Elmer Batters (1919-1997) was the grand master of leg and foot art. While others preferred the thrill of an inviting cleavage, the maestro's eye was on lower things-trim calves, the arch of a foot, the well-made lines of toes and heels. He chose his models with these criteria in mind-and with the ob..
This playful collection of rainbows is a bright and beautiful appreciation of all the colour that surrounds us. Artist Julie Seabrook Ream invites us to see the extraordinary beauty of ordinary objects: she gathers colourful iterations of a single type of thing, from feathers to fishing gear, matchb..
The signs of France are a gateway into a country proud of its artistic heritage--a past that reveals itself in every nuance of daily life. Steven Rothfeld has been recording these images for decades, capturing the milky cornflower blues and faded yellows, the hand-lettered, the neatly printed, even..
Ballroom dancing has become an increasingly popular pastime for all ages, inspired in recent years by reality TV dance programmes throughout the world. As one of the most inclusive dance genres, it offers both a social and competitive outlet for every ability. The Essential Guide to Ballroom Dan..
The Essential Guide to Contemporary Dance Techniques explores the multifaceted learning processes and underlying principles behind the technical skills and abilities of a contemporary dancer. The depth and complexity of this challenging sensorial, intellectual, reflective and creative process is pre..
Full of character and endlessly varied, our furry friends make great drawing subjects. In this book, author and artist Duncan Smith shows how you can use simple shapes to build up realistic drawings of all types of animals, from cats and dogs to farmyard animals, horses and birds. Whether you want t..
Landscape presents endless possibilities for artists, from simple garden views to mountainous panoramas, seascapes and urban scenes. This handy guide shows how to create successful landscape drawings, with advice on choosing your composition and rendering elements of the natural world such as water,..
Perspective is key to making your artworks look convincing and three-dimensional, yet it can be a daunting prospect for artists. This handy guide sets out the rules of perspective clearly and simply, using demonstrations and step-by-step exercises. You will learn how the same perspective rules under..
Capturing a likeness of another human being is one of the greatest and most enjoyable challenges for artists. In this guide, author and artist Barrington Barber provides an accessible introduction to portrait drawing, backed up by step-by-step demonstrations and inspiring examples. Starting with the..
Ready-to-hand, varied and versatile, still-life subjects are ideal drawing material. This handy guide provides an accessible introduction to the genre, from drawing single objects such as vases and fruit, to more complex themed compositions. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced drau..
From the propulsive rhythm of the African dancer, to the swinging ragtime of the American jazz age, tap dancing has evolved into a unique blend of cultural expression, improvisation and creativity, open to all ages and abilities. With clear step-by-step instructions, The Essential Guide to Tap Danc..