200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills
Paperback ISBN: 0764138111
Challenging tutorials, 35 imaginative projects to complete, and tips from professional artists introduce beginning students to the building blocks of art. This profusely illustrated book teaches serious beginners the fundamental skills of graphic design as an introduction to their formal study in fine art, illustration, computer game design, interior design, animation, and virtually all other avenues in the visual arts. The author advises on setting up a proper workspace and assembling the needed materials--everything from sketchpads and paints to affordable computer software. Chapters that follow present themes and related projects that instruct readers in - The basics of line art for illustration and lettering - Understanding color and tone and using color media - Texture in art - Spatial relationships and perspective - Creating shapes and relating them to other elements of composition More than 200 color illustrations demonstrate art principles and practical techniques, and show students how to apply what they are learning in a wide range of media.
The Creative Person's Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment
Paperback ISBN: 0321733002
Presents a collection of questions to help readers determine where they are in their life and career, formulate goals, and how to achieve them, along with questions and answers from a variety of writers, musicians, and artists that they were asked on their way to success.
99 Stories I Could Tell
A Doodlebook to Help You Create
Paperback ISBN: 0062748351
From the bestselling author of NYC Basic Tips and Ettiquette comes 99 Stories I Could Tell, a guided journal with 99 prompts plus a customizable cover. Nathan Pyle takes journalers for a creative ride through the pages of this product--each prompt comes with a mix of black lines (solid boundaries to color) and blue lines (to trace and use as a jumping off point for further imagination. The prompts move from extremely suuportive towards the start of the journal (giving the journaler lots of structure so as not to intimidate them) to more free-form , the idea being that the journalers skills will increase the more they progress. The prompts themselves are a collection of inventive and humorous trips down memory lane, helping journalers curate and draw their most prized recollections, and also to unearth memories they didn't know they had (a lie you were told as a child that you believed until recently, or the first fictional death you experienced). With a well-honed sensibility for what shares well online and what people are searching for, each of the 99 stories has been chosen because it prompts emotional resonance and will be content people will be excited to share on their social media. The prompts can also be mixed and matched to create all new narratives, the way musical notes can be lined up differently to make new tunes. Package wise, this journal is a large square, big enough to satisfy doodlers, but light enough to easily fit in a backpack or totebag. The book's jacket is a silk-screened PVC case which adds to the nostalgic feel (reminiscent of a toy); the jacket is also removemable to reveal an uncoated cover where journalers can embellish the design in their own way, making each and every journal totally customizable.
Lessons in Art + Life
Paperback ISBN: 0714867365
Assembled from the wisdom of 36 legendary art teachers – all of them artists or critics at the top of their field – Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life is an ideal curriculum for the aspiring artist. Each of the book’s "tutors" has provided a unique lesson that aims to provoke, inspire and stimulate the aspiring artist. These lessons cover some combination of the following: technical advice (e.g. don’t make a sculpture bigger than your studio door), assignments (some of which will take five minutes to complete, others five years), tips for avoiding creative ruts (including suggestions for mind‐expanding materials to read, watch or listen to), principles of careful looking (demonstrated with images of artworks, photographs, films or even billboard advertisements), advice on the daily practice of art (how to balance time alone in the studio with building an artistic community), career pointers (how to prepare for a studio visit from a curator or gallerist) and personal anecdotes (e.g. stories from the instructor’s own humble beginnings). Taken together, these lessons offer the reader a set of tools for thinking, seeing and living as an artist. Not only is Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life the first illustrated text book of its kind for artists, but it will also appeal to anyone interested in contemporary art, providing first hand revelations into the philosophies and techniques of some of the world’s best artists and writers.
Art & Fear
Observations on the Perils (And Rewards) of Artmaking
Paperback ISBN: 0961454733
"This is a book about making art. Ordinary art. Ordinary art means something like: all art not made by Mozart. After all, art is rarely made by Mozart-like people; essentially—statistically speaking—there aren't any people like that. Geniuses get made once-a-century or so, yet good art gets made all the time, so to equate the making of art with the workings of genius removes this intimately human activity to a strangely unreachable and unknowable place. For all practical purposes making art can be examined in great detail without ever getting entangled in the very remote problems of genius." —-from the Introduction Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. The book's co-authors, David Bayles and Ted Orland, are themselves both working artists, grappling daily with the problems of making art in the real world. Their insights and observations, drawn from personal experience, provide an incisive view into the world of art as it is expeienced by artmakers themselves. This is not your typical self-help book. This is a book written by artists, for artists -— it's about what it feels like when artists sit down at their easel or keyboard, in their studio or performance space, trying to do the work they need to do. First published in 1994, Art & Fear quickly became an underground classic. Word-of-mouth response alone—now enhanced by internet posting—has placed it among the best-selling books on artmaking and creativity nationally. Art & Fear has attracted a remarkably diverse audience, ranging from beginning to accomplished artists in every medium, and including an exceptional concentration among students and teachers. The original Capra Press edition of Art & Fear sold 80,000 copies. An excerpt: Today, more than it was however many years ago, art is hard because you have to keep after it so consistently. On so many different fronts. For so little external reward. Artists become veteran artists only by making peace not just with themselves, but with a huge range of issues. You have to find your work...
Art and Spiritual Transformation
The Seven Stages of Death and Rebirth
Paperback ISBN: 1594772819
Art and Spiritual Transformation presents a seven-stage journey of transformation from the darkened soul to the light of spiritual illumination, revealing the primal role of art in liberating the soul. Includes a meditation practice to experience the spiritual energy in art.
Art As Medicine
Creating a Therapy of the Imagination
Paperback ISBN: 0877736588
Describes how the imagination heals itself through the creative process, and suggests therapy methods that involve performance, storytelling, dialog with images, and creative collaboration
Art Before Breakfast
A Zillion Ways to Be More Creative, No Matter How Busy You Are
Paperback ISBN: 1452135479
Intending to help those who want to express themselves creatively but think they don't have the time, presents short artistic exercises that can be done on a plane, at the breakfast table, or during a meeting.