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Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad
In his previous books Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work!, both New York Times bestsellers, Austin Kleon gave readers the keys to unlock their creativity and showed them how to become known. Now he offers his most inspiring work yet, with ten simple rules for how to stay creative, focused, and true to yourself - for life.The creative life is not a linear journey to a finish line, it’s a loop - so find a daily routine, because today is the only day that matters. Disconnect from the world to connect with yourself - sometimes you just have to switch into airplane mode. Keep Going celebrates getting outdoors and taking a walk (as director Ingmar Bergman told his daughter, ”The demons hate fresh air”). Pay attention, and especially pay attention to what you pay attention to. Worry less about getting things done, and more about the worth of what you’re doing. Instead of focusing on making your mark, work to leave things better than you found them.Keep Going and its timeless, practical, and ethical principles are for anyone trying to sustain a meaningful and productive life.
Art of Drawing: The Complete Course
From achieving those first professional strokes to mastering composition, lighting, and color to finishing beautiful still lifes, portraits, and landscapes, here, in one volume, is a course that covers every basic skill as well as more challenging lessons for the developing artist. Inspiring and instructive images fill the pages, vividly revealing the intricacies of each technique. The artist's journey begins with the tools of the trade, and here is complete coverage on using graphite, charcoal, chalks, colored pencils, and pastels, as well as information on papers and liquid techniques. There's advice on how to gain pencil control select a theme, draw with grids, achieve harmony in composition, and balance the image. Exercises teach shading and tone; contrasts and volume effects; stumping and contouring; and depth effects. Find out how to mix and work with color, and do hatching, and optical effects, scratching, and figure, a landscape on gray tone paper, an interior using a white-on-white technique, a still life with chiaroscuro, an interior patio in wash, and many others you'll be proud to show.
Tate Watercolor Manual: Lessons from the Great Masters
A classic medium, watercolor is practiced by many but mastered by few. This accessible and clear workbook is both a practical guide and an informative history. Beginning with a “1-day course,” the chapters cover technique, equipment, general theory, painting plein air, and conservation. The authors also examine the work of watercolor masters, among them Claude Lorrain, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, John Constable, J. M. W. Turner, and John Ruskin. Each chapter includes photographs and helpful examples of works in progress, explanations of methods, and how-to demonstrations. Designed for those who have not picked up a paintbrush since high-school art class as well as more seasoned practitioners, this guide is a must-have for anyone who wants to start out in watercolors, become a more assured and better artist, or simply gain a new understanding of the great watercolorists.
The Creative Path: A View from the Studio on the Making of Art
The Creative Path is an inquiry into the creative process from philosophical, psychological, spiritual, and practical points of view. In this welcoming work on the creative process, Carolyn Schlam encourages the listener to embark upon his or her own journey of discovery, identity, and wonder through art. The author started her career in art under the tutelage of master teacher Norman Raeben in the Carnegie Hall Studios in New York. Raeben's students included Bob Dylan, who said of him: "He put my mind and my hand and my eye together, in a way that allowed me to do consciously what I unconsciously felt". Chapters discuss the meaning of inspiration, intention, talent, authenticity, and many other aspects of art creation.Included in The Creative Path are: six lectures by Norman Raeben with commentary by the author; exercises designed to strengthen listeners' creative muscles; analysis of aesthetic criteria; reflections on the artist's role in society; and a discussion of the mindset required to make art a life path.A celebration of creativity, this inspirational book examines why we make art. Though it makes primary reference to visual art, The Creative Path will resonate with all creative practitioners, whatever their chosen discipline.
Drawing by Seeing
"Why can’t I draw what I see?" Long-time drawing instructor and celebrated artist John Torreano answers this much-asked question, showing how to visualize three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface. Torreano offers a series of exercises to help the reader to train his or her eye and to enable anyone, regardless of age or experience, to draw. Lively, accessible, and authoritative, the book includes illustrations to demonstrate techniques, examples of student drawings, and historical examples of drawings by famous artists.
The London Art Schools
Llewellyn, Nigel (Edt)
Since 1960, progressive forces within art education have fired new impulses in the field of artistic production. As society at large embraced youth and popular culture, art-school students with international aspirations tore down class barriers, fused fashion with pop, and insisted that art was integral to social change. Art schools responded to these seismic changes, widening the range of artistic exploration from a craft-based curriculum to more art-historical and experimental approaches. A new generation emerged, one whose techniques, perspectives, and arguments were more influenced by ideas of art theory and personal exploration, and whose forms of expression influence artists today. Now, for the first time, this history of innovation is uncovered by scholars in the field who address key aspects of a dynamic period—from the work of early pioneers in international styles to changes in studio practice—and new roles in art schools for art history, architecture, and the art market.The book focuses on nine celebrated art schools: Camberwell, Central School, Chelsea, Goldsmiths, The Royal Academy, The Royal College of Art, The Slade, St Martin’s and Wimbledon.
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