• 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 the Sacred Within

    Let Painting the Sacred Within ignite the creative spark inside you. Inside these pages, you'll discover 12 areas of focus as you learn to see your world through paint and to experience deeper self-exploration. You will learn new ways of seeing, how to experiment with abstract techniques, how to work with natural elements, how to meditate with mandalas and much, much more.

    • Experiment with freeing and engaging techniques such as pouring paint, lettering with a brush and painting on unconventional surfaces
    • Uncover the continuous thread that runs through your work as you develop art-making rituals and learn the importance of investing time in your creative dreams as you develop healthy studio habits
    • In addition to more than 14 step-by-step demonstrations, you'll discover inspiring works from guest artists, learn helpful tips on self-care and find a plethora ideas for making creativity a part of your lifestyle

  • 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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  • Printmaking Unleashed

    Unleash your inner artist and join Traci Bautista as she shares inventive ideas for making marks with handmade tools, nontraditional materials and simple DIY printmaking techniques. Every page offers new ideas, original artwork and creative jumpstarts. Start with the basics, then build up layer after luscious layer of colour and texture.

    • Features 60+ step-by-step demonstrations and countless possibilities for creating original prints, fabrics, art journal pages, mixed-media collage and so much more
    • Create a variety of handmade mark-making tools and texture plates using everything from encaustic paints, Collage Pauge and chipboard letters to modeling compound, needlepoint canvas and recycled cardboard
    • Discover digital and traditional techniques for producing one-of-a-kind monoprints

  • 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 Art of Mistakes

    Whether you are a seasoned artist, or just getting started, learning to embrace and use mistakes can spell the beginning of a new chapter in your art-making life. Now you can learn ideas and painting techniques that show you a way of creative thinking that turn even your mistakes into beautiful works of art!

    • 16 painting techniques to encourage creative thinking and experimentation
    • Permission to make mistakes as you make art
    • Methods to discover how mistakes can serve your art and creativity

  • 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

  • Wabi-Sabi Painting with Cold Wax

    In this guide, you'll learn how to use this incredibly malleable medium – in combination with oil paint and other mediums – to add layers of texture, atmosphere, depth and meaning to your paintings while developing a more intuitive artistic voice.

    No matter what your experience level, learning to paint with cold wax will help you approach your work with confidence and a sense of adventure. You will learn a liberating process of texturing, layering, building up and scraping back to create a fascinating "history of surface. Each piece will be the result of elements converging in a one-time-only way, resulting in fiercely original abstract paintings honoring your own process of self discovery.

    • 29 step-by-step demonstrations cover various techniques for working with oil paint and cold wax medium
    • Explore dozens of mark-making techniques with a variety of tools, most of which can be found in your kitchen or junk drawer
    • Excavate using various approaches for incising, exposing and scraping away layers
    • Get inspired as 12 additional artists share their creative processes

  • 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.