Art Starts In The Heart: Creative projects and inspirational ideas for learning to MAKE EXPRESSIVE, MINDFUL ART
Art Starts In The Heart: Creative projects and inspirational ideas for learning to make EXPRESSIVE, MINDFUL ART by Erin McManness
This is a very fun book that accomplished what it set out to do, inspire. I have always loved to draw especially with different pens, from old fashioned ink dipping to various types of more traditional pens. The beginning of the book starts with various pens, pencils, markers, paints, and brushes that the author recommends. Not surprisingly, I already own many of them. Thanks to the basic instructions in this book, I learned that I wasn't using one of the types of pens I have correctly. I have a much better appreciation for those pens now that I am finally using them properly.
In this book the author shows some techniques using pens and pencils. She also shows super basic lettering techniques. If you are into calligraphy, you'll want to get a book on calligraphy, don't look for that here. She then moves on to using colors. I really enjoyed seeing the different shading effects, how to combine things like colored pencils along with ink or combining marker and watercolor. Speaking of watercolor, this is something I haven't bothered with in many years. I'm sorry I let it fall by the wayside. Out of all the various media, I am exploring working with watercolors once again thanks to this book.
If you would like to get your feet wet with digital techniques she shows the basics of how to do so utilizing a scanner and Photoshop. She also give basic instructions on how to create layouts, how to frame, how to do a portrait (human and pet), and folk art.
If you go into this book thinking of it more as an inspirational art journal, you should be more than pleased. The last half of the book is designed to get your creative juices flowing and get you putting pen or brush to paper. There are a lot of guided pages with plenty of room with suggestions for you to put to paper.
Overall, I am very happy with it.
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