Have you ever heard the quote, "Good artists copy; great artists steal?" It may sound like a negative sentiment, but especially for novice artists, having a starting point can be exactly what's needed.
There's something to be said for keeping it simple. Consider a pencil and a piece of paper: two of the most basic tools for creating beautiful artwork. With Pencil Drawing Step By Step from talented artist Cynthia Knox, you'll learn the fundamental skills necessary for working with graphite pencil. Her fresh, contemporary approach to this medium will bring new life to your drawing.
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.
Looking for a wonderful way to bond with your child and foster his or her creativity? Take a look at author Jennifer McCully's book ARTrageous. With more than 25 drawing, painting, and mixed media projects, you and your child are sure to make some fantastic memories (and artwork!) together. ARTrageous arrives in stores in January.
A good portion of my time in junior high and high school was spent with an obligatory sketchbook in my backpack for a looming art class assignment. Drawing has often intimidated me because, well, it's supposed to look like your subject. There is a realism to pencil drawing that calls for a certain level of technique, an "artist's eye" if you will.
Growing up is hard work! We love when learning about art helps make life simpler for kids (and parents, too).
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.
Coming in March 2015, the Doodling For... series appeals to seasoned artists and doodle enthusiasts alike. Each title is packed with more than 50 fun and inspirational prompts, doodling exercises, and factoids.
Children who are fascinated with the sea and its wonderful world of exotic creatures will have a whale of a good time exploring Learn to Draw Sea Creatures. With detailed, step-by-step directions for drawing over 25 amazing ocean animals, kids will love making art with a porpoise—I mean, purpose.
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