All Batsford Books (17 products)
RRP £9.99SAA Price £7.99Get to grips with this challenging subject in no time with Hazel Soan.
This brilliant book has been designed for busy people wanting to learn how to paint.
Created by bestselling artist and writer Hazel Soan, it's bursting with simple, step by step guidance and easy-to-follow illustrations - the perfect inspiration for artists of all abilities - from those completely new to painting to the more experienced wanting to learn something new.
Whatever medium you're using, a simple figure in a landscape can add scale as well as a human dimension that together make for a more natural feel.
These figures don't have to be detailed, but you do need to get the proportions and attitudes right and Hazel will show you how to do this reliably and confidently.
Hazel's method is simple and to the point. Never overburdened with analysis and explanations, she teaches through concise instruction and plenty of examples that
will have you learning quickly.
If all you want is figures in a wider setting, this quick overview will be more than enough.
However, if your ambitions do stretch to portraiture, there's also enough here to get you
started on the right road.
Book: Batsford - Hardback - 112 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
RRP £19.99SAA Price £16.99An inspirational book for artists looking to unlock the potential of watercolour painting!
Ann Blockley is renowned for her innovative appraoch to watercolour painting. In this inspirational book, she shares a series of step-by-step projects demonstrating how some of
her most dramatic paintings are created. Ann explores the boundaries of watercolour, giving tips on how to develop an individual style using key techniques combined with alternative methods such as painting with found materials.
Batsford - Hardback - 128 pages - Colour throughout.. Learn More
SAA Price £24.95Explore the colours and vibrant movement of people and urban scenes with Hashim Akib!
Painting Urban and Cityscapes explores a range of urban scenes from bright and colourful to monotonal, and settings with modern architecture as well as historic buildings too.
Each section offers multiple paintings as a tool to demonstrate techniques needed for urban and cityscapes. Teachings are included on perspective, colour mixing, composition and more.
Hashim Akib's signature acrylic painting style offers a brilliant way to interpret these busy, exciting scenes.
In Painting Portraits in Acrylics, Hashim will show you how to capture not just the appearance of your subject, but also their character. There’s plenty about technique, but more than that and you’ll find yourself picking up your brushes from the very start - this is a book that helps you learn from experience as you work.
The book is peppered with advice too, with pearls such as "make it relatable" - creating a hook that draws the viewer in to a subject they don’t know. That can be composition, expression, style or use of colour, but it catches the eye and asks questions before providing the answer on further examination.
Hashim’s style is dynamic and about as far from traditional portraiture as you can get, but it adds excitement and absolutely insists on further study. None of his subjects is a famous person, but you’ll want to get to know every one of them. You’ll also have the most enormous fun painting along with an author who’s not only enthusiastic about his subject, but excellent at conveying that and explaining his methods.
This is a book that’s full of life and of a love of people as well as painting.
Painting Portraits in Acrylics: Search Press - Paperback - 144 pages - Colour throughout
Painting Urban and Cityscapes: The Crowood Press - Colour Throughout - 128 pages Learn More
RRP £9.99SAA Price £7.99This is one of the best introductions to the rewarding medium of acrylics and its many possibilities.
Soraya's no-nonsense approach avoids mystique and technicalities without shortcuts, making it quick and easy to follow. Clear examples and explanatory captions allow you to see what’s going on at all times and the concise text tells you what you want to know without overloading you with more information than you need.
Soraya deals with equipment, media, tools and the possibilities of colour as well as techniques for application and working. She explains impasto, blending and glazing as well as composition, colour harmony and the use of texture and gel mediums. Subjects include flowers, figures, water and landscape, making this a truly comprehensive guide.
Soraya paints in a loose, colourful style that has instant appeal and her enthusiasm and clear explanations make you want to pick up your brushes and get started!
Pavillion . Hardback . 112 pages . Colour throughout Learn More
RRP £19.99SAA Price £15.99Handling of light and shade is the key to successful painting. Get it wrong and your results will always appear flat, dull and uninteresting. Get it right and they will sparkle with life and atmosphere.
Working with light can be a challenge. The right balance is hard to achieve and will vary depending on the subject and the circumstances.
Hazel Soan is a reliable teacher and she won’t let you down here. Her patient explanations will help you to understand not just what to do, but how and why you need to do it. She starts by showing you how to see – that important step before you even think of picking up a brush. Only then does she show you how to use watercolour to create contrast, tone, shape and form.
It’s here that her clear guidance is at its most reassuring. In this book and DVD set, Hazel will show you how to use composition to balance light and shade, consider ratios and use your best tool, the white of the paper.
You’ll also see how to mix the right colours to create tonal values, look for patterns and create that elusive quality, atmosphere.
Batsford - Hardback - 144 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
RRP £9.99SAA Price £7.99Discover how to access new worlds of colour with Hazel Soan!
Whether you are using watercolour, oils or acrylic, Learn Colour In Painting Quickly demonstrates how to use colour more effectively in your paintings, with some fantastic results! Hazel is well known for her abilities with colour, as well as her clear explanations. In this delightfully concise book, she strips away the mystique that surrounds the subject and explains how harmonies, complementaries, pigments, granulations and washes actually work.
From colour properties and temperature, to the effect of light and shade to create depth and form, Hazel is an enthusiastic and very knowledgeable teacher, using her great wealth of experience and skill to demonstrate some winning colour combinations. Colour is the soul of painting. It's the basic raw material and underpins everything we do. Manipulating and controlling it are the most important skills of the artist and some of the hardest to learn – ones that this little book will set you well on the way to mastering.
Beginning with an explanation of how we actually perceive colour, Hazel moves on to additive and subtractive mixing. Much has been written about this, all too often mired in the kind of science that's guaranteed to put you off, but Hazel explains everything clearly and without jargon. From here, she explains pigments, hues, transparency and opacity, illustrating everything with her own stunning watercolours. Further chapters cover mixing, interactions, light and shade and colour combinations.
This is by far the most comprehensive and yet accessible guide to colour around and is something every artist can understand. Learn More
RRP £9.99SAA Price £7.99This easy-to-follow guide will have you drawing with confidence or improving existing skills faster than you'd believe.
Sharon's visually-led approach works by example and the text is concise, explaining what you need to be looking both for and at. Subjects include buildings, people, animals, landscapes and much more in pen, ink, pastel and even felt-tips. By working in this way, you'll find yourself producing results quickly and without over-thinking what you're doing, a method that helps build your skills and confidence.
This is a short book that doesn't attempt to be an in-depth study, but is rather a practical guide that leads you through materials, styles and subjects while avoiding any pitfalls along the way.
Whether you're new to drawing or simply want to refresh the way you already work, this is an enjoyable and rewarding guide that should help you immensely.
Book: Batsford Books . Paperback . 112 pages . Black and White and Colour Images Learn More
RRP £9.99SAA Price £7.99This brilliant book has been designed for busy people wanting to learn how to paint. Created by bestselling artist and writer Hazel Soan, it's bursting with simple, step by step guidance and easy-to-follow illustrations - the perfect inspiration for artists of all abilities - from those completely new to painting to the more experienced wanting to learn something new.
Discover what essential materials you need to get started, learn about the properties of watercolour paper, how to select suitable subjects, their composition and how to .pick and mix' colours on your palette.
With all this practical advice you will soon be using basic brushstroke techniques to create balanced paintings full of focus, balance, perspective, light and shade.
Book: Batsford - Hardback - 112 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
RRP £9.99SAA Price £7.99If you're thinking of trying out the rewarding medium of oils, this is the place to start.
In this attractive, encouraging and easy-to-follow book, Hazel distils her wealth of experience in art instruction down to a simple process that cuts at once through all the mystique.
Although this is a small book, it packs a punch, and Hazel covers all the basics, both technical and creative. She deals with materials, colours, techniques and subjects concisely and, most importantly, with plenty of illustrations. You'll learn about landscapes, still lifes, people and animals as well as blending, glazing, scumbling and the use of both brushes and knives.
The DVD brings to life some captivating landscapes and characterful animals as well as covering tips and techniques for this stimulating medium.
Hazel is enthusiastic and encouraging at every stage and this set can't fail to convince you to give oils a try.
Batsford . Hardback . 112 pages . Colour throughout Learn More
RRP £19.99SAA Price £15.99This is not so much a book about colour as about how to use colour. As practical as you would expect from Hazel Soan, it's a look at how colour can create mood, atmosphere, shape and recession.
Hazel doesn't neglect the basics and explains the fundamental rules, the properties of pigments and the difference between transparency and opacity. All this is done in terms that have meaning for the artist rather than the scientist. All the illustrations are paintings - you'll look in vain for a chart or a diagram.
After this short but thorough introduction, the bulk of the book looks at the main colour types you'll find on your palette - yellows, reds, blues, greens and browns as well as blacks, greys and whites. Here again, Hazel shows you how different hues and tints look on paper and how they work in practice. She demonstrates how blues work in shadows, which greens create a backlit effect and how to emphasise a colour by putting it against a contrasting one.
Colour is the artist's main tool and this is an explanation of its properties that talks your language.
Batsford . Hardback . 144 pages . Colour throughout Learn More
RRP £14.99SAA Price £11.99A paperback reissue of Hazel Soan's classic practical art book.
Hazel Soan is one of the foremost exponents of loose watercolour working today and it's the quality of light that suffuses her work, as much as anything else that has contributed to her immense popularity. She's every inch a painter's painter.
In this, her latest book, she looks at a wide and varied range of techniques from when to choose transparent or opaque colours, using a limited palette, layering, wet-in-wet and using brushwork to shape your subject and lay washes. The thing is, though, that at no point does this feel like a technical manual. There are no step-by-step demonstrations and, as ever, Hazel teaches by example: "explore this, try that, here's what I mean", so that the result is a constant stream of inspiring paintings that can't help but get you hurrying off to pick up your brushes. You'll think you're looking at a book of wonderful pictures, but you're learning every time you turn the page.
Batsford . Paperback . 128 pages . Colour throughout Learn More
RRP £18.99SAA Price £15.99This entirely new way of looking at landscapes will open your eyes to a world of possibilities that stretch the boundaries of representation.
Ann Blockley paints what are basically recognisable subjects using unconventional techniques and viewpoints that tell you much more about how a landscape feels than how it looks. Combining water-based paints with ink, gesso and collage, she creates dramatic effects that portray mood and atmosphere as well as a sense of often wild weather.
The book is divided into three main sections covering Methods and Mediums, Surface Texture and Collage, and Creative Thinking. Within these, Ann introduces techniques such as the use of inks, scratching out, creating patterns with cling film and creative ideas with colour and composition.
Most of the book is taken up by the many and generously-sized illustrations. Instruction comes largely in the form of extended captions in which Ann explains what she was trying to achieve in each one. As such, the approach is therefore very much one of learning by example.
Ann's style is very well formed and this enthralling book finds her at the height of her powers.
Book: Batsford - Hardback - 128 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
Millie Marotta's Animal Kingdom Adult Colouring BookRRP £9.99SAA Price £6.85
Experimental Flowers in Watercolour Book (Hardback) …RRP £18.99SAA Price £16.99
Exotic Botanical Illustration with The Eden Project …RRP £19.99SAA Price £14.99
Millie Marotta's Animal Kingdom - 50 Adult Colouring…RRP £12.99SAA Price £10.39
Botanical Illustration for Beginners with Meriel Thu…RRP £19.99SAA Price £15.99