Learn to draw - 4 Books
Each of these guides provides the instruction needed to master basic drawing techniques and develop an individual style. In addition to practical information on tools, materials and how to choose the right medium, the illustrations and exercises demonstrate the principles of proportion, perspective, light and shade, structure and form, and how to work from photographs.
Originally published in 1962 as Teach Yourself Birds: A Primer of Ornithology, Hyde’s classic introduction was written in response to the increasing popularity of bird watching and comprises lucid description of all common species, with occasional line drawings of identifying features. No jacket.
Forget the Anorak
What Trainspotting Was Really Like
During the 1950s and 1960s Michael Harvey was an ardent trainspotter – a hobby which ‘kept us teenagers off the streets of Portsmouth and out of any mischief’. In Diary of a Trainspotter he chronicled his observations of the last years of steam; this book is devoted not to the trains but to the antics and travels of the spotters.
Kirstie's Vintage Home
With the emphasis on reusing, rather than buying new, Kirstie Allsopp demonstrates how vintage fabrics, furniture and other everyday items can be revamped to create unique home furnishings. The 30 or more projects, each with step-by-step instructions, range from an embellished trinket box and gilded picture frame to the more ambitious tiled splashback. The book also includes practical guidance on sourcing materials, period styling and crafting techniques.
Wonders of the World
5 Models to Build & Display
With introductions to the buildings, instructions for making the models of them and the press-out pieces, this book features five structures from different architectural eras and elements. The Colosseum epitomizes the great monuments of ancient Rome; the Eiffel Tower represents the Industrial Revolution; architectural vision is celebrated by Sydney Opera House, engineering prowess by the CNN Tower; and the One World Trade Center, standing on the site of the Twin Towers, is an eloquent symbol of American defiance.
More Miniature Merchant Ships
The New Guide to Waterline Ship Modelling in 1/1200 Scale
The 32 sets of plans in this miniature modelling guide include Cunard's Carpathia (rescuer of survivors of the Titanic) and the White Star Liners Britannic and Mauretania, rendered as if afloat, from the waterline up. The book includes a reference section explaining ship design and construction, describing typical fittings, from winches and derricks to windows and ladders, and providing expert guidance on the required tools and techniques for this specific form of maritime modelling.
The Trainspotter as 20th-Century Hero
Nicholas Whittaker's much-loved classic recollects the long, sunny days of his childhood when, notepad in hand, jam sandwiches in duffel bag, he happily spent his time jotting down train numbers during the Indian summer of steam and the heyday of diesel. In this updated edition, Whittaker casts a sceptical eye over recent developments and considers the toll that half a century of ridicule and a couple of decades of privatization have wrought upon his beloved pastime.