their own version, using the enclosed stylus. While there is scope to personalize the final piece or create a unique work, the suggested images include woodland flora and fauna and a unicorn.
Scratch and Draw: Patterns
Each of the 20 line drawings in this title is followed by a detachable page with a special coating in which budding artists can scratch their own version, using the enclosed stylus. While there is scope to personalize the final piece or create a unique work, the suggested images include geometric and abstract curved designs.
The Portrait Sketchbook
Learn the Art of Drawing from the Masters
This workbook intersperses inspirational sketches by master artists with lined, blank and graph paper pages for personal work. An appendix discusses drawing technique, choice of media and approaches to proportion, perspective and anatomy, and the 20 featured artists range from Dürer and Ingres to Lucien Freud and Augustus John.
Drawing Still Life
A Practical Course for Artists
Using easy-to-follow illustrations and practice exercises, Barrington Barber guides students of all levels through the fundamental steps of still life drawing. He offers advice on materials and techniques, ways of representing different objects and textures, composition, and choosing a theme.
Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt
Through discussion of 50 portrait drawings by artists of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, this volume of essays, reproductions and commentaries explores the creative encounter between artist and sitter. Discussing works by artists such as Bernini, Dürer and Holbein, the authors address a number of themes, notably the reasons why artists produced portrait drawings, and the impact of developments in drawing on the practice of portraiture over a period of around 250 years. Originally accompanied a National Portrait Gallery exhibition.
Lucian Freud's Sketchbooks
Now in the Collections of the National Portrait Gallery in London, these previously unpublished images from the sketchbooks of Lucian Freud (1922–2011) were made over the course of his career and enhance our understanding of the work of this major figurative artist. The book presents reproductions of 60 drawings and watercolours, along with an introduction by Sarah Howgate, Senior Curator of the Contemporary Collection, an essay entitled ‘Everything is Autobiographical’ by Martin Gayford, and an illustrated chronology.
The Autobiography of a Snake
In the early 1960s Andy Warhol was a successful fashion illustrator and graphic designer and one of his early clients was the reptile leather company Fleming-Joffe Ltd. When the company won a prestigious award, Warhol created a slide show of ‘Noa the Boa, a snake with a passion for fashion’ for the presentation. This is Noa’s story, published for the first time from the original drawings now in the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Off-mint.
Learn to Draw Fantasy Art
This step-by-step guide provides an introduction to the techniques of professional illustration for fantasy art. In addition to basic drawing skills, it demonstrates how to capture a range of characters, including animals, demons and magicians, add settings and create atmosphere.
The Anatomy Sketchbook
Learn the Art of Drawing from the Masters
An understanding of skeletal and muscular anatomy is crucial in order to accurately depict the human body. The 20 examples in this sketchbook, including drawings by Da Vinci, Dürer, Picasso and Giacometti, are interspersed with concise tips to provide a technical understanding of the subject, and blank and grid-lined pages on which to practice. For beginners, there is a general information section on materials and techniques.
The Drawings of G.F. Watts
In the late nineteenth century George Frederic Watts was the first living artist to stage a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and it attracted over a million visitors. ‘England’s Michelangelo’ was even described as the ‘greatest painter since the old masters’. In this illustrated volume, art historian Chloe Ward draws on the extensive collection of his works, studies, sketches and paintings at the Watts Gallery near Guildford to take a detailed look at his illustrious career.
Varieties of Romantic Experience
British, Danish, Dutch, French, and German Drawings from the Collection of Charles Ryskamp
This catalogue from the Yale Center for British Art exhibition highlights Romanticism’s focus on emotion, imagination and nature, and considers the movement as an international phenomenon. With over 200 drawings, it compares works by British artists such as Turner, Blake and Constable with those by Northern European artists, including Degas, Delacroix and Corot. By focusing on specific subjects – trees, ruins, boats – it draws parallels and contrasts between their approaches.
The Practical Encyclopedia of Drawing
The first part of this fully illustrated introduction to all aspects of drawing explains the materials and equipment required and explores a variety of techniques via guided exercises. Part two contains over 25 step-by-step projects commissioned from leading artists and a series of ‘quick sketch’ tutorials which demonstrate how to approach these subjects in less than 30 minutes.
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.
The Figurative Pollock
Discussing and reproducing 103 works, from Stone Head (1933) to Easter and the Totem (1953), this catalogue, with essays and commentary, focuses on Jackson Pollock’s artistic development as a figurative artist, leaving aside the familiar ‘drip’ paintings. Originally accompanied an exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel. Bound in grey linen.
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.
Edward Lear's Nonsense Birds
Coming to life in just a few, seemingly effortless lines and the occasional wash of colour, Edward Lear’s nonsense birds have personality, attitude and, quite often, very human traits. Drawing on the British Library collections, this book presents birds from several of Lear’s original nonsense books, and includes stories, limericks, birds for learning colours and birds for learning the alphabet.
Anatomy Drawing School
In meticulous duotone illustrations by the Hungarian draughtsman András Szunyoghy, this reference guide for artists – and veterinarians – shows the skeletons and musculature of the five types of animal most commonly encountered in art: the horse, dog, cat, pig and cow. The 350 annotated drawings include studies of limbs, joints and movement patterns, details of heads, and facial features as well as whole body views.
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.
Art Answers: Pastel Drawing
Expert Answers to the Questions Every Artist Asks
This guide provides information on many aspects of pastel drawing, from the history of the medium to storing and transporting your work, as well as explaining the meaning of expressions such as ‘working thin to thick’ and the significance of the ‘focal point’.
The Sunday Books
Mervyn Peake’s Sunday Books were stories and drawings made for his two sons during the 1940s, when the family lived on Sark. None of the stories were written down, but the brightly coloured drawings of pirates, cowboys, monsters and jungle animals have survived. Peake’s friend and fellow writer Michael Moorcock has written tales of piracy, a shipwrecked circus and nightmare horse races to accompany these hugely entertaining pictures.
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.
United and divided by a river, London is one of the few world cities to find its essence in two profoundly contrasting urban environments. The Italian artist Matteo Pericoli travelled the 20-mile stretch of the Thames from Hammersmith to the Millennium Dome to draw both banks of the river. His 25-foot-long folding panorama is accompanied by essays by two of the city's foremost contemporary chroniclers, North Londoner Iain Sinclair and south of the river resident Will Self.
A Series of Original Portraits and Character Etchings
Previously a surgeon-barber, John Kay (1742–1826) set up shop as a portrait etcher in Edinburgh in 1785. Published in 1837–8 and commonly called Edinburgh Portraits, this work presents, in no particular order, around 300 of Kay's etchings of people from all walks of Edinburgh life, with 'biographical' sketches and 'illustrative anecdotes' by James Paterson. These volumes are facsimiles of the first edition. Limited edition of 600. Slipcased.