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Drawing Portraits for the Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Portrait Drawing
Drawing Portraits for the Absolute Beginner
A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Portrait Drawing
Paperback      ISBN: 1440311447
Open this book as an absolute beginner, and come away as a proud portrait artist

Mark and Mary Willenbrink'sAbsolute Beginner books have helped thousands of novices tap into their inner artists. In this book, Mark and Mary help the beginning artist take on portraits, showing that absolutely anyone can draw faces. Their encouraging, easy-to-follow instruction style makes learning fun--you'll be amazed by how quickly you achieve impressive results.

You may be a beginner now, but not for long Drawing Portraits for the Absolute Beginner covers everything from warming up with sketches, and capturing facial expressions, to framing your finished work. Page by page, you'll build the skills and confidence you need to draw lifelike portraits of your friends and family.

What's Inside:

- A simple two-stage approach to drawing portraits: sketch a likeness, then build up values to bring it to life
- Step-by-step instruction for drawing eyes, noses, mouths, hairstyles, hands, glasses and other tricky elements
- 13 complete demonstrations featuring a range of ages and ethnicities
- Tips for evoking more personality in your portraits by using props, costumes and accessories
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.

Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun
Shoot an Iraqi
Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun
Paperback      ISBN: 087286491x

Wafaa Bilal's childhood in Iraq was defined by the horrific rule of Saddam Hussein, two wars, a bloody uprising and time spent interned in chaotic refugee camps in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Bilal eventually made it to the United States to become a professor and a successful artist, but when his brother was killed by an unmanned U.S. Predator drone, he decided to use his art to confront those in the comfort zone with the realities of life in a conflict zone.

His response was "Domestic Tension," an unsettling interactive performance piece: for one month, Bilal lived alone in a prison cell-sized room in the line of fire of a remote-controlled paintball gun and a camera that connected him to Internet viewers around the world. Visitors to the gallery and a virtual audience that grew by the thousands could shoot at him twenty-four hours a day. The project received overwhelming worldwide attention and spawned provocative online debates; ultimately, Bilal was named Chicago Tribune's Artist of the Year.

Structured in two parallel narratives, the story of Bilal's life journey and his "Domestic Tension" experience, Shoot an Iraqi, is for anyone who seeks insight into the current conflict in Iraq and for those fascinated by interactive art technologies and the ever-expanding world of online gaming.

Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal has exhibited his art worldwide, and traveled and lectured extensively to inform audiences of the situation of the Iraqi people, and the importance of peaceful conflict resolution. Bilal's 2007 dynamic installation "Domestic Tension" gained global recognition, being named Artist of the Year by the Chicago Tribune. Bilal has held exhibitions in Baghdad, the Netherlands, Thailand and Croatia; as well as at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Milwaukee Art Museum and various other US galleries. His residencies have included Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California; Catwalk in New New York; and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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.

The Burning House
The Burning House
Paperback      ISBN: 0062123483

"Fascinating....Provocative."
--New York Times

"Answering this question reveals a great deal about your personality, priorities and interests."
--The Guardian (UK)

If your house were on fire, what would you take? Foster Huntington has collected answers to this telling question from thousands of responders all over the world to get to the heart of what it is that people truly value. The result is The Burning House, featuring the best of Huntington's popular website, TheBurningHouse.com along with a wealth of all-new material. Fascinating and remarkably revealing, The Burning House provides a captivating keyhole into people's lives, feelings, and innermost thoughts that will especially appeal to the many fans of PostSecret, Not Quite What I Was Planning, Found, and Awkward Family Photos. Illustrated with sometimes moving, often unusual photographs of people's most prized possessions, The Burning House ingeniously celebrates the differences between human beings around the globe--and the surprising similarities that unite us all.

Past Objects
Past Objects
Hardcover      ISBN: 098207543x

In the space between archaeology and history stand men like Scott Jordan, a native New Yorker, who has been digging around in the city's soil for the best part of four decades. In this book Jordan provides a factual and speculative examination of the past as he describes some of his favourite objects and stories.

The Totem Pole: An Intercultural History
The Totem Pole
An Intercultural History
Hardcover      ISBN: 0295989629

The Northwest Coast totem pole captivates the imagination. From the first descriptions of these tall carved monuments, totem poles have become central icons of the Northwest Coast region and symbols of its Native inhabitants. Although many of those who gaze at these carvings assume that they are ancient artifacts, the so-called totem pole is a relatively recent artistic development, one that has become immensely important to Northwest Coast people and has simultaneously gained a common place in popular culture from fashion to the funny pages.

The Totem Pole reconstructs the intercultural history of the art form in its myriad manifestations from the eighteenth century to the present. Aldona Jonaitis and Aaron Glass analyze the totem pole's continual transformation since Europeans first arrived on the scene, investigate its various functions in different contexts, and address the significant influence of colonialism on the proliferation and distribution of carved poles. The authors also describe their theories on the development of the art form: its spread from the Northwest Coast to world's fairs and global theme parks; its integration with the history of tourism and its transformation into a signifier of place; the role of governments, museums, and anthropologists in collecting and restoring poles; and the part that these carvings have continuously played in Native struggles for control of their cultures and their lands.

Short essays by scholars and artists, including Robert Davidson, Bill Holm, Richard Hunt, Nathan Jackson, Vickie Jensen, Andrea Laforet, Susan Point, Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Lyle Wilson, and Robin Wright, provide specific case studies of many of the topics discussed, directly illustrating the various relationships that people have with the totem pole.

Errata: http: //www.washington.edu/uwpress/books/Jonaitis_errata_24.pdf

Seascapes & Sunsets: Discover Techniques for Creating Ocean Scenes and Dramatic Skies in Watercolor
Seascapes & Sunsets
Discover Techniques for Creating Ocean Scenes and Dramatic Skies in Watercolor
Paperback      ISBN: 1600582524

This newest Watercolor Made Easy title combines the drama of beautiful sunsets with the splendor of oceanscapes, making a perfect guide for any aspiring landscape artist. Accomplished watercolorist Thomas Needham begins with basic watercolor techniques and tips specific to rendering seascapes and sunsets, such as preserving the white of the paper, painting soft blends, and creating realistic reflections. Then he offers step-by-step projects that guide artists from initial sketches to impressive, colorful works of art.

Fairies & Fantasy: Learn to Paint the Enchanted World of Fairies, Angels, and Mermaids
Fairies & Fantasy
Learn to Paint the Enchanted World of Fairies, Angels, and Mermaids
Paperback      ISBN: 1600581412

Fairies, mermaids, and angels have captivated imaginations throughout the centuries. Embodying all that is feminine, sparkly, and magical, these fantastic creatures have found their ways into countless stories, films, and works of art that appeal to people of all ages. And now anyone can discover how to bring them to life in watercolor with this delightful 64-page guide. Inside, artist-author Meredith Dillman shares the methods of her unique artistic style, which is influenced by Pre-Raphaelite paintings, turn-of-the-twentieth-century book illustrations, and modern-day Japanese manga--a combination that results in beautiful, contemporary artwork. Meredith provides instruction specific to creating the mythical beauties and their whimsical surroundings, showing readers how to draw and paint faces, bodies, hair, clothing, and more. The author also guides readers through several inspiring projects, demonstrating how to re-create the magic step by step.

Theatre D'amour
Theatre D'amour
Hardcover      ISBN: 3822835722

This volume of late 16th and early 17th century love emblems--including mythological, allegorical, and even erotic prints--was amassed around 1620 by an unknown lover. These 143 folios are reproduced in their original size (25.3 x 18.5 cm), and are joined by an Introduction and accompanying descriptions by the author.