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Trashures: The Beauty of Useless Stuff
The Beauty of Useless Stuff
Paperback      ISBN: 9063694253

Have you seen the Waste Land documentary? It's about the largest landfill in the world in Brazil where people make a living out of garbage in the dump. Until artist Vik Muniz comes and Art is born out of rubbish materials and ends up in Phillips, an auction house in London, one of the most important in contemporary art. Inspired? Through Trashures useless garbage will become indispensable to your project. You can also get to know how other artists reacted to the transition from useless, scrap, ordinary things to unique pieces of art, ingenious assemblages of beautiful and smart designed new products.
For whoever has an eye for it, there is beauty in everything, from rubbish to stuff that is plain useless. This book features fifteen international artists who work with rubbish, showcases some of their projects, and includes a DIY spread for a project by every artist.

Animal Friends: Guided Coloring for Creative Relaxation: 30 Original Designs + 4 Full-Color Bonus Prints: Easy Tear-Out Pages for Framing
Animal Friends
Guided Coloring for Creative Relaxation: 30 Original Designs + 4 Full-Color Bonus Prints: Easy Tear-Out Pages for Framing
Paperback      ISBN: 1589239458

Wonders of nature: Original artwork numbered for coloring provides creative relaxation.

Each book in the Brilliantly Vivid Color-by-Number series presents 30 pieces of numbered original artwork by Italian artist F. Sehnaz Bac, renowned for the stunning palettes of her whimsical painted rock designs. Animal Friends includes beloved pets, forest friends, and exotic creatures, all numbered for vibrant coloring in markers, colored pencils, crayons, or paints, along with coloring instruction (with a color key) and four bonus full-color prints. Simply color in each numbered space with the corresponding color in the color key, or explore your unique creative path and fill the spaces with your own palette. Relax, unwind, and be creative as you color in these lovely pieces of art. Once you've enjoyed these designs, you'll want to try Sehnaz's two other Brilliantly Vivid Color-by-Number books: Birds and Butterflies, which features her popular and iconic songbirds and owls, delicate butterflies and dragonflies, and other beautiful motifs; and Flowers and Mandalas, which includes her dazzling mandalas and fun and fanciful blooms.

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
Paperback      ISBN: 0874770882

Helps the reader gain access to right-brain functions, which affect artistic and creative abilities, by teaching drawing through unusual exercises designed to increase visual skills. Simultaneous. Hardcover available. 35,000 first printing.

Why Cats Paint: A Theory of Feline Aesthetics
Why Cats Paint
A Theory of Feline Aesthetics
Paperback      ISBN: 0898156122

An unprecedented photographic record of cat creativity that will intrigue cat lovers and art lovers alike.

Art Escapes: Daily Exercises & Inspirations for Discovering Greater Creativity & Artistic Confidence
Art Escapes
Daily Exercises & Inspirations for Discovering Greater Creativity & Artistic Confidence
Paperback      ISBN: 1440311730

Inspire your creative spirit--everyday!

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced artist, Art Escapes provides the ideas and encouragement you need to discover greater creativity and artistic confidence, even when you're short on time. Professional artist and instructor Dory Kanter shows you how to:

  • Experience more fun and greater confidence drawing and painting.
  • Express yourself and experiment everyday with an art journal.
  • Reinterpret daily life with simple, beautiful sketches.
  • Find painting inspiration in unexpected places.
  • Paint freely, intuitively and passionately with a simple four-step approach.
  • Create new forms of art, including watercolor mosaics, paper weavings and found object collages.

You'll also find 13 drawing, watercolor, mixed media, and assemblage projects, plus several page-a-day ideas.

With Art Escapes, you'll learn how to build an art habit, one that brings joy with every stroke of your brush.

Digital Sci-Fi Art: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Stunning, Futuristic Images
Digital Sci-Fi Art
A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Stunning, Futuristic Images
Paperback      ISBN: 0060724331

Visions of future worlds have always captured the imaginations.Images of towering cyber-cityscapes, awesome uninhabitable planetary worlds, sleek super-cars and space cruisers, strange mutant beings, and terrifying alien life forms have spilled from the feverish minds of fantasy sci-fi illustrators for as long as the genre has existed. Today, as more and more artists are switching from traditional media to the digital world of computers, the images being created are breathtakingly realistic.

Featuring works from the world's best sci-fi artists, Digital Sci-Fi Art begins with an examination of the traditional styles and sources of sci-fi imagery then analyzes the new digital tools available to today's illustrators. The heart of the book comprises a detailed survey of the key techniques involved in creating digital sci-fi art -- with step-by-step walkthroughs showing how specially-created pieces are produced. The book ends with a showcase of some of the best contemporary work being produced anywhere in the world.

Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces
Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1581802161
Draw amazingly accurate portraits starting today

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-by-step instructions that are fun and easy to follow. You'll quickly begin to:

- Master proportions and map facial features accurately
- Study shapes within a composition and draw them realistically
- Use value, light and shading to add life and depth to any portrait
- Render tricky details, including eyes, noses, mouths and hair

Proven, hands-on exercises and before-and-after examples from Parks' students ensure instant success It's all the guidance and inspiration you need to draw realistic faces with precision, confidence and style
The Art of Crayon: Draw, Color, Resist, Sculpt, Carve!
The Art of Crayon
Draw, Color, Resist, Sculpt, Carve!
Paperback      ISBN: 1631591010

Create astonishing artwork with crayons

Crayons aren't just for kids anymore Sculptors use them whole, bundling thousands of crayons to create environmental and installation-size sculptures. Carvers pierce and reshape crayons with scalpels, turning them into mini totems, helixes, and portrait busts. Landscape and still-life artists layer crayon shades in works on paper that rival paintings in their subtlety and depth. What will you do?

The Art of Crayon will guide you through a gallery of works by contemporary artists who use crayons as a diverse and dynamic medium. Each chapter includes a specific style of crayon artwork, complete with engaging projects from author Lorraine Bell to help you learn different techniques. From sculpture, to carving, to melted wax and drawing, you'll soon become a master crayon artist

Drawing People: How to Portray the Clothed Figure
Drawing People
How to Portray the Clothed Figure
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1581803591
Draw Natural and Believable Clothed Figures

In Drawing People, award-winning illustrator and instructor Barbara Bradley provides all the information you need to render clothed human figures with energy, detail and control.

Bradley begins by teaching the basics of any drawing, including proportion, perspective and value. Next, you'll learn how to overcome the special challenges posed by clothing, including fabric folds and draping effects. Bradley illustrates how they're constructed and how to draw them in different situations--on male and female figures that are active or at rest.

These reliable, proven drawing techniques will add a natural feel to your art, resulting in figures that look as if they could walk, run or dance right off the page.
Wallpaper: The Ultimate Guide
The Ultimate Guide
Hardcover      ISBN: 1590204344

This stunning book gets to the heart of the exciting contemporary wallpaper scene. Dividing the book into the three main areas of design - pasted pictures, fabulous florals and architectural illusions each section starts with what is happening now, then traces the history back through the key moments, developments, designers and manufacturers to the origins of the style. New young designers and established manufacturers, funky new layered images and classic designs, the latest visual technology and hand-painted historical scenes.

Each section also explains how to use this type of wallpaper in a variety of ways and rooms to obtain different effects. Expert advice on working out color schemes, mixing florals with geometrics, using large and small prints, zoning and other techniques is included.