From the Art Nouveau period, famous fables and tales were enjoying a true revival, and of course those books had to have cover illustrations and plates that would tell the story. These artists have delighted a dozen generations -- yet their work seems as fresh and inviting as it did the day the books hit the shelves. These were some of the leaders of the "golden age of illustration" -- Please enjoy these from Arthur Rackham, Warwick Goble, Kay Nielsen, Edmund Dulac and Willy Pogány November 30, 2014
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There's lots of fun awaiting you in the discovery of snowflakes as an art. Yes, paper folding, cutting and decorating is not just fun but inspirational as well. Here's my holiday list of inexpensive books ... plus a Video to get those creative juices flowing:
- Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars: 75 Exquisite Paper Designs to Fold, Cut, and Curl
- Snowflakes for all Seasons: 72 Fold & Cut Paper Snowflakes
- Easy-to-Make Decorative Paper Snowflakes
- Rocky Mountain Snowflakes, New Edition
- Snowflakes: Creative Paper Cutouts
- Snowflake Origami: They Sparkle!
- Make Your Own Paper Snowflakes
- ... and more!
We don't often show such juvinile stuff, but really, this is some fun stuff. You may not get any graphic arts benefits from these at all -- but you will have a great time, and some laughs with the kids! The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Coloring and Activity Book Creative Haven Vintage Christmas Greetings Coloring Book Make Your Own Paper Snowflakes Chanukah Coloring Book A Christmas Treasury
... and more! November 20, 2014
There's really nothing better than hand-made art, and the holidays is the perfect time to get your hands dirty and make some cool stuff! Right! So, I'd like to get you fired up to make some art! You can get started on these: Christmas Holiday Origami Christmas Crafts Fun Kit Make Your Own Greeting Cards Claus Kids Christmas Coloring Book
And, I'll share full sized samples from each! November 13, 2014
Probably one of the most fun things we do each year is go hunting for fun and visual inspiration -- the arts and crafts for the holiday. Take a break from your serious design and romp through some kids stuff! So, I'd like to introduce you to these low cost creations :: Christmas Stained Glass Coloring Book The Spirits of Christmas Stained Glass Coloring Book 12 Days of Christmas Coloring Book 3-D Coloring Book - Here Comes Santa Claus!
And, I'll share full sized samples from each! November 8, 2014
Working our way to the holidays, we're on the look-out for gift ideas for graphic designers, photographers and creatives. A good choice would be any of the Scott Kelby books ... or the entire set:
- The Photoshop Elements 12 Book for Digital Photographers
- The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers
- The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes
- Adobe Photoshop for Lightroom Users
- The entire boxed set of FOUR books!
- . . . and more!
Thanksgiving is upon us, and these images have a lot of creative input. When they're from Dover, you also can be sure they are copyright screened. They are so low cost, you almost cannot afford not to get them -- specially now that they're all on CD! Enjoy! October 29, 2014
You don't get this opportunity very often, so you have to take advantage while you can. Dan Winters' Road To Seeing is a monumental work of contemporary photography that everyone who handles a camera needs to see. This is not only a visual testament to the photographic art, it will become a collectors treasure. Be aware: it will not be available for long in this hardbound format. October 29, 2014
Illustrated in a classic style, with a broad brush, this graphic novel goes after some strong stuff and ends up with a mighty strong tale! Aside the graphic tale, illustrators and visual communicators will have a ball with this new graphic novel from Daniel Boyd! October 27, 2014
Marty Neumeier's new book is a thought-provoking quick start guide to creative brilliance -- and I want to recommend it for anyone who wants to brighten their creative thinking prowess. Read it once. Reade it twice. Use lots of Post-it notes to mark passages ... I guarantee you'll want them again and again! October 22, 2014