Fiona Gowen's quirky, fun illustrations bring the creative exercises and prompts in 150 Fun Things to Doodle to life, including everything from a personalized robot to a furry sheepdog. Fiona currently works as a freelance illustrator in the UK, but also has design experience in local studios as well as the publishing industry in London. I had the opportunity to chat with Fiona about what inspires her work, as well as her eclectic mix of hobbies and interests (crochet and brewing homemade beer are both on the list!)
We are so excited about Walter Foster's new series, Academy of Art, coming out in November! The first title in the series—The Fundamentals of Drawing—is truly a comprehensive drawing course for the beginning artist.
Enjoy a sneak peak into Fashion Design Lookbook coming out in October 2014!
"The earth laughs in flowers." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Don't grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach." Michelle Held
Paper is such an incredibly underrated artistic medium.
Coming in October: take an early peek at Send Something Beautiful
What better way to take a break from the summer heat than by spending a little time chilling out with the adorable Learn to Draw Polar Animals book? With its simple step-by-step instructions and beautiful full color photos, your child will be drawing snowy friends in no time.
If you're looking to try your hand at calligraphy, 100 Things Every Artist Should Know is a wonderful place to start. Consider it an artist's guide to becoming familiar with all mediums and styles, including calligraphy tools and learning to hone impeccable penmanship.
I'm always amazed at Walter Foster's vintage titles: not only are they beautiful and rustic but the artistic tips and advice they provide are still just as relevant as when they were first printed! It goes to show that certain skills—like painting portraits—are truly timeless.
Khristian A. Howell is the talented color and pattern expert featured in Pinterest Perfect! She is currently working out of Chicago, but being married to a news correspondant leaves her never really sure of where she'll be living next. Under her brand, Khristian A. Howell Color + Pattern, Khristian licenses her work to manufacturers; consults on trend, color, and design; and gives advice as a color expert and lifestyle consultant. Her art has been featured in ELLE DECOR, Real Simple, and HGTV Magazine to name a few and she is a frequent contributor to Better Homes and Gardens magazine. I had the opportunity to chat with her about her beautiful patterns and things that inspire her.
Here's a glimpse into a lesson on painting elephants in acrylic from The Art of Painting in Acrylic!
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