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Beautiful Brushstrokes Step by Step

by Maureen Mcnaughton

Learn the brushstrokes that will bring your paintings to life!With Maureen McNaughton as your coach, you can learn how to paint an amazing array of fabulous flowers. She provides start-to-finish instructions and hundreds of step-by-step photos, plus all the information and advice you need to create gorgeous works of art. It's easier than you think!You'll learn how to:Master dozens of beautiful brushstrokesChoose the right brushstroke for every stem, leaf and flower petal you paintSelect materials for the best possible resultsHold you hand and brush properlyCreate beautiful shading, highlighting and streaking effects with a uniquely simple brush-loading techniqueCorrect less-than-perfect strokes without starting overYou'll also find detailed guidelines for 5 stunning projects, including a floral memory album and a corner shelf with a faux finish and gold leafing.Beautiful Brushstrokes Step by Step shows you how to paint will skill and precision every time!

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.

Art Revolution

by Lisa Cyr

With an unprecedented array of media and digital tools at their disposal, today's artists are faced with unlimited possibilities for creative experimentation. Never before has there been such innovation in the way art can be conceptualized, produced and presented.Art Revolution is on the cutting-edge, exploring how artists are reinterpreting, reinventing and redefining everything from the surfaces on which they work to the way viewers interact with their finished pieces. This book ventures off the beaten path to track the creative directions and signature styles of twenty-one of today's most visionary artists, including Dave McKean, David Mack, Marshall Arisman and Cynthia von Buhler.Brilliantly illustrated with inventive examples of two-dimensional, three-dimensional, digital and new media art, Art Revolution will inspire you to break out of the confines of traditional thinking, push your content to a higher level, and revolutionize your personal approach to art.

The Art of Perspective

by Phil Metzger

Everything you need to know to put your drawings and paintings into perspective! If the concept of perspective makes you think of confusing angles, fancy measuring gadgets and complicated theories, get ready for a very pleasant surprise. In this comprehensive guide, Phil Metzger demystifies perspective, presenting it simply as a matter of mimicking the way we see--like the way a distant mountain appears blue, or a road seems to narrow in the distance. The Art of Perspective offers simple but powerful techniques for achieving a convincing illusion of depth and distance, whether it's a few inches in a still life or miles in a landscape. Start simple, with atmospheric perspective and intuitive techniques, and gradually progress to linear perspective and more complex challenges such as stairways, curves and reflections. Use the engaging, step-by-step demonstrations and exercises to try out each essential concept for yourself, making lessons clearer and more memorable. Learn theories that apply to all mediums, with specific advice for achieving effects using acrylic, oil, watercolor and pencil. Get the inside scoop on professional tricks and shortcuts that make perspective easier than ever! Forget everything you think you know (or don't know) about perspective. This book builds an easy-to-follow, ground-up understanding of how to turn a flat painting or drawing surface into a living, breathing, dimensional scene that lures viewers in. No matter how you look at it, it's the ultimate guide to perspective for artists of every medium and skill level.

Art Escapes

by Dory Kanter

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 paintingExpress yourself and experiment everyday with an art journalReinterpret daily life with simple, beautiful sketchesFind painting inspiration in unexpected placesPaint freely, intuitively and passionately with a simple four-step approachCreate new forms of art, including watercolor mosaics, paper weavings and found object collagesYou'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.

Shojo Fashion Manga Art School

by Irene Flores

The Number One Fashion Workshop for Shojo Manga! From 'dos to shoes, how you dress and style your characters says a lot about who they are, before they even utter a word. Whether your story calls for a flashy drama queen or a mousy bookworm, this guide contains everything you need to know to create fabulous shojo manga characters with personality. The Figure. Follow these simple basics to draw the guys and girls of various body types, in any pose. The Face. Learn how to draw an endless variety of features. Get the feeling across with facial expressions from a subtle quirk of the mouth to all-out crocodile tears. Then add the perfect hairstyle-the icing on the cake. The Look. "Shop" from an illustrated gallery of clothing and accessories for every season and occasion, from formal dresses to bunny slippers, with demonstrations and tips on designing your own original fashions. The Setting. Portray your character's world with demonstrations on how to create classic hangouts like classrooms, coffee shops and bedrooms. Complete with 14 start-to-finish demonstrations for drawing a range of character types, from the girl next door to the punk guy, from single characters to couples and groups, this book will help you bring a world of unique and memorable characters to life...and have lots of fun doing it!

Draw Furries

by Jared Hodges Lindsay Cibos

How to Create Anthropomorphic and Fantasy Animal What do you get when you cross a human with a horse (or a hamster, or a hummingbird)? You get any one of a number of fun anthropomorphic animals, also known as "furries" to their friends. From facial expressions to creative coloring, this book contains all the know-how you need to create anthropomorphic cat, dog, horse, rodent and bird characters. Step by step, you'll learn how to:Draw species-appropriate tails, eyes, wings and other fun details Give your characters clothes, poses and personalities Create the perfect backgrounds for your furry antics-with two start-to-finish demonstrations showing how Packed with tons of inspiration-from teeny-bopper bunnies and yorky glamour queens to Ninja squirrels and lion kings-Draw Furries will help you create a world of crazy, cool characters just waiting to burst out of your imagination.

Dracopedia

by William O'Connor

Everything you ever wanted to know about dragons, but were afraid to find out Fantasy artists will breathe easier to discover a less perilous alternative to drawing dragons from life. Dracopedia grants you safe, easy access to the world's most prominent dragon species, from tiny, innocuous feydragons to the ferocious wyvern. For years, artist William O'Connor has traveled the globe, studying dragons in their natural environments. His findings, field notes and sketches have been compiled for the first time into this single, beautifully illustrated compendium-a natural and cultural history of the beasts as well as a step-by-step drawing workshop. Details of the anatomy, behavior, habitats and legends of 13 major dragon families Heavily illustrated with field sketches, anatomical studies and gesture drawings Shows the start-to-finish creation of 13 striking paintings, illustrating key concepts that apply to every medium Dragons have terrorized and delighted humans for centuries-continue the tradition with Dracopedia. It's packed with inspiration for putting "fierce" into your fantasy art, as well as the facts to keep your dragons true to life.

Creature Features

by Randy Martinez

Prepare to scare . . .Open this book, grab a pen, and give life to the monsters that lurk in your imagination. Creature Features shows you how to draw all things creepy, slimy and fantastical. More than 40 step-by-step demonstrations take you from start to finish as you master techniques for drawing the scariest beings on the planet and beyond, including dragons, zombies, vampires, aliens, demons, werewolves and many more.Author Randy Martinez takes a no-fear approach to drawing. As an officially licensed artist for Lucasfilm, Ltd., he's mastered the art of drawing full-color images of some of your most favorite creatures from popular comics and films. Taking it one step at a time, you'll be drawing like a pro right down to the last detail&#151from evil eyes and terrifying teeth to pointy nails and sharp scales.With Creature Features, being freaky has never been more fun. Get in touch with your dark side, and get drawing today!

Cartoonimals

by Harry Hamernik

It's a cartooning fun-fur-all!Draw 48 animal characters in short, simple stepsFour paws-up for Cartoonimals! This book makes drawing animal characters super easy and more fun than a barrel of monkeys. It begins with the basics - sketching, drawing facial features, body types, finding the right pose - ultimately, you'll learn how to give your characters the kind of expressions, actions and attitudes that make them much more than lines on a page. Over 45 step-by-step demonstrations help you draw a cool and comical variety of characters, from a guitar-strumming octopus, to a porcupine pirate, to a surfing vulture.Before you know it, you'll be bringing your own original creations to life. With the expert advice in this book, if you can dream it, you can draw it!

Family Tree Legacies

by Allison Stacy Diane Haddad

Your Interactive Family AlbumFrom the editors of Family Tree magazine, this customizable family keepsake is the perfect place to record and share your family's story.Family Tree Legacies helps you keep track of basic information and special memories, including traditions, heirloom histories, family records, newsworthy moments, family migrations and immigrations, old recipes, important dates, and much more. This unique book features:dozens of fill-in pages to record all your essential family informationa fold-out family treespace for mounting photographsa relationship chart to help you trace your ancestrystickers for use throughout the booktips for discovering facts about your family historya comprehensive list of additional resourcesPlus, because of this book's unique binder format, you can literally grow your own family tree by using the included CD to print out new copies of the book's fill-in pages. You can record all your special family moments without ever worrying about running out of space.Family Tree Legacies is a true treasure you can nurture and pass down through the generations.

Wax and Paper Workshop

by Michelle Belto

Wax + Paper = Artistic Bliss! Unconventional? Sure. The next wave in encaustic painting? Absolutely! Encaustic artists have been branching out--trying new techniques and mediums, mixing it up with unique textures and using traditional art supplies in wholly unexpected ways. So why shouldn't the surfaces be evolving as well? Well, now they are! In Wax and Paper Workshop, not only will you learn some crazy cool techniques (like working with rust and tar and learning how to emboss and embed), you will also explore the benefits of working on paper surfaces--both commercially made and your own handmade papers! Inside you'll find: All the basics for working in both wax and paper, including a thorough explanation of required materials and suggestions for setting up your workspace. Easy to understand instructions for making paper and supports to suit your every need and whim. 14 completely stepped-out encaustic techniques, including those for working on the wax and in the wax for adding tone and nuance to your encaustic masterpieces. Dozens of author studio samples and gallery pieces to illustrate, delight and inspire. A contributors gallery highlighting the best and the brightest working in wax and paper and giving a sneak peek of the future of these two dynamic and complementary mediums. You'll find something new and exciting on every page--add Wax and Paper Workshop to your creative toolbox and expand your artistic horizons today!

Backyard Chickens' Guide to Coops and Tractors

by Members of Backyard Chickens.com

Keeping chickens isn't just for farms! The backyard chicken revolution has coops popping up in neighborhoods all over. Home-raised chickens provide a great source of superior, organic eggs that are as close as your backyard. Chickens also make good pets and provide free fertilizer-and lots of fun. Backyard Chickens Guide offers plans and photos for 16 custom coops built by real chicken owners, (including three portable designs known as tractors). Read their stories and learn from their experiences, then head out to the backyard to start your own flock.

Sketchbook Confidential 2

by Pamela Wissman Stefanie Laufersweiler

More secrets from the private sketches of 38 master artists The idea may be derived from anything really--a flash of sunlight, the tilt of a head, a glass on the table...but the sketch is where it all begins, the point where inspiration meets artist. Gloriously free of the need to get it "right," the sketch is where possibilities are explored, compositions are found, and visions come to life. A brilliant follow-up to the first Sketchbook Confidential, this book grants you access to 38 of art's most creative minds via their sketchbooks. Whether created in studios, subways or the middle of a farmyard, these sketches represent art in its raw form. Up until now, this work has been tucked inside drawers or on studio bookshelves. Now the artists lay it out for all to see, along with intimate musings on the art of sketching and how it helps them commune with a subject, find their path to a finished piece or discover even greater rewards in the journey itself.

Remember That?

by Allison Dolan Editors of Family Tree Magazine

A Blast From the Past Take a trip down memory lane with this interactive trivia book of headlines, fads, sports, music and more from 1930-2010. Inside, you'll find year-by-year snapshots of the events and trends that shaped our lives. Family milestone fill-in pages for each year help you capture your memories of the things you loved and the events that touched your life. Involve the entire family for hours of interesting conversation. What was Grandpa's first job? Who was Mom's first crush? Relive the fun (or mishaps) of family vacations. Dust off your old music collection and replay the soundtrack of your youth. Pull out your photo album and marvel at the clothes you wore and the hairstyles you rocked. Travel back in time and relive some of your favorite memories with Remember That?

Family History Detective

by Desmond Walls Allen

This all-ages guide makes genealogy fun and exciting. You'll find answers to all your family history questions using the simple, achievable steps found inside. Family History Detective includes: Tips on how to find family history information in your own home Websites, resources and techniques for online research Complete instruction on locating and using census, courthouse and church records An overview of library and archive research Instructions on how to plan, record and organize your research Fun ways to share your discoveries with others

The Best Tennis Of Your Life

by Jeff Greenwald

Play with Freedom ... And Win More!The Best Tennis of Your Life is an inspirational and practical guide that will help players of all levels finally master the mental game. Author Jeff Greenwald draws from his unique background as a world-class player, sports psychology consultant, psychotherapist, and former coach to provides 50 specific tools you can immediately apply in any match situation. This comprehensive guide will show you how to:embrace nerves and play even better under pressuremaintain confidence to win more consistentlydevelop a pin-point focusaccess an ideal level of intensityplay with a renewed sense of passion and freedomWhy wait any longer to play the best tennis of your life? Get the mental edge with this invaluable resource and watch your game soar.

Beautiful Wooden Projects for Outdoor Living

by John Marckworth

Create Your Own Outdoor Living SpaceBuild your own Garden of Eden and have the sanctuary you've always wanted! Be the master of your own domain and retreat from the pressures of the world.Make a peaceful walkway that leads you to an archway permitting entrance into your own personal private place.Build a small storage shed to protect your gardening tools and keep them within easy reach.Make a small fence that's a snap to layout and assemble.Create an outdoor cooking area that is second to none for convenience and comfort.You'll be taught by a master carpenter and learn how easy it is to create your very own wonderful outdoor world.

Best Birdhouses for Your Backyard

by Michael Berger

Build birdhouses that attract the birds you want!Most birdhouse books are overly complex, with intricate projects that take hours of work. Are they attractive? Sure. But useful? Depends.The Best Birdhouses for Your Backyard puts birds' needs first! You'll find more than a dozen easy-to-build projects that include:Information about the bird each house attracts, including vital statisticsGuidelines for strategic placement of your birdhousesConsiderations for making sure your birds are safe and comfortableSpecial tips for dealing with raccoons and other predatorsComplete materials listAdvice on hardware and suppliesDetailed step-by-step instructionsSpecial woodworking tipsYou'll also find guidelines for choosing woods that can outlast the elements, charts with tool descriptions and comparisons, resource lists, construction techniques, finishing advice and more. You'll have fun in the shop while providing safe, attractive homes for your favorite feathered friends.

Bill Hylton's Frame & Panel Magic

by Bill Hylton

Build Cabinets That Exceed Every ExpectationWhether you're a first-time woodworker or a seasoned pro, Bill Hylton's Frame & Panel Magic will immediately (and magically) transform the way you build absolutely everything. Frame-and-panel doors and cabinet sides are your ticket to building projects that are stronger, more attractive and impervious to the seasonal expansion and contraction of solid wood.Mastering this tricky skill normally requires years of practice - until now. Woodworking wizard Bill Hylton has developed amazing yet simple methods that allow woodworkers to make any frame-and-panel door or cabinet side they desire.With ground-breaking techniques and simple templates you'll learn how to make:Simple Shaker-style doors with flat panels that will last hundreds of yearsTraditional period-furniture doors that will please the most finicky customer (or family member)An entire kitchen of detailed doors in just one dayCustom veneered doors with breathtaking curved profilesGlass-front doors with as many perfectly fitted panes as you desireSeemingly impossible cathedral doors that you can churn out with easeAnd more

End Game

by Alan Gibbons

'He was here again last night, the man with the dead eyes. He was in my room and in my head.' There are not many things Nick Mallory knows for sure. He knows there was a car crash. He knows he is in hospital. And he knows he feels furious with his father. What he doesn't know is why. As his memories start to return, Nick finds himself caught in a net of secrets and lies - where truth and perception collide and heroes and villains are not easy to tell apart.

A Tuscan Childhood

by Kinta Beevor

Kinta Beevor was five years old when she fell in love with her parents' castle facing the Carrara mountains. She and her brother ran barefoot, exploring an enchanted world. They searched for wild mushrooms in the hills with Fiore the stonemason, and learned how to tickle trout. The freedom and beauty of life at the castle attracted poets, writers and painters, including D.H. Lawrence and Rex Whistler. The other side to Kinta's childhood was very different, for it was spent with her formidable great aunt, Janet Ross, in a grand villa outside Florence. But soon the old way of life and Kinta's idyllic world were threatened by war. Nostalgic, yet unsentimental and funny, A TUSCAN CHILDHOOD is a book which transports the reader to bohemian, aristocratic Italy and the sound of bells from a distant campanile.

Gallow: Solace

by Nathan Hawke

Gallow has been tasked to carry the pieces of armour that once belonged to the demonic Eyes of Time back to Middislet, to re-forge it with salt and then hide it. Mirrahj, meanwhile, has chosen to leave the valley of Varyxhun to return to her people and, with the sword Solace now at her side, lead them home. Together they travel towards the coast, little knowing that the Eyes of Time is on their trail, urgently seeking what Gallow carries...

Reynardine

by Judith Lennox

Inspired by the murder of Sir Thomas Overbury in 1615, Judith Lennox's magnificent novel tells the story of Reynardine, the mysterious highwayman. Seventeenth-century London: corrupt, decadent and dangerous; a playground for the ambitious in search of power, wealth and position. Richard Galliers, returning from three years in exile, wants none of it. His only thought is for revenge. Mall Conway, the beautiful and headstrong daughter of a Cambridgeshire gentleman is bored; bored with country life and with the restrictions of society. But her peaceful existence is shattered all too soon when Galliers inadvertently involves her in his determination to bring down a deadly enemy... Galliers' relentless quest takes him from the squalor of taverns and brothels and the tawdry glitter of playhouses to the decadent allure of Jacobean London's great houses. And to the bleak wastes of the East Anglian Fens, where Reynardine, the mysterious highwayman, reigns, the terror of all weary travellers.

Some Old Lover's Ghost

by Judith Lennox

Spanning the twentieth century, Some Old Lover's Ghost is a haunting and incredibly poignant love story. Rebecca, bruised from an unhappy love affair, is flattered to be asked to write the life story of distinguished Dame Tilda Franklin. Tilda was born in 1914 and grew up in a remote Fenland village, the illegitimate daughter of the local squire and a maid in The Big House. It was Tilda's misfortune to fall in love with handsome, devil-may-care Daragh Canavan, and to be betrayed by him. As Rebecca delves deeper into Tilda's life, and as the events of the past send ghostly echoes to the present, parallels with her own experience begin to emerge. And as she is drawn into a family history of loves and tragedies almost too painful to write about, her involvement with the family becomes more overwhelming than she could ever have imagined.

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