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Pencil Drawing For the Beginner

Pencil Drawing For the Beginner – Volume 1

Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION
GETTING STARTED
DRAWING TOOLS
Drawing Materials
How to grip a pencil properly
Warming up
Rendering
Sphere
Cone
Cube
Cylinder
SKETCHING
Starting with sticks and shapes
DETAILING
Design
Texture
SHADING
Casting shadows
Hatching
Cross-hatching
Scumbling
Stippling
Smudging and layering
Smudging
Layering
Bonus Chapter Animals
Bonus Chapter Landscapes
Introduction

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If you are an artist in search for further knowledge about drawing to enhance your skills then this is not the book for you. This book is for the individuals who want to be an artist but know nothing about drawing yet.

I know how it feels when you want to illustrate an idea but you just don’t know how to start. And when you finally grabbed the confidence to mark that paper but then it turned out really terrible that you don’t want to show it to anyone.

This instructional manual is for making that ‘two circles’ cat of yours into something more pleasing and distinguishable, for enhancing that sheep which looks like a cloud with a face, for turning your stick figures into cartoons, and more.

Learn the very basics of drawing easily by following this step-by-step tutorial and realize that drawing is something that is fun to do, and not something that becomes a cause of frustration.

To give you a hint of what this book is all about, look at this short list of tasks that you will learn to properly initiate after reading and following the tutorial.

Tasks:

-Start with a loose sketch.

You need to define the first look of your drawing by sketching it first so it could serve as a pattern for your permanent outlines (defined outlines). If the lay-out of your primary sketch is too far-off from the final piece that you are after, the latter parts are going to be difficult.

-Define permanent outlines.

Trace your sketch to clearly define the contour shape (primary shape) of your drawing, and clean it up by erasing the sketch markings.

-Show/illustrate some texture

Texture contour provides a better portrayal of the shape’s dimension values. The details such as scales, fur or any print and texture should curve and flow with the contour shape of your subject and adjust with it accordingly.

-Draw the necessary details.

Use a variety of line thickness and line weight (given pressure on the pencil) to show the right balance to the whole drawing, use thick lines for the parts that should visually dominate the drawing, and less visible and thin lines for the secondary details and parts that merely describe the object/subject’s form. Read more…

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Drawing Books

Pencil Drawing for the Beginner – People

Pencil Drawing for the Beginner – People

Table of Contents
Drawing Tools
Body Proportions
Body Shape
Polygonal Form
Ball Joints
Arms
Legs
Muscle Structure
Heads
Clothing
INTRODUCTION TO CARTOONS
TYPES OF CARTOONS
ELEMENTS OF A CARTOON
Large Heads
Body Proportions
Props and Objects
EXPRESSIONS
Additional Details for Portraying Cartoon Expressions
FACIAL FEATURES
Eyes
Nose
Mouth
Ears
DRAWING A SCENARIO
AGING YOUR CHARACTER

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Step by step directions and example teaching you how to draw people, their bodies and cartoon people. Read more..

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Health Learning Series

The Magic of Chillies For Cooking and Healing

The Magic of Chillies For Cooking and Healing

Table of Contents
Introduction
What Is the Difference between Chillies and Chili Peppers?
How to Grow Chillies.
Growing Chillies from Their Seeds
What Makes the Chillie so Hot?
Why Do People Crave Chillies?
Original Traditional Cuisine Including Curries.
Spicy Dry Chicken Curry.
Red-Hot Thai Curry Paste
Massaman Curry Paste
Massaman Beef Curry
Measuring the Heat of Chillies
Chillies for Healing
Traditional Winter Hot Oil
Chillies Infused Oil
Appendix
Traditional Hungarian Goulash.
Desi Ghee
How to Make Coconut Cream
Conclusion
Author Bio

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Introduction
Why is it to that the word “Chillies” does not conjure up a vista of something really hot, in the Eastern mind, but does so, in the Western mind? That is because few Easterners are particularly fascinated by the heat of chillies, because as they say, Familiarity Breeds Contempt. They are so used to having chillies as a part of the daily cuisine, and in their natural remedies, that it has never been an exotic spice or a herb to them.
An Easterner knows that chillies are hot. He knows that he can alleviate the burning sensation by taking a spoonful of yogurt, or a spoonful of sugar. In fact, in 1902, an American pharmacist William Scoville did some research on how many drops of sugar water were needed to alleviate the burning sensation of a hot chili pepper! But in the East, the chillies are just not restricted to their heat content – they are used to give the deep red color to gravies, especially hot red curries and gravies like Goan Vindaloos and Rogan Josh. Eastern sauces and pickles are given their piquancy with a handful of chillies.
Some of the milder chillies are stuffed with a mixture of spices and mashed potatoes, and served as a vegetable. Capsicum is a good example of that particular chillie family.
Chillies are just not an integral part of Indian cuisine; they are also very popular among the Chinese, the Thais and other oriental and Eastern cuisine, excepting the Japanese. The Japanese, have kept away from the Chillie Revolution, and that is why their food, though delicious and nutritious is comparatively bland in heat content.
Thai cuisine is a mixture of heat and herbs and spices. Chillies are just sprinkle on the top of the Thai dishes, to lend color, and flavor. They are also sprinkle on Thai salads in powdered form, to give the salads the touch of hot piquancy. Read more…

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Health Learning Series

The Magic of Cloves For Healing and Cooking

The Magic of Cloves For Healing and Cooking

Table of Contents
Introduction
How to Grow Cloves
Growing from Seeds
Time for Germinating
Transplanting Your Seedlings
Water Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink…
When Do You Get the Flowers and the Seeds?
When Do You Harvest Them?
Can You Grow Clove Plants from Cuttings?
Clove Pomander
Clove Oil
Cloves in Ancient Remedies
Cloves as Insect Repellent
Suffering from Diarrhea?
Not Feeling Hungry?
Chest Congestion
Throat Infections
Healing Cuts and Bruises
Clove – Cinnamon Ointment
Cloves in Making Masalas
Garam Masala
Lamb Roast with Cloves
Dal Fry
Anyone for Tempering?
Conclusion
Winter oil

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Introduction
I remember my father recounting a traditional and ancient Persian poem to me, which he had learned when his grandmother was busy cooking in the kitchen. She was just following ancient traditions, when women from the Mogul times – 14th-century – sang this song for fun in the kitchen, while cooking and amusing their kids at the same time.
The translation from the vernacular goes something like this –
Clove and cardamom – good pals they
Went for a forbidden swim for kicks.
And soon we heard Clove yelling.
“Golly, cardamom has gone for a six ”.
¬ and so on, in more hilarious verses, about how clove would and could not bother to drag the drowning cardamom out of the water, because he would get wet, catch a cold, his momma had told him not to go swimming, and so on! Until cardamom came out of the water and both went home.
Home, meaning the tummy of a gourmet who would appreciate the presence of cloves and cardamom in his delicately seasoned dish.
The Association of cloves and cardamoms have been a part of the lives of spices in the East. Where you put in a couple of ground cloves, you may be asked whether you want to add some more cardamoms in, too. Most often, you say yes, because after all that is going to increase the taste quotient. Cloves also go well with cinnamon, star anise, basil and pepper.

Nevertheless, this book is going to tell you all about the magic of cloves, which has been considered to be one of the most precious spices treasured down the centuries by the West. Wars were fought for cardamoms, cinnamon, pepper and cloves. Trade routes to the Indies, and to the East were jealously guarded by adventurous traders in the West.
Cloves first originated in Indonesia from where traders took them all over the world, in ancient times. In fact, 3000 years ago, a Chinese emperor asked his courtiers to chew ding xiang in order to keep their breath fresh, when they came into his presence.
Apart from its use in medicine, it was, and is also used extensively to add taste, sweetness, and warmth to a dish.
Archaeologists have found traces of cloves in archaeological excavations going back to 1721 BC in Syria. So this shows how long this great and precious spice has been associated with mankind. Read more…

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Health Learning Series

The Magic of Coconuts For Cooking and Health

The Magic of Coconuts For Cooking and Health

Table of Contents
Introduction
The Power of Coconut Oil
Which Coconuts To Plant
Coconut Birdhouse
Growing of Coconuts in a Nursery
Where to Grow a Coconut
Harvesting coconuts.
Other Uses of Coconuts
How to Make Coconut Butter
Coconut Cream and Coconut Milk
Coconut Cream
Coconut Milk Comes First
How to Make Coconut Cream Last Longer
Coconuts in Cuisine
Indonesian Chili Chicken
Simple Coconut Chutney
Traditional South Indian Coconut Chutney
Traditional Coconut Pudding
Conclusion
Author Bio

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Introduction
The moment you hear the word “nut” you visualize a small, well, nut with a hard shell, which needs to be removed. So how did the coconut get to be called a nut, when it is definitely not a nut, but a drupe?
Whether drupe or nut, the name Coco was given to this native of South America, by Spanish explorers, because they thought that it resembled the face of a monkey [Coco.] In fact, the eyes as well as the hairy appearance of the enough, made them think of a monkey, but in ancient eastern mythology, it was considered to be the face of Lord Shiva the destroyer in Hindu mythology who had three eyes
For generations, the coconut has been considered to be the tree of life, because it has provided people down the ages, with everything they wished. Oil, juice, food to eat in the shape of coconut meat, coconut milk and everything nourishing, which you can get from the coconut is readily available at hand. All you have to do is climb the tree like a Coco and gather coconuts.
Did you know that more than one third of the world subsists on coconuts for survival? Many Countries have based their economies on coconut products. And that is why, in many parts of the East, cutting down the coconut tree is taboo, because of its spiritual, emotional, and traditional associated bond with human beings.
Coconuts are extremely rich in minerals, vitamins and in fiber. Doctors in coastal areas know that they do not have to worry about any harm coming to victims of typhoons and epidemics, as long as they are coconuts around.
Asian, Eastern and Pacific cultures have long use the products of coconut, for healing and curing, especially in alternative medicines. Coconut oil is considered to be the best moisturizer as well as healing base for medical preparations since ancient times. So everything from massaging to conditioning your hair and making beauty cosmetics from coconut have been a part of Eastern, Pacific and Asian culture for millenniums.
The West has finally woken up to the medical and healing potential of the coconut and its products. Thanks to extensive research being done in the UK and in the USA, people have got to know all about the healing power of the coconut. However, it was only when Jennifer Aniston was seen in the supermarket with lots of coconuts, that it began to become really popular in America as a healthy food item. Until then, it was just used as a hair conditioner or a skin moisturizer and in other natural beauty preparations.
Nobody can suffer from malnutrition or dehydration, if you have a coconut tree around.
It is surprising how recently modern research has found out that coconuts are both antiviral and antibacterial. In ancient Eastern medicine, people knew how to cure throat infections, mouth infections, bladder and urinary infections, kidney related diseases, influenza, pneumonia and other diseases caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi for millenniums. In fact, if you had a tree of life in your garden, you would live almost as long as did the tree.
That is because you were eating itself the fruit, which would keep you healthy and with a strong autoimmune system throughout your life. Read more..

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Natural Remedy Series

Health Benefits of Black Cumin For Cooking and Health

Health Benefits of Black Cumin For Cooking and Health

Table of Contents
Preface
Getting started
Chapter # 1: Intro
Chapter # 2: How is black cumin commonly used?
Chapter # 3: Black cumin recipes
Chapter # 4: Growing your own black cumin
Chapter # 5: Precautions
Benefits of black cumin to the brain
Chapter # 1: Boosts memory
Benefits of black cumin to the body
Chapter # 1: Fights cancer
Chapter # 2: Strengthens the immune system
Chapter # 3: Alleviates allergic conditions
Chapter # 4: Eases high blood pressure
Chapter # 5: Counters the effects of radiation
Chapter # 6: Reduces frequency of pediatric seizures
Chapter # 7: Helps in weight loss
Chapter # 8: Helps with migraines
Conclusion
References

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Preface
Many plants that seem so innocuous to us today have been used in traditional medicine for centuries and have produced astonishing results. Greek and Indian medicine in particular has taken leverage of numerous herbs and plants in curing a wide variety of ailments. Only today has science caught up with what our ancestors took as common knowledge. Research conducted over the past few decades have begun to testify to the health benefits of these botanical wonders.
One such amazing plant is Black Cumin more specifically known as Nigella sativa. It is a plant that blossoms yearly and was found originally in the southern and southwestern regions of Asia. Growing to a height ranging from twenty to thirty centimeters, it is characterized by its thin and straight leaves, fragile blue / white flowers and large bloated fruit holding the renowned Black Cumin seed.
The seed of this plant has been used in cuisines around the globe but is particularly famous and notable in Sub-continental cooking. Its pungent taste and unique aroma has made it famous in many dishes. Its importance in the kitchen aside, this seed has a host of medicinal benefits that make it ideal for consumption from a health perspective. It can have a positive effect on both body and mind and scientific evidence has been gathered to support this.
This book aims to educate you in the many benefits of this truly miraculous plant whose seeds work wonders for human health. It will instruct you on the best way to take advantage of Black Cumin’s benefits and easily make it a part of your daily life. There will also be tips on cultivating your own Black Cumin seeds to use in your kitchen! By the time you reach the end, this humble plant will have definitely made an impression on your mind.
Many of you will have overlooked Black Cumin seeds as a mere spice to be used in cooking but after reading the health benefits of the same, you’ll begin to look at them with a new found reverence. Read more…

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Natural Remedy Series

Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Table of Contents
Preface
SECTION I – Getting started
Chapter # 1: Intro
Chapter # 2: How is cinnamon commonly used?
Chapter # 3: Types of cinnamon
Chapter # 4: Making the most of cinnamon in daily life
Chapter # 5: Maximum daily dosage
SECTION II – Benefits of cinnamon to the brain
Chapter # 1: Boosts brain activity
Chapter # 2: Protects against Alzheimer’s disease
SECTION III – Benefits of cinnamon to the body
Chapter # 1: Regulates blood sugar
Chapter # 2: Aids in weight loss
Chapter # 3: Helps fight cancer
Chapter # 4: Combats infertility
Chapter # 5: Reduces arthritic pain
Chapter # 6: Has inherent anti-infectious properties
Chapter # 7: Helps against acne
SECTIONIV– Conclusion
References

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Preface
There is hardly anyone who does not consume spices regularly in one form or another. Spices find diverse uses ranging from natural flavor enhancement and brain simulation to traditional herbal medicine. There was a time when the spice trade was considered the most profitable and lucrative business by merchants who sailed from the West to the Indies.
There is a plethora of extremely beneficent spices out there but the one particular spice this book is concerned with is cinnamon. Procured from the internal bark of many trees belonging to the genus Cinnamomum, it is has an international reputation as an integral part of many sweet and savory foods.
What most people don’t realize is that this miraculous spice is truly a gift of nature. It has amazing benefits that go far beyond its pleasant taste and aroma. Recent studies in universities and medical research centers from around the world have proven what traditional herbalists claimed for ages: Cinnamon has powerful medicinal applications that are diverse as they are many. Its positive effects on the human physiology include those on both the mind and the body.
This book contains information regarding cinnamon that will teach you its benefits and also how to use it effectively in your daily life. As you will see once you reach the end, cinnamon is a humble spice that can be incorporated into your daily consumption without disrupting normalcy.
Cinnamon is nature at its most benevolent, and its benefits will leave you wondering what other secrets Mother Nature holds! Read more..

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The Health Benefits of Oregano For Healing and Cooking

The Health Benefits of Oregano For Healing and Cooking

Table of Contents
Preface
Getting Started
Chapter # 1: Intro
Chapter # 2: How is oregano commonly used?
Chapter # 3: Cultivate your own oregano
Chapter # 4: Ways to use oregano in cooking
Chapter # 5: Oregano storage techniques
Chapter # 6: Precautions
Benefits of oregano to the brain
Chapter # 1: Boosts mood and mental function
Benefits of oregano to the body
Chapter # 1: A potent antibacterial substance
Chapter # 2: Strengthens the immune system
Chapter # 3: Fights prostate cancer
Chapter # 4: Fights eczema
Chapter # 5: Causes weight loss
Chapter # 5: Delays menopause in women
Conclusion
References

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Preface
There are dozens of plants out there that nature has gifted with endless bounties. We use many of these plants merely for decorating our homes or spicing up our foods when in fact, they hold the secret to curing many deadly diseases and improving our lifestyle in novel ways. Our ancestors were aware of the health benefits of these plants but we have forgotten them in favor of contemporary medicine. We spend so much on health treatments when all we need is to inculcate these plants into our routine lives to take care of many dangerous health conditions.
Of the many beneficial spices and herbs that nature has provided, oregano is one of particular note. Known scientifically as origanum vulgare, it belongs to the mint family and belongs originally to the warm to moderate regions of Eurasia and the Mediterranean. Having a height ranging from twenty to eighty centimeters, it is characterized by opposite leaves and flowers that are purple and spike shaped.
Oregano has found uses in kitchens all over the world because of the scented, warm and somewhat bitter flavor of its leaves. The strength of this flavor is variable between the various types of oregano. Its most common use in modern day cooking can be seen in Italian-American foods which was popularized by the way it easily combines with spicy dishes, native to the south of Italy. It also has diverse uses in the cuisines of many other countries. Aside from this, oregano is rich in health imparting compounds that can boost your wellbeing both mentally and physically. Its health benefits were acknowledged by the Greeks and Austrians.
This books will acquaint you with the various health benefits of this amazing herb, whose leaves are as important for medicine as they are for tasty cooking. It will describe all the best ways to utilize oregano and include it in your routine diet. Since it can be grown easily in backyard gardens, this book will also teach you the basics of that. When you finish this book, oregano will no longer be a mere topping for sautés and pizza in your eyes.
Every time you visit a pizzeria where an oregano topped pizza flavor is offered, you’ll know that you’re not just eating something tasty, you’ll be eating something that will make you feel better on the inside. Read more…

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The Magic of Marigolds – Marigolds for Health and Beauty

The Magic of Marigolds – Marigolds for Health and Beauty

Table of Contents
Introduction
Use of Marigolds In Herbal Lore And Tradition
Planting Marigolds in Your Garden
Beauty Products Made from Marigolds and Tips
How to Make Marigold Skincare Cream
Marigolds in Cooking
Appendix
Conclusion

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Introduction
I was under the impression that the beautiful Marigold was just an ornamental flower looking great in my garden, until I found out that it was an herbaceous perennial, used in herbal medicines, natural remedies, and also in beauty recipes. So, this book is going to tell you all about the magic of marigolds, how to see them grow and flourish in your garden, and also use them in cookery, as well as in beauty recipes.
In Asia, marigolds are an integral part of social life. Every auspicious ceremony needs garlands of marigolds and jasmines to adorn the houses, photographs of the gods, goddesses, and guests who have been invited to bless the ceremony with their presence. Marigolds are originally natives of North India, Africa, and Mexico. From here, they were taken all over the civilized world by traders.
So that means you are going to see Calendula officinalis, otherwise known as garden Marigold , common Marigold and even pot Marigold , growing all in warm and temperate regions all over the globe. But a Mexican priest told me that ancient legend says the name Marigold is supposed to be in praise of the Virgin Mary – “Mary’s Gold”. Also, he told me that this flower named cempasúchil in Mexico was considered to be the sacred flower of the dead, and had to be offered during the celebration of The Day of the Dead, when people prayed to their departed near and dear ones.
In India, this flower is called Satvarga- just like the Sun.
Marigolds may bloom throughout the year, if the conditions are favorable, and the sun is warm and shining, so naturally this flower is one of the most preferred choices to use in happy celebrations, when you want to depict and praise light and sunshine.
Do you know that the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Indians used Marigold flowers as a natural dye? They also colored foods with Marigold flowers to give the dish a golden yellow tint, especially when they did not have turmeric or saffron around.
So if you want to nibble Marigolds, remember that only Pot Marigold Species T. tenuifolia florets are edible. Do not use Marigold leaves in any culinary masterpiece. Read more…

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The Magic of Milk, Butter and Cheese For Healing and Cooking

The Magic of Milk, Butter and Cheese For Healing and Cooking

Table of Contents
Introduction
Knowing More about Buttermilk
Traditional Buttermilk
Making Butter Out Of Cream
What Are the Health Benefits of Buttermilk
Diarrhea Cure
Loss of Concentration
Insomnia
Urinary Infections
Mending Broken Bones
Potential Chest Infections
Buttermilk for Liver Problems
Flatulence Cure
Buttermilk Cake with Nuts
Traditional Clarified Butter
Salty Buttermilk
How Do You Make Traditional Buttermilk
Spicy Salt
How to Make Cottage Cheese
Is Tofu the Same As Cottage Cheese?
Cream Cottage Cheese Tikka
Now What Is Chaat Masala?
Tikka Gravy
Ros-Gollas
Storing Cheese
Cooking with Cheeses
Favorite Stopgap Food – Macaroni and Cheese
Cottage Cheese Salad
French Cheese Pie
Louisiana Cheese Fondue
How to Make that Perfect Yogurt
Conclusion
Author Bio

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Introduction
There is a beautiful mythological story of a God in Eastern legend. It seems he was a bit bored with his heavenly abode and decided to go exploring on the earth. Moreover, he kept staying on here, much to the dismay and surprise of all his friends, who missed him when they had feasts of nectar of immortality, and other heavenly delicacies. Therefore, they came hunting for him.
And what did they find? He was sitting in the Hermitage of a saint and dining off fresh milk, butter and buttermilk. Moreover, just like Oliver, he wanted more. So the rest of the gods began to think that there was something here, rather special on this earth, which enticed a God away from Celestial spheres.
Naturally, they demanded the rest of the members of the Hermitage to feed them exactly what that God was having. Yes, that one sitting over there with his hand in the clay earthenware pot, scooping out something white. In an attitude of contemplative and euphoric bliss. Well, yes, he is a God. You did not recognize him? Look at his feet. They do not touch the ground. Oh yes, ours do not touch the ground either. But then we are hungry for what he is eating.
And so the gods discovered butter, and buttermilk, which they decided were the foods of the gods. However, they had to come to earth to eat it. That was because cows, buffaloes, goats and other milk bearing animals did not flourish so much in their lands. But they did on Mother Earth.
Well, we are very lucky in one matter. Being thoroughly earthbound, we can indulge ourselves in butter, butter, milk, milk, and other milk products like cheese, cream cheese, and anything else of which you can think, to our hearts content. And if we have the pure stuff, that is going to help keep us healthy, and fighting fit.
Did you know that Abraham said that it was butter and buttermilk, which gave him his longevity. Also, it was the reason why his tribe members were so fecund, when compared to other tribes. This belief is still held in the East, that a diet of homemade butter, and buttermilk drunk regularly every day keeps you healthy,virile and also potent. Read more…

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