Books


We are constantly expanding our library of books that range from beginner's tutorials to reference books for the pros. We are happy to source any title you wish or let you browse through our extensive range of books and magazines that we have in our in-store studio!

Drawing

  • Perspective Without Pain NZD $44.00 Out of Stock
    Artists who fear learning to draw in prospective or want to learn to create depth in their drawings and paintings should definitely get this paperback book. Each exercise is presented in an easy-to-follow and hands-on format that facilitates the learning process.... more »
  • Lessons in Classical Drawing NZD $59.95
    Juliette Aristides Ateliers have produced the greatest artists of all time, and now that educational model is experiencing a renaissance. The classical Atelier art training method is based on the nineteenth-century model of teaching artists by pairing them with a master artist over a period of years. Students begin by copying masterworks, then gradually progress to painting as their skills develop. This book presents the works of Old Masters and today’s most respected realist artists to demonstrate and teach the principles of realist drawing and painting, taking students step by step through the learning curve yet allowing them to work at their own pace.... more »
  • Sketch Book for the Artist NZD $43.90
    Sarah Simblet The complete guide to drawing -a unique blend of practical teaching and inspiration insights into classic and contemporary drawings. Detailed step-by-step demonstrations show you how to develop your natural talents, discover new ideas, and improve your drawing skills. Sarah Simblet's drawings inspire you to explore different subjects and fill you own sketchbooks. A rich selection of drawing illustrates different approaches to a wide range of subjects. Sarah covers how to use a variety of materials from pencil and ink to pastel, charcoal and silverpoint, and to apply the key elements of drawing including perspective, shape and tone.... more »
  • The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head NZD $59.00 Out of Stock
    The Secrets of Chiaroscuro Revealed In The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head artist William Maughan walks readers through the steps to drawing heads in chiaroscuro. After learning the principles of chiaroscuro, including how to recognize shadow shapes and their edges, you will learn how to apply the method to drawing the head. A comprehensive chapter on anatomy will help you correctly place the features. The last two chapters of the book - "Drawing from Multiple Sources" and "Working with Color" -are variation on the theme of chiaroscuro in which it's principles are taken to new levels. Once mastered, this time-honored method will enable you to draw anything realistically.... more »
  • Dynamic Wrinkles And Drapery NZD $47.90 Out of Stock
    Burne Hogarth bases this book on his theory that understanding how the body moves is key to rendering clothing. Through examining and studying 200 of his black and white illustrations of clothed male and female figures, learn how to accurately depict wrinkles, folds and drapery including bend wrinkles, crossing wrinkles, compression wrinkles, flying wrinkles and passive wrinkles. Each illustration is accompanied by a brief description and instructions for drawing.... more »
  • Dynamic Figure Drawing NZD $43.90 Out of Stock
    This book introduces the author's own revolutionary system of figure drawing -a system which makes it possible to visualize the forms of the human body from every conceivable point of view as they interlock in deep space. With this system you will be able to draw an incredible variety of poses, actions, and gestures without a model, and with the correct relationships between forms.... more »

Oil Painting

  • Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts and Conversations NZD $75.00
    More than just a technical guide, this 320-page, fully illustrated book provides comprehensive information for those who are new to cold wax, as well as technical expertise and inspiration to those already using the medium. The authors' advice and experience--along with the work and words of over 100 artists from around the world--will strengthen your work and studio practice, suggest exciting new directions, and support thoughtful self-critique. ... more »
  • Oil Painting Secrets from a Master NZD $59.90 Out of Stock
    Artist and teacher, David Lefel from the Art Students League shares his secrets for making professional quality paintings in this 144-page, paperback book. Topics covered include massing values, chiaroscuro, color and value and handling edges.... more »
  • Traditional Oil Painting NZD $69.95 Out of Stock
    As more and more artists today look to the past, there has been a tremendous resurgence of interest in painting realistically—in creating convincing illusions of three-dimensional depth on two-dimensional surfaces. How did the Old Masters create their masterpieces? What kind of education allowed these great artists to create such beautiful work, and how can an artist learn these lessons today? Traditional Oil Painting answers those questions and many more. This comprehensive sourcebook explores the most advanced levels of oil painting, with full information on the latest scientific discoveries. It examines the many elements that let artists take the next step in their work: mental attitude, aesthetic considerations, the importance of drawing, principles of visual reality, materials, techniques, portraiture, photographic images versus visual reality and color.... more »

Acrylic Painting

  • Incredible Acrylics NZD $39.95
    Techniques, ideas and new ways to use this versatile medium Jean-Paul van Boxtel combines his talents as an artist and a photographer in this sumptuously illustrated guide to painting with acrylics. Covering all the latest trends in materials and techniques, this innovative book will excite and inspire you to try out this fantastic medium. As well as proividing a comprehensive guide to the various products available, including paints and media.... more »

Calligraphy & Lettering

  • Calligraphy NZD $37.95
    This is the perfect book to make the beginner’s first strokes fun and rewarding. It offers instruction that is clear, simple and, above all, encouraging.... more »

Anatomy

  • Artistic Anatomy NZD $49.95
    Translated and edited by Robert Beverly Hale, this book is the most complete guide to achieving precise shapes for the forms of the human body. ... more »

Colour Guides

Book Art

  • Adventures in Book Binding NZD $49.95
    With this 144-page book readers can explore intriguing methods of combining bookbinding with specific crafts such as quilting, jewelry making and polymer clay. It is filled with illustrated step-by-step instructions and photographs that demonstrate how to construct cover pages, create unique bindings and more with a diverse range of media. Each project features two alternate versions with the same binding geared to those with more or less experience. The novice version is for those who have no knowledge of the craft and want shortcuts, but love the look. The expert version is for those who have a great deal of knowledge and proficiency of a certain craft, the master art quilter, for example. For this version, an expert guest artist has created the cover and the author has created the binding. ... more »
  • Re-Bound NZD $49.95
    A beautiful book on bookbinding with a fun green twist -all the projects sue recycled and upcycled materials. Re Bound show you how to take everyday materials from around the house, flea markets, thrift stores, and hardware stores, and turn them into clever and eye-catching hand-bound books.... more »

Sculpture & Model Making

  • Setting You Up for Success!: Mold Making and Casting Guide NZD $59.95
    This 114-page book makes it easy to learn how to make molds from plastic, plaster, chocolate and more. It is filled with step-by-step instructions starting with simple one-part molds then continuing on to two-part molds and castings. The book guides artists through the basics of creating molds and casts with ComposiMold. It includes instructions for over 30 creative projects.... more »

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