Monday, November 06, 2017

Instructional Art Books That Go Beyond the Still Life

The Art of Drawing Optical Illusions
THE ART OF DRAWING OPTICAL ILLUSIONS                 
How to Draw Mind-Bending Illusions and Three-Dimensional Trick Art in Graphite and Colored Pencil
ISBN: 9781633223554
Walter Foster Publishing | November 1, 2017 | $19.99 US, $25.99 CAN
From impossible shapes to 3D sketches and trick art, you won’t believe your eyes as you learn to draw optical illusions in graphite and colored pencil. Perfect for beginning artists, The Art of Drawing Optical Illusions begins with a basic introduction to optical illusions and how they work. Jonathan Stephen Harris then guides you step-by-step in creating mind-blowing pencil drawings, starting with basic optical illusions and progressing to more difficult two- and three-dimensional trick art. Perspective and dimension are difficult to capture for both beginning and established artists, but now you can hone those skills in the most unique way possible, while also exercising your mind with these brain-boosting, unbelievable tricks!

Art Studio: Dogs
ART STUDIO DOGS                         
More than 50 Projects and Techniques for Drawing, Painting, and Creating 25+ Breeds in Oil, Acrylic, Pencil, and More!
ISNB: 9781633223646
Walter Foster Publishing | October 24, 2017 | $19.99 US, $25.99 CAN
Love art and dogs? Now you can get the best of both of worlds with Art Studio: Dogs. After a review of some basic tools, materials, and helpful art techniques, you’ll discover how to create your favorite furry companions in graphite pencil, oil, acrylic, colored pencil, and more—step by step! From traditional drawing and painting projects to colorful pop art portraits, dog doodles, and mixed media wall art, there is a little something for everyone in this wide-ranging book.
 Art Studio: Flowers
ART STUDIO FLOWERS                 
More than 50 Projects and Techniques for Drawing, Painting, and Creating Your Favorite Flowers and Botanicals in Oil, Acrylic, Pencil, and More!
ISNB: 9781633223639
Walter Foster Publishing | October 24, 2017 | $19.99 US, $25.99 CAN
Art Studio: Flowers is the perfect instructional book for those wanting to learn how to draw and paint a variety of beautiful flowers! Featuring more than 35 step-by-step projects, as well as dozens of technique tutorials, this comprehensive resource will help artists of all skill levels gain the confidence they need to transform their love of vibrant botanicals into beautiful works of art. From traditional flower subjects, such as roses, tulips, and zinnias to a stunning wild flower field, lilac still life, and summer garden, there is something for everyone in this wide-ranging book—whether you are simply exploring art as a hobby or are an aspiring fine artist.
 The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration

THE ART OF BOTANICAL AND BIRD ILLUSTRATION
An Artist's Guide to Drawing and Illustrating Realistic Flora, Fauna, and Botanical Scenes from Nature
ISBN: 9781633223783
Walter Foster Publishing | November 1, 2017 | $19.99 US, $25.99 CAN
With The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration by Mindy Lighthipe, aspiring and beginning artists can learn to create beautiful, realistic artwork using pencils, colored pencils, watercolor, gouache, and pastel. This easily digestible overview features key illustration techniques and exercises to help artists deepen their understanding of plant and animal life so that they can learn to draw, paint, and master flowers, leaves, birds, and more.

I recevied complimentary copies.

Cassandra's review- The book are perfect for the more advanced artist as they might be a bit too hard for younger or beginners.  The steps that are included are not super easy to follow, but they do make sense and can be executed.   The tips and tricks included are excellent and they visual aspects of the books are very beautiful 

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