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Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art List price: $24.99
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Author: Scott McCloud
Brand: William Morrow Paperbacks

The bestselling international classic on storytelling and visual communication

"You must read this book."  Neil Gaiman

Praised throughout the cartoon industry by such luminaries as Art Spiegelman, Matt Groening, and Will Eisner, Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics is a seminal examination of comics art: its rich history, surprising technical components, and major cultural significance. Explore the secret world between the panels, through the lines, and within the hidden symbols of a powerful but misunderstood art form.

A comic book about comic books. McCloud, in an incredibly accessible style, explains the details of how comics work: how they're composed, read and understood. More than just a book about comics, this gets to the heart of how we deal with visual languages in general. "The potential of comics is limitless and exciting!" writes McCloud. This should be required reading for every school teacher. Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Spiegelman says, "The most intelligent comics I've seen in a long time."


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Large Sketchbook (Kivar, Black) (Watson-Guptill Sketchbooks)

Large Sketchbook (Kivar, Black) (Watson-Guptill Sketchbooks) List price: $11.99
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Author: Watson-Guptill
Brand: Brand: Watson-Guptill

Sketchbook Sewn Binding, Kivar Cover, Black


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The Gift of Nothing

The Gift of Nothing List price: $15.99
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Author: Patrick McDonnell
Brand: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Featuring the characters from the popular Mutts comic strip, Mooch the cat tries to think of a gift to give his friend Earl the dog--a guy who has everything.


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The Artist's Guide to Drawing Realistic Animals

The Artist's Guide to Drawing Realistic Animals List price: $19.99
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Author: Doug Lindstrand
Brand: Writer's Digest

Breathe Life into Your Animal Drawings

Wildlife artist Doug Lindstrand has spent 30+ years observing animals in nature and capturing them on paper. In this book, he distills his expertise into key lessons for drawing any animal in a charming, realistic style.

Inside, a whole herd of step-by-step exercises and demonstrations (43, to be exact!) cover a broad range of subjects and challenges, including how to draw:

  • Short, long and patterned fur
  • Mouths, eyes, ears and horns
  • Various poses, including seated, standing and moving
  • A diversity of animals, domestic and wild--from housecats to big cats, from tiny cottontails to massive African elephants.

Nothing intimidating here! Starting with easy sketches, you'll learn to gradually refine basic shapes into lifelike dogs, wolves, deer, sheep, horses, bears, giraffes, owls, eagles, geese and other magnificent creatures. With this classic and time-tested approach, you'll be able to draw not only the animals illustrated on these pages, but any animal that touches your artistic soul.

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Beautiful Creatures: A Grayscale Adult Coloring Book of Animals

Beautiful Creatures: A Grayscale Adult Coloring Book of Animals List price: $14.95
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Author: Nicole Stocker

Color over the gray to bring your images to life in this premium grayscale adult coloring book.

  • 48 stunning grayscale images of beautiful animals and creatures of all kinds for you to color
  • Printed one-sided on 100lb archival quality, acid-free paper
  • Perforated for easy removal and framing of your colored picture
  • Extensive Coloring Resources & Guidance: video tutorials, tips & techniques for the pages of Beautiful Creatures as well as hundreds of examples of colored pages from the book provided at
  • Watermarked on the back of each picture for the colorist's name and date
Nicole Stocker's books stand above any and all other greyscale coloring books I've purchased in paper and print quality! I recommend them to every coloring enthusiast I encounter. -- Jean R.

Grayscale colouring is a game-changer and Nicole Stocker's beautiful books are simply the best! -- Hoda L.

Immerse yourself in the space between black and white and explore the many shades of your imagination. Unique in its sophisticated grayscale format, Beautiful Creatures is a deceivingly simple coloring book for adults. Using the gray as your guide, you will feel like a professional artist, bringing depth to each animal image you color and creating lifelike artwork that is uniquely yours. Take a moment of solitude to rediscover your creativity, replenish your calm and experience the relaxation, meditation and mindfulness that comes from coloring.

Optimized for coloring, each grayscale photo in this adult coloring book is printed on acid-free, archival quality paper, perforated and watermarked for framing. Simply select your palette and color over the gray, letting the depth of shading guide your choices as you bring this thoughtfully curated collection of 48 striking images of animals and creatures of all kinds to life. Feel the thrill of artistic accomplishment that comes from creation, and the pride of seeing your work framed and displayed. Where the simplicity of coloring meets a refined aesthetic, the Beautiful Creatures grayscale coloring book for adults opens the door to artistic expression and all the joys that come with it.

The grayscale photographs in the Beautiful Creatures coloring book for grown-ups include everything from insects to elephants. More specifically: dogs, cats, reptiles, horses, birds, dolphin, leopard, crocodile, ladybug, seal, giraffe, jellyfish, bighorn ram, bear, lion, tiger, dragonfly, peacock and many more!

Grayscale adult coloring books introduce a new way to color. It may appear a bit intimidating but these grayscale coloring books are surprisingly simple. Just let the gray guide you when deciding where and how dark or light to color. Your image will come to life with great detail and realism. You will be amazed! Perfect for both the novice colorist and the experienced colorist!

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Wall and Piece

Wall and Piece List price: $37.95
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Author: Banksy
Brand: Brand: Random House

Banksy, Britain's now-legendary "guerilla" street artist, has painted the walls, streets, and bridges of towns and cities throughout the world. Not only did he smuggle his pieces into four of  New York City's major art museums, he's also "hung" his work at London's Tate Gallery and adorned Israel's West Bank barrier with satirical images. Banksy's identity remains unknown, but his work is unmistakable—with prints selling for as much as $45,000.


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Art of Basic Drawing: Discover simple step-by-step techniques for drawing a wide variety of subjects in pencil (Collector's Series)

Art of Basic Drawing: Discover simple step-by-step techniques for drawing a wide variety of subjects in pencil (Collector's Series) List price: $19.95
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Author: Walter Foster Creative Team
Brand: Books

This compilation of some of our most popular How to Draw and Paint and Artist's Library series titles gives artists the perfect introduction to the basics of drawing. The Art of Basic Drawing contains fundamental information about tools and techniques, as well as a number of inspiring step-by-step lessons. With instruction and advice from five different accomplished artists, this book showcases a range of styles for beginners to imitate. And with simple, easy-to-follow lessons that cover a variety of subject matter-from engaging still lifes and beautiful landscapes to realistic people and adorable animals-there is something for everyone inside. With the inspiring material in this comprehensive reference book, you’ll soon discover how exciting the world of drawing can be!


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From Hell

From Hell List price: $35.00
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Author: Alan Moore
Brand: Alan Moore

Alan Moore (Watchmen) and Eddie Campbell (Bacchus), grandmasters of the comics medium, present a book often ranked among the greatest graphic novels of all time: From Hell.

From the squalid alleys of the East End to the Houses of Parliament, from church naves to dens of the occult, all of London feels the uniquely irresistable blend of fascination, revulsion, and panic that the Ripper offers. The city teeters on the brink of the twentieth century, and only the slightest prodding is necessary to plunge it into a modern age of terror.

Moore and Campbell have created a gripping, hallucinatory piece of crime fiction about Jack the Ripper. Detailing the events that led up to the Whitechapel murders and the cover-up that followed, From Hell is a modern masterpiece of crime noir and historical fiction.

The mad, shaggy genius of the comics world dips deeply into the well of history and pulls up a cup filled with blood in From Hell. Alan Moore did a couple of Ph.D.'s worth of research into the Whitechapel murders for this copiously annotated collection of the independently published series. The web of facts, opinion, hearsay, and imaginative invention draws the reader in from the first page. Eddie Campbell's scratchy ink drawings evoke a dark and dirty Victorian London and help to humanize characters that have been caricatured into obscurity for decades. Moore, having decided that the evidence best fits the theory of a Masonic conspiracy to cover up a scandal involving Victoria's grandson, goes to work telling the story with relish from the point of view of the victims, the chief inspector, and the killer--the Queen's physician. His characterization is just as vibrant as Campbell's; even the minor characters feel fully real. Looking more deeply than most, the author finds in the "great work" of the Ripper a ritual magic working intended to give birth to the 20th century in all its horrid glory. Maps, characters, and settings are all as accurate as possible, and while the reader might not ultimately agree with Moore and Campbell's thesis, From Hell is still a great work of literature. --Rob Lightner


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Art Masterpieces to Color: 60 Great Paintings from Botticelli to Picasso (Dover Art Coloring Book)

Art Masterpieces to Color: 60 Great Paintings from Botticelli to Picasso (Dover Art Coloring Book) List price: $8.95
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Author: Marty Noble
Brand: Dover Publications

Colorists of all ages are invited to create their own versions of 60 great paintings. From masterpieces by Michelangelo and Raphael to striking creations by Paul Gauguin and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, this ready-to-color collection includes excellent renderings of Grant Wood's American Gothic, Winslow Homer's Snap the Whip, and Edward Hopper's Hotel Room, as well as compositions by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Paul Cézanne, Edward Burne-Jones, Claude Monet, John Singer Sargent, Vincent van Gogh, and 45 other great artists. Printed on one side only, the illustrations can be colored with a variety of media, including watercolors. All paintings are shown in original colors on the inside covers and notes provide information on each artist.


  • Add your own color to classic paintings such as Grant Woods American Gothic
  • Also includes imagery from -Renoir -Winslow Homer -Degas -Van Gogh and more
  • Masterpieces by 51 other great artists
  • For ages 10 and up
  • Hours of enjoyment

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The Oil Painting Course You've Always Wanted: Guided Lessons for Beginners and Experienced Artists

The Oil Painting Course You've Always Wanted: Guided Lessons for Beginners and Experienced Artists List price: $24.95
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Author: Kathleen Lochen Staiger
Brand: Kathleen Staiger

In The Oil Painting Course You've Always Wanted, author Kathleen Staiger presents crystal clear, step-by-step lessons that build to reinforce learning. Brush control, creating the illusion of three dimensions, foolproof color mixing, still-life painting, landscapes, and portraits--every topic is covered in clear text, diagrams, illustrations, exercises, and demonstrations. Staiger has taught oil painting for more than thirty-five years; many of her students are now exhibiting and selling their paintings. Everyone from beginning hobby painters, to art students, to BFA graduates has questions about oil painting. Here at last are the answers!


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