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Drawing: The Figure: Learn the Classical Approach Step By Step (How to Draw and Paint)
Drawing: The Figure: Learn the Classical Approach Step By Step (How to Draw and Paint)
by Nathan Rohlander
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK but not the best, 28 Dec. 2015
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I bought this because it was cheap and I already had a copy of The Head which is by the same author and publisher and in the same format. Like The Head it’s 32 pages long and measures 26cm wide by 35cm high. It starts off with a section on materials then goes into gesture drawing. There’s some interesting pictures and poses and the stages of drawing are also covered. It’s an OK book and I think I just bought it out of interest. If I wanted a really comprehensive book on life drawing this would not be on the list.


Colour Your Own Van Gogh Paintings (Dover Art Coloring Book)
Colour Your Own Van Gogh Paintings (Dover Art Coloring Book)
by Marty Noble
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A bit of class!, 28 Dec. 2015
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My brother's an art buff who loves Van Gogh and this was an ideal present for him. He loved it and I couldn't have found a better colouring book anywhere. What a great idea!


On the Human Body (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
On the Human Body (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
by Leonardo da Vinci
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 27 Dec. 2015
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I bought this used copy which is actually in pretty good shape. I’m fascinated by Leonardo and his skill in drawing, especially anatomy, is second to none. The book covers the various systems of the body (Osteological, Myological, Cardiovascular etc) and it’s amazing to see the detail. I just wonder what it was like to dissect so many cadavers then sit and draw each part of the process. The book has 506 pages and is 21cm wide by 28 high (just under A4 size).


Caravaggio
Caravaggio
by Gilles Lambert
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, 27 Dec. 2015
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Another Caravaggio book to add to my collection. The man was a master artist and I never cease to wonder at his skills. This is a Taschen book (quality), 95 pages and measures 21½ x 26½ cm, just under A4 high. There’s duplication between this book and many others but the quality is high and the pictures remarkable.


Great Portrait Drawings and Prints (Dover Pictorial Archives)
Great Portrait Drawings and Prints (Dover Pictorial Archives)
by Carol Belanger Grafton
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book, 27 Dec. 2015
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This is one of many Dover Art Library books I’ve bought on Amazon. They’re normally short (about 43 pages) but this one has 101 full size plates plus the index, and like the others is just under A4 size. I bought it second hand but it’s in pretty good shape. The artists (and therefore the plates) appear in alphabetical order – Hans von Aachen to David Wilkie and date from the 1400s to the 20th century. Many famous artists appear including Holbein (the elder), Ingres, da Vinci and van Gogh. It’s a great reference book and I’m glad I bought it.


Goya Drawings (Dover Art Library)
Goya Drawings (Dover Art Library)
by Francisco Jose de Goya
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars The work of a troubled mind?, 27 Dec. 2015
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This is one of many Dover Art Library books I’ve bought on Amazon. They’re short (this one is 47 pages), just under A4 size and very cheap. The pictures (one to a page) give you an insight into Goya’s mind and are completed in the materials he chose – mostly pen and ink. The contents are actually quite disturbing in places and he seems to have been obsessed with death, torture and disfigured people. This is surprising because his portrait work is famous and really good.


New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook: Guided Practice in the Five Basic Skills of Drawing
New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook: Guided Practice in the Five Basic Skills of Drawing
by Betty Edwards
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: £14.18

5.0 out of 5 stars I need motivation!, 27 Dec. 2015
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A few years ago I bought “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” (see page 22) and really struggled with it. I had difficulty focusing and when I saw this book on Amazon it seemed like a good excuse to force myself to do something positive. It measures 25cm wide by just over 30cm high, is spiral bound (so lays flat) and consists of 146 pages. The book is divided into five parts (The Perception of Edges, The Perception of Spaces, The Perception of Relationships, The Perception of Lights & Shadows and The Perception of the Gestalt), then further sub-divided into 40 exercises spread throughout the sections. It follows the original book by Betty Edwards and is designed to supplement it. I’ve decided to use it in conjunction with the original book and see how it goes. Wish me luck!


Drawings (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
Drawings (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
by Leonardo da Vinci
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good for a low cost option!, 27 Dec. 2015
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This is one of many Dover Art Library books I’ve bought on Amazon. They’re short (this one is just over 60 pages), just under A4 size and very cheap. I bought this used copy which is actually in pretty good shape. I’m fascinated by Leonardo and his skill in drawing, especially anatomy, is second to none. The book has 60 of his plates, some exquisite, some not so, but all very interesting and a great insight into his mind. It’s a mixture of portrait, anatomy, machinery and architecture and a great addition to my collection.


30-Second Leonardo Da Vinci: His 50 Greatest Ideas and Inventions, each Explained in Half a Minute
30-Second Leonardo Da Vinci: His 50 Greatest Ideas and Inventions, each Explained in Half a Minute
by Marina Wallace
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant reference!, 27 Dec. 2015
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A really excellent little book. Strictly not an art book alone in that it also looks at his ideas and inventions. I like the concept – each double page spread is divided into the 30 second theory (left hand page), a pictorial representation (right hand page) and five small sections on the left hand page: 3 Second Sketch (quick summary), 3 Minute Masterpiece (a great example of the point in question), 3 Second Biographies (others who influenced or were influenced by Leonardo), 30 Second Text (quick summary of the point, mostly by someone else) and a Related research section to help you look elsewhere. The book is 160 pages long and measures 18.5cm wide by 23.5cm high. It is divided into seven sections - Painting & Sculpture, Geometry, Mechanics, Civil Engineering, Military Engineering, Nature and Anatomy.


Draw People in 15 Minutes: Amaze your friends with your drawing skills (Draw in 15 Minutes)
Draw People in 15 Minutes: Amaze your friends with your drawing skills (Draw in 15 Minutes)
by Jake Spicer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little reference, 27 Dec. 2015
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Quite a good little book. It only measures 17½cm by 22½cm but has 128 pages of excellent tips, drawings and instruction. Jake Spicer tends to draw slightly hazy characters but I like his style and it’s a really good book to refer to. The book is in six sections – Introduction, What you need, About drawing, Building skills, The 15 minute figure and Going into detail. Spicer goes through the usual things you find in drawing instruction books – materials to use, techniques, what to draw, core skills etc. And I like his style. The book is small enough to carry round in a messenger bag and I think I’ll keep it handy to refer to and work from when I get a few minutes free.


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