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Modeling the Head in Clay
Modeling the Head in Clay
Hardcover      ISBN: 0823030989

Creative techniques step-by-step. This book offers the reader an opportunity to watch one of our foremost contemporary sculptors at work, to see not just highlights of the creative process, but every step from beginning to end.
In order to recreate the immediacy of an actual workshop situation, Bruno Lucchesi takes a single life-size head through all the stages of roughing in, modeling, refining the surface, and finishing and texturing, so that the reader can see exactly how he positions and models every detail.

"From the Trade Paperback edition."

First printing, 1979.

Basic Figure Drawing Techniques
Basic Figure Drawing Techniques
Paperback      ISBN: 0891345515
  • How to mix every color you need from a basic palette

  • Pages of detailed at-a-glance color charts

  • Mixing with both dry and water-soluble pencils

  • Ideas for mixing a wide range of greens

  • The best mixture for deep, rich colors

  • Useful techniques for blending and overlaying

  • Technical information on pigments
  • The Art of Pastel: Discover Techniques for Creating Beautiful Works of Art in Pastel
    The Art of Pastel
    Discover Techniques for Creating Beautiful Works of Art in Pastel
    Paperback      ISBN: 1600581951

    The velvety strokes of pastel have enchanted fine artists for more than a century. From airy strokes to bold marks and soft hues to vibrant shades, the versatility of pastel makes it suitable for a wide range of subjects and moods. Now anyone can experience this multi-dimensional medium with The Art of Pastel. Inside this comprehensive guide, five artists provide instruction for using soft, hard, and oil pastel--each sharing his or her unique approach. From portraits and landscapes to rich floral scenes, this book contains a wealth of inspiring images that artists can re-create step by step.

    Colored Pencil: Discover Your
    Colored Pencil
    Discover Your "inner Artist" as You Learn to Draw a Range of Popular Subjects in Colored Pencil
    Paperback      ISBN: 160058151x

    Anyone who has always wanted to draw in colored pencil but finds all those colors intimidating can breathe a sigh of relief after opening this book. Drawing Made Easy: Colored Pencil shows readers how to draw almost anything in colored pencil with ease After introducing readers to the tools and materials needed to get started, award-winning artist Eileen Sorg demonstrates how to draw flowers, still lifes, animals, and a variety of other objects by building up color and form in simple layers. By the last page, readers will be able to draw a horse, a bowl of fruit, a tree frog, a puppy, and even a garden gnome with beautiful, vibrant color. The book also includes in-depth information on tracing and transferring images, so aspiring artists don't even need to know how to draw to master the art of colored pencil

    Mixed-Media Collage: An Exploration of Contemporary Artists, Methods, and Materials
    Mixed-Media Collage
    An Exploration of Contemporary Artists, Methods, and Materials
    Paperback      ISBN: 1592533167
    More than 60 new mixed-media collages by leading mixed-media artists.

    Mixed-media collage artists are embracing, unearthing, and reconstructing the flotsam and jetsam of modern life with abandon, integrating discards along with a range of art materials and novel techniques to create compelling, new works. Original, idiosyncratic, and delightful, this catch-as-catch-can approach to making art is inspiring and can have eye-catching results. It can also have its own set of technical challenges. Mixed-Media Collage takes you into the studios of five talented mixed-media artists: Laurinda Bedingfield, Barbara De Pirro, Paula Grasdal, Sharon McCartney, and Teesha Moore. The artists reveal their own step-by-step processes, offer tips on working with unconventional materials, and share their insights on creativity and finding inspiration. A deluxe gallery features forty never-before published mixed-media pieces, complete with detailed descriptions of the work and the materials used to create them.

    • In-depth chapters detailing the work and techniques of Laurinda Bedingfield, Barbara De Pirro, Paula Grasdal, Sharon McCartney, and Teesha Moore
    • Techniques for making faux encaustics out of acrylic gel medium (no hot palette or wax required), adding stitching to paper, layering surfaces, finding inspiration in texts, building shrines and book-page panels out of sew-through interfacing, using simple printmaking techniques to create one-of-a-kind collage materials, building three-dimensional photo collages, and more
    • A special feature by best-selling author Jennifer Crusie, who shares her thoughts on the connections between writing and collage, as well as several previously unpublished assemblages she has used as a tool to plot and edit her books
    • A humorous essay by best-selling author Alisa Kwitney, who shares her thoughts on the connections between writing and collage, and explains why she canAEt use collage as a tool for anything
    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.

    Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil
    Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil
    Paperback      ISBN: 0891348689

    You won't believe the incredible drawings you can create using common pencils and the special techniques illustrated in this book. These methods are so easy that anyone--from doodler to advanced artist--can master them in minutes Step by step, you'll learn how to capture the look of metal, glass, weathered wood, skin, hair and other textures. Two detailed start-to-finish demonstrations show you how to use these textures to create drawings that look so real they seem to leap right off the page.

    Color Mixing in Acrylic: Learn to Mix Fresh, Vibrant Colors for Still Lifes, Landscapes, Portraits, and More
    Color Mixing in Acrylic
    Learn to Mix Fresh, Vibrant Colors for Still Lifes, Landscapes, Portraits, and More
    Paperback      ISBN: 1600583881

    Color is a key component in art and painting and a crucial aspect of successfully completing an acrylic painting. Ideal for beginning and intermediate artists seeking to develop their acrylic painting skills, Color Mixing in Acrylic features a range of techniques and valuable instruction for working with and mixing color in this classic medium. With this comprehensive guide, artists will learn how to mix fresh, vibrant colors in acrylic for painting almost any subject. Beginning with detailed information for using acrylic mixing tools and materials, Color Mixing in Acrylic introduces artists to the basics, including supports, color palettes, painting knives, mediums, and other essentials designed to assist in effectively using this fast-drying paint. Artists will learn about color theory, the color wheel, and basic color-mixing concepts, in addition to learning about primary, secondary and tertiary colors; color complements; hue; value; and saturation. Also included is detailed information for learning to mix common acrylics in every major color group, including vibrant greens for landscapes; soft flesh neutrals for portraits; and tints, shades, and tones for every color in between. Information is packaged in a comprehensive, easy-to-follow format and includes plenty of inspiration, so that artists can put their newfound skills to practical use. With its breadth of detail and helpful instruction, Color Mixing in Acrylic is a must-have resource for any acrylic painter's reference library.

    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.
    Artists Sketchbook
    Artists Sketchbook
    Paperback      ISBN: 1581802110

    This illuminating guide draws on the vast experience of established artists and old masters to give readers a rich variety of working methods that will guide and encourage their sketching ability.