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!)
As hobbies go, urban sketching gives you a lot of bang for your buck. With nothing more than a piece of paper and a pencil, you are equipped to start drawing your city or village, the people who live there, and the things that are happening in it.
I'm a huge fan of having apps on my iPad that I can turn to whenever I find myself with a few free minutes—in an unexpectedly long line at the post office, waiting for an appointment, early to meet a friend for dinner. As an artist, two of my go-to apps are Walter Foster's Learn to Draw and Kids! Learn to Draw.
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.
"All art requires courage." -Anne Tucker
Alain Picard, talented and refined pastel artist and author of Pastel Basics, discovered his love for art at a very early age.
Molly Jacques is the talented artist, illustrator, and teacher behind the beautiful hand lettering projects featured in the recently release Pinterest Perfect. In her Detroit-based studio, Molly crafts artwork for The New York Times, Martha Stewart Weddings, and The Wallstreet Journal, just to name a few. She also regularly blogs and teaches her calligraphy skills to students through various workshops. Basically, Molly does everything and makes it look good.
Making art is meant to be fun—some might even call it a relaxing and meditative experience. Sometimes it is a treat to get to build on another artist's work with your own creativity. Coloring is the perfect ready-to-go way to tap into your inner artist.
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