|It's never too early too late or early to start learning the finer points of your favorite form of art. Dover's Art Instruction books can help beginners and experienced artists alike to express themselves in new and interesting media.|
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|Landscape Drawing Step by Step |
by Wendon Blake
Excellent, clearly written how-to guide for training powers of observation, judging proportions, assessing values, plus valuable suggestions for use of drawing media. 180 line illustrations and halftones.
|Figure Sculpture in Wax and Plaster |
by Richard Miller
Step-by-step guide to materials and tools, modeling in wax and plaster, hollow wax modeling, plaster molds, and much more. Introduction. "Like having a personal tutor." — Enchantment. 281 photographs.
|Celtic Art: The Methods of Construction |
by George Bain
This unique volume clearly demonstrates simple geometric techniques for making intricate knots, interlacements, spirals, Kellstype initials, human and animal figures in distinctive Celtic style. Features over 500 illustrations.
|Pen & Ink Sketching: Step by Step |
by Frank J. Lohan
Clear and concise guide to pen-and-ink work offers material for artists at every level. Thirty-seven step-by-step presentations illustrate the progression from pencil sketch to ink outline to shadows and details to completed work.
|Drawing Flowers |
by Victor Perard
A distinguished artist plants seeds of inspiration with this guide. Dozens of black-and-white illustrations are accompanied by text that offers background on the blossoms' origins, colors, and symbolism.
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|ART START Animals: How to Draw with Simple Shapes |
by Barbara Soloff Levy, Drawing
Designed for ages 4 to 6, this book shows how to create 30 cartoon-style animals in four easy steps. Each step is color highlighted, making it easy to follow along.
|Abstract Design and How to Create It |
by Amor Fenn
Profusely illustrated guide covers geometric basis of design, implements and their use, borders, textile patterns, nature study, and treatment. Over 380 illustrations include historical examples from many cultures and periods.
|Abstraction in Art and Nature |
by Nathan Cabot Hale
Stimulating, thought-provoking guide to finding rich sources of creative abstraction in lines of growth and structure, water and liquid forms, weather patterns, earth colors, many other natural elements. Over 370 photographs and other illustrations.
|Anatomical Diagrams for Art Students |
by James M. Dunlop
This indispensable reference focuses on the skeleton's impact on external form and attachments of the muscular system. Over 70 accurate illustrations cover neck, head, trunk, limbs, hand, foot, and face.
|Anatomy and Drawing |
by Victor Perard
Excellent line drawings and annotations of anatomical structure provide the beginning artist with just about everything one needs to know about drawing all parts of the human anatomy. 179 black-and-white illustrations.
|Anatomy and Perspective: The Fundamentals of Figure Drawing |
by Charles Oliver
Clearly and concisely written book covers two subjects seldom treated thoroughly in the same volume. Demonstrations of figure drawing include the use of such simple forms as the cube, cylinder, and sphere. 96 black-and-white figures.
|Animal Drawing and Anatomy |
by Edwin Noble
Written and illustrated by a distinguished artist and art instructor, this volume features valuable insights into reproducing accurate images of horses, cows, dogs, sheep, birds, and wild animals. 233 drawings.
|Animal Sketching |
by Alexander Calder
Undisputed master of the simple expressive line. 141 full-body sketches and enlarged details of animals in characteristic poses and movements. Calder covers cats, dogs, the elephant, birds, monkeys, and more.
|Animal Sketching for Beginners |
by Len A. Doust
Empowering and enlightening, this handy little book provides the confidence, insight, and guidance to help any sketcher create realistic animal drawings. 31 illustrations.
|The Art and Technique of Pen Drawing |
by G. Montague Ellwood
Excellent reference describes line technique; drawing the figure, face, and hands; humorous illustration; pen drawing for advertisers; landscape and architectural illustration. Drawings by Dürer, Holbein, Doré, Rackham, Beardsley, Klinger, more. 161 figures.
|The Art of Animal Drawing: Construction, Action Analysis, Caricature |
by Ken Hultgren
Former Disney animator offers expert advice, with over 700 illustrations, on drawing dogs, cats, deer, foxes, rabbits, more. Line, brush technique, mood, action, more.
|The Art of Cartooning |
by Roy Paul Nelson
Tips for using proper tools and techniques; suggestions for drawing the human figure, animals, and backgrounds; how to create comic strips and editorial cartoons. 75 illustrations.
|The Art of Etching |
by E.S. Lumsden
An expert traces every step in the creation of etchings, from essential materials to completed proof, and presents a rich historical survey of the art. 200 figures and annotated plates.
|The Art of Three-Dimensional Design |
by Louis Wolchonok
Profusely illustrated guide shows how basic shapes and surfaces — plane, prismatic, cylindric, conical, spherical, more — can be adapted and combined to create hundreds of new designs. Over 100 illustrations.
|The Artistic Anatomy of Trees |
by Rex V. Cole
Covers every aspect of trees and how to depict them: balancing tree groups, relationship of light and shade, delicacy and weight, distance, tree color, and more. 515 illustrations.
|Basic Drawing |
by Louis Priscilla
Beginning with perspective, this commonsense manual progresses to the figure in movement, light and shade, anatomy, drapery, composition, trees and landscape, and outdoor sketching. Black-and-white illustrations throughout.
|Beginner's Guide to Perspective |
by Victor Perard
A distinguished artist and art educator shows clearly how the use of vanishing points and perspective lines can add dramatic depth and dimension to any drawing. 62 illustrations.
|The Best of Bridgman : Boxed Set |
by George Bridgman
The legendary George Bridgman taught in classrooms and studios for 50 years. This collection features 3 of his finest guides:
• Bridgman’s Life Drawing
• The Book of a Hundred Hands
• Heads, Features and Faces
|Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting |
by John F. Carlson
The whys and hows of the various aspects of landscape painting: angles and consequent values, perspective, painting of trees, more. 34 black-and-white reproductions of paintings by Carlson. 58 explanatory diagrams.