Many children are drawn to art right from the start. I can remember both of my daughters being in awe the first time their chubby hands gripped a crayon and made scribbles on a blank sheet of paper. There was wonderment in their eyes when the first bright drops of paint from their paintbrushes dripped onto an empty canvas. Making art can be a joyful, soothing, and adventurous experience for children of all ages.
In the Studio
Meet talented artist Jennifer McCully—author of Walter Foster's upcoming publication ARTrageous—and get a glimpse into her creative workspace!
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.
Australian artist Jane Davenport is the talented author of Drawing & Painting Beautiful Faces. Her advice is both simple and inspiring. "Draw happy," she encourages. Simply flipping through the pages of her book inspires a happy and creative energy. It's easy to see that she uses her joy to depict the most fun, free, and full of life portraits imaginable.
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.
As much as I think I would like to live in a tropical paradise all year round, there is something special about all four seasons: the newness of spring, the hot summer nights, the crisp, back to school feeling of fall, and the bundled up by the fire feeling of winter. I don't think I could give any of them up. And the lovely thing about art is that you can paint any season at any time, regardless of what the weather might be doing outside your windows.
For centuries nature and animals have been some of the most popular subjects in art, from landscapes to hunting scenes to pet portraits. Many artists find that creating a life-like texture in watercolor, especially when rendering animal fur, can be a difficult process to master.
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.
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.
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