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  • Steal Like an Artist

    10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

    by Austin Kleon ...
    series Austin Kleon
    Unlock your creativity.An inspiring guide to creativity in the digital age, Steal Like an Artist presents ten transformative principles that will help readers discover their artistic side and build a more creative life.Nothing is original, so embrace influence, school yourself through the work of others, remix and reimagine to discover your own path. Follow interests wherever they take you—what ... Read more

    $16.71 AUD

  • Universal Principles of Design, Revised and Updated

    125 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better Design Decisions,

    Universal Principles of Design, Revised and Updated is a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary encyclopedia covering 125 laws, guidelines, human biases, and general considerations important to successful design. Richly illustrated and easy to navigate, it pairs clear explanations of every design concept with visual examples of the ideas applied in practice. From the 80/20 Rule to the Weakest Link, ... Read more

    $39.92 AUD

  • Crochet Master Class

    Crochet Master Class presents 18 crochet techniques taught by some of the world’s best crochet designers and instructors. Each chapter focuses on a different technique, inviting you to dip in, experiment, and then apply your newfound skills to create a custom piece designed by these crochet luminaries. You’ll learn Hairpin Lace from Stitch Diva Jennifer Hansen, discover the intricate color work of ... Read more

    $13.41 AUD

  • How to Draw from Photographs: Learn how to make your drawings "picture perfect"

    Learn how to make your drawings "picture perfect"

    by Diane Cardaci ...
    series Artist's Library
    Photographs are valuable reference tools that most artists use. Complex subjects are generally easier to draw from photos-plus other factors, such as weather, movement, and lighting, can make drawing from life nearly impossible. Children and animals, for example, rarely sit still when you want them to, making it much easier to draw them from photographs. However, many beginning artists aren't ... Read more

    $11.65 AUD

  • Art & Fear

    Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

    The book appeals equally to beginning and advanced artists. It is widely used as a required or recommended text in art classes. It has garnered over one hundred reviews and a nearly perfect five-star rating on the Amazon.com website. Over 250,000 copies have been sold. It has also been published in French and Korean language editions. ... Read more

    $16.71 AUD

  • Sarah Style

    From bestselling author, HGTV star, and Canadian design queen Sarah Richardson comes the interior design book of the decade.Ever wondered how to transform your laundry room from drab to fab? Your kitchen from prison to paradise? Your bedroom from boring to beautiful?Now you can, in this comprehensive interior design tome by design maven extraordinaire Sarah Richardson. Within these beautiful, full ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Line Color Form

    The Language of Art and Design

    by Jesse Day ...
    Design students today are more visually literate than ever before, and their learning style naturally favors the visual over the textual. So why should they learn art and design theory from a traditional textbook? The only guide of its kind, Line Color Form offers a thorough introduction to design theory and terminology in a visually appealing and accessible format. With hundreds of illustrations ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD

  • Big Design, Small Budget

    Create a Glamorous Home in Nine Thrifty Steps

    As seen on the TODAY Show!Homeowners and renters of all means dream of having a beautiful home. With the lingering recession, many of us have less to work with but still long to live in style. Big Design, Small Budget makes luxury an affordable reality. In this DIY home decorating handbook, Helmuth reveals insider tips and her tried-and-tested methods for designing on a budget.In the past year, ... Read more

    $22.99 AUD

  • Watercolor Painting

    A Comprehensive Approach to Mastering the Medium

    by Tom Hoffmann ...
    The beauty of a watercolor painting lies in its diaphanous layers, delicate strokes, and luminous washes. However, the very features that define the beauty of the medium can make it difficult to master. This complete guide to understanding the relationships between color, value, wetness, and composition unravels the mysteries of watercolor to help your practice evolve.Experienced teacher and ... Read more

    $14.95 AUD

  • Mastering Color Knitting

    One of the reasons knitting and colorwork master Melissa Leapman first learned to knit was her wish to make one special project—a sweater using Fair Isle technique. Now, for the first time, she brings her passion for advanced color knitting to knitters who want to knit with any and every color of yarn they can wrap around their needles.Conquer classic stranded knitting, “draw” images in yarn using ... Read more

    $13.41 AUD

  • Drawing Basics and Video Game Art

    Classic to Cutting-Edge Art Techniques for Winning Video Game Design

    "This book supports my own 30-year crusade to demonstrate that games are an art form that undeniably rivals traditional arts. It gives detailed explanations of game art techniques and their importance, while also highlighting their dependence on artistic aspects of game design and programming.”— John Romero, co-founder of id Software and CEO of Loot Drop, Inc."Solarski’s methodology here is to ... Read more

    $19.35 AUD

  • Learning by Heart

    Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit

    Tap into your natural ability to create!Engaging, proven exercises for developing creativityPriceless resource for teachers, artists, actors, everyoneArtist and educator Corita Kent inspired generations of artists, and the truth of her words "We can all talk, we can all write, and if the blocks are removed, we can all draw and paint and make things" still shines through. This revised edition of ... Read more

    $25.99 AUD

  • Draw the Draw 50 Way

    How to Draw Cats, Puppies, Horses, Buildings, Birds, Aliens, Boats, Trains, and Everything Else Under the Sun

    by Lee J. Ames ...
    series Draw 50
    Learn to Draw . . . the Draw 50 Way!For more than forty years, the bestselling Draw 50 series has shown artists of all levels how to create everything from puppies to ships, horses to skyscrapers, and aliens to race cars. This addition to the series shows how to render sixty of Lee J. Ames’s most popular examples, step by step. The clear visual explanations help aspiring and seasoned artists alike ... Read more

    $11.76 AUD

  • The Oil Painting Course You've Always Wanted

    Guided Lessons for Beginners and Experienced Artists

    Everything you always wanted to know about oil painting...but were afraid to ask. Or maybe you weren’t afraid—maybe you just didn’t know what to ask or where to start. In The Oil Painting Course You’ve Always Wanted**,** author Kathleen Staiger presents crystal clear, step-by-step lessons that build to reinforce learning. Brush control, creating the illusion of three dimensions, foolproof color ... Read more

    $14.95 AUD

  • Sell Online Like a Creative Genius

    A Guide for Artists, Entrepreneurs, Inventors, and Kindred Spirits

    series Like a Creative Genius
    How to sell art or anything else online without leaving your home. “The go-to guide for any internet entrepreneur." —San Francisco Book ReviewWhether you’re selling original artwork, jewelry, or a unique product, this is the book for you. Brainard Carey offers advice with solid examples of how building an online business is something every creative person can pursue.Carey draws from his extensive ... Read more

    $13.99 AUD

  • How to Draw Portraits

    by Jeremy Lee ...
    How to Draw Portraits is a unique collection of techniques, terminology, and examples for the beginner and advanced graphite artist. Over one hundred illustrations support carefully reviewed explanations of elemental technique. Discover that you can draw with an eraser and simulate skin texture with circularism. Find out how to draw hair, and how to break down complex shapes into simple abstract ... Read more

    $6.69 AUD

  • Jewelry Making For Beginners: A Complete & Easy Step by Step Guide

    by Janet Evans ...
    "Jewelry Making For Beginners" is a text that not only highlights the basics of making various types of jewelry, it also goes just a bit further into the process without making it overwhelming for the beginner. The aim that the author has with this text is to inform and educate and make the overall process as easy as possible to execute. The individual that has no concept at all of what jewelry ... Read more

    $5.16 AUD

  • How To Make Jewelry With Beads: An Easy & Complete Step By Step Guide

    by Janet Evans ...
    It's quite easy to make your own jewelry when you know how. After finishing this book not only will you be able to create unique and stunning jewelry designs with beads for yourself but for others as well. As you'll discover, to make jewelry with beads, you don't need any specialized skills or knowledge in metal work or power tools. If you really want to see your hobby flourish then learning the ... Read more

    $5.16 AUD

  • Practice as Research

    Approaches to Creative Arts Enquiry

    Practice-led research is a burgeoning area across the creative arts, with studio informed doctorates frequently favoured over traditional approaches to research. Practice as Research: Approaches to Creative Arts Enquiry is specifically designed as a training tool and is structured on the model used by most research programmes. A comprehensive introduction lays out the book's framework and ... Read more

    $32.44 AUD

  • The Art Spirit

    by Robert Henri ...
    A classic work of advice, criticism, and inspiration for aspiring artists and lovers of art"Art when really understood is the province of every human being." So begins The Art Spirit, the collected words, teachings, and wisdom of innovative artist and beloved teacher Robert Henri. Henri, who painted in the Realist style and was a founding member of the Ashcan School, was known for his belief in ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • The Fashion Design Reference & Specification Book

    Everything Fashion Designers Need to Know Every Day

    series Reference & Specification Book
    An essential primer for students and first-stop reference for professionals, The Fashion Design Reference & Specification Booktakes the fashion designer through the entire design process, from conceiving a garment to marketing it.This valuable handbook contains the information and ideas essential to planning and executing fashion projects of every scale and distills them in an easy-to-use format ... Read more

    $30.79 AUD

  • 101 Things I Learned® in Urban Design School

    series 101 Things I Learned
    Providing unique, accessible lessons on urban design, this title in the bestselling 101 Things I Learned® series is a perfect resource for students, recent graduates, general readers, and even seasoned professionals.Students of urban design often find themselves lost between books that are either highly academic or overly formulaic, leaving them with few tangible tools to use in their design ... Read more

    $11.98 AUD

  • Lee Hammond's All New Big Book of Drawing

    Beginner's Guide to Realistic Drawing Techniques

    by Lee Hammond ...
    Learning How to Draw Has Never Been Easier!Lee Hammond's All New Big Book of Drawing is the culmination of nearly forty years of teaching. No matter what your experience level YOU CAN DRAW by following along these easy step-by-step demonstrations. Whether you want to create drawings of flowers, learn how to draw animals or how to draw a person, these drawing techniques, all-new projects, and ... Read more

    $23.86 AUD

  • The Chicks with Sticks Guide to Knitting

    Chicks, start your sticks! This time it’s all about knittingStop letting worry knit your brows, ladies. Let go of your fear of knitting, and take hold of The Chicks with Sticks® Guide to Knitting. With more than 30 simple, chic projects plus simple step-by-step instructions, this book is the complete guide to starting and enjoying this fun, rewarding hobby. New knitters can finish up their first ... Read more

    $8.46 AUD