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Lots of inspiration for you this month as you return to the drawing board from a hot, busy summer!

First, view the incredible winners of our Wild Cat Art Challenge sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama and judged by France Baudiun. Next, improve your portraits with Sarah Holtby, who has mastered proportions in her larger-than-life pieces and shares her techniques with you.

Featured portrait artist Margaret Minardi creates large-scale works in a signature style to include bright patterns and dramatic lighting. Read more and view her amazing work.

Guest instructor Elisabetta De Maria put together a wonderful workshop for you to create the colorful red-billed leiothrix bird on Pastelmat, while Mandy Peltier helps you select the perfect colors to create the right hues for your next piece. Then, Laura Airey Le of Gray Ghost Creations takes us through a fun step-by-step of a beetle and daisies.

In our Quarto Book of the Month, Drawing Tools & Materials, we include an excerpt by author Elizabeth T. Gilbert on drawing concepts with four ways to transfer an image to your surface. Subscribers are automatically entered to win!

Reminder, this is the last month to enter our 2022 Annual Art Competition with fantastic prizes from Blick, Caran d’Ache, and Legion Paper. Selected by esteemed artist Julie Freeman. If you are a subscriber, you get one free entry, so get your art submitted and into our gallery by October 1st. Good luck!


Sally Robertson

August 2022
August Issue

Thank you to this month’s sponsors:

 Blick Art Materials  | Caran d’AcheDerwent Art 
Jerry’s Artarama  |  Legion Paper | Quarto Publishing