Knowing the color wheel can really make a difference in your art work. By using colors that are next to each other on the color wheel you are able to create a mood for your piece. When you use opposite colors (also known as complimentary colors) on the color wheel, you are able to really make things "pop." Also, knowing what colors we can mix to make new colors can be very helpful.
For watercolor artist Peggi Habets, drawing and painting have been a part of her life since childhood. After studying graphic design in college and working as a designer and art director for 15 years, Peggi decided to return to her original passion—fine art.
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.
Last month we offered a sneak peek of Fashion Design Lookbook, publishing next month, and we are so excited about this title that we couldn't wait until October to give you another look inside. Enjoy a taste of some of the materials and tools crucial to the fashion artist and illustrator.
"Don't grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach." Michelle Held
"The earth laughs in flowers." Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Color Mix
"All the other colors are just colors, but purple seems to have a soul. Purple is not just a noun and an adjective but also a verb - when you look at it, it's looking back at you." -Uniek Swain
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.
Here's a glimpse into a lesson on painting elephants in acrylic from The Art of Painting in Acrylic!
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