The Complete Sourcebook of Methods and Media
From preparing canvas to framing and storing finished artwork, this source book is a practical, up-to-date guide to materials for artists, amateur and professional. Starting with oils, the book covers acrylic, encaustic and tempera painting, watercolours, gouache and drawing materials; there are chapters on pigments, colour mixing, brushes and other applicators and, finally, guidance on working safely with artists’ materials.
The Artist's Complete Book of Drawing Projects
Designed to hone skills, build confidence in your drawing and widen its scope, this practical workbook presents over 100 subjects, progressing from a still life of two pears to much more ambitious projects including a village scene, a sports car, and people on the beach. For each subject, Barrington Barber’s drawing is broken down into five steps, with his works-in-progress sketches and notes on techniques.
A Practical Course for Artists
Using famous examples from the history of art as well as his original drawings, the artist and teacher Barrington Barber provides inspiration and encouragement as well as practical information on materials and techniques, and he offers insights into the possibilities and the pitfalls of portraiture. After the basics of proportion and composition, the course covers topics including group portraits, dress and props, animals, self-portraits and the art of caricature.
A Practical Course for Artists
Designed for artists of all abilities, this course focuses on the human figure and the techniques required to draw the human body, clothed or unclothed, at rest or in motion. Barber begins with anatomy, from the skeleton to elements such as hands and feet, and goes on to explain how to tackle clothes, various poses, action and facial features, using his own drawings as step-by-step examples and gradually building up to more advanced techniques of figure drawing.
Art Answers: Portrait Painting
Expert Answers to the Questions Every Artist Asks
Creating beautiful portraits requires a variety of skills, from planning the composition to perfecting the details of hair and facial features. This handbook offers valuable and reliable advice, including how to choose a background, how to work out a pose, and methods of ensuring a good likeness.
BIRDS Watercolour Art Pad
Easily detached for painting and mounting, the 15 outline drawings in this art pad include a peacock, golden eagle and mandarin duck. Colour reproductions of the original watercolours are featured, with brief introductions to materials and techniques such as representing feathers and creating washes.
Painting the Impressionistic Landscape
Exploring Light and Color in Watercolor and Acrylic
Focusing on trees, flowers and seascapes, this illustrated manual explains how to identify the elements of a scene that capture its essence and develop them to create a personal vision in the spirit of the Impressionists. Aimed at landscape painters of all levels, advice is also given on tools and materials, the transition from plein air to the studio, and techniques including wax resist and scraping for texture.
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 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.
Award-winning artist Peter Jarvis demonstrates the techniques that are used to make 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.
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.
The Wrinklies' Guide to Drawing
New Pursuits for Old Hands
Convinced that it’s never too late to learn and that ‘if you can hold a pencil – then you can draw’, Richard Pomfret has written a straightforward guide to drawing for late-comers, with instructions and advice on how to tackle landscapes, still life, animals, people and cartoons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.