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TODAY'S MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS HAVE IT ROUGH. In a few short years, they go through an incredible number of biological and emotional changes, making this the most formative--and riskiest--time in their lives. Groups turn on each other, a trusted childhood friend can reveal secrets by sending a text message or updating a Facebook status, and deciding where to sit in the cafeteria can be a daily struggle. As any tween will tell you, life for a middle school girl can be summed up in one word: drama. Haley Kilpatrick's own turbulent middle school experience inspired Girl Talk, a nonprofit organization in which high school mentors offer a "just been there" perspective to tween girls, helping them build self-esteem and develop leadership skills. Here, Haley delivers the definitive guidebook, packed with anecdotes from real girls around the country, who offer their insight into: Why her friends' approval is suddenly vitally important Why she feels pressured to be perfect Why she's no longer telling her parents everything What three vital things adults can offer to the girls in their lives to downplay the drama Filled with practical strategies from tweens and teen mentors to help adults understand what girls today are facing, The Drama Years is a must-read for anyone struggling to help girls navigate the often difficult transition into adolescence.
Being the first group of girls at a formerly all-boys academy has its big ups-as in boys, boys, everywhere! Choosing "the one" is as easy as "Eeny, meeny, miny, Whoa!" isn't it? Maybe not so fast.
Will commercial fame crush a tween's hopes of serious stardom? Isabel Marak Flores has appeared in dozens of independent films and recently received glowing reviews for her role in a small Off-Broadway show. When an agent sees her on stage and suggests she go out for some commercial work, Isabel declines. How can a serious actress appear in television commercials for cupcake-scented deodorant and other silly products? However, when Isabel's parents tell her that they can't afford the tuition for the world-famous dramatic academy she has her heart set on, a few commercial auditions don't seem so bad. She just has to make sure her new crush, the adorable but slightly smug, Preston Banner III, doesn't find out about any of it. If he does, he might not be waiting for her in the wings after they play their scene from Romeo and Juliet for the Actor's Studio benefit. Isabel books a spot for a new energy drink which will only air in Japan. Seems perfect, but then she learns that the energy drink, HappyWow, is coming to America--and her face is about to be plastered on billboards, displayed in magazines, and looped endlessly on television. Can this serious actress learn how to enjoy life and not take everything quite so seriously during her brief dramatic pause?
Moss Hart once said that you never really learn how to write a play; you only learn how to write this play. Crafted with that adage in mind, The Dramatic Writer's Companion is designed to help writers explore their own ideas in order to develop the script in front of them. No ordinary guide to plotting, this handbook starts with the principle that character is key. "The character is not something added to the scene or to the story," writes author Will Dunne. "Rather, the character is the scene. The character is the story." Having spent decades working with dramatists to refine and expand their existing plays and screenplays, Dunne effortlessly blends condensed dramatic theory with specific action steps--over sixty workshop-tested exercises that can be adapted to virtually any individual writing process and dramatic script. Dunne's in-depth method is both instinctual and intellectual, allowing writers to discover new actions for their characters and new directions for their stories. Dunne's own experience is a crucial element of this guide. His plays have been selected by the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center for three U. S. National Playwrights Conferences and have earned numerous honors, including a Charles MacArthur Fellowship, four Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, and two Drama-Logue Playwriting Awards. Thousands of individuals have already benefited from his workshops, and The Dramatic Writer's Companion promises to bring his remarkable creative method to an even wider audience.
In the middle 1980s, a number of promising new fantasy writers appeared on the scene. For range of style and subject matter, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough is certainly among the most notable. In this stand-alone fantasy, a young woman seeking adventure in the wild west turns out to be the best and perhaps only hope Texas has to be rescued from a very large, very hungry, fire-breathing dragon.
Katie agrees to be a buddy for the new girl in class even though her best friend Suzanne does not approve.
World War I bombers, rocket launchers and all types of flying machines are represented here in step-by-step drawings. An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists.
Alien fever is running high: the Alien movies and reissue of the Star Wars trilogy have made outer space fascinating to a whole new generation of children. And who better to help budding artists master their drawings of the friendly folk from the final frontier than Lee Ames--creator of the phenomenally successful Draw 50 series?An ideal tool for young artists or the parent or teacher seeking to help a child master their artistic skills, Draw 50 Aliens includes creatures from every walk of the galaxy: Ames gives instructions for drawing UFOs, Nebula Nomads, Milky Way Marauders, and every other type of extraterrestrial. And, in the tradition of the Draw 50 series, all of these characters are humorous, lovable, and very accessible for children.With over two million copies in print, the Draw 50 series has successfully shown children how to create everything from a robin to a spaceship, Tyrannosaurus rex to John the Baptist. But with Draw 50 Aliens, Ames has--perhaps as never before--hit upon a deeply appealing subject, one that taps into children's sense of wonder and will keep them endlessly entertained and forever sketching away.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Revisiting the animal theme that kicked off the series more than twenty-five years ago, Draw 50 Baby Animals brings you an amazing array of the most adorable critters on earth. This latest installment in the Lee J. Ames illustration dynasty features darling baby animals from the wild, the barnyard, and even the backyard that will delight children and parents alike, making it an ideal tool for mastering drawing skills either at home or at school. Lee J. Ames's signature step-by-step method shows you how to draw the cutest offspring in the animal kingdom with ease from a fluffy chick and a shaky-legged fawn to playful puppies and sweet-faced kittens. His clear instructions help budding artists to explore their interests in a fun, familiar (and loveable!) way. With over three million copies in print, the Draw 50 series has successfully shown children how to create everything from a robin to a spaceship, Tyrannosaurus Rex to skyscrapers, and UFOs to racing cars. Draw 50 Baby Animals is sure to captivate a new generation of artists and keep them endlessly entertained, sketching their newfound friends.
Draw 50 Boats, Ships, Trucks, and Trains teaches aspiring artists how to draw with ease by following simple, step-by-step instructions. Celebrated author Lee J. Ames shows readers how to draw dozens of modes of transportation from throughout history, such as a Viking ship and the Santa Maria, as well as a nuclear submarine, a Jeep, and a tractor-trailer. Ames's illustration style and renowned drawing method has made him a leader in the step-by-step drawing manual, and the 31 books in his Draw 50 series have sold more than three million copies. Ames's instruction allows seasoned artists to refine their technique and guides amateurs to develop their own artistic abilities. Even the youngest artists can make any type of vehicle look great. It's easy to build all kinds of vehicles when it's done the Draw 50 way.
Draw 50 Buildings and Other Structures teaches aspiring artists how to draw with ease by following simple, step-by-step instructions. Celebrated author Lee J. Ames shows readers how to draw famous structures from all over the world, as well as an igloo, a barn and silo, a windmill, and even a teepee. Ames's illustration style and renowned drawing method has made him a leader in the step-by-step drawing manual, and the 31 books in his Draw 50 series have sold more than three million copies. Ames's instruction allows seasoned artists to refine their technique and guides amateurs to develop their own artistic abilities. Even the youngest artists can draw the tallest, grandest structures. It's easy to construct any type of building when it's done the Draw 50 way.
Draw 50 Endangered Animals teaches artists of all levels how to draw with ease by following simple, step-by-step examples. Celebrated author Lee J. Ames has brought together an assortment of animals whose numbers are threatened, including classic favorites such as the giant panda, the humpback whale, and the Asian elephant. However, you'll also find animals you may never have heard of, like the vicuña, Przewalski's horse, and the Everglade snail kite. Ames's drawing method has proven successful for children and adults of all ages over the past 40 years. The 31 books in the Draw 50 series have sold more than three million copies and have shown artists, from the beginner to advanced levels, how to draw everything from animals to airplanes. It's easy to cherish our feathered, furry, and scaly friends when it's done the Draw 50 way.
Draw 50 People teaches aspiring artists how to draw with ease by following simple, step-by-step instructions. Acclaimed author Lee J. Ames shows you how to draw a wondrous diversity of people from around the world and throughout history. Included here are people from ancient times, like an Egyptian mathematician, a medieval troubadour, and a Roman athlete. But there are also pirates, queens, soldiers from the Civil War and World War II, and many others.Lee J. Ames's drawing method has proven successful for children and adults alike over the past thirty years. The twenty-seven books in the Draw 50 series have sold more than 3 million copies and have shown everyone from amateurs to experts how to draw everything from animals to airplanes.Even the youngest artists can make these ancient and modern men and women look great. It's easy to draw people when you do it the Draw 50 way.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Turn your love of animals into art you adore! From her family farm in Kentucky, artist Jeanne Filler Scott spends her days joyfully surrounded by pets, barnyard animals and wildlife. In this book, she shares her love of animals and her easy techniques for capturing their beauty and charm in acrylics, oils and pencil. 50 paint-along projects--complete with reference photos, color lists and illustrated step-by-step directions. Simple methods for realistic results. A wide range of subjects ranging from pets and farm animals to wildlife and exotics. Tips for achieving convincing fur textures, lifelike expressions and a variety of natural settings. A tremendous value for artists of every age and skill level, this big collection features the best instruction on a menagerie of subjects for your creative enjoyment--from loveable dogs, proud felines and cute bunnies to magnificent stallions and regal peacocks. With the help of this book, you can turn inspiration from your favorite animals into rewarding artwork.
Saddle up for some creative fun!The pure beauty and spirit of horses makes them a favorite subject for artists. With the friendly instruction in this book, rendering these magnificent animals is both achievable and fun, even for beginners. Step by step, Jeanne Filler Scott shows you how to draw and paint the elegant lines, graceful movements and unique personalities that capture your heart. 12 start-to-finish projects cover a variety of poses and subjects, from stately portraits of race horses to cute foals at playStep-by-step demonstrations show how to depict accurate anatomy, powerful legs, flowing manes, expressive eyes, authentic coat colors and other key elements of realistic likenessesProfiles outline the distinguishing characteristics and proportions of popular breeds and various stages of maturityRundowns on basic tools and techniques help you get started in pencil, acrylics and oilsFrom taking reference photos to painting backgrounds, from formal portraits to everyday pasture scenes, this book covers everything you need to turn your love of horses into enjoyable and lifelike art.
Put the WILD in your wildlife art! Popular artist and best-selling author Lee Hammond shares her secrets for drawing some of the earth's most magnificent animals and the diverse habitats they call home. This guide breaks the challenge down step by step, showing beginners how to instantly improve accuracy in their work and inpiring more experienced artists to achieve the level of heart-beating realism illustrated inside. 30 start-to-finish demonstrations feature a wide variety of wild animals and birds, from large cats and raptors to small woodland creatures and reptiles Mini-lessons focus on drawing eyes, fur, feathers, antlers and other lifelike textures Includes expert tips for evoking the atmosphere of meadows, woodlands, mountains, skies and other natural terrains Builds on key skills--including Hammond's blended pencil technique--that make the difference between a simple line drawing and stunning realism With Hammond's proven techniques and friendly teaching style, you'll soon be able to draw not just the wonderful variety of scenes in this book, but any wildlife moment that touches your heart.
For those experiencing the darkness of deep emotional wounds, this book lays out the source of healing and charts the path toward healthy relationships and spiritual maturity. Out of his own experiences of darkness and healing, Terry Wardle provides wise and seasoned biblical guidance for all who feel trapped in the darkness.
In this step-by-step guide, Lee Hammond reveals secrets that will help you turn your drawings into professional-looking fashion illustrations. You'll start with the basics - like how to draw the human figure as a combination of simple, interlocking shapes and how to use shading to give your work a realistic, three-dimensional quality. Next, you'll learn how to make the fashions look real - with convincing folds, drapes, patters and textures. Exercises and easy-to-follow demonstrations how you how to give your models expressive features, fashionable hair styles and just-the-right accessories. You'll learn how to add impact with cropping and creative backgrounds as you combine pose, expression and lighting to strike a mood and create attitude. If you have a feel for fashion and a creative flair, try your hand at fashion illustrations. This book makes it easy!
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.
Offering a realistic approach, clear step-by-step instruction, and an encouraging voice, this book will teach readers how to produce beautiful renderings of one of their favorite animals - horses.
This book overturns the conventional wisdom that people who have been totally blind since birth or early childhood have no interest in or capacity to understand tactual drawings. Kennedy and his colleagues conducted a series of studies with blind children and adults in Toronto, Haiti, and Arizona, and assessed the drawings which their subjects produced. They found that blind people had a seemingly instinctive grasp of two-dimensional representation even though they had had no prior exposure to it. The book is scholarly but highly readable.
"This book supports my own 30-year crusade to demonstrate that games are an art form that undeniably rivals traditional arts. It gives detailed explanations of game art techniques and their importance, while also highlighting their dependence on artistic aspects of game design and programming." -- John Romero, co-founder of id Software and CEO of Loot Drop, Inc.Video games are not a revolution in art history, but an evolution. Whether the medium is paper or canvas--or a computer screen--the artist's challenge is to make something without depth seem like a window into a living, breathing world. Video game art is no different. Drawing Basics and Video Game Art is first to examine the connections between classical art and video games, enabling developers to create more expressive and varied emotional experiences in games. Artist game designer Chris Solarski gives readers a comprehensive introduction to basic and advanced drawing and design skills--light, value, color, anatomy, concept development--as well as detailed instruction for using these methods to design complex characters, worlds, and gameplay experiences. Artwork by the likes of Michelangelo, Titian, and Rubens are studied alongside AAA games like BioShock, Journey, the Mario series, and Portal 2, to demonstrate perpetual theories of depth, composition, movement, artistic anatomy, and expression. Although Drawing Basics and Video Game Art is primarily a practical reference for artists and designers working in the video games industry, it's equally accessible for those interested to learn about gaming's future, and potential as an artistic medium.Also available as an eBookFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
A teacher at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco describes the various materials and media available for drawing, techniques for drawing different lines and tones, the concept of perspective, and approaches to sketching. Color images of example projects walk through each step in the process of drawing figures, architecture, and preliminary studies for a painting. Spiral binding. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
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