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How to Draw Inky Wonderlands

How to Draw Inky Wonderlands

Basford, Johanna
A welcoming drawing guide for creating beautiful worlds and wondrous wildlife from bestselling artist Johanna Basford

Through her bestselling coloring books and distinctive illustrations, Johanna Basford's beautiful forests, ocean depths, and hidden magical kingdoms have enchanted millions of people around the world. In this lovely and accessible guide, she shares the fun, simple, no-skills-needed secrets to creating your own wondrous realms through fanciful, expressive line drawing.

With step-by-step exercises, inspiring prompts, and still plenty of pages to color, you'll be free to let your creativity run wild. How to Draw Inky Wonderlands invites you to develop your personal drawing style and master creating marvelous creatures and landscapes using only the pen or pencil in your hand and the wildest reaches of your imagination.

This Above All: How to Live an Artistic Life

This Above All: How to Live an Artistic Life

Cannon, Jason

There are some doozies in THIS ABOVE ALL: HOW TO LIVE AN ARTISTIC LIFE that straight-up revolutionized my thinking. It is a guidebook to both theater and life that needs to live on every creative person's nightstand.

--Sarah Bierstock, Artistic Director of Pass the Salt Productions

Jason Cannon's book is a must-read. Especially if you are an artist, want to be reminded why you become an artist in the first place - or just have always wondered if you could lead a more artistic life. Its honest and transparent and yet deeply witty and insightful look into this entire profession made me want to get back out there and do it even better. Easily the most truthful and yet inspiring book out there on the making of theatre.

--Sean Daniels, Artistic Director, Arizona Theatre Company

  • Is there something holding you back from what you know you can do? From who you know you can be?
  • Are you always starting but never finishing? Your novel? Your music? Your start-up? Your charity?
  • Do you struggle to maintain passion and balance in your work, your exercise routine, or your relationships?

  • Don't hang your head if you answered yes to any of those questions. Chin up and crack open THIS ABOVE ALL.

    In this galvanizing, pull-no-punches examination of the obstacles and rewards to living an artistic life, award-winning actor, director, playwright, and author Jason Cannon shows readers how to harness their creativity, rediscover their courage, and break free of the forces holding them back.

    Even if you've never picked up a paintbrush, even if you can't carry a tune in a bucket, even if just the thought of getting up on a stage makes you break out in a cold sweat, THIS ABOVE ALL will inspire you to unleash your inner artist and live true.

    THIS ABOVE ALL is brimming with philosophical insights and practical advice for young artists starting out in the world. Cannon shares the wisdom gained from many years of artistic practice, providing the reader with powerful reflections on art, life and truth-telling. Essential reading for anyone wanting to harness their passion into a meaningful and sustainable creative practice.

    --Deborah Brevoort, playwright and librettist

    Cannon focuses on artists (especially directors, actors, and writers) in the world of theater, but his penetrating insights apply to anyone in any profession. The book is a series of short chapters filled with exhilarating ideas about how to live artistically, which is to say how to live passionately, how to live, as Cannon puts it, "with all your heart." You will be tempted to read the book through at top speed because Cannon's quick, exuberant prose pulls you along. But then go back to read slowly, to pause on the many epiphanies about living and learning and refusing to be false to oneself or to anyone (the keen analysis of the speech in Hamlet by Polonius, from which Cannon takes his book's title, is worth the price of admission). Reflect on each gem for an hour or two-and then keep on reflecting for the rest of your life.

    -Jeffrey Couchman, author of The Night of the Hunter: A Biography of a Film

    Those who are struggling to make it in their chosen profession, are questioning what's missing, and haven't found their artistic mojo yet, will reap great benefit from reading THIS ABOVE ALL. THIS ABOVE ALL reminded me that the world of business can be much more meaningful when you slow down, take a beat, enjoy the scenery, and re-examine your purpose.

    --Joel Ehrenpreis, CEO, Business Therapeutics

    Walt Disney Film Archives. the Animated Movies 1921-1968. 40th Ed.

    Walt Disney Film Archives. the Animated Movies 1921-1968. 40th Ed.

    Kothenschulte, Daniel

    One of the most creative minds of the 20th century, Walt Disney created a unique and unrivaled imaginative universe. Like scarcely any other classics of cinema, his astonishing collection of animated cartoons revolutionized storytelling on screen and enchant to this day across geographies and generations.

    This expansively illustrated publication on Disney animation gathers hundreds of images as well as essays by Disney experts, taking us to the beating heart of the studio's "Golden Age of Animation." We trace Disney's complete animation journey from the silent film era, through his first full-length feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and Fantasia (1940), right up to his last masterpieces Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966) and The Jungle Book (1967).

    With extensive research conducted through the historical collections of the Walt Disney Company, as well as private collections, editor Daniel Kothenschulte curates some of the most precious concept paintings and storyboards to reveal just how these animation triumphs came to life. Masterful cel setups provide highly detailed illustrations of famous film scenes while rare pictures taken by Disney photographers bring a privileged insider's view to the studio's creative process.

    Each of the major animated features that were made during Walt's lifetime--including Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, Cinderella, Peter Pan, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians--is given its own focus chapter, without forgetting less-familiar gems such as the experimental short films of the Silly Symphonies series and under-appreciated episodic musical films such as Make Mine Music and Melody Time.

    Realizing the Disney style was a collective project and, as much as the master himself, The Walt Disney Film Archives acknowledges the outstanding animators and designers who influenced the style of the studio, among them Albert Hurter, Gustaf Tenggren, Kay Nielsen, Mary Blair, Sylvia Holland, Tyrus Wong, Ken Anderson, Eyvind Earle, and Walt Peregoy.

    Copyright (c) 2020 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

    About the series

    TASCHEN is 40! Since we started our work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible publishing, helping bookworms around the world curate their own library of art, anthropology, and aphrodisia at an unbeatable price. Today we celebrate 40 years of incredible books by staying true to our company credo. The 40 series presents new editions of some of the stars of our program--now more compact, friendly in price, and still realized with the same commitment to impeccable production.

    Watercolour Companion

    Watercolour Companion

    Palmer, Matthew
    Use the included viewfinders, mix 'recipes' to achieve that perfect effect and take bestselling artist/author Matthew Palmer with you wherever you decide to paint giving you top tips, handy hints and useful tricks-of-the-trade.

    From best-selling artist Matthew Palmer, this indispensable reference book is like having an artist on your shoulder to help you achieve great results. Designed to aid your painting whilst painting either indoors or out, the small journal-like format makes it easy to transport and to store with the rest of your painting kit. Combining top tips, handy hints and useful tricks-of-the-trade for artists from beginners to intermediates. The book includes:

  • Sketching tips and mini demos
  • Essential color mixes for different subjects, shadows, etc.
  • Troubleshooting tips for correcting mistakes
  • Essential kit list for painting outdoors.
  • Viewfinder included

  • The book also features color swatches ("recipes") printed down the sides of the color mixing pages, with the component colors and percentages alongside, so that you can hold them up to the object your painting, match the color and create the right mix. Handy for all levels helping to adapt within the painting eg changing the sky from morning to evening. Also included is a ruler printed down the side of the cover, and a viewfinder for finding the best composition for the scene you're painting.



    Reich PhD, Lee

    Between 1886 and 1942, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Pomology Division--pomology being the study of fruit growing--commissioned an illustrated register of fruits, most of which were painted by women artists. These watercolor illustrations were invaluable to growers, who used them as records of prized varieties that were in danger of being stolen or counterfeited by competitors. Today, the watercolors serve as a time capsule of America's past agricultural landscape, including many heirloom varieties now lost.

    This little book highlights 250 of the most mouthwatering paintings from the Pomological Watercolor Collection, including fruit from all fifty states and around the world, from apples and oranges to gooseberries and plums. It will make a delightful gift for gourmets and gardeners alike.

    Herve Tullet's Art of Play

    Herve Tullet's Art of Play

    Tullet, Herve
    The definitive book for adults from an iconoclast of the children's book world.

    Colorful and curious. Experimental and improvisational. Each of Hervé Tullet's creations, whether the bestselling children's book Press Here or the internationally traveling Ideal Exhibition, breaks the boundaries of art. Tullet is a renowned author and artist who urges people of any age to create playfully and joyfully. In this deluxe volume--part career-spanning monograph, part artist's manifesto--he shares his origins, his inspirations, and his methods alongside illustrations, sketches, fine art, and photographs of his installations. Hervé Tullet's Art of Play features commentary from curator Aaron Ott and children's literature expert Leonard S. Marcus. It's sure to become a favorite among parents, teachers, and librarians as well as art lovers and creatives. With this book, as with all his work, Hervé Tullet invites you to join him on an exuberant journey of creativity.

    BESTSELLING AUTHOR: Tullet is an New York Times-bestselling author and a perennial favorite among buyers and sellers of children's books as well as among the art crowd. His books have been translated into many languages, and he's been featured in exhibitions around the world.

    CREATIVITY FOR EVERYONE: Tullet's experiential art delights a range of audiences, from children to museumgoers. It appeals on many levels--as a radically inclusive fine art practice, as a bridge between children and adults, and as a purely joyful experience of color and motion.

    INSIDE THE ARTIST'S PROCESS: This book offers a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes. Tullet describes everything from his use of sketchbooks to his musical inspirations. Creatives in all media will glean valuable insight into the artist's process.

    Perfect for:

  • Fans of Hervé Tullet
  • Artists, illustrators, and writers
  • Creatives of all stripes
  • Parents, teachers, and librarians who love children's books
  • Contemporary art aficionados
  • Drawing Animal Portraits in Coloured Pencil

    Drawing Animal Portraits in Coloured Pencil

    Watkins, Lisa Ann
    A masterclass in producing lifelike animals with colored pencils.

    Domestic animals are an eternally popular subject for art, and present unique challenges to the artist. Lisa Ann Watkins has made a career of teaching her colored pencil techniques to capture character and realism in her art.

  • A section on materials covers colored pencils, watercolor pencils (wet and dry), and PanPastels.
  • A chapter on character shows how to capture the best reference photographs to work from; information on anatomy - eyes, bone structure, fur direction - and notes on tools/apps that can be used to help with tonal values.
  • Clear simple techniques are then presented through short exercises that focus on a particular technique or effect selected by the author from her experience teaching, such as a cat's eye.
  • Answer to common technical question from students/followers that cover unique aspects of the medium such as the amount of pressure to use.
  • A series of step-by-step projects then follows, including cat, dog, donkey and a baby animal.