Sketching and painting are two of our favorite things to do at Walter Foster. Lately, I've been dedicating myself to pencil practice: making sure I get some sketching time in each day. The pencil is one of the oldest tools in the artist's toolbox, and never before have artists had such an array of pencil styles and colors and mediums available to us.
Drawing a human face can be a daunting task, especially when you're a beginner. The secret is knowing the proper proportions and the anatomy of the human head. This was very intimidating to me as a new art student and now is my favorite thing to draw.
It's funny how our perspectives change as we grow up. As a child, I thought my crayon masterpieces were just as worthy of being hung in a museum as they were of decorating my parents' refrigerator. Years passed, and I willingly retired my crayons for "grown up" mediums like oil and acrylic paints. Even colored pencils and chalk ranked far above those crayons. Mere child's play, I thought.
Doodling For Fashionistas arrives in stores in March! Check out the latest from illustrator and cartoonist Gemma Correll.
Have you ever tangled before? It involves using lines and repetitive patterns to create elaborate works of art.
Mark Daniel Nelson wrote Learn to Paint in Acrylics With 50 Small Paintings because of how small paintings inspire him to strip down the frills and focus on the techniques.
The Jellies exhibit at the Shedd Aquarium in my favorite city of Chicago has been drawing crowds and accolades for years. I've seen that exhibit so many times, and the translucence and mystery of the tiny sea creatures never ceases to amaze me. Jellyfish are such wonders of the sea, the perfect specimens to put to paper.
Meet cartoonist and character artist John Loter, illustrator of Learn to Draw Mickey & Friends Through the Decades. A former character art director for Disney Consumer Products, Loter now works as an independent artist and runs Loter, Inc., a creative design entertainment company, with his wife, Shelley.
Just call them the friendliest shades on the block. Analogous colors sit next to each other on the color wheel, sharing a common color. Basically, they are color neighbors who live together in harmony. The Big Book of Color provides a fresh, fun way to understand how these colors combos unite to make appealing art.
Birthdays, holidays and celebrations - what do all of these things have in common? Cake! Or at least cupcakes or some type of dessert.
Art is defined as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. And as anyone who has experienced the process of creating art knows: art is fun.
Where do you want to take your art this year? This may sound counterintuitive, but let's take it back to the fundamentals.
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