Amazing LEGO(r) Designs for Animals from Around the World - With 15 Step-by-Step Projects
Author: Ekow Nimako
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Make your LEGO constructions come alive with Beasts from Bricks! LEGO bricks have fueled the imaginations of aspiring designers and builders for generations. In Beasts from Bricks, LEGO artist and designer Ekow Nimako shows that the popular and iconic toy has an unexpected and innovative use: to re-create nature's fauna in stunning detail. The book presents illustrated step-by-step instructions for building 15 animals from around the world: Africa, Europe, Asia, Antarctica, Oceania, Central/South America, the Caribbean, and North America. Each set of instructions includes entertaining and educational information about the animal's characteristics and habitat. Also included is a bonus gallery of Nimako's more complex, large-scale animal designs.
40 Clever and Creative Ideas to Make from Classic LEGO
Author: Kevin Hall
Publisher: B.E.S. Publishing
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Free your inner creative genius with brick builds that include a centaur, unicorn, griffin, ogre, dragon, and more. Based on the brick selection found in some of LEGO's Classic series, each project is a great way to test out unusual building techniques or to mix up pieces from existing kits that have already been broken up. Follow the instructions or go off in your own direction--is your choice! Many of the designs in these books use fewer than 100 bricks, so you don't need a lot of bricks to get started.
With the help of this book, you'll build beautiful fossil displays of dinosaurs and other extinct beasts with everyday LEGO bricks. Featuring fully illustrated, step-by-step building instructions you will have museum quality models in no time, and maybe learn some facts along the way! Inside you'll find: Step-by-step building instructions for 8 different models each with its own display base. Complete lists of bricks and pieces needed for each model. General information on each of the beasts. Facts and figures regarding discovery, size, & time periods in which they lived. Advice on aquiring bricks not already in your collection.
Patch knows something is direly wrong when all the squirrels in Central Park wake to find every foodstore stolen -- and, in the middle of winter, that means starvation. Patch's mother is gone without a trace and in her den drifts a musky, unfamiliar scent. Hungry, tired and alone, Patch sets off into the mountains, ' the human lands of New York City, to find food and to uncover what's happening to his family. He finds out too late that a war is brewing beneath his paws. Patch is swept into an deadly battle that unites squirrels, birds, cats and dogs against vicious forces below the ground, rumoured to be led by the mysterious, legendary King Beneath. Gripping and suspenseful, Beasts of New York is a gritty urban fantasy populated by unforgettable characters as vivid and complicated as humans: from mercurial Zelina, the Queen of All Cats, to Snout, a massive and power-hungry rat, to Karmerruk, an arrogant, dangerous hawk. Evans's New York City of wildlife is deeply imagined; the urban landscape wavers between the familiar and the disturbingly bizarre, while Jim Westergard's intricate wood engravings illuminate the settings and many characters. Evans, a master of dark crime thrillers, brings his fast-paced energy to an entirely new world -- one right under our feet.
early Chinese art from the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer collection
Author: Donald Jenkins
Mysterious Spirits, Strange Beasts, Earthly Delightsfeatures artefacts from one of the most compelling periods in China's early history, the Warring States and Qin-Han eras. They comprise a seven-century span (4th century BCE-3rd century CE) remarkable for artefacts of wide-ranging subject matter. Among them are found both imaginative creatures of the supernatural world and realistic images of many objects and artefacts of daily life in the secular world. Here are figures of mythical beasts, dogs, courtly attendants, musicians with their instruments, a chef trimming fish, horsemen, an elaborate watchtower, a pigpen, fanciful trees, game players, wine vessels, and ordinary plates. Some originally afforded luxurious and opulent comforts for the living, or protection and blessing for the deceased. Asian art scholars Donald Jenkins and Jay Xu provide absorbing and lucid overviews of the period and a fascinating discussion of each object. The book offers insights into the interests, concerns, and aesthetic values of the ancient Chinese people.