"Follow along as talented cartoonist Tim van de Vall guides you through a series of fun step-by-step projects that range from a typical dad and doting pup to a pirate princess and rogue space alien. Simple instruction, inspiring artwork, and helpful tips make Creative Cartooning a must-have resource for any aspiring cartoonist!"
"All art requires courage." -Anne Tucker
Talented artist Diane Cardaci has been drawing for as long as she can remember. "I think I really fell in love with it when I was about nine years old," Diane recalls. She attended a local art class for children taught by a sweet elderly couple. "We began with crayons and graduated to pastels and watercolors. I remember being in awe of the older kids that were painting with easels and oil paints," Diane says. She continued to draw through her school years but it wasn't until she was an adult and attended medical school for two years in Italy that she realized she wanted to commit to Art as a career, rather than medicine.
Talented watercolor artist Ronald Pratt started painting while he was in college studying architecture. "I was looking for an elective class in art that would help me improve my presentation skills in architecture," says Ronald. There was an opening in a beginning watercolor class, so he signed up. "I liked the beauty of a good watercolor painting and the challenge it presented when I discovered it was much harder than it looked. Never in my wildest dreams at that time did I imagine 35 years later it would be my profession." After finishing school, Ronald only painted in the evenings and on weekends as a hobby. Eventually, he left architecture to paint fulltime.
The Color Mix
We are all affected by color, regardless of whether we realize it. Studies show that color schemes make us feel certain ways. Warm colors, such as red, orange, yellow, and light green, are exciting and energetic. Cool colors, such as dark green, blue, and purple are calming and soothing. Use these color schemes as tools to express the mood of the painting. In fact, you'll find that you don't even need a subject in your painting to communicate a particular feeling; the abstract works below demonstrate how color is powerful enough to stand on its own.
There is a long weekend ahead, and we're sure you have lots of fun and relaxing times planned. If you're looking for a way to entertain the kids this weekend, try this fun exercise for drawing a bunny rabbit. It starts with simple shapes and follows with easy step by step instructions.
As hobbies go, urban sketching gives you a lot of bang for your buck. With nothing more than a piece of paper and a pencil, you are equipped to start drawing your city or village, the people who live there, and the things that are happening in it.
Watercolor is an amazing medium—once mixed with water, it takes on all the properties of that element. Water responds to the laws of gravity and evaporation; exploiting those laws is the basis for many different watercolor techniques.
Sometimes it's nice to get back to the basics. Drawing is a process, and the basics are key to building a foundation on which to create and perfect your own personal style as an artist. Taking the time to refresh your mind on something as simple as "Perspective" can be a fantastic exercise for generating new ideas or looking at current projects from a new "angle."
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