drawing

Andy Warhol's Attraction to Herbert Bayer's Lips

When Alexey Brodovitch was art directing Harper’s Bazaar, he ran a striking cover by Herbert Bayer for its 1940 “College Fashions” issue. A three-quarter view photo of a woman’s face is duplicated in two rows of four: a clear newsstand eye-catcher. Brodovitch went on to commission an up-and-coming illustrator named Andy Warhol for several...

Improve Your Design Through Drawing: Von Glitschka on an Essential Creative Habit

The ability to draw well is no longer a necessity for most design professionals, but that doesn’t mean that drawing isn’t still a useful and even essential way to generate new ideas and break creative blocks. Indeed, according to the “illustrative designer” Von Glitschka—who has worked for Microsoft, Pepsi, General Motors, and Major League Baseball, among...

It's National Drawing Night

Drawing is the essential language and skill of visual art, regardless of medium. Tonight let’s celebrate drawing as skill and technique, expression and creation. Here are a few pages from one of my favorite Showcard instruction books. Resources Recommended by Imprint Get Inspired: Color Inspirations Improve Your Design Skills: Creative Workshop Get an inside...

Hand Lettering on the Internet

This summer I went on a relaxing vacation (a new experience for me) and decided to sit on the porch all day and draw letters. Perhaps the years and years I’ve spent in complete awe and jealousy of Steve Powers final built up and I thought, this time, I’m going to do it. I’m...

Today's Obsession: Sholem Krishtalka

Sholem Kristalka’s a young artist I’ve been looking at a lot lately, not just because I like his work (I do, very much) but because I like the way he thinks. His artist’s statement is a lovely short thing, speaking succinctly about who he is and how his work transforms him: I want to...