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Composing in Acrylics: Techniques for Mastering the Medium (USED)

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This basic instructional guide demonstrates a range of techniques and applies them to such major forms as still life, portraits, figures and landscapes. The author discusses materials and presents exercises for gaining familiarity with the medium and learning brushstrokes and textures.
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Coney Island the Parachute Pavilion Competition (USED)

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For almost 100 years, Coney Island was the most popular seaside destination in the United States. Eachyear, millions escaped the heat of New York City to savor the thrills of the Cyclone roller coaster and Wonder Wheel at the Astroland amusement park. They came to sample an original Nathan's Famous hot dog, witness the first demolition derby, or to take a chance at a game of three-card Monte on the legendary boardwalk. The advent of air-conditioning, concerns about Coney's "tawdry" entertainment, and faster transportation to other beaches hastened the demise of what had become a uniquely American icon of entertainment and a defining terminus of New York at the water's edge.

In an effort to revitalize the area, the Van Alen Institute, in concert with the Coney Island Development Corporation, held the Parachute Pavilion Competition, a contest to design a year-round pavilion in the shadow of the Parachute Jump, a landmark built for the 1939 World's Fair. Coney Island: The Parachute Pavilion Competition presents all 864 submissionsfrom the feasible to the fantasticreceived from around the world. The winning design by London-based Carmody Groarke Hardie is a mesmerizing attraction in its own right, composed of two provocative trapezoids illuminated by thousands of colored light bulbs. The design respects the historic icon under which it is located but also promises to become an icon in its own right and bring the fun-loving spirit of Coney Island into the twenty-first century. Featuring essays, photographic documentation, and jury comments, Coney Island: The Parachute Pavilion Competition is a critical resource for students, designers, city officials, and anyone interested in Coney Island and the reinvention of the historic recreation sites of our cities.

Creative Woodburning A Collection of Beautiful Patterns; Step by Step Instructions (USED)

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Creative Woodburning Book IV (USED)

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Dan Eldon the Art of Life (USED)

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Only 22 when he lost his life on assignment in Somalia, photojournalist Dan Eldon left behind much more than the journals that became the basis for Chronicle's best-seller The Journey Is the Destination. He left a lifetime of adventures that continue to inspire. Raised in Kenya, he took numerous expeditions across Africa that helped him to understand and love the continent. Through his safaris and benevolent crusades--and with interludes of study and work in the US and London, and trips around the world--he crafted a philosophy of curiosity, creativity, adventure, and charity. Intensely visual, like the life it describes, Dan Eldon: The Art of Life is more than a biography. It is an exploration of one man's will to take in everything life has to offer; an example of a life lived for art, and art experienced as lif

Dawn of the Gods (USED)

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Dear Friends: American Photographs of Men Together, 1840-1918 (USED)

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Deborah Turbeville's Newport Remembered (USED)

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At the turn of the century, wealthy American families spent summers in enormous mansions in Newport, Rhode Island. This book provides a vision of that opulent past. Deborah Turbeville's photographs set out to capture the essence of the time, while Louis Auchincloss adds an historical angle.
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Design elements: Using Images to Create Graphic Impact

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Imagery is powerful and evocative. It is one of the most important cornerstones of successful visual communication, and working with imagery is a vital skill for every designer. This authoritative book shows how successful sourcing, creation, and use of imagery can be applied to professional graphic design. As a new addition to the Design Elements series, this essential volume covers when, where, and how to use imagery and explores the unique power images have over an audience.

In these pages, you'll learn:

- How to choose the best photos and illustrations for a project

- The most effective ways to alter images

- Composition techniques

- Strategies for sourcing images on a tight budget

- And more

With eye-opening examples of real-world projects, Design Elements, Using Images to Create Graphic Impact is filled with valuable tips and practical strategies for using imagery to create memorable and effective design.

Designer's Notebook (USED)

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Dictionary of the Arts (USED)

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Disney Villains: Hairstyles and Looks

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Doodle Bug!

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Features designs to copy - from aliens and robots to dragons and monsters - as well as space for children to draw their own doodles. This book also features a friendly Doodle Bug, to help guide children through the pages, as well as the introduction pages to teach children about letters and numbers.
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Draw Desert Animals (USED)

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From initial concept to finished art, the "Learn to Draw" series provides young and beginning artists with practical step-by-step instruction in a warm, friendly voice.

Draw Insects (USED)

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From initial concept to finished art, the "Learn to Draw" series provides young and beginning artists with practical step-by-step instruction in a warm, friendly voice.

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Draw Rainforest Animals (USED)

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Rainforest Animals continues Dubosque's method of organized, repeated practice to create drawings of something "you really like." He suggests periodic evaluation of the work in progress, holding it to a mirror or a light for a different view.

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Drawing Animals A to Z

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Perfect for young minds in a constant state of learning, Drawing Animals from A to Z teaches children about their favorite furry, scaly, and feathered animals through art, ABCs and shapes. This fun, educational book opens with easy warm-up drawing exercises and an introduction to the basic shapes: circle, oval, square, rectangle, and triangle. From there, children are invited to follow simple step-by-step instructions to draw each A to Z animal, starting with a basic shape and progressing to a finished color final piece of art. Projects include children's favorite domestic and exotic animals, including a dolphin, ferret, jaguar, koala, puppy, toad, and many more, while a paper pad includes an unfinished drawing of each featured animal with a prompt for children to complete, as well as the capital and lowercase letter representing the animal. Drawing Animals from A to Z educates children as they draw these wild and tame animals found all over the world, providing an enjoyable, well-rounded artistic and educational experience.

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Dutchman's Puzzle Block

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A fresh new look at a favorite traditional block. All you need to know to use it to create quilts with the contemorary look of today. Build your block library with all of the Building Block books. Block instructions, size charts, and three quilt projects with the look of today.

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Earth from Above (USED)

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This affordable picture-a-day compilation -- based on Abrams' international best-seller Earth from Above -- presents 365 aerial photographs that offer the most revealing, eye-popping view of our world ever created. Accompanied by informative captions, each breathtaking full-color image by renowned photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand makes it clear why Hemispheres said, "Life on Earth will never look quite the same again once you've seen Earth from Above."

Edward Burne-Jones, Victorian Artist-Dreamer (USED)

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A catalogue that explores the life and work of the successful and innovative artist, Edward Burne-Jones.

Essential Van Gogh (USED)

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European Decorative Arts in the Art Institute of Chicago (USED)

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A new approach to the artistic legacy of European artisans which ranges from the anonymous craftsmen of the early Middle Ages to the celebrated designers of the Bauhaus in the 1920s. The book focuses on a series of the finest objects in the museum's collection.
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Faces of Discord the Civil War Era at the National Portrait Gallery (USED)

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Daniel Webster, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Jefferson Davis, John Brown. We know their names and recall the place of each in our nation's history. But do we recognize their faces and those of the dozens of their contemporaries who forged a new and forward-looking America during the Civil War era?

Faces of Discord is a look into the real faces of the leading historical figures of this turbulent and transformative time. Compiled from the collections of the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, these depictions include those of Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, John S. Mosby, George Armstrong Custer, and many others who were painted, sculpted, and photographed by the foremost artists of the day.

More than just arresting pictures in a book, these "faces of discord" represent historical portraits of the period, some of which were once owned by the famous sitters themselves and passed down to the Smithsonian by their descendants. The National Portrait Gallery is a fitting repository for these images, in part because the gallery occupies the building that was used as a barracks and hospital for Federal troops during the war and was the site of Lincoln's second inaugural ball.

Faces of Discord also tells the stories of the extraordinary lives behind the faces that changed the course of American history. Selected exclusively from Smithsonian collections and illustrated within Faces of Discord are rarely seen personal possessions and memorabilia associated with many of these historical figures who still command our attention and so vividly animate these pages.

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Fairytale Quilts and Embroidery (USED)

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Folk Art in America (USED)

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Fortresses of Faith (USED)

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As the second millennium begins the story of the Saxon settlers in Transylvania assumes a particular historic pertinence. For nearly a thousand years, these stalwart people from the Rhine valley and thereabouts played a key role in the diaspora in the second half of this century. Fortresses of Faith focuses on their magnificent architectural legacy -the fortress- churches or kirchenburngen of the Seibenburgen. After a comprehensive introduction covering history, architecture, and dcor, the author takes us on an enthralling photographic tour, helpfully arranged for travelers into the areas surrounding Sibiu, Medias, Sighisoara, Brasov. His black and white photographs poignantly capture the moody images of these stone war-horses of Christendom; many of which are now without congregations and prey to the dilapidation of time. This book is a superb photographic record with a broad appeal to overseas descendants of Transylvania Saxons, tourist and students of Romanian history. This is the
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From Heaven to Arcadia; The Sacred and Profane in the Renaissance (USED)

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From the revelations of classical statuary pulled from the Roman soil as the popes began rebuilding the city in the fifteenth century, to the myth of serenity that Venice constructed to conceal its physical and political fragility, to bloody yet cultured Florence under the Medici, Ingrid D. Rowland traces the worldly, unworldly, and otherworldly strivings of artists, writers, popes, and politicians during that great "outburst of mental energy" we know as the Renaissance.Here are Botticelli, whose illustrations for the Divine Comedy reveal him to be one of Dante's most careful readers; the multifaceted genius of Leonardo; the astonishing mastery of Titian and the erratic brilliance of artists like Correggio, Caravaggio, and Artemisia Gentileschi; the enigmatic erotic novel Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, the decoding of which was the subject of the recent novel The Rule of Four; the Western fascination with the mysteries of Egypt; and the glittering spiritual ferment of late Byzantium, which as it collapsed passed on so many ideas to Renaissance Italy.But beyond its artistic accomplishments, Rowland writes, "Renaissance life at its most distinctive was the intangible, unworldly life of the mind." In her pages astronomers and astrologists, poets and philosophers, pornographers and prostitutes jostle for attention with painters and sculptors. Among them the inquisitive Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher stands out as a polymath who ranged over nearly every field of knowledge. Even though his commingling of scientific observation and hermetic symbolism is now obsolete, he remains for Rowland "a builder of connections who insisted on seeing harmony in the midst of disorder"-and thus one of the most exemplary Renaissance figures of all.

Frozen Fever Party Book

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Frozen Hairstyles: Amazing Hairstyle Tricks

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Furry and Feathered friends

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Furry & Feathered Friends follows the second title in the Cartooning for Kids series, Mean 'n' Messy Monsters, expanding on its core concepts and teaching young artists to draw a range of fun, furry, and feathered animals in true cartooning style. Children will love learning how to reinterpret their favorite animal friends in cartoon form, as well as design their own favorite critters, all with a colorful, silly touch. Featured sections cover humorous characteristics, silly expressions, and over-the-top gestures that make a cartoon animal come to life on the page, as well as creative ideas and techniques for rendering a favorite animal in an unexpected costume, disguise, or location. Projects include popular animals and quirky pets, including dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, rabbits, and more, reinterpreted in a fun and whimsical kid-friendly style! Each lesson begins with a simple shape and progresses to a colorful final piece of art, making it easy for budding artists of all skill levels to follow along. Furry & Feathered Friends teaches young artists-in-training how to take their drawing skills from enthusiastic doodler to ace cartoonist through a series of engaging, easy-to-follow step-by-step cartooning projects. Along the way, tips and tricks from a professional cartoonist are included to guide their efforts, making this book an experience that is sure to create a new favorite pastime.

Giant Coloring and Activity Book (USED)

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Glorious Gardens (USED)

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Just as a sculptor turns everyday wood and stone into art, a creative gardener takes the elements of a given place and turns them into a living paradise. According to Heriteau, a shady spot isn't just a place where grass won't grow, it's a cool respite from the outside world. With over 275 full-color photos, this is the most spectacular compendium of garden design, technique and information ever assembled.
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Go High: The Unstoppable Presence and Poise of Michelle Obama (USED)

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The editor of Hugs from Obama presents this photographic celebration of the former first lady's elegance and strength in Go High: The Unstoppable Presence and Poise of Michelle Obama.

Featuring more than 50 full-color photographs illustrating her warmth, wisdom, and belief in a bright future, this one-of-a-kind collection highlights Michelle Obama's compassion, verve, and dynamic approach to unifying people from all walks of life. Each picture is accompanied by some of her most compelling words--inspirational quotes sharing her earnest expression that the United States of America is a place of unity, fairness, vitality, and optimism.

A perfect gift book for mothers and graduates, Go High revisits the beloved first lady's heartfelt embrace of the American people, and her persistent encouragement to always lift one another up, reach higher, and rise to the occasion.

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Hillary: The Coloring Book (USED)

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"Take that Ted Cruz. Like the Texas Republican, the likely 2016 Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton, is also getting a coloring book. Who knew a young Clinton played with a Lincoln bust?"--U.S. News & World Report

AN INSPIRING PICTORIAL HISTORY OF HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON FOR YOU TO COLOR AND ENJOY

Color and discover the extraordinary life of Hillary Rodham Clinton with this fun and informative activity book. Grab some crayons and add your own tint to her amazing and often controversial biography. You'll capture her early childhood and academic accomplishments, time as First Lady in Arkansas and the White House, and years in the Senate and State Department, as well as her entire political career right up to the launch of the 2016 Presidential Race.

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Historic Interiors of England, Wales and Northern Ireland (USED)

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In this armchair tour through 500 years of British interior design, readers can view the grand interiors of many of Great Britain's finest country houses, great estates, and castles.

History of Art (USED)

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How to Cartoon or Caricature Anyone (USED)

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How to Draw Grimm's Dark Tales

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Dark fairy tales and legends have been passed down orally from generation to generation for centuries. Today, these tales have penetrated every aspect of pop culture and media - from cinema and TV shows to books and theatre. While fairy tales have often been sanitized and tweaked for children, their true origins are dark, edgy, grisly, and often full of malevolence. How to Draw Grimm's Dark Tales, Fables & Folklore guides artists through the process of drawing, painting, and digitally illustrating the dark and mysterious characters of legend and lore - good and bad. Beginning with information on the necessary tools and materials, artists will learn basic drawing concepts and techniques for achieving proper proportion and perspective, shading, creating volume, and rendering such textures as skin, hair, fur, and fabric. A variety of step-by-step projects provide clear, easy-to-understand instructions for drawing well-recognized characters, including the Big Bad Wolf, Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White, the sinister witch, and many more. The tips and techniques within this book provide insight and inspiration to enhance the learning process, whilst informative sidebars and introductions reveal the history of each character, as well as the origin of their grim tales, symbolism, and variations in their stories. Howto Draw Grimm's Dark Tales, Fables & Folklore is full of creative resources and encouragement for beginning and intermediate artists alike. With its varied cast of characters, comprehensive instruction, and fascinating peek into the tales themselves, this book is sure to kindle artistic imagination.

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How to Draw Phineas and Ferb

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Learn to Draw Disney's Phineas and Ferb helps young artists capture the likenesses of their favorite characters, including Phineas Flynn, Ferb Fletcher, Candace Flynn, Agent P, and Dr. Doofenshmirtz.

School is out for summer, and stepbrothers Phineas and Ferb decide to make each day an adventure! Their bold escapades always end up cramping the style of their teenaged sister, Candace, who makes every attempt to reveal their plans to mom and expose what is really going on, but somehow always seems to fail. Meanwhile, the family's pet platypus leads a double life as secret "Agent P" and faces off with the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz to save the world. Fans of the show will enjoy learning to draw all of their favorite characters from this animated adventure show using the easy-to-follow step-by-step method of instruction in this book. This beautifully illustrated, full-color 64-page drawing guide also features a brief synopsis of the show and drawing tips from professional Disney artists.

All you'll need to start drawing are a few art supplies. The easy-to-follow instructions in this book will guide you through each step, showing you how each step builds upon the next to create a finished piece of art. You just need to grab a pencil, a piece of paper, and your copy of Learn to Draw Disney's Phineas and Ferb, and flip to the character you want to draw. You'll draw the basic shapes shown in step one, and move on to step two, step three, and keep going! The new lines in each step are shown in blue, so you'll know exactly what to draw. After adding all the details in each step, darken the lines you want to keep and erase the rest. Finally, add color to your drawing with felt-tip markers, colored pencils, watercolors, or acrylic paints.

Plus, learn some fun facts about the characters as you learn to draw them. Included in this book are drawing projects for Phineas Flynn, Ferb Fletcher, Candace Flynn, Buford Van Stomm, Baljeet Rai, Jeremy Johnson, Isabella Garcia-Shapiro, Perry the Platypus, Agent P, Linda Flynn-Fletcher, Lawrence Fletcher, Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz, and Vanessa Doofenshmirtz. Brief character descriptions and art instruction from professional Disney animators round out this exciting artistic adventure.

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How to Draw Supernatural Beings

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The books in the How to Draw series are especially designed for artists of all levels, beginner to advanced, who are looking to hone their skills in a specific style of artwork. The books are 6.5in x 8in, hardcover with an internal spiral binding so they lay open flat as readers follow the steps on their own canvas or paper. The books are beautifully illustrated and contain hundreds of colorful pieces of artwork, photographs, and helpful diagrams. Step-by-step instructions help guide artists through the learning process.

It's fun to draw supernatural beings--from vampires to zombies, werewolves, ghosts, and goblins, supernatural characters have endless possibilities. Whether you want to draw them professionally or design special graphics for friends and family, this is the book for you. Complete with easy to follow steps and guidelines, this book will make you a demon of the drawing underworld.

For artists of all skill levels, supernatural creatures present the fantasy artist with unique challenges and opportunities. How to Draw Supernatural Beings walks artists through discipline, balancing real-life details and supernatural characters, along with hints on composition. With information on the history of this type of art, and an explanation of current trends, this book is a necessary reference for anyone interested in supernatural art.

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How to Draw the Little Mermaidn

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Learning to draw has never been so fun and easy! Now budding artists can dive under the sea to join Ariel, Sebastian, Flounder, and other favorite characters on a fun-filled artistic adventure thanks to Learn to Draw Disney's The Little Mermaid. With the simple-to-follow step-by-step instructions in this beautifully illustrated colorful book, young fans will enjoy learning how to draw Ariel and her friends from the time-cherished classic Disney animated film, The Little Mermaid. The book opens by introducing artists to a small selection of essential drawing tools and materials, as well as a range of options for adding color, such as crayons, markers, colored pencils, and paint. Next, artists are directed to warm-up with some quick and easy sketching exercises before moving on to the step-by-step drawing projects. Each drawing lesson begins with a basic shape, such as a circle or an oval; then each step builds upon the last and eventually progresses to a finished final color artwork. Additionally, each new drawing step is shown in blue for a helpful guide so young artists know exactly what to draw next. Along the way, professional Disney artists and illustrators share helpful tips and tricks for bringing each character to life so they look just like they appear on the big screen. With a range of fun and exciting characters in a variety of poses, Learn to Draw Disney's The Little Mermaid book will have young artists drawing their favorite characters in no time!

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How to Draw Vampires

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Over the years, vampires have earned a permanent place in pop culture. Numerous movies, TV shows, and book series have only upped the demand for these mythological beings. And now anyone can learn to draw and paint vampires with this in-depth handbook. How to Draw Vampires covers everything from rendering sharp fangs and glowing eyes to creating stylish immortal fashion. The book also contains 15 step-by-step projects featuring a mix of pencil, paint, and digital image-editing instruction, allowing artists to replicate each scene in graphic detail. Evil vampires, handsome vampires, gothic lairs, and the forbidden love between human and vampire merely scratch the surface of subjects in this must-have title.

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How to Draw Wizards

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The mystery and awe inspired by wizards and sorcery have captivated audiences for centuries. Now anyone can learn to bring these mythical characters to life through drawing and painting. How to Draw Wizards covers everything from rendering cauldrons and skulls to dungeons and forests. The book also contains several step-by-step projects featuring a mix of pencil, paint, and digital image-editing instruction, allowing artists to replicate each scene in detail. An enchantress, a medicine man, a druid, and a necromancer merely scratch the surface of subjects in this enchanting title.
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How to Identify Prints: A Complete Guide to manual and Mechanical Processes from Woodcut to Ink Jet (USED)

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A comprehensive reference work for print and art collectors, dealers in prints and illustrated books and people interested in graphic art with no previous knowledge on the subject. It was the result of Bamber Gascoigne's own early experiences in trying to discover which print was what. Looking for precise guidance on problems of identification, he found that there was no book specifically designed to answer that need - so he wrote it.

How to Paint & Draw Landscapes (USED)

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How You Look at It; Photographs of the 20th Century (USED)

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Eugène Atget's Parisian storefronts paired with Thomas Struth's desolate views of Wall Street; Charles Sheeler's studies of Ford Motor Plant contrasted with Bernd and Hilda Becher's Blast Furnace series; Walker Evans' sharecroppers alongside Rineke Djikstra's troubled late-twentieth-century teens. These are just some of the surprising and delightful editorial matches to be found in How You Look At It: Photographs of the Twentieth Century. Intelligently and carefully edited by Thomas Weski and Heinz Liesbrock, this superb volume makes an argument for photography as the definitive art form of the twentieth century by presenting whole series of works by the medium's pioneers, instead of isolated individual photographs. Arranged thematically rather chronologically, the connections between seemingly disparate bodies of work are made clear. Cindy Sherman's early film stills sit easily across the page from Lee Friedlander's sly shadow self portraits; Robert Adams' desolate suburban sprawls lead a path to Larry Clark's strung-out dopers in Tulsa several pages later. Interspersed throughout the book are reproductions of relevant art piecesso that a Mark Rothko painting flanks a piece of Robert Frank's The Americans and Christian Boltanski's L'album de la famille introduces Nicholas Nixon's The Brown Sisters. Published to accompany the exhibition of the same name, How You Look At It is a comprehensive and unprecedented look at the century of photography.
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Information Graphics and Visual Cues (USED)

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Certain visual images scream their message to us loud and clear: a stop sign, a skull-and-crossbones, a handicapped parking sticker. The ability to take ideas and information and create visuals that allow us to "read" them is perhaps the most basic and difficult skill of the graphic designer.

Information Graphics and Visual Clues argues that this way of seeing and creating is one that is part innate and part learned -- and that without it, even the most technologically sophisticated designer is merely a technician. Through stunning visual images and highly accessible descriptions, the book explains the theory behind this type of visual "translation, " walks the reader through examples of graphics ranging from signs and logos to advertising, packaging, and events publicity, and explains how each image was conceived and why it succeeds.

With its vivid focus on how to actually convey ideas, this hands-on book shows how designers of every type or style of graphic work can become skilled visual translators.

Japanese Woodblock Designs (USED)

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The classic styles of the Japanese master woodcut artists are presented in line drawings.

John LaFarge in Paradise: The Painter and His Muse (USED)

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Joyce Tenneson Photographs (USED)

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