• Painting for the Soul

    Designed especially for those seeking a creative outlet that requires minimal tools and time, Painting for the Soul encourages personal expression through inspirational painting projects, inviting artists to embark on a therapeutic journey by tapping into their creative side.

    Using acrylic painting, this book takes artists through a series of prompts, exercises and projects, inviting them to explore new depths of creative freedom and expression through pretty patterns and designs, flowers, uplifting phrases and scenes.

    A basic introduction to tools and materials leads into a variety of step-by-step projects and painting techniques designed to make acrylic painting fun and relaxing.

  • Painting Masterclass

    Drawing Masterclass explores the act of vision of the world's great artists, describing how their work was created to allow you to weave some of their magic into your own paintings.

    The book is organized into seven chapters covering important genres: nudes, figures, landscapes, still life, heads, fantasy and abstraction. Each chapter selects a cross section of artists and examines their practice in detail, using key paintings. Each artist is described through one of 100 selected masterpieces, plus a biographical profile and a practical look at the way the painting was made: the materials and technique, an examination of the ideas and inspiration behind its making and how the artist's life might reflect their concerns. Light and shade, rhythm, form, space, contour and composition are all covered in detail.

    The book covers a broad historical and geographic sweep, and includes many of the most celebrated male and female artists.

  • Painting without Paint

    Matthew Palmer demystifies tablet painting so that you can create beautiful landscapes on your iOS or android tablet with no prior knowledge.

    Perfect for beginners and experienced artists, this book is a gateway into the exciting emerging world of digital painting. With a close look at the medium's advantages and unique techniques, along with information on how to use traditional painting skills, you will quickly find yourself immersed in enjoyable and rewarding artwork.

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  • Perspective for the Beginning Artist

    For an artist, the first step toward creating a realistic drawing is learning how to "see" a subject.

    Perspective is an essential tool for artists of every medium, helping to transfer the three-dimensional world onto a two-dimensional canvas. Beginning with a basic overview of how perspective works, Perspective for the Beginning Artist introduces aspiring artists to the differences between one-, two- and three-point perspective, as well as methods of how to measure and divide areas of a subject or scene proportionally.

    Using basic lessons of depth and distance, artists can practice their own perspective drawings with step-by-step instructions for still life, architecture, and landscapes and apply their newfound knowledge to create realistic and proportionate artwork in any medium.

    In addition, the book covers mastering perspective using the most common beginning drawing tools, including graphite pencil, charcoal, pastels and ink.

  • Playful Painting: Pets

    From an affectionate French bulldog and astute boxer to a sassy tabby cat, if you love animals and art, then your tail will be wagging with each of our easy-to-learn lessons and the humour that goes with them. You'll be an expert in gouache, pencil, and ink in no time!

    Playful Painting: Pets is aimed at artists, doodlers and painting enthusiasts. There has never been a better time to learn to paint and illustrate whimsical portraits of your pets and favourite animals! Startup is easy, with minimal tools and materials required. You'll be inspired to create when you see our gallery of dozens of cute cat and dog breeds (plus mixes!) as well as birds, pigs, rabbits and other favourites. When you're ready, try exclusive bonus content to see how to use finished artwork in fresh and clever ways.

  • Pop Art

    Pop art is eye-catching, bold, recognisable and, best of all, its easy to reproduce making it fantastic for beginners. Thomas Böhler explains all the fundamentals including materials, tools and the basic techniques as well as everything you need to know about this fashionable art form.

    The book is packed full of inspirational pop art pieces partly inspired by famous pop art artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein; but including plenty of contemporary references and subjects.

    More than just a decorative hobby, this book will inspire you to create your own unique works of pop art.

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  • Practical Landscape Painting

    Watercolour is such a rewarding medium for the artist that its well worth mastering it offers both portability and gorgeous, rich, mutable colours.

    This is the perfect introduction for anyone who's thought about painting in watercolour but isn't sure where to start. Unintimidating and accessible, it will help you to get the pictures in your head onto the page without losing anything in the translation.

  • Roy Lichtenstein's ABC

    Roy Lichtenstein's distinctive look, filled with brilliant colour, dots and stripes, is one of the most identifiable in all contemporary art. Here Lichtenstein's unique style celebrates the ABC, with results that are surprising, delightful and amusing.

    D is for a comically vicious growling Dog. H is a Horse that races by in dizzying blaze of dots and stripes. And A is for ART, Lichtenstein's first pop comic masterpiece, Look Mickey, now in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

  • Secret Life of the Pencil

    Apart from stimulating the world's most important creative minds, the pencil has become the modern creative's ultimate fetish.

    This book presents a unique collection of close-up pictures of pencils from some of our foremost artists, designers, writers, architects and musicians. What makes these pictures compelling is the fact that they somehow reflect the creative personalities of their owners: Philippe Starck's is a stylish black and red, Paul Smith's is a classic jewel-like thing worth £3,000 (a present from Jonathan Ive), while Anish Kapoor's is sculpted into a mini ArcelorMittal Orbital tower.

    The pictures are complemented by material such as sketches, quotes and brief interviews, giving a further insight into the workings of these great creative minds.

  • Special Subjects: Basic Color Theory

    Basic Color Theory introduces beginning artists to the elementary concepts related to the colour wheel, colour relationships and incorporating colour in artwork.

    The book demonstrates the colour wheel at work and covers all the essentials, including complementary, primary, secondary and tertiary colours; hue, saturation and value; colour mood, temperature and schemes: and how to create a colour chart. Each concept is clearly explained in easy-to-comprehend language. Also included are step-by-step tutorials, as well as techniques for basic colour mixing in different mediums.

  • Spirit of the Brush

    Chinese ink painting is one of the oldest continually practiced art forms in the world. Here artist and teacher Sungsook Setton, who learned the techniques with Chinese and Korean masters in her native South Korea, brings new excitement to this age-old art.

    While teaching the traditional disciplines for holding and using the brush, she shows students how to turn the techniques and inner meditation toward interpreting their own world: city views, music and the essence of contemporary life.

  • Techniques of Traditional Icon Painting

    A comprehensive study of icon painting – a one-stop, complete, detailed guide, and fantastic source of reference. Includes all you would ever want to know, from the materials you need and how to prepare a panel to adding inscriptions and finishing off.

    Part of the icon's symbolism is transmitted in the techniques used to create it and this is explored throughout, with in depth information, step-by-step demonstrations, invaluable advice and many superb examples of finished icon paintings.

  • The Paint Pad Artist: Coastal Landscapes

    This guide begins with a short what you need section, enabling you to gather together the paints, brushes and basic equipment required to start painting, and some brief guidance on general techniques such as how to mix your watercolours, how to make the most of your palette and enhance your watercolours with the addition of gouache.

    The six stunning step-by-step projects build in difficulty as you work through the book, introducing new techniques and incorporating numerous handy hints and tips to help you progress on your painting journey. The six sheets of watercolour paper are pre-printed with the initial outline drawing for each of the projects, enabling you to start painting straight away and giving you the best possible chance of producing a gorgeous coastal painting.

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  • Trace & Paint Flowers

    Four renowned flower artists show how to paint beautiful paintings in watercolour and acrylics, and there are free pull-out outlines so that you can bypass the drawing stage.

    • Wendy Tait uses transparent watercolour washes and luminous, glowing colours
    • Fiona Peart allows vibrant washes to run into each other in a spontaneous yet controlled way
    • Michael Lakin paints beautiful, detailed botanical studies
    • Wendy Jelbert uses acrylics to paint lovely, varied flower studies

    Learn to paint tulips, irises, poppies, sunflowers, roses and much more. Features include:

    • Clear instructions and step-by-step photographs
    • 15 easy to follow projects
    • 18 outlines to pull out

  • What is a Print?

    Modern masters – such as Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol – are joined by international contemporary artists who continue to explore and expand the medium today.

    Four specially commissioned projects by Christiane Baumgartner, Julian Opie, Jose Antonio Suarez and Terry Winters further demonstrates the qualities of this practice that progresses into the digital age.

  • Your Year in Art

    The mission of Your Year in Art is to sharpen your art skills and quiet your inner critic by showing you how to draw habitually and spontaneously.

    As you build your craft, techniques and confidence, this guide encourages you to create in a way that celebrates your individuality. With 52 clever drawing prompts, along with tips and tricks, Chelsea Ward will get your creative juices flowing. Weekly challenges include making a 'self-portrait' by sketching things that describe you; practicing mark-making techniques like cross-hatching and stippling; filling a sketchbook page with drawings on a theme, like potted plants or fire hydrants; and adding water to ink drawings to practice wash techniques.

    Join fellow artists in an exciting yearlong journey of developing creative habits and discovering new ways to express yourself.