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Creative Illustration & Beyond: Inspiring tips, techniques, and ideas for transforming doodled designs into whimsical artistic illustrations and mixed-media projects (Creative...and Beyond) Paperback – November 15, 2013

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About the Author

Painter, illustrator, and graphic designer Stephanie Corfee is the author of three books on art and illustration, all published by Walter Foster: Fashion Design Workshop (7/11), Creative Doodling & Beyond (12/11), and Creative Illustration & Beyond (11/13). She has licensed her artwork for use on children's wall decor, apparel, home goods, and other products to such clients as Lil Blue Boo, Oopsy Daisy, and Target, and sells commissioned artwork, prints of her illustrations, and one-of-a-kind accessories online. Stephanie also offers tutorials, downloads, and online workshops on her website/blog, StephanieCorfee.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: Creative...and Beyond
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing; Act Csm edition (November 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600583725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600583728
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.6 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

From the Publisher

How to doodle a butterfly

how to illustrate a butterfly

Creative Illustration & Beyond by Stephanie Corfee

An illustration is a picture that communicates, and an illustrator is a person who tells a story with pictures. There is much debate over whether illustration is an art form unto itself. I say, 'yes!'

Artist's Tip

When an idea strikes it's best to jot it down right away or do a quick study sketch for reference. Just as writers record story topics and keep notes, artists maintain visual journals of images to spark their creativity. Fill yours with quick sketches, gesture drawing, words, phrases, doodles, and any other images that pop into your mind. On days when creative juices are not flowing like they should, these treasure troves of material will save you. Once you add to them over time, visual journals can be a brilliant documentation of your ever-evolving style and technique.

A butterfly is the perfect subject for practicing intricate designs. Follow the steps below to create your own whimsically patterned butterfly wings

  • Step 1: Draw the largest shapes around the inside perimeter of the wings.
  • Step 2: Add intricate designs of your choosing.
  • Step 3: Continue to add more detail until you are satisfied with your results.
  • Step 4: Complete your wings with color!

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By Chandler #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on December 31, 2013
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I was looking for inspiring ideas to add interesting details to my drawings and I looked through the "see inside this book" feature and saw things to inspire me. Unfortunately, opening the actual book once I got it was quite different.

The little cartoon girl on the front is more the focus of the book: it is mostly focused on doing cute children, a fox housewife, a fish putting on lipstick, a cartoon cat in a tutu, a frog playing a guitar, teddy bears, etc. but all in cartoon style. Not my style at all...and I have no kids which I feel is the main focus here: doing cute kid's drawings.

Too, there could have been so much more done here: Many pages are mostly white space with just 3 or 4 flowers, and then tons of totally blank pages. While it's said this is for you to practice, I wish the space had been utilized with more tips and inspiring ideas in other styles. For example, I like this way this artist does her organic shapes: the leaves, the flowing doodles. I like her watercolors and her borders. I found it odd to use whole pages for things like: sign your name as if you are a librarian, sign your name as if you are a rockstar, sign your name as if you were a teenager, a kindergartner, a teacher...there seemed to be lots of space fillers.

I did pick up some new tips and reminders of things I'd forgotten...I had, for example, not used graphite paper for ages and she mentioned using it for tracing and that is a great tip when transferring really detailed designs or sketching quickly. So, don't get me wrong, there are a few tips in here but it left me wanting more for sure...more variety, less silly cute.

I think this would be a fantastic book for a teen or pre-teen girl interested in drawing, however.
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The book is ok but my interpretation of the writeup was that it was "inspiring tips, techniques, and ideas…" but it focuses more on a pre-teen, cutesy-girlie esthetic. Not what I was looking for.
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After I learned Zentangle, I have been on a tear with other different art/illustration books. This one has given me a great deal of ideas, inspiration, and hours of fun. From flowers, to alphabets, an adorable ostrich (I had a lot of fun creating my own version of that, and even mandalas - this book will keep you busy creating. I am attaching a photo of a mandala project inspired by the book...
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I'm sooo disappointed. I read the other reviews and didn't take their word for it. I know people can just be hard in reviews. There are some ideas but just no real direction. It would be like me showing you a picture I drew and telling you" hey hey out some water colors and pens and now you do it"
I really wanted some fun illustration "eduction" nothing hard core but some actual lessons would have been amazing.
Plus all the blank pages are RIDICULOUS!! I have plenty of paper that I actually enjoy drawing on, I don't need blank space in a book, that could have, quite frankly used the pages to have improved on the lessons.
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Not quite what I expected after I looked inside, but on a very snowy day when the kids were inside and grumpy, I got it out with some markers and paper and told them to be creative. They had a fun afternoon using the book. For an adult, probably more for someone who journals.
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If you are a beginner to doodling, this is a good book to have. There are simple doodles in this book, nothing too difficult. I was looking for something simple because I'm not a person that can draw, I just wanted something that I could use for my own personal journal.
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This is a MUST read for any creative! Fun to read, thought provoking, and inspirational. Beautifully written and illustrated. So many great tips and techniques. As a budding illustrator I HIGHLY recommend this book and Stephanie's other book Creative Doodling & Beyond.

The book is so gorgeous and quirky that it's an absolute delight to read. I truly hope for a 3rd book & Beyond!
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And I think if you have kids and they are wanting to explore their creative side - this is an excellent book because there are so many different little projects on what to sketch and create. Their school notes would probably become a lot more interesting (which helps them learn and stay engaged) AND their sketch books, if they had them would open up as well. (I teach art to teens as well paint professionally.) If they are in a Montessori type school where they create their own school books from lessons - this would be a GREAT book to help them bring their pages to life. (Although it is more girl focused than guy - so take that into consideration.)

This book is great because you can do a sketch project from one of the pages for 15 minutes at a time - or you could spend hours on one page - making that topic more "yours" it's up to you.

I would recommend this book to anyone who's looking to just get inspired creatively. If you already are a professional artist or someone who has been creating art for many years it may not be for you - unless you are looking to do something completely different, fun and light hearted to just get yourself out of a creative rut. Or looking to stretch your brain into something fun if you haven't sketched in a while and want a simple way to get that part of your brain moving again. To figure that out - just take a peak inside the book using the Look Inside feature, and you should know quickly if it is for you or not.
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