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.
Paint with the Watercolour Masters
A Step-by-Step Guide to Materials and Techniques for Today's Artists
This practical guide for both beginners and experienced practitioners introduces the methods and materials of watercolour painting and places the art form into historical context, using as examples the works of artists including Glover, Dürer and Sargent. In addition to advice on tools and supplies, there are demonstrations of specific techniques, with detailed instructions for experimenting with the methods of masters such as Cézanne, Turner and Mondrian.
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, helping 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.
The Craft of the Lead Pencil
Mervyn Peake is best remembered as the author of the Gormenghast trilogy, but he was also an artist and illustrator of immense skill and originality. In this charming little book, first published in 1946 and illustrated with his own work, he explains the secrets of pencil drawing – perspective, proportion, direction of light, thickness of line, light and shadow – in the simplest and clearest terms.
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.
Monster Book of Manga Drawing
150 Step-by-Step Projects for Beginners
The Japanese tradition of manga comic book art with its instantly recognizable bold graphic style has become increasingly popular in the West, influencing the style of Western graphic artists and filmmakers. This manual explains the manga style and its basic forms, provides step-by-step instructions for drawing a host of characters from ninjas and cyberpunk kids to superheroes and monsters, and explores how to render dynamic poses and expressions.
The Amazing 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book
Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine... Dot-to-dot on an heroic scale, this book from the bestselling dot-to-dot artist Thomas Pavitte depicts 20 super heroes in 20 complex puzzles, all based on Marvel’s comic art and containing at least 1000 dots to join up, plus a fold-out, extra large 1700-dot picture. The perforated pages can be torn out and even framed.
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 Still Life in Gouache
Gouache is a forgiving medium for artists, and particularly useful for beginners. This guide shows how, although traditionally the medium of choice for illustrators, gouache has much to offer the fine artist. After chapters on composition and colour, there are numerous examples of both traditional and contemporary approaches to creating a still-life painting, with Scully’s own step-by-step demonstrations.
Jewellery Manufacture and Repair
As well as introducing the basic skills of metalworking, this practical guide describes the techniques of polishing, setting and finishing as well as casting various metals and repair skills such as ring resizing. Focusing on the traditional methods that master craftsmen have employed for centuries and illustrated with over 250 line drawings, the book was first published in 1978 and has remained a classic reference on the subject and continually in print ever since.
Five Ways to Rescue Desperate Watercolors
Susan Webb Tregay presents a practical guide to 'rescuing' watercolour paintings that seem to have gone hopelessly wrong and from would-be disasters, creating successful works. With many before-and-after examples that show her techniques in action, and stressing the need for flexibility and daring, Tregay explains five steps to achieving success: correct any disliked elements, break up boring spaces, enrich with colour, unify values and colour, and add something surprising.
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.
Drawing and Painting the Seashore
Nature lovers who enjoy recording their environment in drawing and watercolour will welcome this practical guide to capturing the beauty of the seashore from a botanical illustrator at France's National Museum of Natural History. Step-by-step projects cover the intricacies of plants, seashells, seabirds, fish and a range of landscapes, from sand dunes to shingles. Tricky elements, such as reflections on water and the pearly surface of a shell, are discussed, and there are lots of detailed hints and tips.
How to See, How to Draw
Keys to Realistic Drawing
Starting from the premise that anyone can be taught to draw to a level of representational competence, this practical manual sets out a programme for achieving convincingly realistic drawings. With simple tips for assessing scale and perspective, observing and recording accurately and understanding light and shadows, the hundreds of examples and exercises offer advice on the rendering of all subjects, from landscapes and still lifes to animals and the human figure.
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.
The Encyclopedia of Art Techniques
This comprehensive guide to a wide range of media contains dozens of step-by-step studies from different artists that are full of tips and inspiration. Discussion of the basic techniques for each medium, materials and equipment, and colour and shade is followed by sections on the genres: flowers and still life, the nude and portraits, and landscapes. These feature introductory advice followed by lavishly illustrated walkthroughs of works in progress, in watercolours, oils, acrylics, pastels, pencils or charcoal.
Paint Like Renoir
Unlock the Secrets of the Master of Impressionism
One of the key figures of Impressionism, Renoir employed different painting techniques throughout his career but his work is generally characterized by a luminosity of colour, a delicate touch and a mastery of nudes and figure groups. This exploration of his oil-painting style demonstrates the techniques, ideas and processes he employed, and includes step-by-step guides and exercises to help the student gain a practical understanding of Renoir's art.
Drawing the Nude
Anatomy and Live Models
This course in life drawing takes the form of hundreds of sketches demonstrating the most important graphic elements in human anatomy pertinent to the artist. The lessons range from establishing a point of view and mapping the subject's basic perspective and contact points with the ground to discussing musculature, bone structure and how different movements and postures create characteristic folds and lines in the body.
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.