The Artist's Way : A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

by Julia Cameron

With the basic principle that creative expression is the natural direction of life, Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan lead you through a comprehensive twelve-week program to recover your creativity from a variety of blocks, including limiting beliefs, fear, self-sabotage, jealousy, guilt, addictions, and other inhibiting forces, replacing them with artistic confidence and productivity.

Making Room for Making Art :
A Thoughtful and Practical Guide to Bringing the Pleasure
of Artistic Expression Back into Your Life
by Sally Warner


Fearless Creating : A Step-By-Step Guide to Starting and Completing Your Work of Art (Inner Workbook.)
by Eric Maisel

Besides being a writer himself, Eric Maisel is a therapist with a practice centered around artists, writers and performers and has seen many of the demons that haunt the creative life firsthand. In this inventive workbook, he comes up with many exercises designed to help you blast through your own inertia and fear, to get you back to the typewriter, the easel, or on the stage where you belong.


Leonardo's Ink Bottle : The Artist's Way of Seeing
by Roberta Weir

"Is an artist's vision different from the way most people see? The sensitive eye is the innocent eye, a way of seeing which has remained open to the freshness of view experienced by a child, free of perceptions, unlimited by ideas of what is possible and what is not." The artist's search for unique, meaningful expression, on paper or canvas, in clay or marble, wood or bronze, is actually mirrored in each of us. Whether you are composing a letter, a song lyric, or a landscape, the desire is the same: to express yourself easily, elegantly, and eloquently.



 Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
by Natalie Goldberg

Werein we discover that many of the "rules" for good writing and good sex are the same: Keep your hand moving, lose control, and don't think. Goldberg brings a touch of both Zen and well... *eroticism* to her writing practice, the latter in exercises and anecdotes designed to ease you into your body, your whole spirit, while you create, the former in being where you are, working with what you have, and writing from the moment.

The Right to Write :
An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life
by Julia Cameron

Deep Writing :
7 Priniciples That Bring Ideas to Life
by Eric Maisel


National Geographic Photography Field Guide:
Secrets to Making Great Pictures
by Peter K. Burian, Robert Caputo,
National Geographic Society

A comprehensive guide to field photography from respected experts offers advice to both beginners and professionals alike on how to create striking and original works, including step-by-step instructions on composition, facts on the latest equipment, secret techniques, and much more.

The Art of Outdoor Photography:
Techniques for the Advanced Amateur and Professional
by Boyd Norton



What They Don't Teach You at Film School :
161 Strategies to Making Your Own Movie No Matter What
by Camille Landau, Tiare White

Do you have to go to film school to get your movies made? No, say two young entrepreneurs who survived the grind. Here they offer 140 strategies for making movies no matter what. Amateurs as well as seasoned veterans can pick up this entertaining and incredibly useful guide in any place--at any point of crisis--and find tactics that work. Whether it's raising money or cutting your budget; dealing with angry landlords or angry cops; or jump-starting the production or stalling it while you finish the script, these strategies are delivered with funny, illustrative anecdotes from the authors' experiences and from veteran filmmakers eager to share their stories. Irreverent, invaluable, and a lot cheaper than a year's tuition, this friendly guide is the smartest investment any future filmmaker could make.


Francis Ford Coppola: A Filmmaker's Life
by Michael Schumacher

The terrible fact about Francis Ford Coppola's career is that it will always be divided evenly in half, down a line called Apocalypse Now. Before that film is prodigious promise--an Academy Award for writing Patton, two uncannily fine Godfather movies, and the Antonioni-esque smallness of The Conversation. After, there is telescoping debt, talk of reinventing the studios, and multiple, hollow exercises in style. If that's a tough assessment, it's one borne out by this thick, fair biography.



Film Art: An Introduction
by David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson (Contributor)

Film Art is often assigned to college students taking their first film class. Authors David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson do not follow the traditional method of teaching film art through a close analysis of individual films. Instead, they provide an overview of the major issues students confront when they watch movies. In clear, straightforward prose, the authors describe and dissect the complexities of filmmaking, film narrative, film form, and film technique. This book serves as a fine introduction not only to the field of film studies, but also to the theories and concerns of two of the most important scholars in that field.


Understanding Movies
by Louis D. Giannetti, John W. Langdon, Edward H. Judge

Understanding Movies is designed to help students analyze movies with precision and technical sophistication. Its focus is on formalism--how the forms of the film (e.g., camera work, editing, photography, etc.) create meaning in a film. The Seventh Edition updates each chapter with recent films and personalities familiar to today's students.



Digital Mosaics : The Aesthetics of Cyberspace

by Steven Holtzman

While we are constantly reminded that the digital medium is like none other, Steven Holtzman wants us to realize that we're not yet aware of just how different it is. The areas of uniqueness and its deeper capabilities as a means of artistic expression are just beginning to be explored. Holtzman takes us on a tour of some of the most exciting of these explorations. Moving back and forth among technical issues, artistic visions, and artistic technique, he pushes the door just a bit wider to reveal glimpses of new possibilities. While what's being done is exciting, the real wonder, Digital Mosaics shows, lies in the knowledge that today's artistic innovations pave the way for unexpected visions tomorrow.


Postmodern Currents:
Art and Artists in the Age of Electronic Media
by Margot Lovejoy

Written by a well-known multimedia artist, this cross-disciplinary survey examines the impact of today's high-level computer and video technologies upon contemporary art. It draws connections between the production, dissemination, value and creation of art--past and present--serving as a frame-of-reference for the future. The Second Edition reflects the major issues and developments that have taken place in the visual field during the last ten years.


The Business Side of Creativity:
The Complete Guide for Running a Graphic Design or
Communications Business
by Cameron S. Foote, Mark Bellerose (Illustrator)

Tips, techniques, and procedures for starting up and running a successful creative-services business. The most comprehensive business companion available for freelance graphic designers, art directors, illustrators, copywriters, and agency or design-shop principals, this book guides creative entrepreneurs step-by-step through the process of being successfully self-employed.