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Transform your paintings from ordinary to extraordinary - with light!Want to paint light-filled watercolors that reach out and draw viewers in? In this book, award-winning watercolorist and teacher Susan Bourdet shows you how. Through simple concepts and detailed step-by-step demonstrations, Susan demystifies the process of successfully depicting light in watercolor. You'll learn how to:Create convincing light effects and rich shadowsDepict different light angles and times of dayRender light on a variety of subjects, from feathers and fur to flowers, water and texturesTake reference photos with exciting light and combine them into a believable composition that speaks to your viewersIt's all the information you'll need to capture the magic of light in your watercolors!Includes 23 step-by-step demonstrations!
Draw awesome manga characters and scenes just like the pros!Capture the excitement of manga in your drawings! Inside you'll find hundreds of dynamic illustrations for achieving the hot, action-packed look you want. Loaded with detail and over 40 step-by-step lessons, you'll learn the skills and tips you need to create amazing characters and scenes.From drawing characters in cool poses to exploring visual storytelling, Manga Madness will show you the way!Drawing basics such as shading, perspective and foreshorteningJapanese terms, traditions and character typesQuick tips for having fun and improving your workFrom pretty girls and rebellious heroes to space pirates and giant robots, you'll get fast results for your best manga drawings yet!
Paint endearing garden animals with realistic details that glow with life!Sherry C. Nelson shows you easy painting techniques that bring liveliness and personality to a variety of adorable garden animals and your favorite household pets. Through clear, step-by-step demonstrations and full-color reference photos, you'll learn how to paint the distinctive features of each animal and how to achieve realistic-looking fur.Each project is designed in a lovely setting with garden flowers, insects and other natural features. Inside, you'll find ten gorgeous projects, including:Lop-eared Rabbit and PansiesKitten and Baby ChickWhitetail Fawn and ChipmunkPuppy and the GoslingThe techniques demonstrated in each project, along with color charts and supply lists, will help you capture each adorable detail of your favorite garden friends. With Sherry C. Nelson as your guide, you'll find satisfying and successful results!
Become a confident and creative watercolor artist, even if this is the very first time you have picked up a paintbrush! Fully illustrated introduction to the basic materials and equipment, from paints, paper and brushes to setting up a studio and painting outdoors, ensures you are ready to begin Easy-to-follow instruction teaches the basics of structure, tone, color and composition to create a solid foundation for successful watercolor painting Comprehensive lessons in the essential techniques include handling brushes, mixing watercolor paint, applying washes, creating texture and more Step-by-step demonstrations gradually build up the techniques, from structural drawing and using a limited palette, to developing a composition, using a color scheme and painting flowers, landscapes and still lifes Authors Mark and Mary Willenbrink provide indispensable hints, tips and guidance throughout, and their background in watercolor painting, teaching and writing ensures you feel encouraged and inspired throughout
You can draw incredibly realistic animals - even if you've never drawn before! Lee Hammond's amazing easy-to-follow techniques enable you to render a variety of wonderful animals, from cats and dogs to horses, squirrels, tigers and more. These skills can be used to draw any kind of mammal accurately. Hammond's special graphing system makes all the difference, helping your brain translate the animal poses you see into drawings on the page. You'll also learn other important illustration techniques, including layering, blending and shading. Additional guidelines help you duplicate realistic eyes, ears, mouths, feet, fur, and hide. You can start drawing TODAY - whether you're eight or eighty. Lee Hammond provides the know-how you need to make it happen!
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!
Draw Horses There's nothing quite so captivating as the elegant lines, powerful muscles and graceful movements of a horse. For centuries, artists have celebrated these exquisite creatures in their work - now you can too! Lee Hammond shows you how with her special step-by-step method for breaking down each subject into easily drawn shapes that fit together like pieces of a puzzle. She'll teach you the basics of horse anatomy along with the finer details, including facial features, hair, legs and hooves. You'll learn blending and shading techniques to capture a horse's form and dimension, then give each animal personality, conveying emotion and spirit with startling realism. Learn to draw horses of any age, in any stance. Master the techniques needed to render a horse in motion, and capture the speed, power and grace of an animal on the move. Hammond makes it easy, illustrating each lesson with start-to-finish exercises and invaluable advice. So what are you waiting for? It's time to grab your pencil, saddle up and begin your new artistic journey.
Draw fearless heroes and ruthless villains! Awesome aliens, warriors, martial artists, monsters, robots and more are waiting for you to bring them to life on the pages of your sketchbook! Create creatures and characters that explode with energy and power! Let Superhero Madness show you: Drawing basics such as shading, poses and 3-D effects Penciling, inking and coloring techniques Character ideas, page design tips and secrets for great storytelling Draw one cool character or an entire army of good and bad guys and gals. Invent other worlds, costumes, weapons and more. Hundreds of action-packed illustrations and over 45 easy step-by-step lessons show you how!
Grab a pencil and draw the coolest and most outrageous creatures just like the pros! What are you waiting for? Capture the excitement of manga monsters in your drawings now! Find hundreds of action-packed illustrations for getting the dynamic look you want all your comics to have. Over 50 step-by-step colorful lessons give you the skills and secrets you need to create awesome monsters. Do you want your characters to have punch? personality? Manga Monster Madness will show you how. In this complete guide you'll find: Drawing basics such as shading, color, anatomy and creating 3-D forms Japanese terms, traditions and mythology Quick tips giving you details about every monster From Giant monsters (Daikaiju) and Mutants, to Aliens, Fantasy heroes and Pet monsters, you'll get speedy results and achieve your best manga drawings yet!
How to Draw a Dragon: "Cautiously approach the dragon, offer it a piece of candy or a little sister, and draw while it happily munches away." From the artist behind the wildly popular NeonDragonArt.com, DragonArt will help you create mythical beasts that awe, delight, and disturb the sweet dreams of little ones. Armed only with your trusty pencil and ink pen, you will begin your artistic quest by conquering a super-easy dragon that even the densest of wyvern could draw. With pace quickened by this cool achievement, you shall forge bravely onward to discover simple secrets and spiffy tricks for making your creature friendly or fierce, sorrowful or cynical-drawing them from all different perspectives, in flight or at rest (so vain, those dragons-they love to strike a pose!) and incorporating various styles of heads, limbs, wings, horns, frills, scales, tails and other details to make your particular beast original, believable and so darn groovy. Because dragons enjoy having others around to terrorize, disembowel and occasionally hang out with, this book will also teach you how you to populate your alternate universe with a whole cast of fantastic creatures, including mythical griffins, guardian gargoyles and deadly basilisks. All this within the curiously compelling, beautifully beastly, and brightly colored pages you hold in your hands, which by now are no doubt trembling with keen anticipation. So quit dragon your feet! (Ugh, wyrms hate puns!) Buy this book now and make your wildest, wickedest, fire-breathingest fantasies come true!
Create Your Own Fantastic Realms!An arduous journey leads you to a hilltop. Before you stretches a land of castles filled with noble knights, elven warriors and fearsome goblins and gargoyles. At your feet lies a book...Within its pages you will discover the secrets to sketching, drawing and coloring wondrous worlds - realms filled with creatures friendly and foul, beautiful princesses and stealthy magic-users, ancient ruins and dragons' lairs.Begin your journey by following the steps within, which will guide you from simple sketches to fully colored works of art. Take heart, brave traveler, for you'll be aided in your quest by:Texture and coloring keys that show you exactly how to create dozens of different effectsA brainstorming game that, with a roll of the dice, allows you to mix and match character, creature and scene characteristicsBut beware, friend: Along the way, you will be powerless to resist the temptation to explore the strange and twisted detours of your own utterly original imaginings. Wield your pencil bravely - so begins your adventure...30+ step-by-step demonstrations make it easy to create your own fantastic worlds!The Characters: Human or elf, fighter or princess ... learn to outfit your characters with specialized clothing, weaponry and magical items, and tell their tales with dynamic gesture and motion.The Creatures: Evoke dragons, demons, griffins and other edgy beasts of your own twisted imaginings, with special attention to key details that make them look regal or demented.The Settings: Construct convincing environments that set the tone and atmosphere of your story, be it a mysterious tower, ancient ruins or a peaceful village.
Discover the secrets to drawing manga! You can draw manga! And you'll have fun doing it as you create dozens of guys and girls in a variety of costumes. The easy lessons in this book make drawing in the world's most popular style as easy as picking up a pencil. Start with the basics of drawing heads and bodies, then learn ways to customize each character, from the looks on their faces to the clothes they're wearing. Make your people old or young, happy or angry, sweet or sinister. Hundreds of illustrations and 30+ step-by-step demos show you how to: Give your people feeling with facial expressions Bring them to life with dynamic action poses Personalize them with hairstyles, clothes, weapons and props Pull it all together to create popular character types including bishoujo (beautiful girls loved by all) and bad boys. Dress them up as space samurai, sorceresses, spies, skateboarders and more. Before long, your imagination will kick in and you'll be drawing cool, cute and 100 percent original characters of your own creation. Excited yet? You should be - you're about to draw some real manga!
Enter the magical world of fantasy manga! Draw wizards, warriors, elves, knights, dragons, goblins and many more enchanted beings and creatures from faraway lands! With over 60 step-by-step lessons plus countless tips and ideas for creating your own incredible fantasy characters and scenes, Manga Fantasy Madness shows you how to: Style and pose a variety of heroes and villains Draw details, from wings to weapons Invent lively settings and unique stories Make your best fantasy drawings yet, and bring to life every merciless netherworld and majestic kingdom you can dream up!
Discover the fast, fun art of drawing comic portraits! Face Off shows you how to draw life like never before. Caricaturist Harold Hamernik shares the secrets to capturing the sillier side of friends, family, celebrities, strangers - any face that crosses your path. 40 step-by-step demonstrations show you how to sketch whimsical and expressive likenesses while developing your own quick, loose, improvisational style. You'll get expert instruction on: Drawing eyes, noses, mouths and other features. Creating portraits in front, three-quarter and profile views. Adding color to your caricatures, either by hand or via computer - instruction you won't find in any other book! Tips for making a likeness more masculine (skip the eyelashes), more feminine (lengthen the neck), younger, older, sexier, goofier . . . all while making a portrait your subject will love. How to draw hair as two simple lines, why drawing the parts of a face in the same order every time can cut minutes off your work, and tons of other handy tricks of the craft! Practice the simple techniques in this book, then start drawing! It's the most fun you can have with paper, pencils and markers!
Introducing Your Career 7e, helping YOU stand out! THE #1 text of its kind, Your Career, 7e, has a brand new look! This new edition is sharp and focused, and it targets the best practices in today's job search and career-development process. Your Career, 7e, provides everything needed to deliver top-quality instruction and help students stand out in a crowd. Clear instruction guides students through self-assessment, employer research, writing a market-driven resume, and interviewing. Practical assignments and a technology-driven focus connect your students directly with the business community, employers, and the Internet. Your Career 7e provides the necessary tools for students to gain a competitive advantage in the workplace and reach their career potential.
Create your own slammin', street-smart comic art! Contains 28 step-by-step demonstrations in an edgy, high-impact style. Whether you're an aspiring comic-artist or you just wanna have fun drawing ... this book shows you how to rock out in your own gritty, graffiti-influenced style. Start with simple shapes and stick figures and build up to full, fleshed-out dudes and babes with serious attitude! Draw a radical cast of 18 characters step by step, including hip hop artists, rappers, graffiti artists, DJs, skatekids, BMX riders, basketball players, snowboarders, Goth girls, fashionistas, punk rockers, and other urban characters. Express your characters' style with the coolest hairstyles, clothing, shoes, bling, hats, glasses, bags, piercings, tattoos and gear. Let your characters kick it in ultra-cool environments, from gritty cityscapes and zany interiors to wild and abstract backgrounds. From feet to facial expressions, you'll get lots of expert tips for awesome results. It's everything you need to create maximum-impact art that expresses your own sense of style and individuality ... Art that says, "I was here!"
Give life to the beings that roam your imagination.Dragons may terrorize fantasy worlds, but they need peasants to munch on ... heroes to confront ... elegant elves, shrewd sorcerers and dreaded demons to battle. Following on the wings of the ferociously popular DragonArt, this book shows you how to conjure up your own fantasy realms by drawing inspiration from fairy tales, legends and (if you dare) things that go bump in the night.Breathe the life into your beings by basing them upon fundamental human anatomy–proportions, facial expressions and gender-specific characteristics.Color-coded, step-by-step demonstrations (simple enough that even the dullest of dwarves could follow along!) show you how to create a sordid cast of creatures, including goblins, orcs, sprites, angels, mermaids, centaurs, vampires, werewolves, banshees and more.Accessorize each being by tailoring them with tusks, wings, hooves, daggers, armor and various apparel, from the fine garb of nobles to peasant rags.Copy each being as-is. Or, better yet, follow your own twisted imaginings to conjure up creatures from fantastic lands.
Master perspective like the pros! Vanishing Point shows you how to conquer the fundamentals of perspective drawing and then equips you with technical tricks and tools that make dynamic and complex scenes a snap. This complete guide helps you build your understanding of perspective to an intuitive level so you can draw anything you can imagine. Inside you'll find:Complete instruction on drawing in one-, two- and three-point perspective and four- and five-point curvilinear perspective (where "straight" lines are drawn as curves). Curvilinear perspective has not been taught in any other perspective book - until now!Full-color, step-by-step demonstrations move you beyond the theories and let you practice the techniques in real scenes.A special chapter on drawing curves helps you break out of the box and draw cylinders, ellipses, cars and, most importantly, people in perfect perspective.Shortcuts and tips show you how to create believable perspective in no time flat.No matter what your skill level, Vanishing Point offers you a new way of looking at perspective and lets you draw as though you have decades of drawing experience - even if you don't. You'll learn everything you need to know to pour your imagination on the page with power and confidence.
Draw characters that leap off the page! 1000+ poses! Whether a scene calls for your heroines to be sexy, scared or savage, Comic Artist's Photo Reference: Women and Girls will help them strike the right pose. With more than 1000 reference photos to choose from, you'll find the inspiration you need in to give your female characters attitude, believability and life. Four models in a range of ages. A wide variety of action, dramatic and casual poses, as well as facial expressions--from applying makeup and getting dressed to flying, shooting, punching and more! 600 additional high-quality images on the companion CD-ROM! Four step-by-step demonstrations show how top artists use photo references in the creation of cutting-edge comic book art. Working from these photos is a great way for beginners to improve their art. For more advanced artists, this book is a handy reference for mastering every nuance of gesture and form. It's the next best thing to having real, live superheroines in your studio! (In some ways even better, because you can count on these models to be there when you need them!)
Blend your creative spirit with the quick and easy projects found inside Simply Beautiful BeadingFrom casual to sophisticated, and everything in between, you'll find beading designs to fit your personal style. Inside, you'll discover 53 simple yet stylish beading projects for exquisite jewelry, accessories and home decor, including: modern glass bead chokerssemiprecious stone setcharm braceletswired-pearl barretteswineglass charmshanging votive candle holderand more than 35 variation projects for even more simply beautiful ideas!
If gorgeous beaded jewelry always catches your eye, you'll love making (and wearing!) your own necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Simply Beautiful Beaded Jewelry includes 50 projects plus variations in designer Heidi Boyd's simply elegant signature style. Inside you're bound to find plenty of designs to strike your fancy as well as a helpful section that shows you the basic supplies and techniques you'll need to get started. As an added bonus, many of the projects have variations in different colors and styles to help you customize your jewelry to your personal style. Just think how proud you'll feel the first time you can answer, "I made it myself" to a compliment on your fabulous new multistrand necklace or your sparkling, swingy crystal earrings. With Simply Beautiful Beaded Jewelry, it truly is easy to get started–in no time at all you'll be showcasing your own original beaded creations and making them as gifts.
What's old is new–discarded items from a bygone era unite to form unorthodox collage jewelry, cards, journals and more. Collage Lost and Found delivers projects that not only have a saucy style, but a story to tell as well. From a sailor missing the love he left ashore, to a school boy's crush on his teacher, the stunning pages of this book will inspire you to dust off the vintage ephemera you've been collecting for years and combine it with basic collage elements to create romantic pieces you can wear as well as display. In addition to delectable inspiration for a multitude of projects, you'll learn several practical techniques that can aid you in all your creative endeavors, including: Simple soldering techniques that anyone can do right away The art of layering with beeswax to add an intriguing depth to your work Magic tricks for turning metal repair tape into aged sheet metal In-the-know sources for finding vintage ephemera, as well as tips for transforming new items into ones that appear to have stood the test of time Give in to the seduction of the past. Let Collage Lost and Found take you to a world where collage sings to you of a simpler time where you creativity knows no bounds!
Colorful Handknit Clothes and Toys for Babies, Tots and KidsThis book is packed with tons of bright and cute handknits to make for the special little ones in your life, whether you're a beginner or an expert knitter. Best of all, every design is functional and touchable, guaranteed to get plenty of use and love. From a cozy stroller blanket with clever ties and a pocket for a small stuffed bear, to a cotton rollneck sweater with an intarsia giraffe, this book has something to make any wee one happy.Inside Soft + Simple Knits for Little Ones, you'll find:An easy-to-follow illustrated techniques section that will teach beginners knitting basicsPatterns for irresistible toys, including a trio of hand puppets, lovable fairy dolls and a castle purse complete with a cast of royal finger puppets to fit insidePatterns for comfy, fun clothes babies and kids will actually want to wear, like a stylish and warm swing jacket with matching mittens, a fleecy-soft shark sweater and even a foxy stole for pint-sized fashionistasThese knits are so fast and easy, you can create a soft and simple gift in a single afternoon. Get started today!
Imagine beautiful mosaic pieces with tiles that you easily create yourself! Mixed-Media Mosaics offers a fresh, new approach to a traditional art form. By making your own tiles from polymer clay, you control the size, shape, color and even the texture, resulting in beautiful finished pieces that include tabletops, boxes, jewelry and shrines. In addition to learning traditional tiling techniques such as working with grout and cutting glass tile, you'll also explore creative options for personalizing tiles: Discover the magic of mica powders and the regal look they can give to mosaics Learn quick and easy ways of adding paint to handcrafted and commercial tile See how easy it is to create molds and cast your own relief tiles Find ways to add personal meaning to your work with the addition of text tiles Experiment with the addition of beads, jewelry and other embellishments by embedding them right into the tile! Whether you'd like to complete a mosaic tabletop for your patio, a jewelry box as a special gift, or simply experiment with jewelry, you'll find the inspiration you seek in Mixed-Media Mosaics. Start creating your custom mosaic pieces today.
How DO they do it? If you could ask your favorite artist or crafter only one question, chances are you'd ask about creativity: Where do your ideas come from? How did you get started? What are your tricks for overcoming blocks? In Living the Creative Life, author Ricë Freeman-Zachery has compiled answers to these questions and more from 15 successful artists in a variety of mediums - from assemblage to fiber arts, beading to mixed-media collage. Creativity is different for everyone, and these artists share their insights on the muse (if you believe in her), keeping a sketchbook (or not), and prioritizing your art, whether you aspire to create solely for your own pleasure or to become a full-time artist. Try your hand at creative jumpstarts straight from the pros. Glimpse the artists' innermost thoughts and works in progress as you peruse pages from their journals and notebooks. Share textile artist Sas Colby's triumph over creative block during an exotic art retreat. Learn how internationally acclaimed artist James Michael Starr uses experience from his former "day job" to fuel his creation today. Explore the work of Michael deMeng, Claudine Hellmuth, Melissa Zink and the other artists right alongside their insights. No crafter or artist should live the creative life without Living the Creative Life! The inspiration is contagious.