Art Techniques, Artist Gems, Thank You

Artist Gems for June 24

About Art of Others

I’ve been searching for other artist bloggers as a way to expand my thinking.

I write about these artists I’ve discovered in my blogging and artistic journey: Artist Gems. Take a look to view and enjoy their work.

Perhaps you’ll find a new style, a little technique, an inspiration through the ripple effect when we appreciate and observe others at their best and as they share while they develop their work. When artists create, their work influences others: the work stirs the emotions, reflects the community and events of the day, and inspires a response, perhaps even in the viewers’ own art.

Every other week I’m pleasantly surprised by what I find– I hope your enjoy these picks.

This weeks artists are all share a whimsical style that I love. I hope you learn from and follow each of them.

Artist Gems for June 24, 2021

Diana McDermott

Website: Diana McDermott

As mentioned in yesterday’s warm up, Diana McDermitt’s My McDoodle’s work is whimsical and cheerful. Every thing she creates has an element of magical fun. Each illustration has a focus and the details draw you around the image to create the illusion she wants you to see.

Her blog offers challenges and insights with examples of sketches and her lovely illustrations to inspire you. She also provides tips— I love this one about “5 Simple Ways to Use Your Unique Repeat Patterns”— great ideas for all of us learning about patterns. She even sponsored a pattern challenge with a video on polka dot patterns.

Take a look at how a whimsical style can fill up a life with so many shared and created delights.

Diana McDermott / MyMcDoodle Sites:

Sam Rudd

Website: Sam Rudd

I guess I’m attracted to whimsy— here’s another wonderful artist whose work is gentle and welcoming. Her portfolio is filled with a delightful mosaic of enchanting creatures and patterns. I’m sure you will be inspired by her work and book illustrations.

If you’re hesitant about the possibilities for a whimsical style, just take a look at her portfolio— click anything her home page to see more. I did not find a a blog, but I did find a fun “things to do” page for your enjoyment of her art.

Take a look around at her style of illustration– you will learn about color, collage, fonts, patterns, and more that feature her critters and characters. It’s hard to stop looking!

Sam Rudd Sites:

George Sweetland

Website: George Sweetland

Another delightfully whimsical illustrator is George Sweetland. In each image, the characters are illuminated by the setting and we are drawn into a story we did not know was there until George showed it to us. I love that he uses his art to teach science — weather and space and more.

And— as book illustrator, that whimsical style is tied closely to the text— giving picture books a boost of imagery to match the words.

And, for those of you with visions of more, take a look at his “mock” book covers. He’s got more stories ready to burst into being. Which would you like to read? 

Do take a look his work– it’s a wonderful example of how art can expand the knowledge of its viewers– for young and old.

George Sweetland’s Sites

So Take a look!

Again I’ve found those who create art with heart– artists who share their style with visuals their beautiful work.

I discovered ways to be loose and whimsical, to add just the right imagery to ideas and text, and art can teach through its illustration.

I hope you enjoy their work and learn a bit more from them, as I have. I appreciate and thank them for sharing their journey– a little ripple effect that improves the world, which is something that is much needed in these times today.

Take a look– I’m sure you’ll agree, each of these artists create with the heart first!

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