The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration is a guide for contemporary artists aspiring to master shape, color, and texture and render beautiful, realistic, and vibrant botanical artwork. Author Mindy Lighthipe, an expert botanical artist, educates you about the tools and materials traditionally used in botanical illustration, including pencils, colored pencils, watercolor, gouache, and pastels.
This thorough yet easily digestible guide includes overviews of key illustration techniques and basic color theory and mixing, and it's loaded with exercises designed to help you learn to see shape, value, and form. By learning tounderstand plant life and anatomy, you can craft elegant flowers, leaves, trees, and much more in no time
To bring it all together, The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration includes step-by-step demonstrations to follow along with as you practice taking sketches and transforming them into fully rendered, colorful pieces of fine art.
For thousands of years, artists in cultures across the globe have been captivated by the grace and beauty of the horse, making it the subject of countless works of art. Now anyone can learn to capture the mysterious and powerful nature of this beloved animal by following the clear, easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions in this book. Whether an aspiring artist wants to draw or paint with oil, acrylic, pastel, or watercolor, this book contains all the information they need to get started. Materials and techniques specific to each of the five media in this 144-page book are clearly outlined and discussed before they are put to use in projects that any horse lover will enjoy. Beginning artists will learn all about the anatomy of the horse, features unique to different horse breeds, how to render lifelike horses in poses ranging from grazing to galloping, and much more.
Since the first examples of prehistoric cave art, we can see that animals have been a subject of great fascination for the artist. Every civilisation through history has sought to depict animal forms an obsession which persists in art today.Giovanni Civardi shares his expert advice on observing animal anatomy, form and structure and employing perspective to capture a variety of wild animals with lifelike detail. This inspirational and easy-to-follow guide will suit beginners as well as more expert artists providing a comprehensive overview of the techniques including advice and suggestions for the practical aspects of drawing from life.
As featured in Parade MagazineA stunning collection of nature-inspired prints Handcrafted in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by scientists, botanical and scientific prints captured the intricate details and vibrant colors of the world's most fascinating plants and creatures. Now, the vintage illustrations can be found adorning the walls of homes featured in popular interior design magazines--but you don't have spend a fortune to re-create these beautiful floral and wildlife prints. Filled with 60 stunning illustrations, The Art of Nature Coloring Book will guide you as you use colored pencils to personalize your art and bring each plant or animal to life. These ornate prints will not only provide you with hours of entertainment, but will also serve as one-of-a-kind decorations that will liven up any wall or workspace. From the elegant peony to the lively mourning dove, The Art of Nature Coloring Book's flora- and fauna-inspired prints will fill your life with the beauty of the outdoors.
With helpful tips and easy-to-follow lessons, The Art of Painting Sea Life in Watercolor will teach readers everything they need to know to create beautiful works of art in watercolor.
The Art of Painting Sea Life in Watercolor opens with a guide to essential information on the necessary tools and materials for both sketching and painting, including pencils, paints and brushes, palettes, supports, and mediums. In addition to learning about basic drawing and painting techniques and color theory, readers will learn how to create compelling compositions, achieve depth, and render realistic textures.This new title in the Collector's Series features a large variety of stunning sea life, from an adorable sea otter to an magnificent whale. With a fresh, modern spin on this majestic subject, The Art of Painting Sea Life in Watercolor is a comprehensive and indispensable resource, packed with beautiful illustrations and expert instruction, for all artists smitten with the animal kingdom.
Love art and dogs? Now you can get the best of both of worlds with Art Studio: Dogs. Created especially with beginning artists and art enthusiasts in mind, this engaging book includes a variety of fun and unique drawing, painting, and mixed media projects designed to help you transform your love of canines into beautiful works of art.
After a review of some basic tools, materials, and helpful art techniques, you'll discover how to create your favorite furry companions in graphite, oil, acrylic, colored pencil, and more--step by step From traditional drawing and painting projects, to colorful pop art portraits, dog doodles, and mixed media wall art, there is a little something for every one and every type of dog lover in Art Studio: Dogs.
Created especially with beginning artists and art enthusiasts in mind, Art Studio: Flowers is the perfect instructional book for those wanting to learn how to draw and paint a variety of beautiful flowers in colored pencil, acrylic, watercolor, and more
Featuring more than 35 step-by-step projects, as well as dozens of technique tutorials, this comprehensive resource will help artists of all skill levels gain the confidence they need to transform their love of vibrant botanicals into beautiful works of art. From traditional flower subjects, such as roses, tulips, and zinnias to a stunning wild flower field, lilac still life, and summer garden, there is something for everyone in this wide-ranging book--whether you are simply exploring art as a hobby or are an aspiring fine artist.
Inspired by European impressionist paintings of open countryside, private gardens, and urban parks, American artists working in the years between 1887 and 1920 turned their attentions to the new landscapes being created in the fast-changing cities and rapidly emerging suburbs of their own country. Up and down the eastern seaboard, a middle-class idyll was brought to life with the construction of railways, trams, and parkways that connected city centers to commuter suburbs, whose inhabitants increasingly turned to gardening as a leisure--and predominantly female--pursuit. "The two arts of painting and garden design are closely related," landscape architect Beatrix Farrand wrote in 1907, "except that the landscape gardener paints with actual color, line, and perspective to make a composition . . . while the painter has but a flat surface on which to create his illusion."
The Artist's Garden tells the intertwined stories of American art and the new American garden movement in the years on either side of the turn of the twentieth century. Anna O. Marley and her contributors showcase more than one hundred beautifully reproduced artworks by Cecilia Beaux, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, and others alongside the books, journals, and ephemeral artifacts that both shaped and were products of the garden movement. The volume's lavishly illustrated text considers topics that range from environmentalism to new printing technologies, from the genres of garden writing to the distinctions between public and domestic spaces or American and French impressionism.
Employing the interdisciplinary perspectives of horticultural and art history, The Artist's Garden places special emphasis on the mid-Atlantic region as the epicenter of a national garden movement and offers a new look into the impact of impressionism not on American painting alone, but on the nation's culture at large.
Contributors Alan C. Braddock, James Glisson, John Dixon Hunt, Erin Leary, Anna O. Marley, Katie A. Pfohl, Judith B. Tankard, Virginia Grace Tuttle.