Thinking in Icons

Icons have become such a ubiquitous way of life for most of us, that we don’t often think about them. And the point is, we shouldn’t, unless they misguide us or leave us confused. In Felix Sockwell’s new book, Thinking in Icons, he walks readers through the process of designing icons and the subtle nuances […]

Andrea D’Aquino on Illustrating Alice in Wonderland

Andrea D’Aquino’s illustrative ramblings run the gamut from watercolor to collage to everything in between, and it’s perhaps because of this cataclysmic range that she was chosen to illustrate this fantastic tale of two worlds for Rockport Publishers for its Classics Reimagined series. We go down the Rabbit Hole with D’Aquino, as she talks about […]

Sharp, Sharper, Sharpiest: Timothy Goodman

Timothy Goodman is the author of Sharpie Art Workshop, a creative exploration of drawing anywhere, any time, on any surface using a Sharpie™ marker. Co-designed by Dan Blackman, Goodman shares EZ exercises and steps that can bring out the creative artist in anyone. The book includes the work of 22 talented artists and designers, especially women, a deliberate choice that Goodman explains: […]

Adult Coloring Books Relieve Stress

Oommm.  Relax with a … coloring book? Yes. Coloring books for adults are the new rage in publishing here in the United States, but in other countries, such as France, they’ve been more popular than cookbooks in recent years. Why, you ask? As many people can attest, coloring is therapeutic—it’s a way for adults to […]

Five Exercises That Will Turn Anyone Into an Artist

Whitney Sherman is an award-winning illustrator and director of the MFA in Illustration Practice at Maryland Institute College of Art. She is also author of Playing with Sketches, 50 creative exercises for designers and artists (Rockport Publishers). We asked Sherman for advice on how to get over the drawing hurdle many of us are afraid […]

The Coloring Book Grows Up

Searching for novel gifts for creative colleagues? Looking for a fun activity to kick off your next staff meeting? Miss playing with crayons? This adult coloring book collection is for you. As a kid, I loved getting a new box of crayons and trying out each color to see how it looked on paper. Coloring […]

Handlettering Gymnastics

I’ve become obsessed with handlettering lately. It’s more prevalent than ever, appearing in advertisements, packaging, signage and more. With incredible detail and draughtsmanship at its finest, these artists are in high demand, giving each project a one-of-a-kind look. The five artists featured here are forging new ground in the lettering category using a variety of […]