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The Artist's Complete Guide to Figure Drawing

by Anthony Ryder

Many of us want to learn "how to draw." But as artist Anthony Ryder explains, it's much more important to learn what to draw. In other words, to observe and draw what we actually see, rather than what we think we see. When it comes to drawing the human figure, this means letting go of learned ideas and expectation of what the figure should look like. It means carefully observing the interplay of form and light, shape and line, that combine to create the actual appearance of human form. In The Artist's Complete Guide to Figure Drawing, amateur and experienced artists alike are guided toward this new way of seeing and drawing the figure with a three-step drawing method.The book's progressive course starts with the block-in, an exercise in seeing and establishing the figure's shape. It then build to the contour, a refined line drawing that represents the figure's silhouette. The last step is tonal work on the inside of the contour, when light and shadow are shaped to create the illusion of form. Separate chapters explore topics critical to the method: gesture, which expresses a sense of living energy to the figure; light, which largely determines how we see the model; and form, which conveys the figure's volume and mass. Examples, step-by-steps, and special "tips" offer helpful hints and practical guidance throughout.Lavishly illustrated with the author's stunning artwork, The Artist's Complete Guide to Figure Drawing combines solid instruction with thoughtful meditations on the art of drawing, to both instruct and inspire artists of all levels.

The Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide

by Monona Rossol

Dozens of at-a-glance tables and charts present vital information about art materials, ingredients, technical hazards, proper protective equipment, and safe work practices simply and accurately. This brand-new third edition is now completely revised and expanded to detail lifesaving new safety and ventilation equipment, present urgent new discoveries on toxins and pollutants found in arts and crafts materials, and explain the controversies surrounding new government regulations. A virtual lifesaver for all art and craft workers.

The Artist's Guide

by Jackie Battenfield

Using a "tough love approach" to pursuing a career in the visual arts, Jackie Battenfield expands on her highly successful classes and workshops to provide a comprehensive guide for both emerging and mid-career artists.Providing real-life examples, illustrations, and step-by-step exercises, Battenfield offers readily applicable advice on all aspects of the job. Along with tips on planning and assessment, she presents strategies for self-management, including marketing, online promotion, building professional relationships, grant writing, and portfolio development.Each chapter ends with an insightful "Reality Check" interview, featuring advice and useful information from high-profile artists and professionals.The result is an inspiring, experiential guide brimming with field-tested techniques that readers can easily apply to their own career.

The Artist's Guide

by Jackie Battenfield

Using a "tough love approach" to pursuing a career in the visual arts, Jackie Battenfield expands on her highly successful classes and workshops to provide a comprehensive guide for both emerging and mid-career artists.Providing real-life examples, illustrations, and step-by-step exercises, Battenfield offers readily applicable advice on all aspects of the job. Along with tips on planning and assessment, she presents strategies for self-management, including marketing, online promotion, building professional relationships, grant writing, and portfolio development.Each chapter ends with an insightful "Reality Check" interview, featuring advice and useful information from high-profile artists and professionals.The result is an inspiring, experiential guide brimming with field-tested techniques that readers can easily apply to their own career.

The Artist's Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love

by Jackie Battenfield

Using a "tough love approach" to pursuing a career in the visual arts, Jackie Battenfield expands on her highly successful classes and workshops to provide a comprehensive guide for both emerging and mid-career artists. Providing real-life examples, illustrations, and step-by-step exercises, Battenfield offers readily applicable advice on all aspects of the job. Along with tips on planning and assessment, she presents strategies for self-management, including marketing, online promotion, building professional relationships, grant writing, and portfolio development. Each chapter ends with an insightful "Reality Check" interview, featuring advice and useful information from high-profile artists and professionals. The result is an inspiring, experiential guide brimming with field-tested techniques that readers can easily apply to their own career.

The Artist's Guide to Drawing Animals

by J. C. Amberlyn

Create Classic Portraits of Favorite PetsThe Artist's Guide to Drawing Animals continues the rich tradition of animals in art. In this step-by-step guide to rendering your favorite animals in pencil and pen-and-ink, J. C. Amberlyn combines her love of pets and other familiar domestic creatures with her beautiful, detailed drawing style. Covering a variety of animals from beloved pets like dogs and cats to barnyard critters like cows and sheep and many more, the book covers every species with easy-to-follow instructions for drawing them from every angle imaginable. Along with seven featured examinations of Amberlyn's artistic process, each chapter showcases the tools and techniques needed to produce your own highly detailed, lifelike drawings of a variety of well-known animal companions. The worlds of artists and animal lovers come together in this richly illustrated, in-depth guide to producing charming portraits of some of the most popular pets and domesticated creatures.Also available as an eBookFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

The Artist's Guide to Drawing Realistic Animals

by Doug Lindstrand

Breathe Life into Your Animal DrawingsWildlife artist Doug Lindstrand has spent 30+ years observing animals in nature and capturing them on paper. In this book, he distills his expertise into key lessons for drawing any animal in a charming, realistic style.Inside, a whole herd of step-by-step exercises and demonstrations (43, to be exact!) cover a broad range of subjects and challenges, including how to draw:short, long and patterned furmouths, eyes, ears and hornsvarious poses, including seated, standing and movinga diversity of animals, domestic and wild - from housecats to big cats, from tiny cottontails to massive African elephants.Nothing intimidating here! Starting with easy sketches, you'll learn to gradually refine basic shapes into lifelike dogs, wolves, deer, sheep, horses, bears, giraffes, owls, eagles, geese and other magnificent creatures. With this classic and time-tested approach, you'll be able to draw not only the animals illustrated on these pages, but any animal that touches your artistic soul.

The Artist's Guide to Drawing Realistic Animals

by Doug Lindstrand

Breathe Life into Your Animal Drawings Wildlife artist Doug Lindstrand has spent 30+ years observing animals in nature and capturing them on paper. In this book, he distills his expertise into key lessons for drawing any animal in a charming, realistic style. Inside, a whole herd of step-by-step exercises and demonstrations (43, to be exact!) cover a broad range of subjects and challenges, including how to draw: short, long and patterned fur mouths, eyes, ears and horns various poses, including seated, standing and moving a diversity of animals, domestic and wild - from housecats to big cats, from tiny cottontails to massive African elephants. Nothing intimidating here! Starting with easy sketches, you'll learn to gradually refine basic shapes into lifelike dogs, wolves, deer, sheep, horses, bears, giraffes, owls, eagles, geese and other magnificent creatures. With this classic and time-tested approach, you'll be able to draw not only the animals illustrated on these pages, but any animal that touches your artistic soul.

The Artist's Guide to Drawing the Clothed Figure

by Michael Massen

In order to effectively draw clothing and drapery, an artist must recognize the basic shapes of clothing and how the principles of physics act upon those shapes. Beginning with the basic shapes of clothing and the anatomy of folds, and progressing to final rendering techniques of both sculpted and loose drapery on solid forms--including how motion affects wrinkles, folds, and waves, The Artist's Guide to Drawing the Clothed Figure presents a novel and completely thorough approach to understanding the mechanics of drapery. This comprehensive resource examines the mechanical principles behind the formation of folds: simple wave patterns, intersecting wave patterns, and tertiary effects upon these two, such as twisting and flowing forms. The book breaks down all clothing into three types: sculpted forms, loose drapery, and, most especially, tubes. Once these mechanics are established, various techniques for rendering clothing are presented, including how factors such as the stiffness, thickness, or texture of a particular material can affect the appearance of an article of clothing. Throughout, the author examines examples from master draftspersons--old masters, cartoonists, illustrators, and fashion illustrators, including Leonardo da Vinci, Ingres, Degas, Joseph Christian, Leyendecker, Charles Dana Gibson, Raphael, and Will Eisner--to see how they interpreted this information.From the Hardcover edition.

The Artist's Guide to Public Art

by Lynn Basa

Public art commissions--how to find them, how to get them.* First-hand advice from experienced public artists* Written by an artist for artists* Includes expert information on public art lawLearn how to find, apply for, compete for, and win a public art commission. First-hand interviews with experienced public artists and arts administrators provide in-the-trenches advice and insight, and a chapter on public art law, written by Barbara Hoffman, the country's leading public art law attorney, answers questions about this complex area. Packed with details on working with contracts, conflict, controversy, communities, committees, and more, The Artist's Guide to Public Art shows artists the way to cut through the red tape and win commissions that are rewarding both financially and artistically.

Artists in Times of War

by Howard Zinn

"Political power," says Howard Zinn, "is controlled by the corporate elite, and the arts are the locale for a kind of guerrilla warfare in the sense that guerrillas look for apertures and opportunities where they can have an effect." In Artists in Times of War, Zinn looks at the possibilities to create such apertures through art, film, activism, publishing and through our everyday lives. In this collection of four essays, the author of A People's History of the United States writes about why "To criticize the government is the highest act of patriotism." Filled with quotes and examples from the likes of Bob Dylan, Mark Twain, e. e. cummings, Thomas Paine, Joseph Heller, and Emma Goldman, Zinn's essays discuss America's rich cultural counternarratives to war, so needed in these days of unchallenged U.S. militarism.

Artist's Journal Workshop

by Cathy Johnson

Discover the Joy of Art Journaling An artist's journal is a powerful creative tool, offering you a safe place to experiment, explore, consider and improve. Artist's Journal Workshop provides all the guidance, structure and inspiration you need to create a meaningful art-journaling practice. Starting with the question, "What do you want from your journal?" you'll build a sound journaling concept that will serve your unique creative needs and give you the freedom to practice, play and develop as an artist. Featuring rich visual examples on every page, you'll receive continual guidance and inspiration from: 27 international artists who share pages and advice from their own art journals More than 25 hands-on exercises to help you personalize your journal while developing new ideas and techniques Journal pages featuring travel sketching, nature studies and celebrations of daily life Prompts for visually commemorating life events and milestones Support for working through creative doubts and blocks A range of artistic styles and perspectives to study and admire Instruction for trying your hand at new methods and materials This is the perfect opportunity for you to begin realizing your artistic potential--one page at a time. Begin the journey today!

Artist's Journal Workshop: Creating Your Life in Words and Pictures

by Cathy Johnson

Discover the Joy of Art Journaling An artist's journal is a powerful creative tool, offering you a safe place to experiment, explore, consider and improve. Artist's Journal Workshop provides all the guidance, structure and inspiration you need to create a meaningful art-journaling practice. Starting with the question, "What do you want from your journal?" you'll build a sound journaling concept that will serve your unique creative needs and give you the freedom to practice, play and develop as an artist. Featuring rich visual examples on every page, you'll receive continual guidance and inspiration from: 27 international artists who share pages and advice from their own art journals More than 25 hands-on exercises to help you personalize your journal while developing new ideas and techniques Journal pages featuring travel sketching, nature studies and celebrations of daily life Prompts for visually commemorating life events and milestones Support for working through creative doubts and blocks A range of artistic styles and perspectives to study and admire Instruction for trying your hand at new methods and materials This is the perfect opportunity for you to begin realizing your artistic potential--one page at a time. Begin the journey today!

An Artist's Journey to Bali

by Betty Reynolds

Written and illustrated by renowned artist Betty Reynolds, An Artist's Journey to Bali is a cultural exploration into the mysterious Indonesian island of Bali. In this beautifully illustrated artist's sketchbook, the author shares her good fortune of meeting many Balinese who allowed her to witness important aspects of their lives and culture, and to participate in the religious rituals that mark their passage through the major stages of life.

An Artist's Journey to Bali

by Betty Reynolds

Written and illustrated by renowned artist Betty Reynolds, An Artist's Journey to Bali is a cultural exploration into the mysterious Indonesian island of Bali. In this beautifully illustrated artist's sketchbook, the author shares her good fortune of meeting many Balinese who allowed her to witness important aspects of their lives and culture, and to participate in the religious rituals that mark their passage through the major stages of life.

An Artist's Journey to Bali

by Betty Reynolds

An Artist's Journey to Bali is much more than your usual tourist guide to the beautiful and mysterious Indonesian island of Bali. Written and illustrated by renowned artist Betty Reynolds, this book contains the author's Balinese watercolor art depicting the wonderful island whose inhabitants are known to adhere to daily rituals that, although unfamiliar to foreigners, give the island and its people a distinct aura of mystery and magic.In this beautifully illustrated artist's sketchbook, the author shares her good fortune of meeting many Balinese who allowed her to witness important aspects of their lives and culture, and to participate in the religious rituals that mark their passage through the major stages of life.If Bali travel is in your future, this is a great book to have. It takes you right into the Balinese culture, exploring the art of Bali, unveiling the traditions and spirituality in that part of the world. Take a rare journey to a beautiful place, as Betty invites you to experience it with an artist Journey to Bali.

The Artist's Library

by Laura Damon-Moore Pigza Jessica Erinn Batykefer

Creativity, like information, is free to everyone who steps into a library. The Artist's Library offers the idea that an artist is any person who uses creative tools to make new things, and the guidance and resources to make libraries of all sizes and shapes come alive as spaces for art-making and cultural engagement. Case studies included in the book range from the crafty (pop-up books) to the community-minded (library galleries) to documentary (photo projects) to the technically complex ("listening" to libraries via Dewey decimal frequencies).The Library as Incubator Project was created by Erinn Batykefer, Laura Damon-Moore, and Christina Endres. It highlights the ways that libraries and artists can work together, and works to strengthen these partnerships. By calling attention to one of the many reasons libraries are important to our communities and our culture, it provides a dynamic online forum for sharing ideas.Erinn Batykefer is a librarian, a writer, and a lifelong do-it-yourselfer. She earned an MFA in writing and a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her first poetry collection, Allegheny, Monongahela, won the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Prize.Laura Damon-Moore is a librarian, blogger, and avid art-maker in her spare time. Laura received her master's degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012.Jessica Pigza is the assistant curator in the New York Public Library's Rare Book Division. She also writes on handmade material culture, DIY, and handicrafts at Hand-Made Librarian.

The Artist's Mentor: Inspiration from the World's Most Creative Minds

by Ian Jackman

What inspires a person to create? How does an artist see the world? What happens during a "eureka moment?" How does an artist find self-discipline? The Artist's Mentor is for those of us who want to create art but do not know how to begin. Drawing on interviews and autobiographical writings of more than 100 famous painters, photographers, sculptors, and film and video artists, Jackman gets to the heart of what makes art. Here, Michelangelo Brungardt, Frida Kahlo, Jean Renoir, Andy Warhol, Ansel Adams, Annie Leibowitz, Pablo Picasso, and many other visual artists describe the creative process. Quotes and passages from the artists are accompanied by commentary from Jackman.

Artist's Photo Reference

by Gary Greene

This book is for every flower painter who has ever wasted hours searching through books and magazines for good reference photos. . . only to be disappointed that the photos you do find are out of focus, poorly lit or lack important detail. In short, they're woefully inadequate for your needs.

Artist's Photo Reference - Reflections, Textures & Backgrounds

by Gary Greene

There's no better way to add interest to any piece of artwork than with reflections, textures and backgrounds. This unique photo reference helps both fine and decorative artists tackle these subjects with ease. Readers will find stunning photos of a wide variety of scenes and objects, including: the textures of nature, such as autumn leaves, stones, fruits, weathered wood and sand; man-made textures like rusty metal, bricks and pottery; breathtaking settings form deserts to meadows and mountains; reflections in calm, rough and rippling water; and scenes featuring waves, clouds, snow and forests. There are also six painting demonstrations in all the major mediums that show readers ecactly how to get the most out of reference photos. Artists of all levels will appreciate this inspiring guide.

Artist's Photo Reference - Wildlife

by Bart Rulon

Capturing the details is what makes wildlife painting come alive. Getting the fur, facial features and anatomy right with subjects that refuse to stand still adds to the challenge.Artist's Photo Reference: Wildlife saves the day by allowing you to concentrate on what's important - creating great art.Artist and photographer Bart Rulon provides hundreds of gorgeous full-color images showcasing nearly four dozen animals from a variety of angles. Each one has been taken with the needs of the artist in mind, ensuring that you save time, effort, money and worry. Stop wasting hours combing through endless magazines and books. You'll find all the high-quality reference photos you need right here!Rulon also provides guidelines for taking your own reference photos, plus five demonstrations in a variety of media, that illustrate how professional wildlife artists create extraordinary works of art by painting from photographs.Wildlife is the perfect addition to your reference library! Use it to save time, get inspired and create beautiful art of your own.

Artist's Photo Reference: Wildlife

by Bart Rulon

Capturing the details is what makes wildlife painting come alive. Getting the fur, facial features and anatomy right with subjects that refuse to stand still adds to the challenge. Artist's Photo Reference: Wildlifesaves the day by allowing you to concentrate on what's important - creating great art. Artist and photographer Bart Rulon provides hundreds of gorgeous full-color images showcasing nearly four dozen animals from a variety of angles. Each one has been taken with the needs of the artist in mind, ensuring that you save time, effort, money and worry. Stop wasting hours combing through endless magazines and books. You'll find all the high-quality reference photos you need right here! Rulon also provides guidelines for taking your own reference photos, plus five demonstrations in a variety of media, that illustrate how professional wildlife artists create extraordinary works of art by painting from photographs. Wildlifeis the perfect addition to your reference library! Use it to save time, get inspired and create beautiful art of your own.

Artists Under Hitler

by Jonathan Petropoulos

#147;What are we to make of those cultural figures, many with significant international reputations, who tried to find accommodation with the Nazi regime?" Jonathan Petropoulos asks in this exploration of some of the most acute moral questions of the Third Reich. In his nuanced analysis of prominent German artists, architects, composers, film directors, painters, and writers who rejected exile, choosing instead to stay during Germany's darkest period, Petropoulos shows how individuals variously dealt with the regime's public opposition to modern art. His findings explode the myth that all modern artists were anti-Nazi and all Nazis anti-modernist. Artists Under Hitler closely examines cases of artists who failed in their attempts to find accommodation with the Nazi regime (Walter Gropius, Paul Hindemith, Gottfried Benn, Ernst Barlach, Emil Nolde) as well as others whose desire for official acceptance was realized (Richard Strauss, Gustaf Gründgens, Leni Riefenstahl, Arno Breker, Albert Speer). Collectively these ten figures illuminate the complex cultural history of Nazi Germany, while individually they provide haunting portraits of people facing excruciating choices and grave moral questions.

Artists Unframed

by Merry Forresta

Tucked away among the letters, diaries, and other ephemera in the Smithsonian's archives lies a trove of rarely seen snapshots of some of the twentieth century's most celebrated artists. Unlike the familiar official portraits and genius-at-work shots, these humble snaps capture creative giants with their guard down, in the moment, living life. Pablo Picasso stands proudly on a balcony with young daughter Maya--a tiny, meticulously inked annotation penned by an unknown hand proclaims that "he's very much in love." Jackson Pollock morosely carves a turkey while his mother, Stella, and wife, Lee Krasner, look on. A young Andy Warhol clowns for the camera with college friend Philip Pearlstein, and in a later shot more closely resembles his famously enigmatic public self at a gallery opening with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

The Artist's Way

by Julia Cameron

A stunning gift edition of the powerful bestselling book on creativity.The Artist's Way is one of the bestselling gift books of all time. Beautifully packaged with a slipcase and ribbon, this tenth anniversary gift edition is the ideal gift for loved ones engaged in creative lives.

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