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  1. The Big Painting Challenge Book with Rosa Roberts

    The Big Painting Challenge Book with Rosa Roberts

    RRP £20.00
    SAA Price £9.99

    Are 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
  2. DISCONTINUED & SOLD OUT - How to Draw Lifelike Portraits from Photographs Book with Lee Hammond

    DISCONTINUED & SOLD OUT - How to Draw Lifelike Portraits from Photographs Book with Lee Hammond

    RRP £19.99
    SAA Price £11.99

    By starting from an image that's already two-dimensional, Lee Hammond shows you how to concentrate on the process of drawing, rather than trying to master perspective while you're still struggling with the basics.

    Although this is a book largely aimed at the beginner, it progresses from simple principles through all the facial details - hair, eyes, ears, nose, mouth - in a series of fully-illustrated step-by-step demonstrations that will enable you to become proficient in capturing a genuine likeness. To do this in just 160 pages is quite an achievement and Lee also includes a good variety of facial types, male and female as well as children.

    This edition also includes a FREE 24 minute DVD featuring Lee's pencil blending technique.

    Book & DVD: North Light . Paperback . 160 pages . Black & White throughout Learn More
  3. Life Drawing Book with Robert Barrett

    Life Drawing Book with Robert Barrett

    RRP £17.99
    SAA Price £8.99

    The 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
  4. Artist's Sketchbook - Exercises and Techniques for Sketching on the Spot by Cathy Johnson

    Artist's Sketchbook - Exercises and Techniques for Sketching on the Spot by Cathy Johnson

    RRP £16.99
    SAA Price £13.50

    Grab 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
  5. Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces Book with Carrie Stuart Parks

    Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces Book with Carrie Stuart Parks

    RRP £17.99
    SAA Price £11.99

    Even 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
  6. DISCONTINUED & SOLD OUT - Improve Your Acrylic Painting DVD with Terry Harrison

    DISCONTINUED & SOLD OUT - Improve Your Acrylic Painting DVD with Terry Harrison

    RRP £11.45
    SAA Price £4.58

    Terry's friendly style is a joy to watch as he shows you how to improve your acrylics. He demonstrates wet-into-wet techniques and glazing. Terry explains how you can achieve depth and interest to a painting by using texture paste. Tackling a pretty window scene and finally a tree-lined stream, Terry explains how to gain the best from your acrylics.

    DVD: 53 mins

    Please note that while this is a Region 0 DVD, it is PAL formatted and therefore unlikely to play in North America, Japan, South Korea and some of the Pacific Islands.

    However, all DVDs will play on personal computers and laptops. Learn More
  7. Mixed Media Painting Workshop Book with Jean Pederson

    Mixed Media Painting Workshop Book with Jean Pederson

    RRP £17.99
    SAA Price £8.99

    This 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
  8. The Watercolour Ideas Book with Joanna Goss

    The Watercolour Ideas Book with Joanna Goss

    RRP £9.99
    SAA Price £8.99

    Be 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
  9. Improve Your Negative Space & Counterchange DVD with Trudy Friend

    Improve Your Negative Space & Counterchange DVD with Trudy Friend

    RRP £11.45
    SAA Price £4.58

    Learn how to improve your negative space and counterchange with this excellent DVD from popular artist and teacher Trudy Friend.

    Using elements from her eight basic brush strokes, Trudy shows you how to paint a pretty pot plant set in front of a rustic stone wall using watercolour.

    Trudy begins by looking at the counterchange of the plant against its background and paints the leaves which form the dark against the light of the composition. She shows you how to give the painting a three dimensional feel by adding a variety of tone by building up dark areas and casts shadows on the pot plant to anchor it. Once finished, Trudy evaluates the painting and adds those final minute brush strokes to increase contrast and bring it completely to life.

    This DVD is ideal for those who want to learn about tonal relationships between a form and its background and how negative space can form the basis of your positive composition.

    DVD: 45 mins

    Please note that while this is a Region 0 DVD, it is PAL formatted and therefore unlikely to play in North America, Japan, South Korea and some of the Pacific Islands.

    However, all DVDs will play on personal computers and laptops. Learn More
  10. Secrets to Drawing Realistic Children Book with Carrie Parks

    Secrets to Drawing Realistic Children Book with Carrie Parks

    RRP £16.99
    SAA Price £9.29

    Regardless 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
  11. Pastel Workout DVD with Jackie Simmonds

    Pastel Workout DVD with Jackie Simmonds

    RRP £20.40
    SAA Price £10.20

    First Steps with Pastel

    Encouraging you to be a little playful, Jackie introduces you to pastels by taking you through a comprehensive range of techniques such as cross hatching, feathering, gradating colours, stippling and many more essentials for successful pastel paintings. Her enthusiastic manner and depth of knowledge will inspire you and build your confidence in this versatile medium.

    Capturing Light & Colour

    Light is one of the most difficult aspects to depict in a painting but it is one fo the most dramatic and attradtive. Jackie will show you how to paint light filled pictures and how to recognise tha impact light has on colours in nature. With lessons on colour theory and harmony, Jackie will have you producing pastel pictures like never before.

    DVD: 130 mins

    Please note that while this is a Region 0 DVD, it is PAL formatted and therefore unlikely to play in North America, Japan, South Korea and some of the Pacific Islands.

    However, all DVDs will play on personal computers and laptops. Learn More
  12. Creative Workshop Watercolor & Acrylic Book with Mark Mehaffey (With FREE DVD!)

    Creative Workshop Watercolor & Acrylic Book with Mark Mehaffey (With FREE DVD!)

    RRP £16.99
    SAA Price £11.99

    Every 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

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