All Books (42 products)
RRP £16.99SAA Price £14.99Explore the colours and vibrant movement of urban scenes with Hashim Akib!
This exciting new book 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.
Book: The Crowood Press - Colour Throughout - 128 pages Learn More
DISCONTINUED & SOLD OUT - Artist's Sketchbook - Exercises and Techniques for Sketching on the Spot by Cathy JohnsonRRP £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
DISCONTINUED & SOLD OUT - Start to Paint with Watercolour book with Arnold Lowrey - New Edition (reprint from Tips & Techniques Series)RRP £9.99SAA Price £7.99For beginners and experienced artists alike, Arnold Lowrey clearly illustrates all the
techniques needed to create truly beautiful watercolours in this new edition.
From laying initial washes to adding interest and detail, the book includes a series of step-by-step demonstrations to build up skills and confidence.
Search Press - Paperback - 96 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
RRP £9.99SAA Price £6.85Immerse yourself in Millie's beautifully illustrated world of creatures with this stunning colouring book for adults.
The artist's intricate style of illustration will get you itching for a pen, whether it's to add to the fine line hatching on the birds, the flowing tendrils of a jellyfish, or the composite of flowers that make up a grizzly bear.
You can colour her work or add your own line drawings to make it special to you. Each picture is guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing and offers scope to improve your artistic skills, while giving you a finished picture to show for your endeavours. This is a book to be treasured by anyone who wants to enjoy the creative process or those looking for a relaxing and mindful activity.
Book: Batsford . Paperback . 96 pages . Black and White 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
SAA Price £5.99This handy booklet is perfect for painting people portraits.
Following the same formula as the Pet Portraits version, it also focuses on the different painting stages, beginning with under painting, the first colour layers, backgrounds, how to achieve realistic looking facial features, before finally looking at those finishing touches and the final portrait.
Booklet: Paperback - 22 Pages - Colour throughout. Learn More
RRP £15.99SAA Price £13.99In this celebration of his favourite medium, Cornwall-based Glyn shows you the many ways it can be used, both technically and pictorially.
The subtitle, "How to paint sea, sky, land and life" sums up Glyn's enthusiastic approach - anything he sees is worth painting and his work is bursting with vitality.
The book is entirely based around subjects and each section includes a look at its main topic: the moods of the sea, the colours of the sky or the texture of landscapes. There are then hints, tips, demonstrations and words of wisdom that drop from Glyn like magic dust. Each section concludes with the intriguing challenge: “What else could you do?” This is where he hands the brushes over to you and invites you to find your own approach. It's immersive and intriguing and it's impossible not to get carried along as Glyn explores every nook and cranny of his beloved acrylics.
If you already use the medium, this is a book you can't fail to love. Even if you don't, the exploration of creative possibilities is worth more than a passing look.
Book: Search Press . Paperback . 144 pages . Colour throughout 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 £8.99SAA Price £6.99Learn to paint Venice's exquisite facades, opulent palaces and elaborate churches with their magnificent domes with the help of professional artist Wendy Jelbert.
Whether your chosen subject is a crumbling shell or has been restored to its former splendour. Venetian buildings with their colourful reflections in the canals below are truly fascinating subjects to paint.
Venice is a complicated city to draw, so the book's six reusable pull-out tracings are excellent for helping beginners or those who struggle to get the image down. Then follow Wendy's expert advice as she guides you through five step-by-step photo-led projects.
Book: Search Press. Paperback. 48 pages. 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 £12.99SAA Price £9.99It hardly seems possible that this 96 page book can contain such a variety of techniques, styles, exercises and examples!
In the introduction, Eddie tells us that, "Results may be loose and spontaneous, tight and considered or maybe abstracted, depending on the day, my mood and the model!" and this is certainly the case here.
Such variety inevitably means that each section is covered very quickly, but it also means that it's not laboured. As this is a Masterclass, this is something to be celebrated, and experienced readers will find that there is so much visual stimulation that it's impossible not to be inspired at virtually every turn.
Eddie works in pencil, ballpoint, wax crayon and charcoal and in both fine lines and blocks of tone to create images that capture the character and shape of the sitter in as few strokes as possible.
The biographical notes tell us that Eddie is also a musician, and there is a lyrical quality to his work that perhaps originates here
Search Press . Paperback . 96 pages . Black and White throughout Learn More
RRP £8.99SAA Price £6.99By concentrating on a single flower type, Fiona Peart rather cleverly sidesteps the problems of dealing with what can be a bewildering variety of forms. Instead, she is able to concentrate on the colours and shapes that Charles Reid said are the real basis of flower painting.
In the five demonstrations that make up the book, Fiona shows you blooms in a range of contexts from single varieties to colour and group studies. However, as well as demonstrating composition and representation, Fiona will also show you how to use washes, shading and granulation to great effect in both foregrounds and backgrounds.
As an introduction to flower painting, the single-type approach has much to recommend it. However, Fiona also offers what turns out to be a great deal of technical advice that has wider application, making this a worthwhile investment for any artist.
Book: Search Press . Paperback . 64 pages . Colour throughout Learn More
Watercolor Unleashed Book with Julie Gilbert PollardRRP £18.99SAA Price £10.99
The Big Painting Challenge Book with Rosa RobertsRRP £20.00SAA Price £9.99
Masterful Color Book with Arlene SteinbergRRP £18.99SAA Price £11.49
Ready to Paint the Masters Turner Book with Noel GregoryRRP £9.99SAA Price £7.99
Exotic Botanical Illustration with The Eden Project …RRP £19.99SAA Price £14.99
Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces Book with Carrie …RRP £17.99SAA Price £11.99
The Watercolour Ideas Book with Joanna GossRRP £9.99SAA Price £8.99
DISCONTINUED & SOLD OUT - Handbook of Watercolou…RRP £12.99SAA Price £7.99
Basic Drawing Techniques Book with Richard BoxRRP £4.99SAA Price £4.45
How To Paint Drawing Techniques Book with Quentin de…RRP £8.99SAA Price £6.99
DISCONTINUED & SOLD OUT - Compendium of Watercol…SAA Price £12.99
Ready to Paint New York In Watercolour Book with Geo…RRP £8.99SAA Price £6.99