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Make your fantasy world a reality. Conjure up the mythical heroes and fantastical beasts that roam your imagination. With just a pencil, some paper - and perhaps a broadsword - you can unleash the mighty monsters of your mind, including deadly dragons and brutish orcs, or ethereal inhabitants such as elegant elves and mermaids. Artist and dragon expert J "NeonDragon" Peffer (along with Dolosus, her fire-breathing dragon familiar) will give you tips and tricks to help you create your own unique fantasy world full of legends, fairy tales and things that go bump in the night. Surpass the drawing skills of mere mortals with this master collection of easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction. Learn to build even the most elaborate characters through simple color-coded diagrams demonstrating how to use basic shapes, three-dimensional shading and a variety of color schemes. Create complete scenes, and enhance your creations by learning how to draw believable backgrounds. Discover how to relay facial expression and personality. Accessorize your mythical minions with a variety of unique details such as beards, wings, fins, hooves, fangs and tusks. Dress your Victorian vampires and noble centaurs in fantasy fashions to make them warriors, rangers, clerics, peasants, or any role you can imagine. In fantasy, there are no rules, and anything is possible. The more you draw, the better you'll get. It's your world: Now go create it.
Discover your roots!Everything you need to start your Irish ancestry is in this book. You'll learn how to investigate the various generation of your family, the events that shaped their lives, the details about how they lived, and the story of their emigration.Inside you'll find:Guidelines for determining an Irish ancestor's place of originAdvice for accessing Irish cemetery, land, church, estate, census, and military recordsCivil registration of births, marriages and deaths as well as emigration listsSources and strategies for researching Irish ancestors that settled in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Wales, and the CaribbeanPlus answers to common questions: How far back in time can you expect to trace your family; and how does Protestant Irish research differ from Catholic Irish research?
Discover your roots!This guide provides proven strategies for tracing your family history, whether it originates in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Alsace Lorraine, or other Germanic regions. From maps and translations to pedigree charts, inside you'll find the information you need, featuring basic instruction for gathering, verifying, recording and organizing your findings.Inside you'll find:a brief history of Germany and Germanic emigrationmethods of tracking down information here and abroadtechniques and translations for reading Germanic recordsGerman word lists including occupations, relationships and surnameslistings of German genealogical societies and archives
Start discovering your Scottish ancestors today!Turn your research into results with the help of genealogists Linda Jonas and Paul Milner! Their invaluable instructions and problem-solving advice makes tracing your Scottish family history easier and more efficient.You'll learn how to:Discover who your family was, where they came from, and how they lived.Maximize your research results by using the Internet, visiting local libraries and Family History Centers - even traveling to Scotland.Master the differences between Scottish and U.S. research, including geographic and political terms, names and naming patterns, clans and tartans, religion, record keeping and languages.Use the most important resources for tracing one's Scottish family history. Most of these records are readily available outside of Scotland. Your research opportunities are virtually unlimited.
It's THE book on manga from YouTube's most popular art instruction Guru! There's more to manga than big, shiny eyes and funky hair. In these action-packed pages, graphic novelist Mark Crilley shows you step-by-step how to achieve an authentic manga style-from drawing faces and figures to laying out awesome, high-drama spreads. You'll learn how a few basic lines will help you place facial features in their proper locations and simple tricks for getting body proportions right. Plus, you'll find inspiration for infusing your work with expression, attitude and action. This is the book fans have been requesting for years, packed with expert tips on everything from hairstyles and clothing to word bubbles and sound effects, delivered in the same friendly, easy-to-follow style that has made Mark Crilley one of the "25 Most Subscribed to Gurus on YouTube." Take this opportunity to turn the characters and stories in your head into professional-quality art on the page! Packed with everything you need to make your first (or your best-ever) manga stories! 30 step-by-step demonstrations showing how to draw faces and figures for a variety of ages and body types Inspirational galleries featuring 101 eyes, 50 ways to draw hands, 40 hairstyles, 12 common expressions, 30 classic poses and more! Tutorials to create a variety of realistic settings Advanced lessons on backgrounds, inking, sequencing and layout options
You'll Love This Watercolor Painting Book If: You love getting inspiration from fellow watercolor artists You want the feeling of peeking inside an artists' studio You love watercolor & want to improve your skills See great completed watercolor art pieces from more than 100 artists in The Artistic Touch 5. Hear from them as they discuss how & why they paint like they do and why they love working in watercolor. Learn from fellow watercolor artists as they share their favorite pieces, and find inspiration in this curated edition of The Artistic Touch. Get great watercolor painting techniques & creative tips in The Artistic Touch 5. Perfect for beginning watercolorists & advanced artists looking for new inspiration. With The Artistic Touch 5 You'll Get: More than 100 artists sharing watercolor painting techniques & inspirations Contributors helping readers discover original and creative ways to paint with watercolor Tips & completed works great for beginner & advanced watercolorists
What is your brand? As a designer your success depends on how you brand yourself and the service you provide. This book will help you explore, develop, distill, and determine a distinctive brand essence, differentiate yourself, and create your visual identity. Build Your Own Brand is a guided journal designed to help you sketch, write, design, and conceive the way you brand yourself. More than 80 prompts and exercises will help you develop your: Personal brand essence Visual identity and style Resume and elevator pitch and much more! Whether you're trying to land a new job or launch a design business, let this unique guide light the way. You'll find helpful advice, interviews, and prompts from esteemed psychologists, creative directors, brand strategists, designers, artists, and experts from a variety of disciplines. Build your own brand today!
Scape Martinez offers up his expertise in taking the vibrant colors of street art to the page, providing easy-to-follow guidance and demonstration of techniques that everyone can learn. With a link to downloadable, printable images, budding artists can experiment on edgy, fun items like shoes and hoodies without spending hours just drawing the outline.
Discover Your Purpose! It's time to shed your "shoulds," and give yourself permission to step powerfully into your own passionate life. Through a series of creative, colorful exercises--questions to get the wheels turning and an encouraging kick in the pants--you will get all the loving support you need to discover how you are unique and uncover what you are meant to do! Discover It (list-making explorations), Own It (inspiring interviews with highly successful individuals) and Make It (fun and crafty projects) sections offer an in-depth look at who you are and the amazing places you'll go. Every life topic is explored here: Enthusiasm, Celebration, Uniquity, Trust, Intention, Self-Care, Success and Money, so you know Jess and Michelle have you covered! Self-affirming declarations in each chapter keep you motivated while you discover more and more about the wonderful person you are. It's time to see a new perspective. It's time to find The Declaration of You!
Expressive. Brave. Enchanting. Soul-kindling. Compelling. The best of mixed media. All of these are embodied in the premier edition of Incite. The 93 artists behind these incredible works (more than 120 total!) share their stories of artistic visions fulfilled, lofty goals achieved and daunting obstacles overcome. From persevering through personal struggles to mastering difficult mixed-media techniques, from collage and encaustic to assemblage and jewelry, the stories and art in Incite, Dreams Realized will inspire you to think big, never give up and dare to realize your own dreams. ""My dream for my art is to share a private moment, a part of my soul and a feeling of magic." - Marty Husted "Give rise to your future through creative endeavor." - Judith Randall
Get your bead groove on with The Impatient Beader and you'll be a beading goddess in no time!Do you get antsy waiting for water to boil? Do you feel like it takes ages for fingernail polish to dry? If you're a creative individual who wants to make snazzy jewelry in less time than it takes to clean the kitchen and with the amount of focus required for a movie marathon, you have come to the right place. Greetings and welcome to the wonderful world of beading for the patience impaired. The Impatient Beader gives you over 40 projects plus variations that you can whip up to wear, gift or display in only an hour or two - how's that for almost instant gratification?Grab some beads, and The Impatient Beader will supply the know-how you need to make saucy necklaces, bracelets and earrings that make you stand out in a crowd.Inside you'll find:An extensive step-by-step techniques guide that shows you everything you'll need to know to create all of the projects in the bookA huge selection of gorgeous, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces from sassy - like the Victorian Temptress Choker - to sweet - like the Sea Dreamer Wrap NecklaceAn easy-to-follow skill level guide that tells you whether a project calls for the skills of a "Beading Virgin," a "Beading Vixen," or a "Beading Goddess"Patience Booster tips and Designer Tips to help make your beading go smoothly and to encourage you to experiment with making your own designsThe Impatient Beader gives you everything you need to start making stylish beaded jewelry pieces right now! What are you waiting for? Go, Bead Queen, go!
Create a Happy, Clutter-Free Home! Do you dream of having a clutter-free kitchen, organized closet, tidy toy room and stress-free schedule? All of this and more is within your reach when you follow the practical and effective organizing advice in this book. In this ultimate home organization guide Debbie Lillard, professional organizer and mother of three, helps you gain and maintain order in three key areas of your family life: Your Time: Learn how to get more done in less time by streamlining everyday duties, creating morning, after-school and bedtime routines, and effectively managing extracurricular activities. Your Belongings: Use Debbie's simple but effective C.P.R. method (Categorize, Purge, and Rearrange) to organize, toys, clothes, children's artwork, paperwork, photos, collections and more. Your Home: Follow the step-by-step instructions for organizing every room in your home, plus find help for keeping your child's schoolbag, desk, locker, and home study area organized. Follow the book from start to finish for a complete home makeover, or dip in here or there for help with one problem area at a time. The tried-and-true advice will help you simplify your life so you can spend less time struggling to keep up and more time savoring everyday moments with your family.
A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but the less expected routes are what more often lead artists from inspiration to great paintings. Splash 13 explores the paths less traveled...real solutions and alternative approaches from 100 of today's masters of the medium. Pulsing with the spirit of play and experimentation, over 100 paintings are accompanied by insight from the artists revealing how they pushed the limits of color, blurred the boundary between realism and abstraction, embraced accidents, and did away with expectations, traditional thinking...and sometimes even brushes! Filled with stunning paintings, fresh inspiration and ground-breaking innovation, Splash 13: Alternative Approaches is a must-have showcase for artists and art-lovers alike.
Cute Gets Badder After the success of her first book, Kawaii Not, Meghan Murphy's fans have been begging for a second volume. Here it is-where cute gets badder. Each 4-panel comic features adorable versions of everyday objects saying not-so-adorable things. In this volume, find even more subversive comics that combine Japanese-inspired cute with clever quirkiness. The results are open for interpretation: Strange and beautiful? Crazy and crude? Hilarious? Perhaps all of the above. And here are more cool features: Each strip is perforated, so it can be torn out and given to a friend. This book actually has a built-in easel, so it's easy to display comics on a desk or shelf. There are also two pages of stickers featuring the kawaii characters!
Don't Wait for Inspiration to Strike Whether you're facing a new logo project or you've reached a block in your current work, The Logo Brainstorm Book will inspire you to consider fresh creative approaches that will spark appealing, functional and enduring design solutions. Award-winning designer Jim Krause (author of the popular Index series) offers a smart, systemic exploration of different kinds of logos and logo elements, including: Symbols Monograms Typographic Logos Type and Symbol Combinations Emblems Color Palettes Through a combination of original, visual idea-starters and boundary-pushing exercises, The Logo Brainstorm Book will help you develop raw logo concepts into presentation-ready material.
Unlock the Secrets of Your Old Family Photos! Historical family photos are cherished heirlooms that offer a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors. But the images, and the stories behind them, often fade away as decades pass - the who, when, where and why behind the photos are lost. In this book, photo identification expert and genealogist Maureen A. Taylor shows you how to study the clues in your old family photos to put names to faces and recapture their lost stories. Inside, you'll learn how to: Determine the type of image you have - from common paper prints to stereographs to historical daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes Use clothing, accessories, and hairstyles to date the image in the correct decade Research photographer's imprints to narrow down when and where the photo was taken Compare facial features in multiple photos to confirm identity and family resemblance Interview family members to gather more information about the image Identify props in the photo to create context for the image Each chapter includes dozens of historical photos to illustrate key points and provide clear examples. Charts, timelines and resource lists make it easy to find the exact information you need. Dozens of case studies show you how to apply the techniques in the book to real-life photo research projects. The answers to your family photo questions are closer than you think. Let this book help you start finding them today.
Do what you love and make money! The Designer's Guide to Marketing and Pricing will answer all the common questions asked by designers trying to stay afloat in their creative business - and also successful designers who want to put a little more thought into their operations. Whether you're a freelancer, an aspiring entrepreneur or a seasoned small-business owner, you'll learn everything you need to know about how to market and price your services. This book shows you how to:learn which marketing tools are most effective and how to use them create a smart marketing plan that reflects your financial goals plan small actionable steps to take in reaching those financial goals determine who your ideal clients are and establish contact with them turn that initial contact into a profitable relationship for both of you talk to clients about money and the design process - without fear figure out a fair hourly rate and give an accurate estimate for a project You'll learn the ins and outs of creating and running a creative services business - the things they never taught you in school. Plus, there are useful worksheets throughout the book, so you can apply the principles and formulas to your own circumstances and create a workable business plan right away.
When you become a better designer and colorist, you become a better painter. Painting doesn't have to be complicated to be good. In fact, it shouldn't be. Artist and best-selling author Linda Kemp (Watercolor Painting Outside the Lines) bypasses all the complexities of design and color to focus on a fresh, simplified strategy for success that features negative painting--a method that uses the space around your subject to help define it. Improve your painting step by step with projects and exercises that will help your work stand out from the crowd. With Simplifying Design & Color for Artists, you'll learn: Strategies for creating simple yet effective compositions, focusing on the relationship between shape, space, and color. Useful tips on color--how to simplify it, mix your own, and work with value, hue and intensity. Techniques for designing with shape: size and edge, layering, and building dimension and movement. 18 step-by-step projects in watercolor and acrylic. The approach may be simple, but your art will be spectacular!
Unleash the Beasts! For millennia historians, artists and scientists have chronicled their ideas and discoveries of mythological and magical monsters in encyclopedias known as bestiaries. From Asia to America, Japan to the jungles of South Africa, the vast menagerie of exotic and legendary creatures has populated the imaginations of all cultures for centuries. Beautifully illustrated and fantastically detailed, Dracopedia: The Bestiary is a modern, but no less unsettling reimagining of the ancient version. It is an A-to-Z artist's guide to animals of the legendary world. Some, like the griffin and yeti, may be familiar to you. Others--like the enigmatic questing beast and ferocious manticore--may seem new and strange. Some may even haunt your dreams. Inside the bestiary, you will find: Secrets of each animal's evolution--origins, habitat, anatomy, diet and more. Fantastic illustrations created using pencil sketches and digital coloring. Four-stage demonstrations taking you from concept and design to under-painting and finishing details. By drawing on the forms and features of more pedestrian animals, you'll learn how to give shape to the bizarre creatures that roam the depths of your imagination, adding to the bestiary of the ages.
Upcycle Your Life Get ready to trade in headaches and hassles for life skills, exchange clutter for money, transform eyesores into beautiful focal points in your home, and say goodbye to over-consumption and hello to genuine experiences. Cristin Frank, the original Reduction Rebel, shows you the freedom and fulfillment you can have when you simplify your life. You'll learn how to use your talents, time, and space to combat stress, become more efficient, relieve money woes, open up opportunities, and provide unbelievable self-fulfillment. Inside you'll find: Simple techniques that eliminate clutter and keep it from returning A personalized plan to help you reclaim your time Practical (and profitable) ways to sell unused items in your home Tips to eliminate debt and curb consumption Step-by-step upcycling projects that transform old, unwanted furniture into beautiful, customized organizing systems Dozens of exercises that help you identify and honor your talents, values, and goals As Cristin says, "success is getting what we want." Let this book show you how to let go of what's holding you back so you can put your energy into your dreams and interests and build your success.
Unlock new records in your family history research by understanding the historic events of your ancestors' eras. This quick and convenient guide outlines the major political, military and social events in the United States from the colonial era through 1940. It also includes immigration trends and census dates to help you narrow your research focus and find genealogy records faster. Use The Genealogist's U.S. History Pocket Reference to find: Timelines, charts, quick lists and maps of major events. Popular foods, songs and books of each era. Timelines of wars and other military events. Dates for federal, state and special censuses. Immigration data including major ports and countries of origin. ...and so much more! Stash this indispensable book in your computer case, tote bag or, yes, your pocket, and take it with you wherever you research.
Build Your Own Backyard Getaway! From Adirondack chairs and porch swings, to birdhouses and potting benches, Easy-to-Build Outdoor Projects is filled with the types of practical and attractive projects woodworkers love to build. The plans are simple - many only require a handful of tools - and every project comes with step-by-step instructions. Also, the expert woodworkers who created the projects paid special attention to proper material selection and durable finishes to help defeat damage caused by sun, wind and rain. The result: You'll end up with beautiful pieces that will look great for years.
Copper, brass, and silver! Looking to take your jewelry skills and experience to the next level? With Making Etched Metal Jewelry you will become an alchemist, a magician, a historian, a storyteller.... The rewards of making etched metal jewelry are plenty. There really is no other way to create jewelry that holds such depth, texture, romance and history. The images you etch are all up to you--use stamps, photos, hand drawn symbols or handwritten text. Add velvet, gemstones, pearls and other bits of ephemera meaningful to you and create something that is truly one of a kind! With Making Etched Metal Jewelry you will: Learn several techniques for etching brass, copper and nickel silver of all shapes and sizes, following step by step instruction and extensive safety precautions. Make 17 step-by-step projects including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings and more. Incorporate beads, wirework, fabric, ribbon, photos, soldering and more into your jewelry as you master techniques as varied as wrapping bead dangles and cutting and doming metal circles. Make a statement. Make an heirloom. Make etched metal jewelry!
Design a silly face...or a scary one, or a fairy one, or anything else you can dream up! The world-renowned authors of Extreme Face Painting are taking it back to the basics, with some innovative twists. All ages and all skill levels will learn the secrets to creating awesome face art with easy-to-find materials, friendly instruction for beginners, and fresh inspiration for more seasoned face painters. 40 all-new, step-by-step projects. Award-winning expert techniques for creating believable face paint designs. Beginners will learn to paint everything from simple flowers to a full Frankenstein face. Intermediate artists will learn techniques for creating the look of fur, the illusion of depth, and more intricate designs like and owl mask or a spitting cobra. So grab some supplies and get ready to put a new face on fun!
Find Your Focus! You are bombarded with mental clutter every day--countless distraction, endless options, the perpetual to-do list--and it's holding you back. In this book, organizing expert and best-selling author Jennifer Ford Berry shows you how to quickly cut out the clutter so you can create the home you've always wanted. Shed the meaningless distractions to make room for the things that matter the most to you. Inside you'll find: Easy-to-follow checklists that give you results in just one week. Lists of what to do monthly, seasonally, and annually so you can stay organized. Strategies for making more time for family, friends, and your own well-being. Quick decluttering tips to organize bedrooms, bathrooms, closets and more. Help identifying and honoring your key priorities. Learn how to focus your thoughts, choices, and actions to create the life of your dreams.
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