I don't care how much of a novice artist you are, you can handle stick figures. They are the quintessential starting point for all future artistic endeavors. Yes, that game of hangman you played as a child was preparing you for your future as an artist.
There's just something nostalgic about classic pin-up girl art. Maybe the fact that it's reminiscent of "the simple days gone by" is what keeps our attention, or maybe it's the art of revealing just enough to keep viewers interested. I love them because of the fashion. I also love the hairdos and the bright red lipstick.
Let your imagination run wild with doodling ideas...
With Labor Day rolling in this weekend, we're celebrating the end of the season with a little summer color inspiration.
"I keep drawing the trees, the rocks, the river, I'm still learning how to see them; I'm still discovering how to render their forms. I will spend a lifetime doing that. Maybe someday I'll get it right." Alan Lee
The Color Mix
"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." L.M. Montgomery
We can't wait for Race Point's Color Me Happy— coming out in October 2014! This zen coloring book is comprised of 100 coloring templates that are organized into therapeutically-themed chapters, providing adults with the opportunity to explore the benefits of putting pencil to paper. Art therapist Lucy Mucklow and artist Angela Porter offer the perfect way to step back from the chaos of everyday life, color, and feel happy!
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.
When in doubt, wear red.-Bill Blas
We love lettering at Walter Foster and we're really excited about Creative Lettering and Beyond coming out in November 2014! From modern calligraphy to illustrated lettering to chalk lettering to lettering crafts, this step-by-step guide to the world of lettering is great for beginners as well as lettering artists.
Paper art meets mail, Send Something Beautiful arrives in October
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!)
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