Let’s enjoy these last days of summer. Did you know that August 2nd is National Coloring Book Day? To celebrate, we decided to include a fun coloring page inside the print issue for you to color. If you get the digital version, go to our website to download your free image. Once you color it, we’d love to have you share for a chance to win three high-quality coloring books from Quarto’s Chartwell series. Of course, you can also win the Book of the Month Illustration School just by subscribing.

This issue is all about illustration, starting with our featured artist Chris Sheban. He is an incredible professional children’s book illustrator. You will enjoy reading about his journey and viewing his work.

We were so excited to find Bee Dez and the lovely characters she creates for her daughters’ lunch boxes that are now shared all over the internet. Next, Sandi Johnson is a fantasy artist who describes her work as imaginative realism. Find out what her favorite supplies are and why.

Get ready for a refreshing workshop by Gemma Chambers, then learn how to get the best photos of your art by our expert, Mandy Peltier.

We also have lots of your art to share as we look at some of our favorite entries from the “Lasso the Loot Bag Giveaway”, where we asked you to share your Western art. Our gallery is packed with exciting pieces from the Latest & Greatest from our readers, and we even have a great story in our Show and Tell this month from Reanne House, who pays tribute to an animal that is under threat of extinction.

We can’t wait to see what you will enter for the 2023 Annual Art Competition. You have until October 1st.
Good luck!

Sally Robertson

August 2022
August Issue

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