"Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies." --Gene Hill
"The written word can inspire the visual art-making process." -Heather Smith Jones
"Doodling is a carefree, relaxing style of illustration that can add whimsy to your artwork. Repeating patterns can help convey a theme or jazz up an existing design, but they are also wonderful as standalone projects." -Stephanie Corfee
It is always a treat to look through the vintage Walter T. Foster archives, and this use of color and texture has us feeling inspired to try a few different techniques for creating pattern and depth in our paintings.
Sometimes as artists we can use a little inspiration to try a new style, a new technique, or perhaps simply to step out into a new color scheme.
Shadow casting is one of the rendering processes. Every artist and designer will benefit from an understanding of how a certain shadow is shaped depending on the movement or location of a light source.
Photographs can be beautiful inspiration for pencil drawings. An artist can choose to render the exact image or change the subject composition as needed. Pencil Drawing Step by Step by Cynthia Knox offers lessons for mastering the art of drawing in graphite pencil.
Sometimes it takes some tasty treats to convince your furry family members to sit still for that perfect portrait shot. Homemade treats can be a fun and healthy way to reward your pets for a sucessful modeling session.
"What art offers is space—a certain breathing room for the spirit." -John Updike
The Color Mix
I consider myself a bit of an expert when it comes to knowing and naming colors, shades and hues, but this one always stands out for me – alizarin crimson. How delicious does that sound?
"To create a little magic, all you need is a piece of paper, a pencil, and your imagination!"
Vintage Walter T. Foster books have an incredible aura of nostalgia about them. Their instructions are incredibly succinct, and often the images themselves are the focus of the lessons instead of written descriptions.
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