Sketching and painting are two of our favorite things to do at Walter Foster. Lately, I've been dedicating myself to pencil practice: making sure I get some sketching time in each day. The pencil is one of the oldest tools in the artist's toolbox, and never before have artists had such an array of pencil styles and colors and mediums available to us.
Meet talented humorist illustrator Dave Garbot—author of the Walter Foster series, Cartooning for Kids! A Portland, Oregon native, Dave is currently maintaining his studio in Ohio, though he misses his home in the Northwest. He is a frequent contributor in children's publishing, advertising, character development, stylish lettering, games, fun maps, and has done work for Walter Foster Publishing, Barnes & Noble, Harper Collins, Penguin Press, Scholastic, Klutz Press, Sterling Publishing, Parenting Press, and Adison Wesley to name a few. I had the opportunity to chat with him about his latest title, Mean 'N' Messy Monsters, as well as his inspiration as an illustrator.
Sometimes as artists we can use a little inspiration to try a new style, a new technique, or perhaps simply to step out into a new color scheme.
Darice McGuire lives, paints, and teaches acrylic and oil painting on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii. Darice's love for nature inspires her Hawaii and California landscape and seascape paintings. See more of her work in the new release The Art of Painting in Acrylic.
In the Studio
Meet talented oil painter, Jim McConlogue--one of the contributers to The Art of Basic Oil Painting--and get a glimpse into his dedicated, creative workspace!
"What art offers is space—a certain breathing room for the spirit." -John Updike
In the Studio
Meet Kansas City-based artist and illustrator Sarah Walsh, the artist behind Rockport Publishers' Just Add Color: Circus, Just Add Color: Day of the Dead, and Just Add Color: Carnival and enjoy a look into her creative workspace! The new books are out in September.
We all love finding inspiration on Pinterest. Whether looking for ideas for a new piece of art, finding DIY projects to brighten up the walls, or planning a party—the ideas are endless.
Oh man, my favorite types of art books are ones that inspire more than they admonish.
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