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Meet Lois van Baarle, illustrator, painter, teacher, animator and designing woman!

Every year one individual seems to stand out from the rest -- captivating our interest and admiration. In 2008 it was Luba Lukova; in 2010 it was Jessica Hische; ten years ago it was Nena Anderson -- there are many others, and they all have one thing in common. Beside their extraordinary talent they share a unique perspective of vision along with an entrepreneurial spirit that takes them to the top of their field! Lois van Baarle epitomizes those qualities -- and is our Designing Woman for March 2015! February 25, 2015

Photoshop EASTER Madness

Photoshop Madness for Easter -- everyone likes cute little easter pictures!
* Make a Print Ready Easter Greeting Card from Scratch * Easter Egg in Illustrator 3D * Jelena Jovanovic Easter Art * decorated egg shapes * MORE Easter Eggs * Easter Signs * Easter Eggs * Ainseley duz eggs, chicks and bunnies * and more February 25, 2015

20th Annual Designing Women Celebration One

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March is "Women's History Month" and each year for the past twenty years, we've celebrated with a guided tour of some of the best designing women we could find in the world. Some of these were actually sent in by readers, others were discovered online by staff. . Ladies and gentlemen, we present the 20th Annual Designing Women edition surf 1 :

  • UN Women ad series reveals widespread sexism
  • Hallie McGee ~ Designer + Creative
  • How the Media Failed Women in 2013
  • Nicoz Balboa: Magical Mystery Wood
  • Anita Wasik : Divine Vision
  • Liz Clements : the fine pen
  • Three Designing Women
  • Luci Gutiérrez
  • Ena Cardenal
  • ... and more to come!
February 24, 2015

Easter arts & crafts: April fun for kids of all ages

In time for spring is this collection of art files you can download for fun, learning or even creative idea starters! The sample files -- all nicely drawn! All these come from the superb Dover books, and all of these are very inexpensive books! Have fun, happy Easter! February 24, 2015

Women's History : the heart, art and design of Women Illustrators

Celebrating Women's History Month won't be complete without taking a look at some of the spectacular work created by women in the art and publishing world. Many of us were raised on these illustrations. A whole generation enjoyed books and reading as the favored diversion -- there were no TVs, computers or other visual medias. Enjoy these samples from the book! February 23, 2015

Design Bookshelf : Marilyn, August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos

Dover passed along this book right at the right time -- our 20th Annual Designing Women edition! Marilyn Monroe was an icon of the silver screen picture era, and what a great addition to this year's "Women's History" month celebration . . . sample photos, and a lot more in the Bookshelf February 21, 2015

Creative Tidbits #187: March Madness & Designing Women

Fred Showker's Creative Update

For the 20th March, welcome to the first Designing Women edition of 2015. Where do you find creative inspiration? Watching others in the creative processes is the best way to get those creative juices flowing. I thought we would get started a little early because there's so much content to cover. :

  • Kemistry's Graham McCallum on 100 years of design changing technology
  • 16 Iconic Creations by Architecture and Design Power Couples
  • Designing Women: designer becomes top creative 'crowdsourcer'
  • This is beading on steroids ... down south of the border
  • The Military’s Graphic Design War On Venereal Disease
  • Designing Women: New school design and website ...
  • The works of Jean Jullien ... an interview
  • When Harry Met Sally Met Graphic Design
  • 12000 free outline icons
  • ... and more !
February 19, 2015

Your next favorite drawing program may very well be Candy Apple!

You've got to be pretty innovative to challenge the Adobe borg, but I'm hearing from lots and lots of people that Candy Apple has now become their favorite art app. February 18, 2015

Amazing visions of snow sculptures from all around the frozen parts of the world

It's winter, and many places around the world are being covered by snow. In parts of the North American continent, they're being covered with blanket after blanket after blanket of record-breaking snowfall. Many places turn that event into a fun event by building snow sculptures. February 17, 2015

Awesome video effects roar your way in the Magic Bullet Suite 12

If you're creating video on a scale higher than a hobby, you're going to go ballistic over the new Magic Bullet Suite 12. I've gathered some killer image captures that show some of these effects, and I'll link you to a full demo movie! If you're serious about video excellence, you need this! February 16, 2015