Sunday, February 04, 2018

Big art lessons in little books new from Walter Foster Review

The Little Book of Manga Drawing
The Little Book of Manga Drawing
More than 50 tips and techniques for learning the art of manga and anime  by Jeannie Lee and Samantha Whitten

Paperback | 128 Pages
$14.99 US, $19.99, CAN
9781633224735 | March 6, 2018

In this new series from Walter Foster Publishing, artists and art hobbyists alike will delight in learning a variety of fun and interesting art topics in a portable format boasting a fresh, contemporary design. Filled with open practice pages, creative exercises, and art prompts, The Little Book of Manga Drawing encourages interactivity for immediate results, while also teaching beginners the fundamentals of the featured medium in an engaging and fun way.

In The Little Book of Manga Drawing, beginning manga artists and aspiring illustrators will discover a variety of basic manga drawing techniques through step-by-step projects, creative prompts, and engaging ideas to ignite creativity.

From learning how to master the proportions and shape of heads and bodies, to understanding how to create personally relevant manga characters, this fun guidebook covers all the basics.

After an introduction to the tools you'll use when creating manga, you'll dive into how to draw and colorize your own manga artwork with the help of dozens of techniques and helpful instructions. You'll also learn to draw props, costumes, and color, as well as how to draw manga chibis, to round out this comprehensive book

 The Little Book of Lettering & Word Design
The Little Book of Lettering & Word Design
More than 50 tips and techniques for mastering a variety of stylish, elegant, and contemporary handwritten alphabets by Cari Ferraro and John Stevens

Paperback | 128 pages
$14.99 US, $19.99 CAN
9781633224711 | March 6, 2018
In this new series from Walter Foster Publishing, artists and art hobbyists alike will delight in learning a variety of fun and interesting art topics in a portable format boasting a fresh, contemporary design. Filled with open practice pages, creative exercises, and art prompts, The Little Book of Lettering & World Design encourages interactivity for immediate results, while also teaching beginners the fundamentals of the featured medium in an engaging and fun way.

In The Little Book of Lettering & Word Design aspiring artists will discover how to create a range of classic and contemporary calligraphy and hand-lettered fonts. Internationally acclaimed calligrapher John Stevens and other renowned hand-lettering artists lead the way with tips and techniques. 

Following an introduction to inks, nibs, pens, and papers, as well as an overview of basic techniques, readers will learn dozens of original alphabets and lettering designs ranging from funky and fun, to elegant and embellished. Tips for adding personal touches to letters and designing personalized alphabets are also included!

With an alphabet and lettering design for every occasion and easy-to-follow instructions, this book is perfect for everyone who wants to create stunning handwriting and calligraphy.


The Little Book of Sketching
The Little Book of Sketching
More than 100 quirky and clever ideas for sketching your way through daily life
by Matt Andrews

Paperback | 128 pages
$14.99 US, $19.99 CAN
9781633223936 | November 21, 2017

Everyone suffers from a little boredom sometimes; The Little Book of Sketching is the remedy to these dull moments! This guide will have you flipping the day's doldrums into artistic inspiration!

If you've ever been held captive in a long meeting, sat for hours in a doctor's waiting room, or been stranded at the airport, there is help to be found! And you'll find it in The Little Book of Sketching.

A journey that both inspires and entertains, The Little Book of Sketching shows you how to pass the time through life's daily events using nothing more than a pencil, a sketchpad, and your imagination. Filled with quirky, witty sketches and plenty of fun, aspiring sketchers will discover how to turn life's boring events into inspired artistic moments.

Simple drawing ideas and minimal tools make off-the-cuff sketching accessible to anyone, anywhere. Beginning with a brief introduction to the artist’s process, readers will then be treated to a plethora of scenarios and situations from which to draw inspiration for their own doodled artwork; moreover, the illustrations and prompts are sure to induce a smile, reduce stress, and deliver creative inspiration throughout your daily life.

I received complimentary copies.

Cassandra's Review- I think that this is a great little group of books that will help anyone no matter what skill level to be able to grow stronger in skill.  Each page helps to inform and direct the user in a way that is easy to understand while being fun to learn. 


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