Playful Painting (Paperback)

People: Whimsical projects and clever techniques for painting any likeness--from family and friends to the rich and famous

By Sarah Walsh

Walter Foster Publishing, 9781633224698, 144pp.

Publication Date: August 7, 2018

List Price: 21.95*
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Playful Painting: People offers a quirky take on portrait instruction. Sharpen your skills with 16 step-by-step projects, including a mixed-media Frida Kahlo, a colorful '80s girl, an ad man from the '60s, a handsome Victorian couple, and a creepy Edgar Allen Poe.

Creating portraits is fun and easy with Playful Painting: People. This colorful guide will have you creating beautiful portraits of women and men in no time, as well as nature motifs and animals. Whether you’re an aspiring, beginning, or more advanced artist, you can learn to work with affordable, approachable tools, such as colored pencil, gouache, watercolor, pen and ink, and pencil, to create your own portraits.

Every portrait is customizable, allowing you to add your own personal embellishments. Pick up a variety of tips and techniques that will show you how to paint whimsical patterns, accessories, and famous faces.

Playful Painting: People isn’t just a collection of skills to learn; it’s a fun, fresh take on an age-old art form.

About the Author

Sarah Walsh is a Kansas-based artist and illustrator. She's inspired by animals, magical creatures, coffee, music, a good story, her friends and family, bravery, vintage children's books, folk art, and mid-century anything. Sarah received her BFA in graphic design from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, where she grew up. She spent several years working as an in-house designer and illustrator for Hallmark before branching out on her own and joining Lilla Rogers Studio, which currently represents her. Sarah is the author/illustrator of three Just Add Color titles from Rockport Publishers, Circus, Carnival, and Day of the Dead; Quarry Books' 100 Things to Draw With a Circle and 100 Things to Draw With a Triangle; and Walter Foster Publishing's Playful Painting: People. She lives in Kansas City with her husband and fellow illustrator, Colin Walsh; their son; a dog; and a cat. Learn more at

Praise For Playful Painting: People: Whimsical projects and clever techniques for painting any likeness--from family and friends to the rich and famous

Are you yearning to paint portraits but intimidated by the challenge of capturing a likeness? Build your confidence with the 16 step-by-step exercises in Playful Painting: People by Sarah Walsh -- and smile while you do it.
- Artists Magazine