Aspire

Aspire

200 Projects to Strengthen your Art Skills

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
Presents projects, tutorials, and tips covering fundamental artistic principles and techniques.

Barron's Educational Publishing
Challenging tutorials, 35 imaginative projects to complete, and tips from professional artists introduce beginning students to the building blocks of art. This profusely illustrated book teaches serious beginners the fundamental skills of graphic design as an introduction to their formal study in fine art, illustration, computer game design, interior design, animation, and virtually all other avenues in the visual arts. The author advises on setting up a proper workspace and assembling the needed materials--everything from sketchpads and paints to affordable computer software. Chapters that follow present themes and related projects that instruct readers in
  • The basics of line art for illustration and lettering
  • Understanding color and tone and using color media
  • Texture in art
  • Spatial relationships and perspective
  • Creating shapes and relating them to other elements of composition
    More than 200 color illustrations demonstrate art principles and practical techniques, and show students how to apply what they are learning in a wide range of media.
    (back cover)
    Discover the artist within and unleash your creative abilities with this inspirational course in the visual arts. Explore the rich tradition of artistic conventions, increase your technical skills, and immerse yourself in a world of color, shape, and form.

    Packed with challenging tutorials, practical projects, and tips from professional artists, this book helps you discover different approaches to art and learn how to develop your own style.

    Experiment with a range of themes, styles, and media�from delicate watercolor sketches and Chinese brush-painting motifs to dynamic digital manga and bold geometric designs.

    Understand the fundamental artistic principles and practical techniques; learn how to work with pencils, paint, and pixels; find out how to use color and create special effects.



    Valerie Colston has taught art history and art studies to both adults and children at venues ranging from community colleges to military bases. She created a renowned art resource Web site for parents, teachers, and students, and has taught art history, humanities, and graphic design courses online at several schools across the United States. She has also written curricula, art reviews, and articles for numerous publications.

  • Publisher: Hauppauge, NY : Barron's, 2008
    Edition: 1st ed. for the U.S., its territories and dependencies
    ISBN: 9780764138119
    Characteristics: 128 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm

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