All Books (42 products)
RRP £20.00SAA Price £9.99Are you ready to release your inner artist? The Big Painting Challenge is a revolutionary guide to painting and drawing, to accompany the recent BBC series presented by Una Stubbs and Richard Bacon. Packed with practical information, useful exercises and accessible projects in almost every medium, it will give you the confidence you need to express your artistic side.
Whether you want to work with charcoal or ink, acrylics or watercolours, you'll gain skills quickly and easily, moving from warm-up exercises and first sketches through to full paintings. You'll be amazed at what you can create with just a few simple principles, some basic materials, and a bit of inspiration!
Fully illustrated and including 18 step-by-step projects, from landscapes and portraits to still life and seascapes, The Big Painting Challenge is an essential introduction to the world of visual art.
Book: BBC Books. Paperback. 256 pages. Colour throughout Learn More
RRP £17.99SAA Price £8.99The human figure presents an infinite number of opportunities and challenges and this intriguing book will help you meet them all.
Working for the most part in charcoal and monochrome hard pastel, Robert demonstrates a huge variety of both nude and clothed figures. He also deals with the technical aspects of portraiture, including proportion and the basics of anatomy, beginning by showing you how to build up a basic outline using just simple shapes.
The book contains a good mixture of examples, tips and demonstrations and you'll learn how to capture character, handle facial details and get the hands and feet right as well as exploit movement, perspective, light and shade and how to use tonal values. There is also an excellent chapter on clothing that shows you how to get the falls and folds of simple and complex garments just right.
This is a comprehensive and well-structured guide that works well as a complete course and will reward considerable study.
Book: North Light. Paperback. 160 pages. Colour throughout Learn More
RRP £16.99SAA Price £13.50Grab your pen and seize the day!
Make art a part of your everyday life, and everyday life a part of your art. Vast opportunities and great joy await you as you learn sketching "on the spot"--be it in your own backyard, amid the bustle of a busy market, on a hike or wherever you happen to find yourself.
Cathy Johnson leads you on this thrilling expedition as you explore ways to turn everyday sights and experiences into a cache of visual memories. She and other artists have opened their sketchbooks to share their favorite subjects, ranging from nature's paraphernalia to aging buildings, crashing waves and beloved pets.
You will travel the world through sketches and stories, through deserts and deep woods, cities and small towns. Along the way, you'll pick up helpful tips and clever, on-location improvisations for making your sketching sessions pleasurable, safe and productive.
Chapters focus on sketching subjects close to home, on travels, in nature, in urban settings and from everyday life. 10+ artists share favorite sketches, tips and techniques. 15+ demos reveal on-the-spot sketches as they come together. Includes expert advice on getting the best results from a range of mediums, including graphite, ink, colored pencil, watercolor and gouache.
The Artist's Sketchbook is pure delight, full of passion and possibility, ideas and inspirations. You'll learn ways to be prepared, simplify, still your inner critic, embrace the here and now, and in doing so, discover wonders you never thought to look for.
North Light. Paperback. 128 pages. Colour throughout. Learn More
RRP £17.99SAA Price £11.99Even if you're an absolute beginner, you can render strikingly realistic faces and self-portraits. Instructor and FBI-trained artist Carrie Stuart Parks makes it simple with foolproof step-bystep instructions that are fun and easy to follow. You are shown how to master proportions and map facial features accurately, study shapes within a composition and draw them realistically, use value, light and shading to add light and depth to any portrait and render tricky details, including eyes, noses, mouths and hair.
Book: Northlight. Paperback. 144 pages. Black and white Learn More
RRP £17.99SAA Price £8.99This attractive & varied guide contains a wealth of ideas for developing and expanding your creative endeavours.
Jean demonstrates how to use mediums such as acrylics, gesso & gels as well as techniques that include: spattering scraping, glazing & collage, which add texture & depth to your work.
Results from these ways of working can be unpredictable - which is half the fun but Jean demonstrates what effects you can expect, which of them to use and when. Follow her creative advice and your work will be much more likely to turn out how you really wanted.
This is not just a book of technical wizardry - the emphasis throughout is always on creativity and the finished result. Contributions from other artists add variety and a further dimension, making this book a fascinating read.
Book: North Light. Paperback. 128 pages. Colour throughout Learn More
RRP £9.99SAA Price £8.99Be inspired to think outside your humble box of watercolours!
This attractive little book is a great place to start if you're stuck for ideas or just want to expand your horizons.
Joanna presents simple suggestions for subjects, materials and ways of working that will kickstart your creativity and get you enthused all over again. There are no instructions to follow, just a description of what the idea is and how the accompanying illustration was done.
How you choose to take this further is entirely up to you - you don't even have to sit down and start a painting, just let the little grey cells get to work. Suggestions include monoprinting, the use of different papers, painting everyday objects, playing with perspective, using complementary colours and many more.
Add in the works of a huge variety of different artists and this becomes a joyful cornucopia of challenges and inspiration. With a new idea on every spread of the book, you will discover fresh ways of working with watercolour to create work that is original and exciting.
Ilex - Paperback - 175 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
RRP £16.99SAA Price £9.29Regardless of age or skill level, readers can learn to draw incredibly realistic children in basic black and white.
This book of time-tested drawing principles offers a clear, foolproof program that works for artists of any age!
With the most basic drawing tools, any reader can learn to draw realistic portraits of the children in their lives.
Readers learn how a child's face differs from an adult's and how to depict the different stages of growth.
North Light . 128 pages . Paperback . Colour throughout Learn More
RRP £16.99SAA Price £11.99Every artist struggles with creativity at one time or another. Creative Workshop Watercolor & Acrylic will help you, the watercolor artist, explore your creativity and stretch your boundaries while still making the realistic and semi-realistic art that you love to paint.
This book is chock-full of hands-on projects, techniques and strategies to get you thinking beyond your self-imposed creative boundaries. Mark Mehaffey, an experience, friendly teacher, begins with the basics of designing a strong painting with shape, value and color. Once you've mastered these keys to any successful painting - regardless of style - you will have the confidence to be more creative! Mehaffey will show you practical techniques and lead you in experiments with color, composition, painting surfaces, methods of applying paint, and more.
This book offers creative exercises for every skill level and comfort level, as well as demonstrations, painting critiques, weak/strong comparisons and examples by Mehaffey and a variety of other accomplished artists. With this book in your studio, you'll be encouraged to have fun while creating wonderful art. In no time, you will have a variety of tools for jump-starting your creativity and painting with confidence!
Includes bonus 24 minute DVD on watercolor painting on Yupo!
Book: North Light. Paperback. 128 pages. Colour throughout. Learn More
RRP £24.99SAA Price £14.99Take a trip to Dorset with Marilyn Allis as your personal guide!
In this beautifully illustrated workbook Marilyn will help you find inspiration in the unexpected and unusual, as well as showing you how to capture the colours and atmosphere of everyday life.
Through 33 exciting step-by-step demonstrations you will learn to paint busy ports, country markets, seaside beaches and rural landscapes as well as a number of more unique and inspirational scenes.
Marilyn will teach you everything you need to know, from the basic techniques to how to create movement in her 'impressionist' style, making this book ideal for all skill levels.
So what are you waiting for? Pack up your art materials, and perhaps a bucket and spade, and take a trip to Dorset with this 'must-have' guide.
Book: Marilyn Allis & Tabella Publishing LLP . 144 pages . Hardback . Colour throughout Learn More
RRP £17.99SAA Price £8.99We all get stuck with creative block from time to time and this handy guide will help kick-start your artistic juices.
Presenting a series of over fifty ideas that will help you look at your subjects in a new way, Maggie will help you find your inspiration again and maybe even send you off in a completely new direction.
Some of the ideas are obvious, such as Paint In A New Location or Change Your Viewpoint & Medium, but others are less so. Working Backward, for example, shows you how switching from pastels, where colours are applied dark to light, to watercolour, where it's the other way round, can force you to think about the subject in a completely new way and see the values differently.
Paint Vegetables and Sketch Your Surroundings are both about working with things that are so familiar they're usually overlooked. Once again, it's about looking and seeing and then thinking in a new way.
Most of the ideas presented are as simple as this, but they are presented in an imaginative and practical way that can't but have you itching to have a go yourself.
Each topic is accompanied by a step-by-step demonstration by one of over twenty artists, giving a practical and varied approach.
Book: North Light. Paperback. 144 pages. Colour throughout. Learn More
RRP £25.99SAA Price £12.99Welcome to the virtual life drawing studio of the 21st century!
The ultimate visual reference guide for drawing the human figure - Virtual Pose is the next best thing to working with a live model and is the ultimate reference for amateur artists who have no access to studio sessions.
Virtual Pose 'Duo' is the latest in the series and premieres 'paired' models working together in harmonious, contemporary and classic themes.
Ranging from action to classic, standing to reclining, these carefully selected poses present visually pleasing, as well as challenging drawing, painting and sculpture subjects.
The CD-Rom and 80 page book offer 35 different poses featuring 6 models, paired in male/female, male/male and female/female combination poses - with the ability to rotate each pose through 360 degree around the axis on the CD-Rom - and seven views per double page spread in the book, giving you a total of 1,260 views for easy reference.
Warning: Contains adult material. Not suitable for under 18s or those of a sensitive nature.
Hand Books Press . Hardback & CD-Rom . 80 pages . Colour throughout Learn More
RRP £8.99SAA Price £6.99Explore the intricate beauty of Paris with professional artist Geoff Kersey as your personal guide! In his latest book, Geoff takes you on a whistle-stop tour of one of the world's most famous cities.
The book features five of the most well-known sites in Paris, including Notre Dame Cathedral and perhaps the most iconic landmark of them all - the Eiffel Tower. With the clear step-by-step instructions and five free outline tracings, you will be able to capture these beautiful places without relying on your drawing skills.
With Geoff's easy-to-follow instructions, you'll find it easy to capture the spirit of this magical city forever!
Book: Search Press . Paperback . 48 Pages . Colour throughout Learn More
Glyn Macey's World of Acrylics BookRRP £15.99SAA Price £13.99
Ready to Paint New York In Watercolour Book with Geo…RRP £8.99SAA Price £6.99
Botanical Illustration for Beginners with Meriel Thu…RRP £19.99SAA Price £15.99
Painting Classic Portraits in Oils Book with Marion DuttonSAA Price £5.99
Handbook of Watercolour Tips & Techniques Book w…RRP £12.99SAA Price £7.99
The Crowood Press
Painting Urban and Cityscapes Book with Hashim AkibRRP £16.99SAA Price £14.99
Ready to Paint Venice in Acrylics Book with Wendy JelbertRRP £8.99SAA Price £6.99
Life Drawing Book with Eddie ArmerRRP £12.99SAA Price £9.99
Watercolor Unleashed Book with Julie Gilbert PollardRRP £18.99SAA Price £10.99
Drawing & Painting with Water Soluable Media Boo…RRP £15.99SAA Price £12.99
Start to Paint with Watercolour book with Arnold Low…RRP £9.99SAA Price £7.99
David & Charles
Artists Complete Problem Solver Book (Paperback) wit…RRP £14.99SAA Price £11.99