"Your style is your innate, organic ability to turn any drawing into an illustration uniquely your own. Artists often discover their styles by simply paying attention to their basic likes, including favorite aesthetics, colors, and textures... Take as much or as little artistic license as you like. Think about the details, flourishes, shapes, and signatures you'd like to be recognized by." ~Stephanie Corfee
Setting up a still life can be an enjoyable process. Allow your theme to determine the objects and how you place them in the scene. In this composition, a variety of textures spice up a simple floral setup to create an eclectic country theme. The bright, simple shapes of the sunflowers serve as the dominant focus, with the blanket adding detail and contrast. The rustic wood backdrop, chipped table, and unusual vase add interest with soft, mottled textures.
"Art journaling is about layering materials and adding color inside a sketchbook or journal to create a meaningful, personal series of art. The intention behind the pages and the addition of written journaling sets this apart from a traditional sketchbook." ~Samantha Kira Harding
My husband and I adopted our beagle from PAWS Chicago, the city's largest no-kill humane organization. We visited the state-of-the-art shelter several times before finding our pup, but every time we would go over to the side of the building labeled Dog Town and take turns meeting the animals looking for homes. (Kitty City was located on the other side of the building.)
Last week we introduced how to draw Howie from Almost Naked Animals, and this week we have a few new ideas for drawings of Howie to add to your illustrator repertoire.
Two basic substances you might use to prepare a surface are: sizing and primer (or ground). The world of surface preparation is vast, and you'll find that product names and ingredients vary between manufacturers.
Stephanie Corfee is a Pennsylvania-based artist and author of several art books, including the Creative Doodling & Beyond Inspirational Journal. She describes her art aesthetic as bohemian and whimsical, and she helps readers expand their doodles into detailed little works of art.
"A pencil and a piece of paper are the most basic tools for creating beautiful artwork. Even if you eventually move on to a different medium, you'll find that good fundamental drawing skills are critical. Fortunately, you can learn these skills easily through a few lessons and a lot of practice." ~Cynthia Knox
"There are dragons in the clouds, in trees and waves, and dragons carved in stone, and guarding gold in caverns old, in stories, waiting to be told..."
We can't get enough of our fun-loving friends from the Banana Cabana, and now we have the opportunity to create and draw our own adventures for these playful and quirky characters. Almost Naked Animals debuted on Cartoon Network in 2011 and quickly rose to earn a spot as one of the Top 20 shows on the network for boys ages 6 and older.
"Few things excite artists more than the sensory experience of art—the smell of an old studio, the buttery feel of oils under a palette knife, the velvety strokes of a charcoal stick, or the juicy splatters of fresh watercolor paint. The materials alone hold a special place in the hearts of artists, representing possibility, adventure, and a chance to live fully in the moment." ~Elizabeth T. Gilbert
You know how fresh flowers are the first things you see when walking into a Whole Foods store? Sometimes, especially this time of year, I'll just stand amongst the blooms and pretend it's spring. I'm always tempted to buy up the entire section, and often I'll walk out with a bouquet to bring some life to my living room.
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