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B4148. History of Writing, A / Christin B4148. A History of Writing: From Hieroglyph to Multimedia edited by Anne-Marie Christin. 2002. 403pp. 10"x11". Hardcover
A total of fifty-eight lavishly illustrated chapters analyze the role of the image in the history of writing, with detailed commentaries from a team of leading specialists. Together they explain the evolution of more than 30 key scripts and alphabets and their numerous derivatives. The scope of the material, along with extensive documentation, make this an essential contribution to existing scholarship on this fascinating subject. Illustrated throughout in color and black and white.
B4149. Australian Artists Books / Selenitsch B4149. Australian Artists Books by Alex Selenitsch. 2009. 121pp. 8.75"x9". Paper
Respected Melbourne-based poet and architect Alex Selenitsch provides an informative examination of the entire collection of artists' books held by the National Gallery of Australia, highlighting 20 books from the collection. Includes over 135 illustrations and discussions of artists' books by Ian Burn, Robert Jacks, Bea Maddock, and Mike Parr. The author also provides an in-depth analysis of works by 16 other artists.
B4145. Illuminated Letters Sketchbook / Sullivan B4145. Illuminated Letters Sketchbook by Jane Sullivan. 2016. 160pp. 6.3"x8.5". Hardcover
Learn how to illuminate your writing like the scribes of the past! Bring letters to life with plant and animal motifs, swirling vines and leaves, graceful arabesques and flourishes, fantastical imagery, and more. Draw creatures cavorting across the page as Gothic illuminators did, or create the knotwork seen in famous Celtic manuscripts. Step-by-step tutorials, tips for creating striking effects, and blank letterforms you can illuminate yourself make this the perfect modern-day guide to the medieval art of beautiful writing. The book contains space on pages for the artist to create their own letters right inside the book (the pages are printed with a light blue graph).
Includes an elegant spring-green ribbon bookmark with which to keep your place.
B4165. Medieval Monsters / Kempf & Gilbert B4165. Medieval Monsters Damien Kempf and Maria L. Gilbert. 2015. 96pp. 6"x7.5". Hardcover
Medieval Monsters shows how strange creatures sparked artists’ imaginations to remarkable heights. Half-human hybrids of land and sea mingle with bewitching demons, blemmyae, cyclops, and multi-headed beasts of nightmare and comic grotesques. Over 100 wondrous and terrifying images offer a fascinating insight into the medieval mind.
B4166. Painted Labyrinth / Brown B4166. Painted Labyrinth: The World of the Lindisfarne Gospels by Michelle P. Brown. 48pp. 8"x10". Hardcover
Both illustrated and readable, the book is divided into short sections, each examining an aspect of the Anglo-Saxon world, the heritage of the people who lived and ruled at this time, and how and why this great book was created. There is a list of suggested further reading, and a complete list of artifacts and manuscripts in the accompanying exhibition.
B4159. Adventures of Gillion de Trazegnies B4159. The Adventures of Gillion de Trazegnies: Chivalry and Romance in the Medieval East by Elizabeth Morrison and Zrinka Stahuljak. 2015. 176pp. 9.3"x12.2". Hardcover
Roman de Gillion de Trazegnies, a 15th-century illuminated manuscript, tells the story of the bizarre adventures of a nobleman from the family of Trazegnies, whose seat was in Hinaut (now Belgium). Part travelogue, part romance, part epic, it traces the exploits of Gillion on his journeys to Egypt, where he becomes a bigamist, and then dies in battle, a hero. This book combines a complete reproduction of the manuscript’s illustrations, a partial translation of the text, and essays that explore the vibrant cultural, historical, and artistic contexts. There are 9 illuminated full pages and 44 enlarged initials letters, all wonderfully printed. The illuminations of are full of different secular scenes from noble life. Of particular note are the many ships in the illuminations. The chapter openings have greatly enlarged images that show great detail, including of how the faces were painted. It perfect for SCA scribes: great images that are finely printed, combined with good background information.
B4204. The Calligrapher's Business Handbook / Thorpe B4204. The Calligrapher's Business Handbook: Pricing and Policies for Lettering Artists by Molly Suber Thorpe. 2017. 72pp. 8" x 10". Paper
In this guide to the best practices and pricing strategies for calligraphers and lettering artists, the author of Modern Calligraphy shares her hard-earned insights. Whether you're starting out in creative freelancing, transitioning from a different profession, or running a lettering business that just needs a boost, you will welcome the invaluable ideas in this handbook. Molly has packed these pages with advice covering a range of topics for freelance calligraphers and hand lettering artists, including: what prices professional calligraphers charge for their services; when to charge a flat rate and when to charge by the hour; how to charge for work for companies and for individual use; how to navigate copyright licensing, knowing your rights, what to include in a project contract, when and how to offer discounts or freebies; and how to get the most bang for your advertising budget, especially when just starting. Full-color throughout.
B4191. Reading the Maya Glyphs B4191. Reading the Maya Glyphs by Michael D. Coe and Mark Van Stone. 2005.176pp. 6"x9". Paper.
Decipherment of Maya hieroglyphic writing has progressed to the point where most Maya written texts?whether inscribed on monuments, written in the codices, or painted or incised on ceramics?can now be read with confidence.
In this practical guide, first published in 2001, Michael D. Coe, the noted Mayanist, and Mark Van Stone, an accomplished calligrapher, have made the difficult, often mysterious script accessible to the nonspecialist. They decipher real Maya texts, and the transcriptions include a picture of the glyph, the pronunciation, the Maya words in Roman type, and the translation into English. For the second edition, the authors have taken the latest research and breakthroughs into account, adding glyphs, updating captions, and reinterpreting or expanding upon earlier decipherments.
After an introductory discussion of Maya culture and history and the nature of the Maya script, the authors introduce the glyphs in a series of chapters that elaborate on topics such as the intricate calendar, warfare, royal lives and rituals, politics, dynastic names, ceramics, relationships, and the supernatural world. The book includes illustrations of historic texts, a syllabary, a lexicon, and translation exercises. Illustrated in two colors throughout
Chock full of acrylic painting techniques for both beginners and experts alike. You’ll begin with a crash course on acrylic, where you’ll learn which painting tools are necessary to own and how to use and experiment with them. Then, you’ll dive straight into a plethora of painting techniques, grouped together by visual effects or materials. Convenient and helpful tips on how to utilize these techniques are included at the beginning of each chapter. Add shine with metallic effects, reflection with prismatic effects, and a bit of brightness and glow with optical and luminous effects. Plus, learn how to apply paint without the use of designated tools with pouring techniques. Clear step-by-step directions for each technique. The stunning visuals that accompany each technique enhance your understanding. You will be inspired to try new painting methods and enjoy the dazzling results!
B4187. Colored Pencil Artist's Pocket Palette B4187. Colored Pencil Artist's Pocket Palette: How to Mix, Blend and Match Colors for Great Results. 2016. 176pp. 6"x7.5". Hardcover.
Colored Pencil Pocket Palette is the perfect companion for the aspiring colorist. You'll learn how to mix every color necessary to create stunning art from a basic palette. With a coloring book built into the back, it is an easy reference for immediate, on-the-go coloring.
Compared to other mediums, mixing colored pencils for beginners can be quite difficult because instead of melding colors, you must layer them with the correct pressure, latching, and color density to reach your desired hue. Use crosshatching techniques explained in this book and the blended colored pencil guide to take the guess work out of coloring vibrant drawings. Each swatch shades from light to dark to show what amount of pressure you'll need to reach your desired opacity. There are instructions on how both dry and water-soluble pencils meld, so you can use your favorite colored pencil type or explore the medium. Comes complete with coloring pages in the back to test colors and make coloring easier on the go.
Information is presented in a clear, precise, and thought out way from the perspective of a professional artist. The different methods of overlaying colored pencils are explained and demonstrated. Save time with your drawing and spend time practicing your craft than guessing your color palette.