Heather is a journalist and writer living in Chicago with her composer husband and art-loving puppy, Lancelot. She's on an endless quest for the city's best coffee and is endlessly inspired by Chicago's magnificent skyline. Heather is a bookworm, aspiring chef, and NPR fanatic. She's in the process of teaching her beagle to use a French press and overcoming her fear of DIY.
Mark Daniel Nelson wrote Learn to Paint in Acrylics With 50 Small Paintings because of how small paintings inspire him to strip down the frills and focus on the techniques.
The Jellies exhibit at the Shedd Aquarium in my favorite city of Chicago has been drawing crowds and accolades for years. I've seen that exhibit so many times, and the translucence and mystery of the tiny sea creatures never ceases to amaze me. Jellyfish are such wonders of the sea, the perfect specimens to put to paper.
Where do you want to take your art this year? This may sound counterintuitive, but let's take it back to the fundamentals.
The fun of doodling comes from not trying too hard.
Happy New Year! We are ringing in 2015 with a series of giveaways to kick start your artistic resolutions. Have you been wanting to master the basics of drawing? Or have you been looking for new mixed media projects? We're tackling that first one with the drawing techniques of Perspective Sketching. We're even doing a Pinterest giveaway for a copy of the book! To enter: pin an image from this blog post to Pinterest and comment below with your art resolution for 2015. See more details at the bottom of this post.
Flowers make excellent models; you can take your time and study them.
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