Australian artist Jane Davenport is the talented author of Drawing & Painting Beautiful Faces. Her advice is both simple and inspiring. "Draw happy," she encourages. Simply flipping through the pages of her book inspires a happy and creative energy. It's easy to see that she uses her joy to depict the most fun, free, and full of life portraits imaginable.
As much as I think I would like to live in a tropical paradise all year round, there is something special about all four seasons: the newness of spring, the hot summer nights, the crisp, back to school feeling of fall, and the bundled up by the fire feeling of winter. I don't think I could give any of them up. And the lovely thing about art is that you can paint any season at any time, regardless of what the weather might be doing outside your windows.
One of the best things about fashion and the art of fashion is that you're free to design whatever you like—whatever it is that makes you you. You can be express your style with classic pieces, wild animal print, or mysterious, dark glasses.
For centuries nature and animals have been some of the most popular subjects in art, from landscapes to hunting scenes to pet portraits. Many artists find that creating a life-like texture in watercolor, especially when rendering animal fur, can be a difficult process to master.
Julie Manwaring has long loved the whimsical, rhythmic beauty found in the repeating letterforms and flourishes of calligraphy. Her custom hand-lettering and illustration studio, Flourish & Whim, grew out of this love for letters and passion for art. See more of her work in the brand new Creative Lettering & Beyond.
One of my favorite things about books is their ability to transport the reader—to another time, another lifestyle, another part of the world. The Pictura: Coloring Paris panoramic coloring book likewise picks up the artist and instantly immerses them in the scenes of historic Paris, complete with stagecoaches, parasols and top hats.
When I was a child, art was by far my favorite subject. It was freeing and fun and full of imagination. With some simple instructions on the basics of color, I was free to imagine, create, and design to my little heart's content.
Would you consider art an optical illusion? I'm not sure I've ever thought of it that way. But in fact, what we see when we look at art is an illusion. What we're actually looking at is a canvas/paper that has been colored on by some medium to give the illusion of something else.
There are so many different things you can paint—landscapes, people, or still life—and there are so many different ways to paint them. Not only are there different mediums, but there are different techniques as well.
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