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The Complete Idiot`s Guide to DrawingThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Drawing
by Lauren Jarrett, Lisa Lenard

 A great book! That addresses every aspect of drawing for the complete beginner with plenty of room to grow for all levels. It is excellent in the way it addresses the issue of training oneself to see skillfully in order to draw skillfully. The book addresses almost every imaginable area of interest to an aspiring artist. Great for classroom teachers, homeschoolers and others who would like to pass on their love of drawing in an organized fashion.

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Step-By-Step Guide to Painting Realistic Watercolors Step-By-Step Guide to Painting Realistic Watercolors
by  Dawn McLeod Heim

In 10 beautiful painting projects, Dawn McLeod Heim instructs readers with each stage of creating a watercolor painting, even which colors to mix and what values to use. Large, full-color photos illustrate not only what artists need to do, but also how the painting should look like at the end of each step.

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The Art Student`s College Guide The Art Student's College Guide
by Linda Sweetow ( Contributor ), Carol Brown, Arco Publishing Company

Based on up-to-the-minute research, the guide offers complete information on hundreds of outstanding visual arts programs at colleges, private art schools, and vocational art schools nationwide. For everyone who dreams of a career in the visual arts--from painting to fashion design to computer graphics--this book tells where and how to get started.

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Watercolor:  Simple, Fast, and Focused:  Essential Concepts for Mastering the MediumWatercolor : Simple, Fast, and Focused : Essential Concepts for Mastering the Medium
by Mel Stabin, Henry Lin

"Let Mel Stabin teach and inspire you to follow his "Big Three" watercolor concepts and go beyond technical proficiency in your painting: simplicity is a powerful force; the worth of your painting does not depend on how long it took to paint it; and clarity of thought and emotion are essential in art."

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Serious Business:  The Art and Commerce of Animation in America from Betty Boop to Toy StorySerious Business : The Art and Commerce of Animation in America from Betty Boop to Toy Story
by Stefan Kanfer, Chuck Jones

The business behind creating and producing comics, cartoons, or, specifically, animation is nothing short of fascinating. More than a "behind the scenes" book or a "tell all" expose, Serious Business is a great find for this reason: it places an emphasis on the creative people in the industry. To quote the dust cover: "The history of animation is the story of its geniuses. Serious Business disperses the clouds created by decades of received wisdom, and bogus myth-making.

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The Great Cartoon Directors The Great Cartoon Directors
by Jeff Lenburg

The first book ever on Hollywood's greatest 1930s-1950s cartoon directors: Tex Avery, Bob and Sody Clampett, Friz Freleng, Bill Hanna & Joe Barbera, Walter Lantz, and many others. Based on thorough research and exclusive interviews. Bios, critiques, anecdotes, reminiscences. Includes two large sections of glossy plates (50 photographs), bibliography, filmography, index.

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Chuck Jones:  A Flurry of Drawings Chuck Jones : A Flurry of Drawings
by Hugh Kenner, Chuck Jones

Creator of the mono-maniacal Wile E. Coyote and his elusive prey, the Road Runner, Chuck Jones has won three Academy Awards and been responsible for many classics of animation featuring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and Elmer Fudd. Who better to do Chuck Jones than Hugh Kenner, master wordsmith and technophile, a man especially qualified to illuminate the form of literacy that Jones so wonderfully executes in the art of character animation?

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Artist`s Manual:  A Complete Guide to Painting  and Drawing Materials and TechniquesArtist's Manual : A Complete Guide to Painting and Drawing Materials and Techniques
by Readers Digest

For anyone who's eager to learn to draw or paint, as well as for artists already skilled in one medium and wishing to learn another, this practical and comprehensive primer provides thorough coverage of the materials and techniques of all the most popular drawing and painting media. 800+ full-color illustrations.

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Artist`s Manual:  A Complete Guide to Painting and Drawing Materials and TechniquesArtist's Manual : A Complete Guide to Painting and Drawing Materials and Techniques
by Angela Gair

A veritable bible for beginners as well as an invaluable reference for accomplished artists, The Artist's Manual is a hands-on guide to hundreds of techniques for painting and drawing. This easy-to-use manual clearly explains the artist's essential tools and material--how to choose them, how to use them, and to care for them. Includes 523 color photos and 234 color drawings.

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Walt`s Time - From Before to Beyond Walt's Time - From Before to Beyond
by Robert Sherman, Richard Sherman, Jeff Kurtti ( Editor ), David Mumford, Bruce Gordon.

The story of two of this century's most prolific and popular songwriters, the Sherman Brothers, finally cronicled in a superb scrapbook. Discover the Sherman Brothers' insights into the enigma that was Walt Disney, and learn of their dream job with this man.. who nurtured their talent, producing a sound that is truly instantly recognisable, the world over. These are the guys who created "the biggest word you ever heard", who left us singing of a "small, small world".. and gave lyrical life to "fantasmagorical machine" called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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A Reader in Animation StudiesA Reader in Animation Studies
by Jayne Pilling ( Editor ), Society of Animation Studies

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Artist`s Quest for InspirationArtist's Quest for Inspiration
by Peggy Hadden

More than anyone else, you know what can help inspire you. This book will help you reach back to your most distant memories, stretch your senses, find the places inside you that are key to your inspiration. A highly individualized journey with creative exercises, it will give you amazing insight into what can stimulate you!

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The Art of the StoryboardThe Art of the Storyboard
by John Hart

This book will show beginners how to use storyboards to communicate their vision to the cinematographer, set designer and special effects supervisor, or to create the skeletal outline around which an animated program is developed, or to plan a multimedia project. It covers the history and evolution of this craft and discusses the essentials of translating one's vision onto paper., from the rough sketch to the finished storyboard. Illustrations from the author's and other storyboard artists' work illuminate the text throughout.

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1999 Artist`s & Graphic Designer`s Market 1999 Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market
by Mary Cox

If you freelance ... or would like to ... this is a "must have" for your bookshelf. Mine, in fact, rarely makes it to the shelf, spending most days right on the desk. Use it wisely and it pays for itself with the first sale. Make sure to read thoroughly the individual entries to ensure that you send your work to an appropriate target.

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100 Best Careers for Writer`s and Artists 100 Best Careers for Writer's and Artists
by Shelly Field

What and where the jobs are for people with creative talents! For all the aspiring writers and artists who want to put their creative talents to good use, here's the guide that can show them how! Compiled by one of America's leading career specialists, it profiles all the best job opportunities in communications and the arts--and tells how to get them. Features include: - Complete coverage of all the most exciting fields: theater arts, fashion, television, film, advertising, journalism, publishing, marketing, and more.

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The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass
by Rick Goldschmidt

If you loved the Rudolf TV special, Heat Miser, Frosty, The Hobbit, The Mad Monster Party or more recently the Thundercats, you will enjoy flipping through the pages of this book. The author has put together a collection of Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass' work. It is claimed to be a one of a kind and contains information about the production, and features on the famous Voice actors as well.

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The Artists WayThe Artist's Way
by Julia Cameron

Asserting that creative expression is the natural direction of life,  Hollywood screenwriter and director Julia Cameron presents an exciting method for artists to recover their creativity from limiting beliefs, self-sabotage, inattention, fear, jealousy, guilt, addictions, and other forces that inhibit the creative process. You'll even learn how to start an Artist's Way support group or cluster. Printed on elegant paper, with a ribbon marker, this deluxe hardcover edition is the perfect gift for creative souls from all walks of life.

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