Crafts & Collectables
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.
Designing and Making Rings and Bangles
Incorporating information about tools, techniques (such as soldering and stone setting) and materials, with step-by-step instructions and over 200 photographs, beginners and experienced practitioners can create unique rings and bangles, while finding inspiration and encouragement to develop a personal style.
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.
Crowood Metalworking Guides
Aimed at the amateur enthusiast or model engineer, this overview of the properties of commonly used metals includes advice on material selection, a review of the micro-structures and performance of metals and case studies on steam locomotive boilers, model aero engines and two-stroke motorcycle engines.
Mountain Bike Maintenance
Supported by hundreds of colour photographs, the detailed instructions in this manual analyse every component of a mountain bike and advise on maintenance and repair. There are also tips on choosing components, setting up the correct riding position and basic riding technique.