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Drawing: Manga: Learn to Draw Step by Step
Drawing: Manga
Learn to Draw Step by Step
Paperback      ISBN: 1600581935

With this 32-page, step-by-step instruction book, aspiring artists will discover the secrets to creating cutting-edge manga art. From an exploration of shading and coloring techniques to tips on figure drawing and character development, readers will learn everything they need to know to become masters of manga. Each featured project serves as both lesson and inspirational guide for preparing artists to craft their own world and characters in an authentic manga style

Escultura Social: A New Generation of Art from Mexico City
Escultura Social
A New Generation of Art from Mexico City
Paperback      ISBN: 0300134274

Mexico City has emerged as a thriving center of contemporary art. Escultura Social features recent work by a group of artists whose influence has already extended far beyond Mexico and focuses on how they have contributed to an international dialogue through their use of nontraditional materials, new media, and critical perspectives.This book takes Joseph Beuys's idea of "social sculpture," or escultura social, as a multivalent reference point for understanding how these socially engaged works draw connections between people and nature and promote a demystified and democratic concept of art-making. Featuring the work of twenty artists, this bilingual volume includes several artists' writings by pioneers of artist-run exhibition spaces: Stefan Br ggemann, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Yoshua Ok n, and Pedro Reyes. Critical essays on the contemporary Mexican scene and relevance of Beuys's ideas are accompanied by illustrated texts on each artist in this unique and important book.Bilingual (English/Spanish)

Handmade Nation: The Rise of Diy, Art, Craft, and Design
Handmade Nation
The Rise of Diy, Art, Craft, and Design
Paperback      ISBN: 1568987870

Today's crafters are no longer interested in simply cross-stitching samplers or painting floral scrolls on china. Instead, the contemporary craft movement embraces emerging artists, crafters, and designers working in traditional and nontraditional media. Jenny Hart's Sublime Stitching has revolutionized the embroidery industry. Each year Nikki McClure sells thousands of her cut-paper wall calendars. Emily Kircher recycles vintage materials into purses. Stephanie Syjuco manufactures clothing under the tag line "Because Sweatshops Suck." These are just some of the fascinating makers united in the new wave of craft capturing the attention of the nation, the Handmade Nation.
Faythe Levine traveled 19,000 miles to document what has emerged as a marriage between historical technique, punk culture, and the D.I.Y. ethos. For Handmade Nation (along with the documentary film of the same name, coming in 2009) she and Cortney Heimerl have selected 24 makers and 5 essayists who work within different media and have different methodologies to provide a microcosm of the crafting community. Participants in this community share ideas and encouragement through websites, blogs, boutiques, galleries, and craft fairs. Together they have forged a new economy and lifestyle based on creativity, determination, and networking. Twenty-four artists from Olympia, Washington, to Providence, Rhode Island, and everywhere in between show their work and discuss their lives. Texts by Andrew Wagner of American Craft Magazine, Garth Johnson of Extremecraft.com, Callie Janoff of the Church of Craft, Betsy Greer of Craftivism.com, and Susan Beal, author of Super Crafty, supply a critical view of the tight-knit community where ethics can overlap with creativity and art with community. Handmade Nation features photographs of the makers, their work environment, their process, their work, and discussions of how they got their start and what motivates them. Handmade Nation is a fascinating book for those who are a part of the emerging movement or just interested in sampling its wares.

From One Century to Another: The Collection of the Musee d'Art Moderne De Saint-Etienne Metropole
From One Century to Another
The Collection of the Musee d'Art Moderne De Saint-Etienne Metropole
Hardcover      ISBN: 8861304532

The modern art collection of the Saint-Etienne Métropole Museum, with its wealth of nearly 15,000 works, 900 pieces of design, and 2,000 photographs, includes major works by contemporary artists such as Franck Stella, Martial Raysse, Gilbert & George, Fernand Léger, Pablo Picasso, Jean Dubuffet, and Pierre Soulages.

Art and Suburbia: A World Art Book
Art and Suburbia
A World Art Book
Hardcover      ISBN: 9766410291
Pop Art
Pop Art
2nd Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 3822870218
My Secret: A Postsecret Book
My Secret
A Postsecret Book
Hardcover      ISBN: 0061196681

New York Times Bestseller

Postsecret.com founder Frank Warren is back with a fresh and compelling companion to his wildly popular Los Angeles Times bestseller, PostSecret. For My Secret, a collectible, paper-over-board book that includes a page of vibrant, decorative stickers, Warren has personally selected never-before-seen anonymous postcards created by teens and college students from across the country. Each card bears an intimate and powerful secret--at turns inspirational, shocking, hilarious, and poetic--that is told through original illustrations, photographs, collages, and other creative means. Sample messages include:

  • "I am avoiding you because you are socially below me."
  • "I know the truth to the lie my parents tell... "
  • "My friends think I was homeschooled. I spent high school in juvi."

A unique and important book that will appeal to both young adults and their parents, My Secret offers a raw and revealing glimpse into the real lives of today's teens and twentysomethings. Choosing their own handmade postcards over email or text messages, teens and college students express their hopes, fears, and wildest confessions in a way that truly represents their diverse personalities and voices.

Draw & Paint Fantasy Art Warriors & Heroes
Draw & Paint Fantasy Art Warriors & Heroes
Paperback      ISBN: 160061969x

Learn how to bring to life the most exciting warriors and heroes. Armed with your pen and paper, let battle commence

Discover how to draw and paint male and female warrior archetypes, from the ancient legend of Thor to the valour of King Arthur. Explore anatomy, color and lighting techniques, and discover how to render combat, armor, weapons and clothing. Become a master fantasy artist with ten easy-to-follow step-by-step projects.

Art of the Cigar Label
Art of the Cigar Label
Hardcover      ISBN: 1555214363

Relates the history and growth of the tobacco and lithography industries and offers information on values, collecting, and identifying old cigar labels.

Robert Indiana: New Perspectives
Robert Indiana
New Perspectives
Hardcover      ISBN: 3775731350

Self-described as an "American painter of signs," Robert Indiana (born 1928) has interpreted the postwar American semiotic landscape through a unique merging of Pop's graphic snap with American modernist painting's codes of sexuality and use of advertising designs. Best known for his iconic rendition of the word "love," over the past 50 years Indiana has created a major body of work that spans the movements of assemblage, hard-edged abstraction and Pop art. This book surveys his career from the early 1960s to the present, also convening new scholarship on this important artist by writers such as Thomas Crow and Robert Storr. Addressing topics ranging from Indiana's politically engaged works, his formative years in the Coentie's Slip artistic community in downtown Manhattan, Indiana's place within Pop and his allegorical depictions of gender and family, this book reevaluates and reorients some of Indiana's most significant works.