• What Is a Comic Book and What Are Its Main Features?

    What Is a Comic Book and What Are Its Main Features?

    We look at the features and uses of this popular narrative format made up of pictures and words If you want to tell a story, you can be really experimental using a comic format. You can write humor, social commentary, or fantasy, and even tell secrets. You can fit all sorts of genres and ideas into a comic if you know how to exploit it. To evaluate all these possibilities, it is important to understand what exactly is a comic, and what are the main elements it consists of. Once we know this, we can start to structure and organize our messages on the strips. Illustrator and artist Sol Díaz Castillo (@soldiazcastillo) is an expert and explains some of the essential technical notions.

  • What Is Kawaii art, Japan’s Culture of Cuteness?

    What Is Kawaii art, Japan’s Culture of Cuteness?

    Discover the power of cute and the secret formula behind Japanese kawaii adorable illustration characters The concept of kawaii was born in Japan during the 60s. In just a couple of decades, this idea of "adorability" has spread to all corners of the world, attracting legions of fans. It is difficult to resist smiling at the perfectly designed features of a kawaii illustration but, what does kawaii exactly mean? We spoke to Azul Piñeiro and Carlos Higuera, two designers and illustrators specialized in kawaii illustration and founders of Estudio Kudasai (@estudiokudasai), to learn more about the origin of this term and above all, what is the formula to create kawaii —or extremely lovable— characters.

  • 12 Online Courses For Creating Books for Children and Young People

    12 Online Courses For Creating Books for Children and Young People

    Learn how to write and illustrate engaging stories for children and young adults with our experts Children and teenagers know what they want to find in a book: adventure, fantasy, humor, originality, and many surprise elements to escape from boredom. If you are an author searching for a young audience, you’ll need to create that magic, both with words and illustrations. So, if you want to publish a book, you’ll need to master several techniques and work on a whole set of elements: plot, characters, language, and images. But, keep your eyes on the prize: your work will bring them enjoyment and excitement, and above all, will make them think.

  • 21 Free Photoshop Illustration Brushes

    21 Free Photoshop Illustration Brushes

    Gain speed and ease in illustration by practicing with this series of brushes in different types of exercises In illustration, the first years are essential to gain ease and confidence. The illustrator Del Hambre (@del_hambre) knows this well. He has spent more than 15 years professionally dedicated to this world. Practicing so that your works are unique is the most important thing. Del Hambre, who draws every Sunday in El País newspaper, recommends you put on daily routines with exercises of all kinds. In addition, he also provides you with a series of 21 brushes for Photoshop. The goal is for you to learn to draw immediately and without thinking too much, something that is only achieved when you feel confident illustrating.

  • Watercolor Tutorial: How to Create Shadow Using Color Theory

    Watercolor Tutorial: How to Create Shadow Using Color Theory

    Learn the basics of using Color Theory to create shadow in watercolor for beginners, with Sarah Stokes Sarah Stokes is a watercolor artist based in Worcestershire, UK. Known for her animal paintings, she uses tone and shadow to create movement, definition and texture in her work. When working with color like Sarah, Color Theory is a great tool to use as it illustrates the relationship between primary, secondary and tertiary colors and how to use them together. The color theory tells us that by adding a complimentary color to a base color, we can create a darker, more neutral shade, and dull the original base color down. This new shade can then be used to aid composition, depth and balance when applied as a color to create shadow. In this beginner's tutorial, Sarah Stokes explains how to use a color wheel to find the complimentary color to your base color, and how to create a muddier version of this shade to add shadow.

  • How to Combine Watercolor and Oil to Get the Best Results
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    How to Combine Watercolor and Oil to Get the Best Results

    Ale Casanova explains how to improve your creations by combining watercolor and oil painting techniques Ale Casanova (@casanova_ale) is a painter and teacher with a degree in fine art. He works mainly with oil paints and watercolor to create striking portraits and nudes. His work has been exhibited in cities across Spain and Europe and has enabled him to build a career as a teacher, carry out workshops around Spain, and develop a technique where color and light become focal points in his paintings. In this exclusive tutorial for the PRO community, Ale challenges what we have always been told: we shouldn’t mix watercolor paints with oil paints given that they are oil- and water-based. He shows us how to combine these seemingly opposing techniques. How? Using an intermediary element. The painter guides us through his process so that we too can mix these techniques and use them to our advantage, no matter our level. He shares tips and helps us to discover new uses for our paints that will give us unexpected results.

  • Free E-Book: 100 Creative illustrations By Weberson Santiago

    Free E-Book: 100 Creative illustrations By Weberson Santiago

    ArtBook features vibrant designs by an illustrator who specializes in children’s illustration Aside from lots of practice, illustration is a creative process that requires a vast library of references and influences. It is only then that an illustrator will be able to develop their own style and succeed in capturing our attention with lines and colors. Weberson Santiago (@webersonsantiago) is an illustrator, writer, and teacher who has published several projects and books for children since the beginning of his career. He has worked with major Brazilian and Portuguese publishers, as well as Veja magazine and Folha de S.Paulo newspaper.

  •  7000 Free Watercolors of Fruits and Vegetables

    7000 Free Watercolors of Fruits and Vegetables

    Be inspired by these 100-year-old watercolor paintings from the U.S. Department of Agriculture archives If you like to paint fruit and vegetables in watercolor, you will be inspired by the Pomological Watercolors collection. This digital archive, created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at the end of the 19th century, includes a collection of 7497 paintings, mainly watercolors and lithographs, that you can download for free. Each watercolor includes the year and author of the painting and the scientific and common names of the fruit, vegetable, or plant depicted. The collection is a brilliant source of inspiration and a great reference to help you create a mood board during your creative process. Read on to find out more about this list and how it came to be.

  • The 6 Most Expensive Comics in the World

    The 6 Most Expensive Comics in the World

    Check out original artwork and first editions of comics that have sold for over a million dollars each The current NFT craze (NFTs are collectible certificates that certify the authenticity and exclusivity of a digital artwork, some of which have been selling for tens of millions of dollars over recent months) grew out of the obsession humans have with owning something unique and special. This, of course, also applies in the world of physical art. In January, the 1936 original Tintin cover for The Blue Lotus–the fifth volume in the legendary comic book series created by Belgian writer and illustrator Hergé–sold for $3.84 million. The drawing–painted in gouache, watercolor, and Indian ink–is a much more elaborate version of the final printed cover, including Chinese characters, textures, and other details that were eventually removed. Hergé gave it to the seven-year-old son of his editor at the time, Jean-Paul Casterman, as a gift. It remained "forgotten" in a drawer for decades until it was discovered in the 1980s.

  • 5 Bullet Journals Accounts that Will Inspire Your Work

    5 Bullet Journals Accounts that Will Inspire Your Work

    Discover some inspiring bullet journal approaches to help you organize your life creatively Bullet journaling is a simple and creative way to help you organize your life. They are also a powerful tool for mindfulness and help you channel your creativity while keeping you centered, grounded, and productive. Annie Weir (@_a_journal_by_annie) is a Scottish artist who specializes in bullet journaling, a craft she discovered by chance on Instagram. Her background is in graphic design, which is where she learned that you could combine words, lettering, and images together on a page to create something striking and meaningful. Bullet journaling turned out to be another happy space for her love of lettering, illustration, and art, so much that she decided to start sharing it online in 2017. She created her first Instagram account, @ajournalbyannie, and quickly became one of the leading voices in the bullet-journaling online community.

  • Free Guide: How to Draw the Oblique Projection Perspective

    Free Guide: How to Draw the Oblique Projection Perspective

    Do you want to add volume to your drawings using a simple perspective method? Check out this guide Mattias Adolfsson (@mattiasadolfsson) creates illustrations for magazines like The New Yorker, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times, and animation studios like Nickelodeon, Dreamworks, and Disney. His artwork is filled with playful characters and detailed objects. His sketches are intricate, yet he manages to create harmonious and balanced compositions that invite the viewers to observe each little detail up close. Mattias found inspiration in Chinese art and oblique proportion perspective to help him achieve volume in his drawings.

  • 10 Online Courses For Getting Creative with Botany

    10 Online Courses For Getting Creative with Botany

    Explore the creative possibilities of botany with our experts in illustration, embroidery, and flower pressing Botany has always provided artists with endless inspiration. Whatever your discipline of choice, capturing the beauty of nature is one of the greatest creative challenges you can set yourself. If you like to observe nature’s textures, colors, and shapes, let them inspire you to start creating with your hands. In the following list, you will discover ten online botany courses for beginners exploring illustration techniques, embroidery, and printing on paper or textiles. If you like drawing, you will also find a sketchbook course. For those looking to go a step further, you can even try your hand at designing flower and plant-inspired tattoos. Basic Botanical Pressing Techniques, a course by Happy Green Family Would you like to create unique botanical compositions with flowers? In this course, Camila will introduce you to the world of herbaria and teach you about the history of this practice. You will then learn how to collect and preserve plants and try out different pressing techniques to create a page separator or a picture. The founder of Happy Green Family–a botanical laboratory focused on creativity–will encourage you to embrace her passion for plants and what you can do with them.

  • Photoshop Free Guide: How to Create a Botanical Illustration Pattern

    Photoshop Free Guide: How to Create a Botanical Illustration Pattern

    Do you want to learn how to create a pattern with your illustrations in Photoshop? Check out this guide shared by Lapin Nowadays, it is super easy to print your drawings on fabric and other surfaces through various online platforms. botanical illustrations are a perfect subject for this type of activity. Urban sketcher and illustrator Lapin (@lapinbarcelona) believes you can find peace in the rush of everyday life by drawing the plants and flowers around you. He believes drawing from observation is a great way to develop creativity and mindfulness. You can turn your watercolor sketches of your favorite plants and flowers into beautiful botanical compositions to replicate as a surface pattern in Photoshop.

  • Willian Santiago Will Always Be Remembered with a Smile

    Willian Santiago Will Always Be Remembered with a Smile

    A tribute to illustrator and Domestika teacher Willian Santiago from the team who collaborated with him on his course We always smile whenever we see photos from Willian Santiago's Domestika course. They stir up powerful memories. To create his course, Willian set off from Londrina in Brazil and took a plane for the first time, crossing the Atlantic and landing in Madrid, bursting with excitement. He wanted to share everything he knew about illustration generously and gently.

  • Drawing Tutorial: how to make an illustrated map in 10 steps

    Drawing Tutorial: how to make an illustrated map in 10 steps

    Learn how to draw a map in a few steps and in a simple way, with Stef Maden. Creating an illustrated map can be a great way of bringing a city to life as well as a wonderful way of remembering your favorite place. Illustrator Stef Maden (@stefmaden) has worked with clients such as Sainsbury’s, Hallmark, and Tesco. She loves to travel and create maps of places she’s been, using illustration to help capture the essence of each place. In this step-by-step guide, she shows you how to create your own illustrated map using Photoshop.

  • Free Fashion Poses Templates

    Free Fashion Poses Templates

    Do you want to draw expressive poses for your fashion illustrations? Check out this guide shared by Connie Lim There is an explosion of creativity in the fashion illustration industry and many illustrators take inspiration from fashion runways and editorials to create striking visual expressions through drawing and painting. Fashion illustrator Connie Lim (@_connielim_) combines traditional drawing techniques with a more experimental approach using mixed media to create exciting fashion illustrations. Using an editorial reference as a starting point, Connie follows unique processes to achieve the perfect pose and style of her illustrated fashion figures.

  • 5 Anatomy Books to Improve Your Figure Drawing

    5 Anatomy Books to Improve Your Figure Drawing

    Discover some invaluable resources to help you when drawing the human figure Human anatomy is undoubtedly complex, and studying it is an activity that deserves years and years of commitment. Like all complex things, it needs to be broken down to be more easily understood. Studying artistic anatomy books routinely is key to a figurative artist's practice. Understanding how human anatomy works is essential to strong, powerful figure drawing. It improves the ability to represent the human figure and contributes to creating successful dynamic figure drawing. Artist Shane Wolf (@shane_wolf) has dedicated over ten years to exploring and experimenting with the art of figure drawing. Hailing from the US, where he graduated as a graphic designer, he soon realized that his true calling was to explore his inner artist with unwavering determination. He set off to Florence, Italy, where he studied at the Angel Academy of Art and is now a professional painter working from his studio in Paris, where he experiments and seeks to express the depth of humanity through his art.