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Lives in colour.

Lives in colour.

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Individual relationships with colour are as many and varied as hues on the spectrum. Telling stories about colour, however, unites us in a universal appreciation of the integral role colour plays in all our lives, the way it shapes our memories, affects...

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The master guide to drawing anime. Romance  by Christopher Hart

The master guide to drawing anime. Romance

Christopher Hart

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This how-to-draw-anime book from bestselling author Christopher Hart teaches the fundamentals of drawing anime for the Romance genre using easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction.

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Light & how to photograph it  by Michael Freeman

Light & how to photograph it

Michael Freeman

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For professional photographers, chasing the light, waiting for it, sometimes helping it, and finally capturing it is a constant preoccupation and for some, an obsession. Drawing on four decades of working with light, Michael Freeman takes a simple bu...

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Rone  by artist Rone

Rone

artist Rone

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Known for his multi-storey murals gracing buildings all over the world, Melbourne-based artist Rone uses his work to explore the friction and connection between beauty and decay, youth and ruin. Rone was a seminal figure in the explosive Melbourne street...

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Flower art  by Makoto Azuma

Flower art

Makoto Azuma

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The art of Makoto Azuma uses flowers and plants as its starting point, but juxtaposes their timeless yet transient beauty with an incredibly diverse range of striking settings. In a series of sculptures, installations and interactive events, he delights...

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Instagram photography  by Adam Juniper

Instagram photography

Adam Juniper

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This is a collection of inspirational Insta missions, challenges, and ideas illustrated by the work of leading Instagram photographers. It is filled with a years worth of weekly commissions for capturing and posting images that will get followers flocking...

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Street art Africa  by Cale Waddacor

Street art Africa

Cale Waddacor

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This visually rich survey - the first of its kind - showcases the work of over 200 artists and celebrates the explosion of street art in Africa over the last decade. Including twelve in-depth interviews with street artists active in Africa today as well...

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Anatomica  by Joanna Ebenstein

Anatomica

Joanna Ebenstein

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For centuries, humankind has sought to know itself through an understanding of the body, in sickness and in health, inside and out. This fascination left in its wake a rich body of artworks that demonstrate not only the facts of the human body, but also...

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Popo Danes  by Diana Darling

Popo Danes

Diana Darling

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With over eighty architectural projects completed since 1986, Popo Danes's reputation stretches far beyond his native Bali. Popo's signature buildings - private residences, boutique hotels, villas, and resorts - are located in many places across the world...

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The iconic American house  by Dominic Bradbury

The iconic American house

Dominic Bradbury

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Some of the world's greatest architects, including Walter Gropius, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, have used their talents to create groundbreaking innovations in American residential architecture over the past 120 years. Though wide...

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Zen garden design  by Mira Locher

Zen garden design

Mira Locher

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Zen Buddhist priest Shunmyo Masuno understands that today's busy world leaves little time or space for self-reflection, but that a garden--even in the most urban of spaces--can provide some respite. In his words, "The garden is a special spiritual place...

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Realistic still life in colored pencil  by Cynthia Knox

Realistic still life in colored pencil

Cynthia Knox

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Rendering artwork that leaves your viewers contemplating whether a piece might actually be a photograph is no easy task! Perfect for both aspiring and established artists, Realistic Still Life in Colored Pencil is an easy-to-understand guidebook that...

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Alice

Alice

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This book explores the global impact of Alice in Wonderland across art, design and performance from the nineteenth century to today. It shows how Alice has been re-imagined and reinterpreted by each new generation: from the original illustrations by ...

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Mastering drawing the human figure  by Jack Faragasso

Mastering drawing the human figure

Jack Faragasso

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Complete handbook by veteran instructor of the Art Students League, suitable for all: novices, students, professionals. Covers basic structure of head and body, light and shade, conveying action, depicting drapery, more.

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Wine country living  by Linda Leigh Paul

Wine country living

Linda Leigh Paul

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A survey of new residential architecture and interior design in the winemaking regions of Northern California and the Pacific Northwest.

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Pools

Pools

Book

A celebratory ode to the joy and enduring allure of the swimming pool, and a gorgeous photography book to accompany poolside daydreaming. Glamorous, seductive, and fun, made for lounging, frolicking, splashing, dipping, diving, floating, and escaping,...

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Into the woods  by Philip Jodidio

Into the woods

Philip Jodidio

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For those who crave the tranquility of nature, fifty houses selected from around the world with the most ecologically sustainable and innovative breakthroughs in architecture and design. Seeking the perfect escape from city life and congestion? This book...

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Eyes over the world  by Dirk Dallas

Eyes over the world

Dirk Dallas

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A stunning collection of images offering an unexpected look at our Earth from the wildly popular "From Where I Drone" Instagram account.

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150 best new cottage and cabin ideas  by Francesc Zamora Mola

150 best new cottage and cabin ideas

Francesc Zamora Mola

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An irresistible package filled with hundreds of full-color photographs, 150 Best New Cottage and Cabin Ideas profiles exemplary designs of getaway homes and countryside residencies. New ideas on how to design, build, and decorate a home are always of...

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Living in the mountains  by George Upton

Living in the mountains

George Upton

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A breathtaking survey of contemporary homes, each with a deep connection to the landscapes and vistas of the mountains. Whether snow-capped, rocky, or covered with verdant forest, the sublime wilderness of mountains has inspired humans for millennia....

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Get the photos others can't  by Michael Freeman

Get the photos others can't

Michael Freeman

Book

Getting the best possible photo is not a game of chance, there are proven methods and innovative approaches that the professional photographer uses to succeed. From Freeman's decades of reportage experience, he has developed proven methods for going ...

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Flower

Flower

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A comprehensive and sumptuous survey that celebrates the beauty and appeal of flowers throughout art, history, and culture. The latest installment in the bestselling Explorer Series takes readers on a journey across continents and cultures to discover...

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50 bird woodcarving patterns  by Frank C. Russell

50 bird woodcarving patterns

Frank C. Russell

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Soar to new heights with this helpful how-to on power-carving a variety of wooden birds. Featuring internationally known woodcarver Frank Russell, this guide offers expert instruction on a wide range of carving techniques and ways to improve your ski...

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10 step drawing. People  by Justine Lecouffe

10 step drawing. People

Justine Lecouffe

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If you love drawing people but don't know where to start, this is the book for you! 10 Step Drawing: People will help you turn simple lines or shapes into lifelike images in just 10 steps. There are instructions for the individual elements of the face...

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10 step drawing. Nature  by Mary Woodin

10 step drawing. Nature

Mary Woodin

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If you love drawing plants and animals but don't know where to start, this is the book for you! 10 Step Drawing: Nature will help you turn simple shapes into beautiful nature images in just 10 steps. Create 60 different flowers, trees, animals and ob...

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How to photograph food  by Beata Lubas

How to photograph food

Beata Lubas

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Learn to create stunning images of food with this mouth-watering guide to culinary photography from expert author and instagram sensation Beata Lubas. Food photography is a rapidly-growing genre, and whether you're a food blogger looking to take your...

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Marti Friedlander  by Marti Friedlander

Marti Friedlander

Marti Friedlander

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For fifty years, Marti Friedlander (1928-2016) was one of New Zealand's most important photographers, her work singled out for praise and recognition here and around the world. Friedlander's powerful pictures chronicled the country's social and cultural...

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Gauguin  by Belinda Thomson

Gauguin

Belinda Thomson

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Paul Gauguin achieved a high public profile during his lifetime, and was one of the first artists of his generation to achieve international recognition. But his prominence has always had as much to do with the dramatic events of his life - his self-...

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The photograph as contemporary art  by Charlotte Cotton

The photograph as contemporary art

Charlotte Cotton

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In the 21st century photography has come of age as a contemporary art form. Almost two centuries after photographic technology was first invented, the art world has fully embraced it as a legitimate medium, equal in status to painting and sculpture. This...

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Modern architecture  by Kenneth Frampton

Modern architecture

Kenneth Frampton

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This highly acclaimed survey of modern architecture and its origins has become a classic since it first appeared in 1980, and has helped to shape architectural practice and discourse worldwide. For this extensively revised and updated fifth edition, ...

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Women, art, and society  by Whitney Chadwick

Women, art, and society

Whitney Chadwick

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Whitney Chadwick's acclaimed study challenges the assumption that great women artists are exceptions to the rule, who 'transcended' their sex to produce major works of art. While acknowledging the many women whose contribution to visual culture since...

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The sustainable house handbook  by Josh Byrne

The sustainable house handbook

Josh Byrne

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The Sustainable House Handbook is your comprehensive guide to building an affordable, eco-friendly and energy, plus water-efficient green home for the future. In this book, sustainability expert and Gardening Australia presenter Josh Byrne takes takes...

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Roman art  by Paul Zanker

Roman art

Paul Zanker

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Highlights one of the most popular collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which receives nearly 7.5 million visitors per year. Many items on permanent display in the Met's celebrated Greek and Roman halls. The collection of Roman art...

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Colour  by David Hornung

Colour

David Hornung

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Taking a practical approach to colour, Colour: A workshop for artists and designers is an invaluable resource for art students and professionals alike. With its sequence of specially designed assignments and in-depth discussions, it effectively bridges...

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The Louvre  by James Gardner

The Louvre

James Gardner

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Some nine million people from all over the world flock to the Louvre each year to enjoy its incomparable art collection. Yet few of them are aware of the remarkable history of that place and of the buildings themselves, a fascinating story that historian...

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Where the truth lies  by Stephen Little

Where the truth lies

Stephen Little

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Few artists in Chinese history have proven as enigmatic as the great Ming dynasty painter Qiu Ying (c. 1494-c. 1552), whose life and art reveal a series of paradoxes. Though one of the most famous artists of the Ming period, almost nothing is known about...

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Te Wheke

Te Wheke

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"Wheke means octopus in te reo Māori. For many cultures around Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa / the Pacific Ocean, this resourceful, resilient, adventurous creatures is a symbol of early voyages of exploration and migration from the Polynesian homelands of Hawaiki....

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Llew Summers  by John Newton

Llew Summers

John Newton

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"Llew Summers (1947-2019) was a rarity in the art world - a figurative artist in a scene dominated by abstract practices. 'Llew Summers: Body and Soul' depicts the work and life of one of New Zealand's most recognisable sculptors, a man of great warmth...

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Gems

Gems

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Enter into the fascinating world of precious gems through this unique volume that brings together the wonders of mineralogy and masterpieces of jewelry. Both a reference book and an exhibition catalog, Gems unveils the fascinating world of minerals and...

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Human nature

Human nature

Book

Twelve influential nature and conservation photographers reflect on the future of the environment and share stunning photographs from their photographic careers.

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Urban drawing  by Phil Dean

Urban drawing

Phil Dean

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Urban sketching has become one of the biggest art trends of the last decade, with artists preferring to capture a scene on location rather than relying on a photograph. Featuring 20 step-by-step exercises, Sketch Club: Urban Drawing is your essential...

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Understanding portrait photography  by Bryan Peterson

Understanding portrait photography

Bryan Peterson

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Great portraits go beyond a mere record of a face. They reveal one of the millions of intimate human moments that make up a life. In Understanding Portrait Photography, renowned photographer Bryan Peterson shows how to spot those "aha!" moments and c...

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A beginner's guide to watercolour with mixed media  by Alison C. Board

A beginner's guide to watercolour with mixed media

Alison C. Board

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Adding other media to your watercolour paintings is a fantastic way to take your work in new, more exciting directions. However, the vast array of painting media and materials on the market can be daunting, especially for the absolute beginner. This ...

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Artists's guide to human anatomy  by Giovanni Civardi

Artists's guide to human anatomy

Giovanni Civardi

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A beautifully illustrated introduction to the study of human anatomy by best-selling artist and author, Giovanni Civardi. In this comprehensive guide, Civardi combines his stunning anatomical drawings with annotations explanatory photographs and concise...

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The printmaking ideas book  by Frances Stanfield

The printmaking ideas book

Frances Stanfield

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Whether you're discovering printmaking for the first time or looking for fresh ideas to reinvigorate your practice, you'll find plenty of inspiration in The Printmaking Ideas Book. From traditional methods such as screenprinting, etching, and lithography...

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Vincent's books  by Mariella Guzzoni

Vincent's books

Mariella Guzzoni

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Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was famously driven by his passion for God, for art - and for books. Vincent's life with books is examined here chapter by chapter, from his early adulthood, when he considered becoming a pastor, to his decision to be a painter,...

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Crafting the natural light look  by Sandra Coan

Crafting the natural light look

Sandra Coan

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At its best, natural light is magical for portraiture. The quality of natural light streaming through a window can be extraordinary, gorgeous, wrapping light that flatters your subject and can be used to create multiple looks. For years, photographer...

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Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer

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During his lifetime, Dürer found tremendous success as a painter and printmaker, taking commissions from prominent figures such as Frederick the Wise and Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I. His drawings and studies reveal his interest in human proportio...

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The drawing ideas book  by Frances Stanfield

The drawing ideas book

Frances Stanfield

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Ideas for techniques, subjects, combining media and styles, the books are a visual feast and source of inspiration for all abilities.

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The Kew book of painting roses in watercolour  by Trevor Waugh

The Kew book of painting roses in watercolour

Trevor Waugh

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Immerse yourself in the world of roses, learning to produce your own watercolour painting that radiate light and purity. Published in association with the internationally-renowned Kew Gardens and written by noted watercolour artist Trevor Waugh. The rose...

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Drawing & painting botanicals for artists  by Karen Kluglein

Drawing & painting botanicals for artists

Karen Kluglein

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Drawing and Painting Botanicals for Artists offers artists at all skill levels a comprehensive survey of drawing and painting mediums and techniques, along with guidance for creating accurate, detailed, and beautiful botanical artworks.

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The motherhood of art  by Marissa Huber

The motherhood of art

Marissa Huber

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"Balance motherhood and creative pursuits! Women and new mothers are constantly encountering the message that they can never do anything for themselves once they have children. This conversational book is like brunch with girlfriends, offering you fr...

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DIY watercolor jungle  by Marie Boudon

DIY watercolor jungle

Marie Boudon

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Learn to paint tropical flowers and foliage in simple steps with this free and easy approach to watercolor painting for beginners. Marie Boudon's 20 step-by-step tutorials will have you making jungle-themed art in no time. Along the way, be inspired by...

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Charcoal  by Richard Rochester

Charcoal

Richard Rochester

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Charcoal drawing is timeless, stylish, atmospheric and arresting. In this easy-to-follow beginner's guide, readers are taken on a journey to explore the rich potential of monochrome using the medium of charcoal. Inexpensive and easy to source, charcoal...

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Dutch architecture  by Marjolein Visser

Dutch architecture

Marjolein Visser

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Dutch architects carry out complex and multi-use planning assignments in densely populated and highly urbanised areas. They also have a great track record in giving new purpose to buildings that have become unused and unwanted. Former warehouses, power...

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Strokes of genius. 10

Strokes of genius. 10

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127 modern-day masterpieces in charcoal, pencil, pastel, colored pencil, scratchboard, pen and ink, and more. Celebrating the best drawings by contemporary artists, the Strokes of Genius series follows the beautiful, ongoing story of contemporary dra...

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Art fundamentals

Art fundamentals

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This essential book is written by industry experts who thoroughly address key basics including colour and light, composition, perspective and depth, and anatomy in a series of insightful chapters. As well as being the perfect introduction for newcomers,...

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Wedding photography success  by Russell R. Caron

Wedding photography success

Russell R. Caron

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Working as a wedding photographer requires a lot of planning, resourcefulness, and efficiency. There are many moving parts during the process leading up to the wedding day, and on the wedding day itself. After the wedding, there's much more work to b...

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Fantastic origami flying creatures  by Hisao Fukui

Fantastic origami flying creatures

Hisao Fukui

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Japanese origami expert Hisao Fukui shows you how to create incredibly realistic paper birds and flying insects, a winged dinosaur and even an undulating Chinese dragon! The easy-to-follow folding instructions and photos in this book present 24 challenging...

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iPhone photography for everybody  by Gary (Photographer) Wagner

iPhone photography for everybody

Gary (Photographer) Wagner

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The iPhone and its camera is an amazing device for taking photos of the landscape. In addition to being able to take exceptional quality images, this camera also has a built-in computer and access to impressive software for converting its images to black...

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Building character

Building character

Book

As the modern world changes and evolves, so does the modern lifestyle. Our levels of home comfort, desires, and overall life satisfactions are being defined in new ways, often contrasting with notions of the "traditional" house design. We aim to live...

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Ballet  by Arthur Elgort

Ballet

Arthur Elgort

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Following his career-spanning monograph "The big picture", Arthur Elgort pays homage to his first love and eternal muse in this new collection of photographs. While glimpsing ballet through Elgort's lens we are taken not to the front of the stage but...

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Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Emily Kame Kngwarreye

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A new series of monographs on Australian female artists, selected with series editor Natalie King, curator and Enterprise Professor at the Victorian College of the Arts. These books are compact yet perfectly formed. They comprise 96 pages of the arti...

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Contemporary ceramic art  by Charlotte Vannier

Contemporary ceramic art

Charlotte Vannier

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Contemporary ceramicists are using cutting-edge technology, conceptual thinking and new platforms to push the boundaries of clay and broaden its appeal. A generation is emerging whose work is irreverent, playful and radical - but also beautiful - whi...

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The heart  by Marc Petitjean

The heart

Marc Petitjean

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This intimate account offers a new, unexpected understanding of the artist's work and of the vibrant Surrealist art scene in the 1930s. In 1939, devastated after the revelation that her husband had had an affair with her sister, Frida Kahlo left her home...

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Pottery and porcelain restoration  by Roger Hawkins

Pottery and porcelain restoration

Roger Hawkins

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Pottery and Porcelain Restoration is a practical guide for amateurs to the craft of the professional restorer. With over 360 photographs, it explains the simplest, safest and ethical techniques that are recommended today and - essentially - do not fu...

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Madame d'Ora

Madame d'Ora

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Born Dora Kallmus (1881-1963), the Austrian fashion and portrait photographer who went by the moniker Madame d'Ora was the most acclaimed portraitist of fin de siáecle Vienna. After relocating to Paris in the 1920s, she opened one of the most stylish...

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Artemisia  by Letizia Treves

Artemisia

Letizia Treves

Book

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1654 or later) is the most celebrated woman artist of the baroque period in Italy. Her career spanned more than 40 years, as she moved between Rome, where she was raised and trained by her father, Orazio Gentileschi, to Fl...

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Freud  by Brad Finger

Freud

Brad Finger

Book

Lucian Freud dedicated his life to portraying the people in his world without flattery or refinement. Although his technique and style evolved tremendously over the decades, Freud never wavered in his uncompromising standards or unsentimental approach...

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Watercolor botanicals  by Eunice Sun

Watercolor botanicals

Eunice Sun

Book

Learn to paint gorgeous watercolor flowers, houseplants, and arrangements with this inspiring guide that includes 30 step-by-step tutorials.

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Southern stars  by John R. Gossage

Southern stars

John R. Gossage

Book

In the Spring of 2009, John Gossage and Alec Soth were invited to photograph in Auckland, New Zealand. For both, it was a trip of departures. Gossage has been working in black and white for over 40 years, and this trip yielded one of the first bodies...

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The splendor of Germany  by William Breazeale

The splendor of Germany

William Breazeale

Book

The Crocker Art Museum has one of the finest and earliest German drawings collections in the United States. Featuring artists such as Johann Wolfgang Baumgartner, Anton Raphael Mengs and Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, 'The Splendor of Germany' examines...

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Peter Sheppard. by Peter J. Sheppard

Peter Sheppard.

Peter J. Sheppard

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"Architect and avid traveller Peter Sheppard takes us along on his explorations, with a series of photographs and photo books highlighting the connections, similarities and differences between people, places, the built environment and material cultur...

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Embodied knowledge, can tame anything

Embodied knowledge, can tame anything

Book

"The title is a collection of essays on New Zealand Feminist art practice from the 1970's to 2020, focused on the works featured in the exhibition of the same name held at The Dowse Art Museum in 2018. The book examines trends, artists, works and sig...

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Picasso and paper  by Pablo Picasso

Picasso and paper

Pablo Picasso

Book

Picasso's artistic output is astonishing in its ambition and variety. Picasso and Paper examines a particular aspect of his legendary capacity for invention: his imaginative and original use of paper. He used it as a support for autonomous works, inc...

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Chapels of the Cinquecento and Seicento in the churches of Rome

Chapels of the Cinquecento and Seicento in the churches of Rome

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Roman church interiors throughout the Early Modern age were endowed with rich historical and visual significance. During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, in anticipation of and following the Council of Trent, and in response to the expansion of...

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Constellations  by Zac Langdon-Pole

Constellations

Zac Langdon-Pole

Book

The BMW Art Journey is a joint initiative of Art Basel and BMW that offers artists an opportunity to undertake a journey of creative discovery to a destination of their own choosing. Like a mobile studio, the BMW Art Journey can take an artist to alm...

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The mirror steamed over  by Anthony Byrt

The mirror steamed over

Anthony Byrt

Book

"In the early sixties at the Royal College of Art in London, three extraordinary personalities collided to reshape contemporary art and literature. Barrie Bates (who would become Billy Apple in November 1962) was an ambitious young graphic designer from...

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Fantastic women

Fantastic women

Book

Frida Kahlo was just one of them: between 1930 and the 1960s many more women artists contributed to the Surrealist movement than has hitherto been assumed. The male Surrealists surrounding André Breton mostly saw them only as partners or models, but ...

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The stencil graffiti handbook  by Tristan Manco

The stencil graffiti handbook

Tristan Manco

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A wave of protest is in the air and on the walls! A new generation of politicized artists, designers and communicators the world over are using stencil art as an accessible yet powerful means of giving voice to their ideas. 'The Stencil Graffiti Handbook'...

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