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Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
McCloud, Scott
(Softcover)

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This book will take readers on a magic carpet ride thorough the hidden worlds of comics storytelling. They'll discover its history, explore the secrets, feel the energy, and get a ring side seat for the battle of words and pictures. SC, 215 pages.


Blank Comic Book: Draw Your Own! (Drawing With Christopher Hart)
Hart, Christopher
(Softcover)

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Tell your own story in comic-book form with this blank journal—already formatted with panels! An intro from art instruction superstar Christopher Hart will get you started. Whether they’re interested in producing comic strips, manga, or graphic novels, aspiring illustrators can begin their own artistic journey with this specially produced journal. Every page features blank, black-framed panels formatted in the comic-book style, and separate sections throughout allow artists to create several different stories. Those with more experience can use the journal to flesh out their narrative and visual ideas, while beginners can experiment with the format and see where it takes them. The possibilities for self-expression are endless!


50 Ways to Draw Your Beautiful Ordinary Life
Smit, Irene
(Softcover)

List Price: $33.99 Sale: $13.93

In this innovative approach to drawing instruction, the illustrators from Flow magazine open up their tool kits, sharing secrets and techniques to teach the creatively curious how to draw. The lessons, 50 in all, curated from the best of Flow's two special drawing issues, show how to render the kinds of things we see every day: a bouquet of flowers, a beloved teacup, colorful mittens, the kitchen table, a bike, jam jars, a cat, an apple tree. Along the way we learn about color, materials, perspective, tools, and negative space. With its bound-in paper goodies, this book is also a canvas for artistic exploration - reminding us of the mindful pleasure of doing creative work.Filled With Paper Goodies:• Mini daily drawing pad• DIY postcards• Watercolor, tracing, and colored papers• House interiors to unfold and decorate


The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering: Create and Develop Your Own Style
McKeehan, Valerie
(Hardcover)

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Ubiquitous at boutiques and cafes, on Etsy and Pinterest, in stationery and home decor, the art of chalk lettering is hotter than ever. Valerie McKeehan, an Etsy standout whose work has been featured in magazines and websites from Good Housekeeping to RealSimple.com, teaches us everything we need to know to create gorgeous hand-drawn chalk designs. The book is also a practice space, with three foldout "chalkboards" - the inside cover and foldout back cover are lined with blackboard paper.In over 60 lessons, learn the ABCs of lettering (literally) and basic styles: serif, sans serif, and script. Next, how to lay out a design, combine various styles into one cohesive piece, add shadows and dimension. Master more advanced letter styles, from faceted to ribbon to "vintage circus." Use banners, borders, flourishes. And finally, 12 projects to show off your newfound skills: including a Winter Wonderland Snow Globe; a smartphone-themed birthday card to text friends and family; a one-of-a-kind party invitation to create, photograph, and mail; and a bake sale sign guaranteed to put everyone who sees it in the mood for a cupcake!


The Designer's Dictionary of Color
Adams, Sean
(Hardcover)

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Organized into four color categories - warm, cool, neutral, and specialty - and complete with infographics that display ranges in tint, shade, and hue, this comprehensive guide will help designers increase their fluency in the language of color. Each entry features information on a color's cultural significance, as well as vivid examples of its successful applications throughout history - all created by top designers and artists.


Draw Every Day, Draw Every Way; Sketch, Paint, and Doodle Through One Creative Year
Lewis, Jennifer Orkin
(Softcover)

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Conceived by Instagram’s daily sketch sensation @augustwren, this guided journal encourages carving out a moment of self-expression every day. To conquer the intimidating prospect of filling 365 blank pages, Draw Every Day, Draw Every Way is divided into monthly themes, with undated daily prompts that suggest what to draw each day. You can work through the journal from front to back, or jump around and draw whatever appeals to you at the time. Monthly themes include:A month of natureA month of your favorite thingsA month of charactersA month of print and patternsJennifer Orkin Lewis (aka @augustwren) encourages experimentation with a one-page tutorial at the beginning of each month that outlines accessible ways to draw with different materials, such as ballpoint pens, colored pencils, paint, and collage. Coupled with sections of varying paper types, there is an unlimited canvas available to flourish artistically; brown craft paper pairs well with black ink and white pencil, black paper is great for white and metallic gel pens, and heavy white paper is included for painting.The journal is not only useful as a stress-reliever and as a mode of personal exploration, but also as a way of changing visual thinking. And when completed, it will serve as a reflection of its owner.With prompts, tutorials, and unique packaging, Draw Every Day, Draw Every Way is a must-have for those looking to sketch and doodle their way out of an inspirational rut.


Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (Deluxe Edition)
Edwards, Betty
(Hardcover)

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A revised edition of the classic drawing book that has sold more than 1.7 million copies in the United States alone. Translated into more than seventeen languages, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world's most widely used drawing instruction book. Whether you are drawing as a professional artist, as an artist in training, or as a hobby, this book will give you greater confidence in your ability and deepen your artistic perception, as well as foster a new appreciation of the world around you. This revised/updated fourth edition includes: a new preface and introduction; crucial updates based on recent research on the brain's plasticity and the enormous value of learning new skills/ utilizing the right hemisphere of the brain; new focus on how the ability to draw on the strengths of the right hemisphere can serve as an antidote to the increasing left-brain emphasis in American life-the worship of all that is linear, analytic, digital, etc.; an informative section that addresses recent research linking early childhood "scribbling" to later language development and the importance of parental encouragement of this activity; and new reproductions of master drawings throughout A life-changing book, this fully revised and updated edition of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is destined to inspire generations of readers to come.


The Art of the Graphic Memoir: Tell Your Story, Change Your Life
Hart, Tom
(Softcover)

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#1 New York Times bestselling author and Eisner-nominated cartoonist Tom Hart has written a poignant and instructive guide for all aspiring graphic memoirists detailing the tenets of artistry and story-telling inherent in the medium. Hart examines what makes a graphic memoir great, and shows you how to do it. With two dozen professional examples and a deep-dive into his own story, Hart encourages readers to hone their signature style in the best way to represent their journeys on the page.With clear examples and visual aids, The Art of the Graphic Memoir is emotive, creative, and accessible. Whether you're a comics fan, comic book creator, memoirist, biographer or autobiographer, there’s something inside for everyone.


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Hand-Lettering Ledger
McDevitt, Mary Kate
(Softcover)

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The ultimate tool for designers and creatives looking to tap into the trend of hand-drawn lettering, this workbook features step-by-step lessons on a range of styles plus more than 120 practice pages, making it the ideal place to learn and perfect this in-demand design skill.


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In the Garden of My Dreams: The Art of Nathalie Lete
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In the Garden of My Dreams: The Art of Nathalie Lete
Lete, Nathalie
(Hardcover)

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Nathalie Lété is the rare artist whose work is so distinctive and widely appealing that she has become a global brand, having garnered a cultlike following for her unique pop- and folk-art aesthetic. Lété's iconic work has been immortalized by companies around the world that clamor for her products and seek her out for collaborations: Anthropologie has been selling her housewares for over a decade; she has designed textiles for Issey Miyake; her accessories are sold in high-end boutiques like Astier de Villate in Paris and Isetan, the trendiest department store in Tokyo.Now, for the first time, Lété has curated over 200 of her best-loved paintings into a covetable magnum opus that will entice those who are discovering her for the first time as well as her legions of fans.


The Artful Sketch: Learn How to Create Step-by-Step Artistic Drawings
Phan, Mary
(Softcover)

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Take your love for hand lettering, coloring, and doodling to the next level with this easy guide to creating gorgeous sketches by hand. Artist Mary Phan has toured North America teaching luxury sketching workshops, and she now reveals her simple yet big-impact techniques for everyone - from beginners to experienced designers. You’ll learn to draw 14 exquisite sketches, featuring fully illustrated, detailed step-by-step instructions to ensure a frame-worthy result from your very first sketch!Follow along with Mary’s simple, foolproof sketching process: drawing in basic shapes with a pencil and ruler, bringing the scene to life with brightly colored art markers, and outlining with black ink for the final details. From each tutorial, you’ll have your own impressive work of art to share as a gift, send as a card, share on social media, use in your business, or display in your home. No matter how you use it, this book will give you the tools and inspiration to fill your life with more color, beauty, and creativity.


Once Upon a Piece of Paper: A Visual Guide to Collage Making
D'Aquino, Andrea
(Hardcover)

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A Look-and-Learn Approach to the Art of Collage MakingWhen the Cubists first integrated paper, fabric, and newsprint pieces into their paintings, it was considered an audacious intermingling of high and low culture. In doing so, they revolutionized modern art. Art was no longer just about the end product. It was about the process.So how does one begin collaging? While there's not a hard set of rules, collage artist Andrea D'Aquino shows that there are important things a new artist needs to know when they begin. Once Upon a Piece of Paper: A Visual Guide to Collage Making is a visual feast that offers advice for explorers navigating the world of collage.As she shares insights of the artistic process, D'Aquino's playful compositions illuminate various approaches to the art form, spark ideas for creativity, and encourage aspiring artists to take risks, allowing space for wonderful accidents to occur.Includes: 50 two-sided sheets of unique collage papers; 112-page paperback book.


Crayon: an Artist's Colorful Guide to Drawing on the Go! (Anywhere, Anytime Art)
Forsberg, Monika
(Paperback)

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The simple pleasure of drawing and coloring with crayons doesn't have to leave your life just because you're now an adult. Anywhere, Anytime Art: Crayon is a new kind of art book designed to get you back to the basics and drawing confidently. Create beautiful, spontaneous artwork inspired by your surroundings, no matter where you are! Discover how to work with crayon, master basic strokes and techniques, and choose the right colors for your subjects. Anywhere, Anytime Art: Crayon is filled with step-by-step lessons on drawing dozens of objects, like bicycles, gardens, pets, furniture...just about anything! Fun and simple techniques make creating impromptu art wherever you are possible...and even easy! Whether you like to draw at home or while out and about, Anywhere, Anytime Art: Crayon is sure to inspire you to create vibrant, colorful artwork and expand your artistic horizons in new and adventurous ways!


Drawing in Black & White
Velasquez, Deborah
(Softcover)

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Hone your drawing skills and you eye for design by learning to draw in black and white.Working with only positive and negative lines and shapes keeps the focus on the basics: composition, balance, and harmony. And using white and black gel, ink, and paint pens on black, tan, and gray papers allows you to experience drawing in a whole new way! Drawing in Black & White is a clever drawing and design book that contains 36 inspiring exercises, a gallery of artwork, and 16 black, gray, and tan sheets for drawing, doodling, and experimenting. You'll find lessons on drawing, pattern drawing, drawing with cut paper, and simple collage. Learn to see your drawings a new way by drawing in black and white!


The Pen & Ink Playbook
Montiel, Ana
(Softcover)

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For coloring book graduates and beginning artists looking to build their art skills!The Pen & Ink Playbook is a creative exercise book for artists, designers, painters, and sketchers looking to expand their abilities. Filled with contemporary, beautiful artwork and assignments, this book offers playful challenges while sharing tips and tricks to enhance your skills. Explorations include mark making, patterns, meditative drawing, texture, composition, and more.Use this book as a daily warm-up to your art making, a guide to experiment with new techniques, and a place where you can play with your pens, inks, and brushes! The Pen & Ink Playbook is printed on high quality, uncoated paper, allowing you to draw right on the pages.


Simple Techniques for Realistic Drawings (You Can Draw!)
Pereznieto, Leonardo
(Softcover)

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Artist and art instructor Leonardo Pereznieto’s realistic surfaces and textures - and his popular instructional YouTube videos on how to recreate them - have earned him millions of views and a devoted fan base. Now, for the first time, this international sensation brings his amazing skills to the page, teaching his drawing technique in 18 accessible, in-depth projects for beginning and seasoned artists alike. With detailed recommendations on proper tools and materials along with step-by-step tutorials for drawing lifelike surfaces and textures such as metals, gemstones, flowers, water, glass, and more, this stunning book gives deeper insight into the process of drawing astounding, true-to-life images.


Draw 100 Things to Make You Happy: Step-by-Step Drawings to Nourish Your Creative Self
Hart, Christopher
(Softcover)

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Best-selling author Christopher Hart has come up with 100 ways to make you happy! In this book he shows you how to draw dozens of inspiring subjects, some of which are fun and exciting, and some of which are calmly meditative. They range from skiing down the slopes to sharing a moment on a moonlit night to playing with a puppy. If it makes you happy, it's in here, and Christopher Hart will shows you how to draw it.


Stick Sketch School
Attinger, Billy
(Paperback)

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Since Billy Attinger founded his company, Stick World, pop culture has exploded with stick figure art. Social media feeds and other online resources are the perfect home for this brand of simple, pithy, and (often) wickedly funny art. Stick figure images and messages are easily conveyed through social media, frequently going viral because of the sheer simplicity of their message (translate: it's easy to read and share on your phone). However, without motion, emotion, and personality, a stick figure drawing is only what its name implies - flat, crude, and two-dimensional. Billy Attinger's Stick Sketch School guides artists through the surprising nuance of creating compelling stick figures.


Release Your Creativity: Discover Your Inner Artist With 15 Simple Painting Projects
Schweiger, Rebecca
(Softcover)

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Yes, you are creative! For anyone who has yearned to express themselves but didn't know how, who ever wanted to put brush to canvas, who ever wondered if they had it in them - this is the book for you. Rebecca Schweiger's fear-free approach to art will show you that, from your very first project, you really can create beautiful, meaningful works of art that reflect your own unique point of view. Detailed guidance, inspiring photos, and motivating texts work together to help you unleash your inner artist.


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The Polymer Clay Artist's Guide
Segal, Marie
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A directory of mixes, colors, textures, faux finishes and surface effects. This resource provides polymer clay artists with a library of 100 finishes and techniques suitable to a wide variety of applications. Illustrations demonstrate various combinations of the finishes, with detailed instructions on how to recreate the effect. An inspiring gallery of work by professional artists puts it all in context and provides endless inspiration. The Polymer Clay Artist's Guide contains three sections. The first covers the types of clay and other materials, tools and equipment, and setting up a workspace. The second section uses step-by-step color photographs to demonstrate the core techniques for working with polymer clay, including health and safety, baking, mixing, cutting and sanding. The Directory of Effects comprises the bulk of the book. Organized by color and then by technique, there are 100 polymer clay swatches with detailed captions identifying the technique used and cross-referencing to the page showing how to recreate it. As well, the captions give ideas for how the effect might be used in jewelry and other applications. The Directory has three major categories. Each contains a Tile Library of effects created by the world's best polymer clay artists. Inclusion and Additions -- Cloisonné, using leaf, powders, brushes Surface Effects -- Glazes, enameling, resins, tints, gels Texturing -- Stamps, sheets, masks, stencils, frisket, creating textures Screen Printing -- Making screens and tools, silk-screens, paints Embossing -- Relief plates, embossing, bas relief, stamps Carving -- Tools, sgraffito, carving through layers, incising Encaustic Effects -- Working with wax, covering, embedding Decorative Embellishments -- Securing objects of metal, wood, chain and found items Pavé Effects -- Combining clay and beads, rhinestones, huichol beads Pre-Made Clay Finishes -- Application methods and drying, liquid clays, lacquers, glazes. The Polymer Clay Artist's Guide shows how easy it is to use traditional and innovative techniques on the simple medium of clay to produce stunning results.


Art of Drawing: The Complete Course
Sterling
(Softcover)

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From achieving those first professional strokes to mastering composition, lighting, and color to finishing beautiful still lifes, portraits, and landscapes, here, in one volume, is a course that covers every basic skill as well as more challenging lessons for the developing artist. Inspiring and instructive images fill the pages, vividly revealing the intricacies of each technique. The artist's journey begins with the tools of the trade, and here is complete coverage on using graphite, charcoal, chalks, colored pencils, and pastels, as well as information on papers and liquid techniques. There's advice on how to gain pencil control select a theme, draw with grids, achieve harmony in composition, and balance the image. Exercises teach shading and tone; contrasts and volume effects; stumping and contouring; and depth effects. Find out how to mix and work with color, and do hatching, and optical effects, scratching, and figure, a landscape on gray tone paper, an interior using a white-on-white technique, a still life with chiaroscuro, an interior patio in wash, and many others you'll be proud to show.


Happy Feet
Carron, Cathy
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Popular knitwear designer Cathy Carron has gone from head (her bestselling Hattitude) to toe, with this unique collection of socks, stockings, legwarmers, slippers, sandal socks, and more. Perfect for advanced beginner to advanced knitters, the more than 40 fashion-forward designs offer a variety of fun styles and challenges, including tube or spiral shapes, turned heels, afterthought heels, and toe-up. A helpful introduction gives readers a leg up on terminology, sizing, and fiber choices.


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The Complete Printmaker
Ross, John
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The most comprehensive up-to-date guide to printmaking on the market today, the revised, expanded, fully illustrated edition of this classic, containing 40 color plates and 600 black-and-white illustrations, covers every aspect of fine printmaking.


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Heather Ross Prints
Ross, Heather
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Frog princes, VW buses, and big bad wolves - these are the sorts of subjects that Heather Ross depicts on the fabrics she designs, which the sewing and quilting communities feverishly collect (with many fabrics going for huge sums on eBay once they sell out at traditional retail outlets). In Heather Ross Prints, a book-and-DVD package, Ross shares reproducible artwork for more than 50 of her most popular prints. She provides step-by-step instructions for 20 craft projects using the prints on the DVD - everything from sea turtle stationery to a shower curtain covered with swirling mermaids. Crafters can use the artwork on the DVD as they wish, printing on fabric, paper, or whatever surface they choose. Plus, Ross teaches her process for designing fabric using Photoshop - a boon to anyone who has ever dreamed of following in her footsteps.


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