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Color – A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colors

Millions of people have learned to draw using the methods of Dr. Betty Edwards’s bestseller The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Now, much as artists progress from drawing to painting, Edwards moves from black-and-white into color. This much-awaited new guide distills the enormous existing knowledge about color theory into a practical method of working with color to produce harmonious combinations.

Using techniques tested and honed in her five-day intensive color workshops, Edwards provides a basic understanding of how to see color, how to use it, and-for those involved in art, painting, or design-how to mix and combine hues. Including more than 125 color images and exercises that move from simple to challenging, this volume explains how to:

see what is really there rather than what you “know” in your mind about colored objects
perceive how light affects color, and how colors affect one another
manipulate hue, value, and intensity of color and transform colors into their opposites
balance color in still-life, landscape, figure, and portrait painting
understand the psychology of color
harmonize color in your surroundings

While we recognize and treasure the beautiful use of color, reproducing what we see can be a challenge. Accessibly unweaving color’s complexity, this must-have primer is destined to be an instant classic.

The Urban Sketching Handbook – Working with Color – Techniques for Using Watercolor and Color Media on the Go

Learn to express yourself through color while painting on location with the in-depth tips and techniques of Working with Color, the fifth volume in the Urban Sketching Handbook series.

Expert watercolorist, illustrator, instructor, and co-founder of Urban Sketchers Montreal Shari Blaukopf shares her essential color tips about color-water ratio, achieving bold color, avoiding muddy washes, painting in layers, and using wet-in-wet techniques.

This essential handbook covers:

supplies and materials
sample color palettes
color mixing
using limited palettes
monochrome sketches
the power of complementary colors
using evocative, expressive color

With a focus on using watercolor with greater confidence and knowledge, the book also delves into pencil and ink and watersoluble pencils.

Love Colored Pencils – How to Get Awesome at Drawing – An Interactive Draw-in-the-Book Journal

Vivian Wong shares her love of colored pencils and explains that one way “baby artists” improve their work is by copying what they see. Love Colored Pencils is designed to enable exactly this.

*Named One of the 54 Best Colored Pencil Drawing Books of All Time by BookAuthority*

Look over Vivian’s shoulder as she demonstrates all the techniques you need to make luscious drawings in the wonderful, soft, blendable medium of colored pencil. On one side of each spread, Vivian demonstrates a technique or she colors in a subject, and on the opposite page or the next spread, you are encouraged to try it yourself, drawing directly in the book. Exercises throughout offer fun ways to explore drawing while being inspired by Vivian Wong’s popular and colorful drawing style.

Portfolio – Beginning Pen & Ink – Tips and techniques for learning to draw in pen and ink

Portfolio: Beginning Pen & Ink will teach you everything you need to know about the fundamentals of drawing with pen and ink.

From the beloved and best-selling Portfolio art series by Walter Foster Publishing comes Portfolio: Beginning Pen & Ink, a book that invites you to explore this classic art medium in new and refreshing ways. This comprehensive guide is packed with valuable resources for artists of all skill levels, starting with the basics and ending with intricate, original step-by-step projects that are sure to impress—and inspire.

PCs Just the Steps for Dummies

Your first PC can be intimidating. You’re probably panicky that you’ll hit a wrong key and send your information to some high-tech black hole or cause your PC to self-destruct. Not to worry. PCs Just the Steps For Dummies gives you simple directions for getting stuff done with your PC—everything from turning it on to using the Internet or a network. The book’s design features two columns, with numbered step-by-step instructions on one side and corresponding illustrations, screen shots, or photos on the other. You just pick the task you want to do and look up practical, no-nonsense how-to.

This guide covers:

Hardware basics and peripherals, including printers, faxes, and scanners
Working with Windows XP, including managing memory and working with files and folders
Working with sound and video
Going online, searching the Web with Internet Explorer, and e-mailing with Outlook Express
Networking, including configuration and connection and sharing folders or printers
Protecting and troubleshooting your PC

With practical organization and a task-oriented approach, this book will have you inspired instead of intimidated. You won’t get an unabridged history of computers and a lot of gibberish; you will get clear, easy-to-follow instructions that help you get your tasks done efficiently on your PC.