Did you know Hull’s also has great art technique books? Some say the choicest selection in town. Our best sellers, for all ages, in 2011:

10. How to Draw What You See

Originally published in 1970, How to Draw What You See zoomed to the top of Watson-Guptill’s (top Art Book publisher) best-seller list—and  has remained there ever since. Ours, too.  “I believe you must be able to draw things as you see them—realistically,” wrote Rudy de Reyna in his introduction.  Indeed generations have learned to draw what they see,  capture the world around them, using de Reyna’s methods.

How to Draw What You See shows artists how to recognize the basic shape of an object—cube, cylinder, cone, or sphere—and use that shape to draw the object, no matter how much detail it contains. This book will unlock your talent.  By first defining the basic shape of an object, such as a cube, cylinder, cone or sphere, you can more easily draw and build it into a still-life, a landscape, or a figure.

 Paperback. 176 pages. Includes 220 black-and-white illustrations.

9. Doodle All Year by Tara Gomi

Gomi’s wildly popular “Doodle All Year” leads her other best sellers from the Scribbles and Squiggles series. Playful drawings of spring, summer, fall, and winter scenes plus fun-to-follow instructions will have kids of all ages doodling, drawing, and stretching their imaginations all year long.  It’s a great way to decompress, perfect for open-ended experiences whether in the classroom, recovering from surgery, traveling, or just to pass the time on a rainy day.

8. Drawing Cutting Edge Comics

If you’re interested in perfecting your comic book character rendering, this guide will give you instruction that no other current book offers. It contains excellent material on basic anatomy and facial structure, including  drawing the face from varying angles. Hart illustrates how a simple lift of the shoulder, look in the eye, or furrow in the brow can make the difference between the ordinary and extraordinary.

Dozens of fantastic, “how-to” illustrations accompany each section. There’s also instruction on intense coloring techniques and leading artists in the field describe  how they create original character designs.  Insights on perspective, getting an agent, and publishing your work.  Paperback. 144 pages. 575 illustrations.

7. Starting To Draw

“Drawing is a skill that anyone can learn,” says author artist Ferdinand Petrie—and this book has been teaching that skill for twenty-five years.  Many books are great for the more advanced sketcher—but Starting to Draw is the best book for the absolute beginner, packed with fundamentals and simple building blocks of success.

Time-tested text and clear, easy-to-follow drawings make this book the classic that every artist needs. Guidance on everything from equipment and warming up to drawing basic shapes to demonstrations on capturing landscapes, figures, and still lifes, Starting to Draw sets emerging artists off on a great adventure of learning and creating. 79 black & white pages.

6. Oil Painting for the Serious Beginner

If looking at wonderful paintings fills you with desire to create your own, this book is for you. Practical, step-by-step instruction and fully illustrated demonstrations are provided. You will learn how to select paint, canvas, brushes and other materials, mix color, design compositions, tone canvas, sketch and block in your subject, achieve painterly brushwork, depict still lifes and interiors,  choose the best landscape settings, handle perspective and capture natural light.

 Develop from a serious beginner into a dedicated professional. Paperback, 200 full-color illustrations, 144 pages.

5. Manga for the Beginner

Manga For the Beginner was written by the world’s best-selling author of drawing and cartooning books, Christopher Hart, and after reading anyone who can hold a pencil can start drawing great manga characters.

Using his signature step-by-step style, Hart shows how to draw the basic manga head and body, eyes, fashion, and more. He goes far beyond most beginner books, exploring dynamic poses, special effects, light and shading, perspective, and popular manga types such as animals, anthros, and Shoujo and Shounen characters.  By the end, the new artist is ready to draw dramatic story sequences full of movement and life.  The book contains 200 black-and-white illustrations and 50 color illustrations.

4. Making Color Sing

Color is one of the never-ending mysteries of painting, and there is always more to discover.  Making Color Sing — Practical Lessons in Color and Design features 31 practical and stimulating lessons that teach how to use color and composition to make paintings come alive.

Through clear, illuminating exercises, this brilliant book stimulates new ways to think about color, generating responses that unlock personal creativity and allow artists to express themselves with paint as never before.  For the Artist, Art historian or simply Art lover, fascinating.

3. I Can Draw It Myself

“Dr. Seuss didn’t finish this picture of Fred. So I helped him out; and I drew Fred a head,” begins this delightful coloring book, in which young illustrators follow simple rhyming instructions to fill in the missing elements of the picture. Children will enjoy coloring in legs for the Sneggs (a typically whimsical Seuss creature with a long body, fur, and stripes), a Blue Hoo-Fish for fisherman Gish, and the front of a Hamika-Snamika-Bamika-Bunt–no easy stunt! The crowning achievement is a drawing of one’s own “Big Something,” framed importantly in gold: “Big Somethings aren’t easy./ They’re hard for a kid./ But I can draw one by myself./ And I did!” These 20 pages of full-color but incomplete quirky drawings will inspire fun, creative pictures from your favorite budding artist, and the short verses help teach reading skills.

2. The Painter’s Handbook

Mark David Gottsegen, chairman of the ASTM committee on Artist’s Materials is the author of this amazing painter’s reference. More than just another guide to artist’s materials, The Painter’s Handbook offers information on all materials from the canvas up, with an emphasis on the most current data on health hazards and safety procedures.

The final section examines the different means for preserving works of art including varnishing and other surface protection, matting, and framing, storing, and crating.

Author — Mark David Gottsegen.  Paperback. 352 pages.

1. The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

The original classic (over a million copies sold) was successful because it made artists see and draw better. This new, expanded, and updated edition should do the same.

A set of basic exercises helps you tap into the special abilities of the right half of your brain. Enhance your creativity and artistic confidence. The book features fascinating illustrations.

Anything you’d like to see us carry?  Let us know.

A very happy & healthy New Year to all of you.   Thanks for reading!

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