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Adventure Characters
Jacob Glaser

Call Number: 743.87 fG548a 2010

Presents a drawing guide for adventure and fantasy characters, providing step-by-step instructions for drawing such figures as a gnome, a maiden, a swordsman, and an angel.

Animation Unleashed: 100 principles every animator, comic book writer, filmmaker, video artist and game developer should know
Ellen Besen

Call Number: 791.4334 B554

Discusses the basics of animation, film, and game design.  Includes bibliographical references and index.

Art Before Breakfast: a zillion ways to be more creative, no matter how busy you are
Danny Gregory

Call Number: 702.3 G822 2015

Packed with the signature can-do attitude that makes beloved artist Danny Gregory a creativity guru to thousands across the globe, this unique guide serves up a hearty helping of inspiration. For aspiring artists who want to draw and paint but just can't seem to find time in the day.

The Art of Urban Sketching: drawing on location around the world
Gabriel Campanario

Call Number: 704.944 qC186 2012

Teaches the art of drawing on location in urban settings. 

Basic Anatomy for the Manga Artist: everything you need to start drawing authentic manga characters
Christopher Hart

Call Number: 741.51 qH325b 2011

This book is loaded with clear step-by-step instructions and illustrations, anatomical charts and information, and before-and-after comparisons you wonand’t find anywhere elseand—all tailored to creating authentic Japanese-style manga.

The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had to: a novel
D.C. Pierson

Fifteen-year-old Darren, a social misfit who spends his time at school trying not to be noticed while drawing characters for a planned film series and book tie-ins, befriends Eric, another outcast who reveals that he never sleeps.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: panel to panel-seasons 8 & 9: featuring Angel & Faith
Jo Chen

Call Number: 741.5973 fB929 2015

Buffy the vampire slayer is one of the most groundbreaking television shows to date, with an incredible following years after its premiere. In 2006, Dark Horse Comics teamed with visionary creator Joss Whedon to continue theadventures of Buffy Summers and her dearest friends, Willow, Xander, and Giles, only in comics. With Whedon atthe helm, season 8 launched to incredible fanfare. Panel to panel collects cover art from over 240 issues and collections of Buffy seasons 8 and 9 and the subsequent spinoff series Willow, Spike, and the ongoing Angel & Faith. This one-of-a-kind collection showcases fan-favorite characters portrayed with precision and care.

Collage Paint Draw: explore mixed media techniques & materials
Sue Pelletier

Call Number: 702.81 qP388 2015

Collage, paint and draw to explore a new side of mixed-media art and go off the beaten path! Celebrate the day-to-day journey of life as you create imaginative mixed-media projects. In Collage, Paint Draw, you will learn how to use heart-felt images as a starting point to jump into the world of mixed-media art, materials and techniques. 

Comic Hero Double Feature
Call Number: DVD 741.5 C733 2007

Side A: Marvel way: demonstration of the tools and techniques of cartooning, covering perspective, proportion, mood, action and emotion. Side B: The Incredible Hulk returns: Thor is unleashed from his icy tomb, and the Hulk must stop him from destroying what he loves.

The Complete Guide to-- Anime Techniques: Create Mesmerizing Manga-Style Animation with Pencils, Paint, and Pixels
Chi Hang Li

Call Number: 741.5 qL693 2006

Step-by-step tutorials demonstrate fundamental skills, such as hand-painting characters and backgrounds on separate cell layers, working with 3D graphics, and using digital pen-and-tone techniques.

The Complete Guide to Figure Drawing for Comics and Graphic Novels
Daniel Cooney

Call Number: 741.51 qC775c 2012

Provides step-by-step instructions for drawing figures for comics and graphic novels, detailing how to sketch heads and facial features, bodies, and clothing, as well as how to draw backgrounds and compose panels.

Complete Painting and Drawing Handbook
Call Number: 751.4 qC7372

Guides and techniques for painting and drawing in various mediums. 

The Day My Mother Left
James Prosek

When his mother leaves to live with another man, nine-year-old Jeremy faces his own pain and loss, his father's depression and sister's distance, the pity of friends and strangers, and his father's remarriage two years later, finding solace in fishing and his artwork.

The Decoding of Lana Morris
Laura McNeal

For sixteen-year-old Lana life is often difficult, with a flirtatious foster father, an ice queen foster mother, a houseful of special needs children to care for, and bullies harassing her, until the day she ventures into an antique shop and buys a drawing set that may change her life.

Draw and Paint 50 Animals: dogs, cats, birds, horses, rabbits and more
Jeanne Filler Scott

Learn how to draw and paint fifty different animals.

Draw your own manga : beyond the basics
Haruno Nagatomo

Call Number: 741.5 qN147

Techniques for drawing manga characters with interviews by famous artists. 

Drawing a Blank, or, How I Tried to Solve a Mystery, End a Feud, and Land the Girl of My Dreams
Daniel Ehrenhaft

Carlton Dunne IV, an outcast boarding school student with a secret identity as a graphic novelist, teams up with a beautiful Scottish girl who yearns to be an American police officer, to resolve an ancient feud and rescue Carlton's kidnapped father.

Drawing the Ocean
Carolyn MacCullough

A gifted artist, Sadie is determined to fit in at her new school, but her deceased twin brother Ollie keeps appearing to her.

The Fantasy Illustrator’s Technique Book: From Creating Characters to Selling Your Work, Learn the Skills of the Professional Fantasy Artist
Gary A. Lippincott

Call Number: 741.59 qL765 2007

Learn the elements of creating fantasy art using pencils, paint, and pixels from the master illustrator Gary Lippincott.

Freehand: sketching tips and tricks drawn from art
Helen Birch

Call Number: 741.2 B617 2013

Freehand offers drawing instruction in bite-sized chunks, each demonstrated in a dazzling example by one of today's coolest artists. Featuring over 100 innovative works of art that illustrate all the fundamentals--including line, tone, color, and more--Freehand will give you the confidence to find your personal drawing style and start creating amazing sketches like the pros.

Graphic Arts
Gail B. Stewart

Call Number: 741.6 S8491 2014

Part of the Discovering Art series; discusses the foundations of graphics arts and tips on following a career in the field. 

How to Draw Comics: from script to print
Call Number: 741.5 H8473, 2004

Documents two top professionals creating a comic book, from initial idea to finished art. Shows how a new character evolves, and how a story is created from concepts and roughs to pencils, inks, coloring, and lettering.

How to Draw Hip-Hop
Damion Scott, Kris Ex

Call Number: 741.2 qS425

Tips and techniques for drawing hip-hop.

How to Draw Pirates
David Antram

Presents step-by-step instructions for drawing pirates, their ships, and other pirate related objects.

How to Draw Trees: in simple steps
Denis John-Naylor

Call Number: 743.72 qJ65 2011

This introduction to drawing trees completely demystifies the process by showing how images can be built up easily, from initial geometric shapes right through to finished trees. 

How to Draw Vintage Fashion
Celia Joicey, Dennis Nothdruft

Call Number: 741.672 qJ74 2014

Explains techniques for drawing and designing vintage fashion. 

How to See, How to Draw: keys to realistic drawing
Claudia Nice

Call Number: 741.2 qN588s 2010

In How to See, How to Draw, you will discover how to tap into your powers of observation, strengthen your hand-eye connection, and draw the world around you with new skill and accuracy. 

The Illustrated Journey: Inspiration from the Private Art Journals of Traveling Artists, Illustrators and Designers
Danny Gregory

Call Number: 741.2 G822 2013

Collects excerpts from the personal travel journal sketchbooks of forty-three artists, illustrators, and designers.

Joy of Zentangle: drawing your way to increased creativity, focus, and well-being
Suzanne McNeill

Call Number: 741.2 M169j 2013

Zentangle(r) is an easy-to-learn method of pattern drawing that reduces stress while promoting creativity. This book will introduce readers to the basic theory of Zentangle and provide instructions for drawing over 100 tangle patterns from such Certified ZentangleTeachers as Suzanne McNeill, Sandy Steen Bartholomew, and Marie Browning. This beautiful book is filled with examples of Zentangle drawings as well as other art projects and compelling stories from those who have improved their well-being through Zentangle.

Little Fish: a memoir of a different kind of year
Ramsey Beyer

Call Number: 741.5 B5731Zb 2013

Told through real-life journals, collages, lists, and drawings, this coming-of-age story illustrates the transformation of an 18-year-old girl from a small-town teenager into an independent city-dwelling college student. Written in an autobiographical style with beautiful artwork, Little Fish shows the challenges of being a young person facing the world on her own for the very first time and the unease--as well as excitement--that comes along with that challenge.

Manga Crash Course: drawing manga characters and scenes from start to finish
Mina Petrovic

Call Number: 741.51 qP497 2015

Teaches techiniques for drawing manga like a professional. 

Manga Now! How to Draw Action Figures
Keith Sparrow

Call Number: 741.51 S737 2014

Teaches techniques for drawing action figures and action scenes. 

Perspective Sketching: freehand and digital drawing techniques for artists & designers
Jorge Paricio

Call Number: 742 qP231 2015

Go beyond the horizon with 'Perspective Sketching'. This book offers a command of the basic principals ofperspective that is essential to creating dynamic, plausible compositions. With a user-friendly approach, this step-by-step guide will help you master the basics like scale drawing, contour line drawing, linear perspective, tone and texture, and more. Freehand skills like intuitive perspective and concept sketching help you to deepen your technique.

Romance: Drawing Shojo Girls and Bishie Boys
Christopher Hart

Call Number: 741.5 qH325r 2008

This illustrated how-to book aims to give aspiring cartoonists the basics of drawing as well as some of the trademark stylistic elements of the increasingly popular shojo style of romance manga.

Sidewalk Canvas: chalk pavement art at your feet
Julie Kirk-Purcell

Call Number: 741.23 K59 2011

Street painter and professional artist Kirk-Purcell shows artists, art educators, and others how to create art on a street or sidewalk

Sketchy Behavior
Erynn Mangum

As part of an art class assignment, high school junior Kate unwittingly sketches a wanted murderer, propelling her into instant celebrity and extreme danger while her parents fret and police provide constant protection.

Sparky: the life and art of Charles Schulz
Beverly Gherman

Call Number: 741.56973 S388Zg

Here is a look at the life and influences of Charles Schulz, creator of the beloved comic strip Peanuts.

Step By Step Drawing [video recording]
Call Number: 741.2 S827, 2005

A comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide that will help you master the fundamentals of drawing.

Urban Sketching and Painting
Call Number: 743.84 U72 2015

A pocket guide for sketching and drawing in urban locations. 

Kirsten Hubbard

Bria, an aspiring artist just graduated from high school, takes off for Central America's La Ruta Maya, rediscovering her talents and finding love.

What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know
Sonya Sones

Fourteen-year-old Robin Murphy is so unpopular at high school that his name is slang for "loser," and so when he begins dating the beautiful and popular Sophie her reputation plummets, but he finds acceptance as a student in a drawing class at Harvard.

A Work of Art
Melody Maysonet

A teenaged girl with artistic promise puts her life on hold to protect her father, who finds himself over his head in legal trouble.

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