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Art books we love


These are some of the books we have on our bookshelf that we absolutely love. I have included links to Book Depository where you can buy them with free shipping to New Zealand 
Anatomy for the Artist - by Sarah Simblet

This has to be the most highly recommended reference book for painting and drawing people. The photos are exquisite. Specially taken photographs show the construction of the human body while underlying anatomical structures are revealed using illustrations by the author.

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Art of Perspective : The Ultimate Guide for Artists in Every Medium

Many artists are intimidated by perspective. However, creating an illusion of depth in your work is actually far easier than colour or design when explained correctly. This book helps readers learn how to create a perspective on a flat surface using a variety of mediums. It covers the theory behind perspective and introduces various subjects.

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Colored Pencil Painting Bible - By Alyona Nickelsen

Features techniques created by the author that include layering, translucent effects, using odourless solvents to achieve rich, luminous colour and eye-popping ultra-realistic effects.

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The Acrylic Flower Painter's A-Z: An Illustrated Directory of Techniques for Painting 40 Popular Flowers Paperback - by Lexi Sundell

This lovely book will be an indispensable guide for acrylic flower artists, revealing how to paint 50 of the most popular floral subjects, from agapanthus to zinnia, with plant-specific instructions for capturing the unique beauty of each species. All the techniques the reader will need are clearly explained and demonstrated, from analysing the shape and structure of the flowers to mixing and blending rich, luminous colours, laying washes, creating textured effects and adding highlights.

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Fine Art Digital Nature Photography : Tips, Techniques and Creative Options for Serious Novices to Advanced Digital Photographers - By Tony Sweet

Digital cameras and software have revolutionized the world of photography. With seemingly endless products available, photographers are challenged to find what will work best for their individual needs. Renowned photographer Tony Sweet guides readers through numerous lessons, from performing camera 'swipes' and creating abstract images to applying filters and transforming infrared images - all illustrated with his stunning nature photographs. Readers will learn how to use a variety of plug-ins, filters, exposure elements, adjustment layers, film emulation software and more.

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Colored Pencil Solution Book : Tips and Techniques for Winning Results - By Janie Gildow and Barbara Newton

Few mediums can rival the range of effects achieved with colored pencils. This guide offers sound instruction from two highly respected artists. Drawing on more than 30 years of experience, they provide answers to the most frequently asked questions. Chapters feature an easy-to-reference format covering crucial topics including setup, application, technique, colour theory, texture and light.

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Painting The Impressionist Landscape - By Lois Griffel

Impressionism has inspired generations of artists and no one has done more for the cause than Charles Hawthorne. In "Painting the Impressionist Landscape", author and artist Lois Griffel explores Hawthorne's theories on colour and light, in depth. Griffel teaches his philosophy like no other painter can, with inspiring step-by-step painting lessons and illuminating text. This is a true classic of art instruction.

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Painting in Acrylics - The Indispensable Guide by Lorena Kloosterboer

The technical secrets of a professional painter for the best results and more room for creativity. Painting in Acrylics: The Indispensable Guide provides comprehensive guidance for painters of all experience. Realist painter Lorena Kloosterboer, known for her exceptional technical skill, starts with the basics and progresses to advanced techniques and professional practice.

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