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.
Leonardo da Vinci Drawings
Masterpieces of Art
A painter, inventor, architect, military engineer and musician, Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) was also a prolific draughtsman and, as Susan Grange argues, ‘it is through his drawings that we can find the most direct access to his genius’. Her illustrated essay introducing the scope and depth of Leonardo’s drawings accompanies 85 full-page reproductions of his studies for paintings, inventions, maps, anatomical drawings and observations of the natural world. From the Masterpieces of Art series.
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.
Deaf, Dumb & Brilliant
Johannes Thopas: Master Draughtsman
Until recently, little was known about Johannes Thopas. Born deaf-mute around 1626 in Deventer, he spent his entire life under the guardianship of his family, while producing pencil portraits of extraordinary verisimilitude, subtle detail and rich chiaroscuro. Published to accompany an exhibition at the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam, this catalogue reproduces almost 70 of his works, while the accompanying essays reconstruct his life and career, and set them against the background of the Golden Age of Dutch art.
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.
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.
The Complete Drawing Course
Covering drawing media including pencil, ink, charcoal, pastel and coloured pencil, this comprehensive ringbound manual explores an array of drawing styles and techniques. The book provides step-by-step sequences comparing different approaches, and offers specific advice on different subjects as well as applied styles such as fashion and textile design.
Toulouse-Lautrec and His World
Despite his early death at the age of 36, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec left a body of work that, perhaps more than any other artist's, evokes the mood of Paris during the belle epoque. This volume reproduces over 150 drawings, lithographs and posters demonstrating Lautrec's mastery of line and his invention of a compelling new graphic style; while documentary photographs of some of the people and places of Lautrec's world further bring to life fin-de-siecle Paris. Texts in English, Spanish, French and German.
The Spanish Manner
Drawings from Ribera to Goya
From the 17th to the 19th century, Spain saw the development of a unique tradition of drawing. Quirkier and more vigorous than their Italian contemporaries, artists such as Pacheco, Carducho, Ribera and Murillo produced scenes of fantasy, martyrdom and murder, culminating in the dark visions of Goya. Published to accompany an exhibition at the Frick Gallery, New York, this book features 54 drawings along with biographical details of the artists and lucid explanations of their work.
The Diary of a Great War Soldier and Artist
Arthur Leonard Smith enrolled as an infantryman in September 1914, sailing for France in March 1915. He kept a diary of his experiences in the army - right up to Armistice Day - which he later wrote up and illustrated with over 350 drawings, sketches, postcards and newspaper cuttings. The text and design of the diary are reproduced in this edition, providing a fascinating first-hand record of the First World War's bloodiest battles. Len's letters home from the trenches are also included.
Sketches for Friends
Best remembered for his countless drawings for novels by Trollope and Eleanor Farjeon, Edward Ardizzone (1900–79) was one of the greatest illustrators of the 20th century. This charming volume reproduces dozens of his letters, all illustrated with delightfully informal sketches and watercolours, which reveal the artist's warm and affectionate family life, and his sharply humorous eye for the human eccentricity encountered on his travels in Italy, North Africa and India. Slightly off-mint.
Caricature and the Navy 1756–1815
From the mid 18th century to the end of the Napoleonic Wars, the Royal Navy was the nation's greatest expense and biggest employer. The ensuing public interest made household names of its commanders and established the 'Jack Tar' as an ideal of no-nonsense British pluck. This book explores the period through the lens of contemporary caricaturists such as Gillray, Rowlandson and Cruikshank; its selection of satirical and sometimes bawdy prints is drawn from the National Maritime Museum collection.
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.
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.
United and divided by a river, London is one of the few world cities to find its essence in two profoundly contrasting yet nearly touching urban environments. The Italian artist Matteo Pericoli travelled the 20-mile stretch of the Thames from Hammersmith Bridge 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 southside resident Will Self.