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OCTOBER 2009 | Edition Two
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THE LATEST IN ARTS AND CRAFT
Welcome all those of the creative bent!

I know it seems to have been a long time coming, but we are finally ready to bring you the second in our crafting series! I am delighted to have such a fantasmagorical collection to present to you - I only hope I can impart in full, just how drool-inspiring the gorgeous, glossy pages you are about to gain preview to, really are. 

Choosing favourites feels rather like picking the brightest star in the sky - ah - but someone has to do it! The Victoria and Albert Museum's editions of The Fifties and Digital Pioneers are way up there on the list, as are works/books by contemporary artists such as Hot Type by Brett McFadden and Scott Thorpe, and Kindling by James Jean. If you are looking for textile projects, start with Sew It Up, and if you have kids (or are a big kid) go straight to Pixarpedia and The Lego Book, two spectacular chronologies of character-filled empires.

Of course, the main purpose of any retailer at this time of year, is to get you in the holiday mood, so I have also provided the 'best of the best' in books for keeping the kids occupied over the summer holidays and making gifts, as well as some books that would make beautiful presents.

And now, I think I'll leave it to the books to speak for themselves!

Until next time,

Karen Coleman
Managing Editor
Booktopia
CRAFTY CHRISTMAS
50 CHRISTMAS THINGS TO MAKE AND DO

Fiona Watt

If you have a craftily inclined little one to spend the summer holidays with, this collection of nifty creations will not only help while away the hours, it will help fill the house with cute kiddy christmas decorative cheer! As a sprial-bound hardcover, it is easy to flip through and choose your next favourite project: try the dangly reindeer, tissue paper giftwrap, advent castle, foil decorations, paper garland...

Click here to buy this book:
50 Christmas Things to Make and Do
RRP: $12.99, Booktopia Price $10.39


CHRISTMAS ART IDEAS

Expanding upon some of the more complicated projects in 50 Christmas Things to Make and Do and using the same techniques to invent new ones, Christmas Art Ideas is the book for older crafters of the household. Suitable for 8 to 80 year olds (and I know one 80 year-old who would get a real kick out of doing this with his 8 year-old grandkids). *Be warned: if you buy both 50 Christmas Things to Make and Do and Christmas Art Ideas expect some cross-over in the projects.*

Click here to buy this book:
Christmas Art Ideas
RRP: $19.99, Booktopia Price $10.39


GREETING CARDS FOR THE FIRST TIME

Vanessa-Ann

Now that we have reached the digital age, what could be more personal, more intimiate, more loving, than a handmade christmas card? Vanessa-Ann takes you through every stage of the process, from selecting papers, through different types of folds and embellishments, and onto adding multi-dimensions. One of my favourites is the accordion card, complete with many hands which clap in applause of the recipent's job well done. Vanessa-Ann also shows you how to incorporate pockets, pressed flowers and photographs into your card designs. As the book continues, so does the the skill and difficulty level of the designs, so your cards will get better with each try!

Click here to buy this IN STOCK book:
Greeting Cards for the First Time
RRP $34.95, Booktopia Price $18.95

MAKING GIFTS
ONE HOUR CRAFT
 HOMEMADE GIFTS
Maria Binns

Binns' is like a Jamie Durie of domestic creativity, only inside her tool box you will find a pair of pliers and a hot glue gun. Her projects are perfect for anyone who has a cupboard full of lovely but unfinished endeavours - this is a collection of beautifully achievable things. Grasp that one hour of unplanned time to make a tote bag, decoupage wall art piece, crystal earrings, avocado mask or - my favourite - a clock out of a CD and spoons. Each page is clearly laid out with numbered photographs to match each instruction.

Click here to buy this book:
One Hour Craft
RRP $39.99, Booktopia Price $31.95
 20 Projects to Knit, Sew, Make and Bake

Nicki Trench

The best thing about this divine collection of gift ideas is that it draws on the whole spectrum of your skills-base (or rather, just requires you to have a few skills and can help teach you some others) to create personalised, unique presents for your loved ones. There is something for everyone in here: a Strawberry Tea Cosy for Nan, Baby Boy's Tank Top, Miss Bunny Rabbit, Man's Crochet Beanie and Love heart cookies. The last two double pages are devoted to instructional diagrams and explanations (*sigh of relief*) on knitting, embroidery and crochet. My only advise is: leave yourself plenty of time to prepare before the present is needed!

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Homemade Gifts
RRP $39.99, Booktopia Price $31.95
CRAFTING CREATIVITY
 THE CRAFTY MINX
52 Brilliant Ideas for Awakening the Artistic Genius Within

Colin Salter

If you are already a regular crafter/artist/creator and have the occasional drought of imaginative juices - this is the book you have been looking for. The 52 ideas here are not didactic, they are rather exercises in provoking your mind, unblocking any dams that may have built up in the nerve endings of your brain, and (to continue the water metaphor) allowing the flow to burst forth in as many directions as possible. The projects are as diverse as creating an inspirational feature wall in your own home, to designing a 'figureless' self-portrait (ie one containing objects and symbols that represent your character rather than your appearance). Each project inspires a range of alternatives, each with the motivational and emotional impact of the original. Highly recommended for anyone who has recently found themselves in a creative rut.

Click here to buy this IN STOCK book:
Crafting Creativity
RRP $29.95, Booktopia Price $14.95
  Kelly Doust

I am not going to even try and disguise it in any way: I am completely in love with Doust's approach to crafting. Using entirely recycled materials from around the house, she creates useful new things like tea cosies, baby bibs, aprons, lampshades, shopping bags, and children's toys from old woollens. Iron on appliqués are just about the only new things you might need to buy and these will be worth the personalised touch they add to your new creations (such as a baby's initials on a bib or your own tea towels). The projects are sorted by season according to what you will be wanting (ie a beach bag in summer and leg warmers in winter). Patterns and dimensions are included, such as the feeding pillow, day-nap eye patch and a variety of templates for creatures to adorn your projects.

Click here to buy this book:
The Crafty Minx
RRP $39.95, Booktopia Price $31.95

NB: This title is not due for release from the publishers until November 2009. Booktopia will make every effort to deliver it as promptly as possible after this time.
SCRAPBOOKING
SCRAPBOOKING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY

Laura Best

This beautiful edition will inspire you to turn your old family portraits into a captivating and treasured keepsake that generations to come can adore. Starting with practical tips, such as the photocopying of family photographs, Best details each of the aspects you can embellish to make your ancestor's lives come to life on the page, such as fashion, emigration, holidays, weddings, birthdays, folk lore and traditions, sad stories, hobbies, household duties, leisure activities, occupations and homes. Best also encourages you to include the chronology right up to yourself and your children, allowing the document to become a living record. If you are into this one, I absolutely recommend (from personal experience) The Complete Book Creative Scrapbooking (IN STOCK).

Click here to buy this IN STOCK book:
Scrapbooking Your Family History
RRP: $49.95, Booktopia Price $24.95


SCRAPBOOKING BABY'S CHERISHED MOMENTS:
200 Page Designs

Rebecca Carter

Including tips from photography to preventing fraying of ribbon, this is the perfect gift for any new mother who will love being  able to look back at their scrapbook and cherish every moment before their baby grew up!

Click here to buy this IN STOCK book:
Scrapbooking Baby's Cherished Moments
RRP: $44.95, Booktopia Price $19.95


Need some inspiration? Here are two books that would give any scrapbooker's 'block' a good jolt:

ABC 3D: Marion Bataille's creation simply isn't done justice by words. Watch this video.

PICTORIAL WEBSTER'S WALL CARDS:

John M. Carrera

These engravings originally laced Webster's dictionaries in the nineteenth century. In this edition they have been reprinted on heavy cardstock with bold typographic - one representing each letter in the alphabet. Cover your albums in them or frame them on the wall.

Click here to buy this book:
Pictorial Webster's Wall Cards
RRP: $45.00, Booktopia Price: $39.50

CLOTHES
BIG BOOKS OF SOCKS
Kathleen Taylor

'I doubt there's a single sock knitter out there who hasn't heard, "You know you can buy those for two dollars a pair".' You can almost hear Taylor's shake of the head as she commiserates over the uninitiated masses. "I knit socks because knitting socks makes me happy', she explains, 'that's the only reason I need, but of course, there are many more'. Taylor is a self-confessed sock fanatic. In these pages you find every shape, design, make and feel of sock you could have ever imagined: each pattern starting with its difficulty level, and including yarn weight and sizes before actually telling you how to make the sock. Most of the patterns are for beginners, and some come in baby bootie sizes! The entire book is pretty sumptuous in its colour photos displaying the entire array of warm knitted fabrics.

Click here to buy this book:
The Big Book of Socks
RRP: $39.99, Booktopia Price $31.95

HOT TYPE
 METRIC PATTERN CUTTING FOR CHILDREN'S WEAR & BABYWEAR
Brett McFadden, Scott Thorpe

Here it is: easy, breezy, DIY clothing design. Using these 30 typographical colour iron-on transfers you can customise your own t-shirts, hats, bags, jeans... (etc, etc) in just two steps. Full instructions and application tips are included.

San Francisco-based partners MacFadden and Thorpe graduated from design school joking that their classmates were 'a bunch of bobble-head fashion-victims', 'full of tire-kickers and dilettantes'. MacFadden claims his own dress sense is 'experimental and loosey-goosey', contrasting Thorpe who 'can make anything look refined in an half-hour, and his rags are outstanding'. MacFadden's drawings have been shown around the world, recently in the San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art. He remembers that he 'started doing them just because... they had no requirement to be good, or refined, or smart, or relevant. They just were.'

Click here to read an interview with MacFadden of MacFaddenThorpe.

Click here to buy this book:
Hot Type
RRP: $22.95, Booktopia Price $18.36
 Aldrich

Now in its fourth edition this book remains the essential reference guide on the topic of children's clothes, though it now has major improvements. Today's popularity of easy-fitting styles and knitted fabrics means that basic 'flat' pattern cutting is often used and therefore emphasised in this new edition. Shaped blocks, such as school uniforms, are still included or more expensive fashion or formal clothes. The book now clearly separates the sections useful to beginners, and those for the more advanced and even some tips for designers working in industry. Colour coding has been introduced to the sections, making it easier to identify specific processes in the book and enhancing the illustrations. The size charts have also been revised, clearly dividing the boys' and girls' measurements in co-ordination with European size charts. 'Plus' charts for heavier children have also been added.

Click here to see inside this book.

Click here to see the index from this book.

Click here to see the table of contents from this book.

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Metric Pattern Cutting for Children's Wear and Babywear
RRP: $69.95, Booktopia Price $55.95
BEAUTIFUL BOOKS TO PLAY WITH
PAPER ASTRONAUTS ETCETERA
By Juliette Cezzar, introduction by Buzz Aldrin

You might have seen there was rather a lot of gaff to do with the 40th anniversary of the moon landing... but this is hands down my favourite. Why? Because alongside the stunning archival photographs and colourful technical drawings of this deep space voyage - this book features expertly designed spacecraft models that readers can actually cut out and assemble. Every little (and big) boy's dream: each rocket is accompanied by amazing stories, fascinating facts and statistics about the universe, presented with clear assembly instructions and helpful advice for deploying a galactic fleet from your bedroom.

Click here to buy this book:
Paper Astronauts
Retail Price: $59.95, Booktopia Price: $47.96
  Creating Beautiful Interiors with the Things You Love

Sibella Court


Court has not written a book, she has designed a book. This stunning reproduction of the most professional scrapbook you have ever seen creates the feel and intimacy of a home in hundreds of matt images. From the delicacy of a bottled ship's interior to the personality of a home library, Court meditates on what decorating a home means and how one's thought process might occur through it. She gives many snippets of advice throughout, though it should be warned that this will be completely useless to anyone looking for the DIY 'how to' guide from scratch. This book is better described as inspiring - useful to the competent, capable, inventive and to those willing to think outside the box of their house. To everyone else, it would make a very beautiful coffee table book.

Click here to buy this book:
Etcetera
RRP $59.95 Booktopia price $47.95
TEXTILES
SEW IT UP

Ruth Singer

This laden hardback starts from the very beginning, a very good place to start. And it brings you through all the techniques to allow you to start on simple projects, such as a book bag, and slowly build to linen, curtains and clothes. The matted pages are glorious in their photographs of the projects and stitches, and each project comes with a number of tips and tricks for applying the techniques properly. In no time at all you will be snuggling underneath a blanket with pom poms, and one day, once you have built up enough courage, you may even attempt to replace your curtains...

Click here to buy this book:
Sew It Up
RRP: $49.95, Booktopia Price $39.95


RIBBONS AND TRIMS:
100 Ideas Personalising Your Home


Annabel Lewis, photographed by Clare Richardson

This is seriously spectacular interior decorating. Cushions, curtains, tablecloths, bed linen, rugs, placemats - you name it, it can be added to or created from scratch using entirely ribbons, cords and fringes. There are even some more complicated projects creating or decorating whole tables, laundry hampers and flower baskets - all in spectacular colour and striking style. This is the book for those who like their home to burst with personality.

Click here to buy this IN STOCK book:
Ribbons and Trims
RRP: $79.95, Booktopia price $29.95


If this just isn't enough to satify your textile tastes, take a look at:

Felties - with instructions on how to create 18 furry friends; take a sneak peek here.

Perfect Handmade Bag - recycled bags in all shapes and sizes including a scrap paper-decorated bag and owl-shaped bag.

FAMILY
PIXARPEDIA THE LEGO BOOK
To infinity... and beyond!

Pixar have brought the graphic characters of Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, Wall-E and Ratatouille to life on our screen and in our imaginations. In this book we learn about the company's history, behind-the-scenes about their unique movie-making process and the process of creating characters such as Woody and Lightening McQueen. 

The book is packed with trivia including the answers to: 'which fishy character pops up in Monsters Inc?' and 'why the number A113 appears in all Pixar films'. Timelines, pictures and movie-stills add to this essential guide for any budding movie-maker.

Click here to buy this book:
Pixarpedia
RRP $69.95, Booktopia Price $55.96
 LEGO celebrated it's 50th anniversary in 2008, and in that time the company has managed to produce 62 lego bricks for every person in the world (only 1% of the plastic waste from which went unrecycled in their factories). This book celebrates the system that has kept generations enthralled by showing you how the bricks are made, introducing you to various characters (meet Indiana Jones, Batman, Harry Potter and Luke Skywalker) and new digital designs, LEGO art and fan creations. The images of these mite-y  men are interspersed with trivia of every particularity, for instance the 'female sailor marked the first time a minifigure wore lipstick' and the 'minifigure's body is made up of only eight parts: two arms, two hands, two legs, a torso and a head, which are held together by a special "snap system".'

This book comes with a free separate book Standing Small: A Celebration of 30 Years of the Lego Minifigure.

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The LEGO Book
RRP $68.38, Booktopia Price $59.80
GIVING GIFTS
ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE: PERFECTION IN FORM

Mapplethorpe's photography has become an icon of late 20th Century bodies and light. His images draw on centuries of history, seeking out what Michelangelo called 'the perfection in form' in all subjects, from nudes and portraits to flowers and architecture. This book explores all these connections, including 125 illustrations in colour & duotone photos.

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Robert Mapplethorpe
RRP: $195.00, Booktopia Price $156.00


VLADIMIR MALAKHOV

The 'dancer of the century' is captured in all his eloquence by Dieter Blum in these 150 photographs. Printed with metallic ink this book brings the life of this world-renowned ballerina to your fingertips.

Click here to buy this book:
Vladimir Malakov
RRP: $120.00, Booktopia Price: $96.00


If you liked these you might also be interested in...

JEFF WALL
KANDINSKY
ALBERTO GIACOMETTI
STRIKING THOUGHTS: BRUCE LEE'S WISDOM FOR DAILY LIVING


THROUGH THE
EYES OF LEONARDO DA VINCI

Barrington Barber with an introduction by William Wray

This handsome hardback edition features over 100 of Leonardo's best drawings. Each has been reproduced on a single page, with Barber's text on the adjacent page explaining the context and purpose for which Leonardo created the image. His religious studies, anatomical drawings, observations of nature and designs for inventions are all included, not to mention an early machine gun and the first landscape study still in existence. Barber's analysis of each drawing highlights their historical significance and Leonardo's own technical skill.

Click here to buy this IN STOCK book:
Leonardo Da Vinci
RRP: $69.95, Booktopia Price: $27.95

FASHION
LUCILE LTD CARS AND STARS KINDLING
http://www.booktopia.com.au/prod9781851775613.htmlValerie Mendes, Amy de la Haye

Lady Duff Gordon was London's leading fashion designer in the early twentieth century and this stunning hardback presents her life and work from the beginning, as a modest home-based dressmaker. Lucile Ltd, as her business became, known owned salons in London, Paris, New York and Chicago alongside Jacques Doucet and Paul Poiret. This album reprints hand painted colour plates and samples of luxurious fabrics and trimmings from her 1905 collection housed at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Valerie D Mendes is Chief Curator of the former Textiles and Dress Department at the V&A and Amy de la Haye is Joint Director of the MA in Fashion Curation at the London College of Fashion.

Click here to see inside this book.

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Lucile Ltd
RRP: $95.00, Booktopia Price: $76.00
  Mariarosaria Tagliaferri

Check out John Lennon, Richard Burton, Liz Taylor, The Rolling Stones, Brigit Bardot, James Dean and Robert Redford as they loll about on their relative vehicles - each portraying some hidden insight into the particular personality and peculiarity of that person.

The images this book splashes before you are to die for. I only managed to nab one for you to preview (click here to see it larger) but you will just have to trust me - this one is well worth a gander, if not for the glam - then for the cultural history of the 20th Century it presents.

Click here to buy this book:
Cars and Stars
RRP: $99.00, Booktopia Price: $79.20

 James Jean

Jean was born in Taiwan and raised in New Jersey. Since graduating from the New York School of Visual Arts, his work  has become renowned for  its ethereal and delicate renderings of human-like characters. Jean's cover art has been featured in DC Comics, Time Magazine, The New York Times and Rolling Stone among others.

In this portfolio paperback 12 original paintings have been bound as 305 x 406 mm pull-out posters, featuring the painting on one side and intricate sketches on the opposite. The images should speak for themselves (click here to see them bigger):
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Kindling
RRP: $49.95, Booktopia Price: $39.95
HISTORY AND CULTURE
THE FIFTIES
 FEAR AND FASHION: IN THE COLD WAR POSTERS OF THE COLD WAR
Sue Prichard

Like little boxes from jewellery stores, the treasures that lie between these covers may only come in a small package, but they dazzle you with their beauty. This collection of designs from the fifties, all stored in the archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, bring together the likes of Miro, Picasso, Lloyd Wright, and Lucienne Day. A repository of ideas and inspiration, each volume in the series comes with a CD of all the images shown within - available to be redrawn, reworked, or even licensed for further use. Also in this series is the Digital Pioneers, Indian Florals and William Morris collections.

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The Fifties
RRP $22.95, Booktopia price $18.35
 Jane Pavitt

Remember Maxwell Smart and 99? More particularly, remember 99's synthetic fluoro numbers and the constant battle against Siegfried, the mastermind of Chaos. This book is the real life history that inspired both Barbara Feldon's outfits and tongue-in-cheek fear of all things too left. Inspired by the space age, the designers in this book wrap their models in 'boots and capes resembling cosmonauts', eagerly preparing clothes for 'a life that doesn’t exist yet – the world of tomorrow' - Pierre Cardin. This was the age when ready-mades came into fashion, and clothes came to be seen as an alternate form of architecture or sculpture.
 
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Fear and Fashion: In the Cold War
RRP $55.00, Booktopia price $44.00
 David Crowley

This book is about the ways in which graphics inspired fear and loyalty in the Cold War generations. To Crowley's credit, he takes a largely global survey, encompassing not only Western and Soviet nations, but Eastern and more minor European states (though Australia, Africa and South-East Asia are rather scarce). Crowley discusses the meaning and impact of the images, such as 'The Black Market Destroys Peace' - featuring a white dove plummeting to the ground as it is injected with illegally procured medicine - the Netherlands' Government's attempt to control black markets. The book features over 70 designs including artists such as Pablo Picasso and Peter Kennard. Crowley teaches history at the Royal College of Art, London and was the consultant curator of the V&A's exhibition, Cold War Modern.

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Posters of the Cold War
RRP $45.00, Booktopia price $36.00

   
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HOME ESSENTIALS

SPOTLESS 2 : More Stains and Solutions to Domestic Disasters

Lush and Fleming's first book of 2005 was an instant bestseller and this follow up edition promises no less. They start with a list of ingredients and where to buy them, before launching into a chapter-by-chapter exploration of the house and how to tackle any problems that may arise in each room of it. This edition now has an all new chapter: Clothing and Shoes, tackling yoghurt on cotton, toothpaste on wool, preventing piling and cleaning suede. Lush and Fleming, who conduct weekly appearances on national talk-back radio, have taken the approach in this edition to answer as many of their listeners' questions as they can, using as practical methods as they can think of. Sometimes their approaches are very innovative, making use of tea bags, banana peels and dental floss in ways you would have never imagined, but the results are undeniable.

Click here to buy this IN STOCK book: Spotless 2:
RRP: $19.95, Booktopia Price: $15.95

If you are looking for more home DIY advice you might be interested in these two:
BUILDING YOUR OWN HOME
(3rd Edition)

IN STOCK
George Wilkie
RRP: $42.00, Booktopia Price: $33.60
CONTEMPORARY HOUSES - Home Series 13
RRP: $29.95, Booktopia Price: $23.95
INSPIRATION

ASTRO BOY

Sophia Kelly, Tracey West et al

To celebrate the release of the Astro Boy movie (yes, you read me right!) on Oct 22nd in Australia, a number of children's titles have been brought out with gorgeous glossy covers. Slightly older readers will appreciate The Novel, whilst younger members of the house will be interested in I Was Made Ready, Sticker Adventures and a story book, Our Friends the Robots.

From RRP: $7.95, Booktopia Price: $6.35

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ART OF NATURE

Continent by continent Judith Magee delves into the collections of the Natural History Museum to illustrate the history of nature by artists the likes of Merian, Bartram, Ehret, the Bauer brothers, Audubon and Gould.

RRP: $55.00, Booktopia Price: $44.00

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SCARYGIRL

Graphic novel fans will not want to miss this one...

RRP: $35.00, Booktopia Price: $28.00

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KNITTING

TIPS FOR KNITTERS

This is Debbie Bliss' thirteenth (and counting) book on knitting, so you can safely bet she has a few good tips up her sleeve.

RRP: $24.95, Booktopia Price: $19.95

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KNITTING IN THE SUN
32 Projects for Warm Weather

Kristi Porter

Spring has Sprung! Hurrah! And what better way to celebrate than with beautiful light-weight knits using yarns of blended hemp, bamboo, and soysilk for tank tops wraps and other summer accessories.

Click here to see a sample pattern from this book.

RRP: $37.95, Booktopia Price: $30.35

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DRAWING

DRAWING CARTOONS AND COMICS

For both those who have never drawn (but would like to!) and those who have a whole collection of work just waiting to be marketed. This book takes a realistic look at cartooning in the digital age and advises its readers on how to make a lasting success out of their work. Combining step-by-step instruction with expert tips and advice, this is a useful starting point for anyone on this path.

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Drawing Cartoons and Comics
RRP $32.95, Booktopia price $26.35


DRAWING A FUNDAMENTAL AND PRACTICAL GUIDE

With chapters on still life, landscape and scenery, portraits, the figure, life drawing and animals, this is a great introduction for those who want to build some confidence in their art. It covers many of the basics such as structure, perspective, light and shade.

Click here to buy this IN STOCK book: Drawing A Fundamental and Practical Guide
RRP: $24.95, Booktopia Price     $9.95

For drawing all sorts of fun and fantastical things:


DRAW FAERIES
Melanie Phillips
RRP: $26.24, Booktopia Price     $20.99
DRAW DRAGONS AND OTHER FANTASY BEASTS
Gary Spencer Millidge, James McKay
RRP: $26.24, Booktopia Price     $20.99
DRAWING LIFE
Javier Mariscal
RRP: $95.00, Booktopia Price $76.00

PAINTING

And for those with a brush at hand...

ACRYLIC PAINTING KIT
Tom Swimm
RRP: $52.00, Booktopia Price $41.60
OIL PAINTING KIT
Caroline Zimmerman
RRP: $52.00, Booktopia Price $41.60
HOW TO DRAW AND PAINT: DOGS AND CATS
Nolon Stacey
RRP: $15.44, Booktopia Price $12.35
HOW TO DRAW AND PAINT: BABY ANIMALS
Cindy Smith
RRP: $15.44, Booktopia Price $12.35



DIGITAL PIONEERS

The beginnings of graphic design were far more stunning than we remember - in this edition the V&A unlock their cave of wonders that is the archives. Including a CD of every image featured in the book, each becomes available for your access and use.

Click here to buy this book:
Digital Pioneers
RRP $22.95, Booktopia price $18.35


For the printmakers and DIY interior decorators, try this one:

LOTTA'S PRINTING STUDIO
Lotta Jansdotter
RRP 34.95, Booktopia price $27.96

THINKING


For the right person these couple of little gems will inspire the brain into new heights. I am particularly thrilled to bring you the wonderful Geoffrey Batchen's Photography Ground Zero, with new insights on Barthes', Camera Lucida.

ART SCHOOL: PROPOSITIONS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Steven Henry Madoff
RRP: $54.95, Booktopia price: $43.96
PHOTOGRAPHY GROUND ZERO
Geoffrey Batchen
RRP: $54.95, Booktopia price: $43.96