TOP 10 Inspirational Magazines for Artists

Thu, 28 May 2020 11:11:04 +0200

Even though there is a ton of resources online, print magazines can still be the greatest source for ultimate art inspiration. They can offer up a wealth of knowledge that will enhance your art regardless of which medium you prefer. We've put together the top 10 magazines you should consider reading if you are looking for inspiration or would like to improve your drawing or painting skills.

Find a magazine to match your style among these top publications for artists.

1. Imagine FX

The best magazine for fantasy and sci-fi digital artists is without a doubt Imagine FX. The magazine explores digital science fiction, fantasy, and anime genres through letters, interviews, portfolio expositions, and fantastic tutorials. Each issue contains an eclectic mixture of in-depth workshops from the world's best artists, plus interviews, community, and product news.

Packed with beginner-friendly workshops, reader galleries, tips, and reviews, ImagineFX is geared towards the digital artist and goes behind the image to find out more about artists, deconstructing their work and getting to grips with their thoughts and working processes.

Issues: 13 issues per one-year subscription
Publisher: Future Publishing
Magazine: Print or Print & Digital or Digital only
Pricing: From 7.46 EUR per issue (Print only), from 2.65 EUR per issue (Digital only)

2. Watercolor Artist

Watercolor Artist is the definitive source of instruction and creative inspiration for artists working in water-based media. Each page is packed with gorgeous illustrations demonstrating tried-and-true techniques, inspirational ideas, and the most up-to-date information about painting tools and materials.
Beautiful yet highly practical, this magazine is the perfect read for anyone with a passion for watercolor painting, and a desire to improve their own technique. Hailing from the USA, Watercolour Artist offers an expert view of all the latest news from the world of watercolor, art history, and answers to readers’ questions, as well as showing the reader beautiful portfolios and including fascinating features on the world’s leading artists.

Issues: 6 issues per year
Publisher: Artistsnetwork
Magazine: Print
Pricing: $21.97 USD for a one-year subscription

3. Aesthetica

Aesthetica is a bi-monthly publication, covering the latest news in contemporary art and culture from the UK and across the world. The magazine highlights key artists who are redefining the boundaries of contemporary art - both established and emerging practitioners - through editorial features and stunning imagery.
In the Art&Design section of the page, you can find articles on various topics covering artist inspiration, advice for emerging, and a look into the world of renowned contemporary artists. Discover new talent and key artists working worldwide, engage with new ideas and innovation, be inspired all year round with its six issues per year, delivered directly to your door.

Issues: 6 issues per year
Publisher: Aestethica
Magazine: Print & Digital
Pricing: 17.85 GBP for a one-year subscription

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4. Apollo

Apollo is an English-language monthly magazine covering the visual arts of all periods from antiquity to the present day. Founded in 1925 and published monthly, Apollo is one of the world’s oldest and most respected magazines on the visual arts. It also provides an in-depth discussion of the latest art news and debates; exclusive interviews with the world’s greatest collectors and artists; expert information on the market, authoritative guidance on collecting, and reviews, and previews of exhibitions worldwide.With your subscription, you will receive monthly home delivery of the magazine, full app access, and access to the Apollo digital archive with all issues since 2006.

Issues: 12 issues per year
Publisher: Apollo
Magazine: Print & Digital
Pricing: First issue free, auto-renewing at 22.00 EUR every 3 months

5. Leisure Painter

Packed with handy painting and drawing tutorials for beginner and advanced artists alike, Leisure Painter is the ideal magazine to inspire your creative sideThe magazine's articles include practical instruction on drawing and painting in different media; competitions and special offers; monthly critiques of readers' work; questions from readers answered; reports by art tutors on art materials, products, books and DVDs; updates on open competitions, exhibitions, and art-related events; and workshops and holidays in the UK and abroad tutored by professional artists.

Issues: 13 issues per year
Publisher: Warners Group Publications
Magazine: Print & Digital
Pricing: 41.99 GBP for the UK postage, 57 GBP for the international postage

6. Artists and Illustrators

Written for artists and art lovers, the magazine provides practical advice for how to paint and offering inspiration in every issue. Published for almost 25 years, each issue of Artists & Illustrators magazine contains a colorful palette of practical ideas, expert technical advice, and useful art materials tests. Whether you favor oils, acrylics or watercolors, portraits or landscapes, abstract art or botanical illustration, Artists & Illustrators magazine brings a refreshing blend of creativity and advice every four weeks throughout the year.

Issues: 13 issues per year
Publisher: Chelsea Magazines Ltd.
Magazine: Print or Digital
Pricing: 64.95 EUR per one-year subscription (Print) or 46.95 EUR per one-year subscription (Digital)

7. International Artist Magazine

International Artist magazine is a breathtaking publication featuring all the newest and biggest talent in the fine art world, as well as bringing you news from the studios of the long-established masters. It features reviews and information on the latest paints and products and explanations of the techniques used by professional or renowned artists worldwide.
Beginners will aspire to excel after reading this inspirational publication and will take heart when they realize that even the most proficient of artists will never be satisfied with their work. The professional artist too will find a lot here to interest him: this international magazine has an enormous readership from all over the world, so by submitting your work you have the opportunity to exhibit your work to a huge audience.

Issues: 6 issues per year
Publisher: International Artist Magazine
Magazine: Print & Digital
Pricing: $38 USD Print & Digital per one-year subscription or $18 USD Digital only per one-year subscription

8. The Pastel Journal

Pastel Journal covers topics of interest to working pastelists as well as those who work in pastel as an additional medium along with those who are just experimenting with the medium. Catering to both professional and amateur painters, this magazine provides instructions and inspiration. Each issue is full of outstanding pastel reproductions along with useful information on contests, exhibitions, and workshops. Combining literary essays with artistic composition, The Pastel Journal is the only magazine of its kind.
You’ll find contemporary works accompanied by in-depth features on the artists themselves. Step-by-step photos of how the artists created their paintings will teach you new techniques and inspire you to try new colors and styles. With a calendar of pastel shows and reviews of pastel products, the Pastel Journal is an essential read for individuals who want to become better, more successful artists.

Issues: 6 issues per year
Publisher: Artistsnetwork
Magazine: Print
Pricing: $32 for a one-year subscription

9. Artists Magazine

The Artists Magazine is the informed guidebook on good taste, adventures in creativity, and the fun of art, for artists of all skill levels and interests.Readers learn painting and drawing firsthand from other artists through written instruction and reproduction, guiding them step-by-step through the creative process. The magazine shows readers a wide variety of creative options, teaching the fundamentals of art-making, presenting techniques in different painting and drawing media.

Issues: 10 issues per year
Publisher: Artistsnetwork
Magazine: Print
Pricing: $23.96 for a one-year subscription

10. Sketch Magazine

Sketch Magazine is the leading publication in the industry of comic book creation. Published by the ShoutFyre community of artists, this magazine provides all the information a would-be creator would need from inking to digital coloring and design, composition to marketing and promotion.
Issues: 46 issues - you will get instant access to all publications via subscription
Publisher: ShoutFyre
Magazine: Digital
Pricing: $8.99 for a Gold membership subscription
Note: The prices are valid at the time of writing the blog. They may be subject to change.

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Rebelle 3.2.1 Update Released

Thu, 23 Apr 2020 07:31:27 +0200

Hello everyone, from our quarantine to yours. We hope we make your day brighter by announcing the release of a new Rebelle 3 version. Recently we released two consecutive updates - Rebelle 3.2 and Rebelle 3.2.1 - that bring some useful fixes to issues that have been reported.

Here’s what’s been fixed in Rebelle 3.2 & Rebelle 3.2.1:

- Fixed crash when creating new artwork with 72 DPI
- Fixed crash when canceling selection using 'Esc' key
- Fixed bug when clicking on the context panel menu - the panel menu hid by itself
- Fixed bug with 'Tab' shortcut when hiding panels
- Fixed crash when opening a .reb file using right-click -> "Open with"
- Fixed opening of reference image - some images were rotated
- Fixed: When rotating the reference image using multi-touch, canvas does not react
- Fixed: Rotation using three-fingers touch is not possible when the canvas rotation is disabled for multi-touch actions
- Fixed pressure decrease at the start of the stroke
- Other minor bug fixes.

To get the newest update, log in to your Community profile, and go to 'My Profile' > 'Purchases'. You can get the update also from within Rebelle 3, just go to the menu 'Help' > 'Update to 3.2.1'.

This update is free for all Rebelle 3 users.


Artwork by cemaltibas | View portfolio


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Rebelle and Paul Klee – Journey of finding the hidden

Tue, 31 Mar 2020 09:45:28 +0200

Every artist has their goals and dreams. Creative souls often look for suitable tools for visualizing them. Paul Klee (1879-1940), a prominent Swiss artist, was a seeker par excellence. He, the son of a music teacher and singer, was lead to the career of a musician. He was an excellent violinist, but in his teenage years, he gradually became a painter. It was partly because of the revolt, and partly because he didn’t consider the music of his youth (turn of the 19th and 20th century) to be worth following. His musical opinion was conservative, but as a visual artist, he became an inspiration for many modernist artistic movements, such as expressionism, cubism, surrealism as well as abstract art. Paul Klee - In the Style of Kairouan

You may ask why we talk about him. Well, as an artist, he lived in a special space between music and visual art. He did not imitate the reality seen but made hard-to-define feelings and visions visible. He began with a fact, but gradually his paintings became compositions of lines, shapes, and colors. In his paintings, he unconsciously applied the musical principles of creation. He gradually abstracted the reality into colored areas, which can be perceived as the equivalent of musical tones. He was looking for something deeper than the reality. He constantly oscillated between the difficulty of African culture and the European spaciousness of the image. Maybe it was because partially African blood was circulating in his veins. Paul Klee - Kairouan

What does associate this unique artist with Rebelle? All his life, Klee was looking for new visual forms by using a combination of painting techniques and materials. He experimented with lines, colors and different backgrounds. For him, the line was not only a capture of the object’s contour but also "a self-purposeful walk without a specific goal." Whether digital artists nowadays prefer precision or looseness in their art, sophisticated tools in Rebelle can assist with this. You can draw freely, yet with a helping hand of Ruler tool, the program gently guides your freehand lines to be more accurate.

Klee's sensitive interaction of background materials and watercolor is also typical of Rebelle, which makes the program distinctly different from others. Just as every musical instrument has its specific sound color, each background used in Rebelle differently interacts with the color. In Rebelle you have an opportunity to achieve the contrast organically – you can combine the precise shapes made with selections or stencils with a playful and rather uncontrolled flow of watercolors.Image courtesy of Hidehisa Miyagawa - painted digitally in Rebelle 3

However, Rebelle has something extra that Klee didn't have back in his days. It's time control. You can stop or start the color-spreading process in Rebelle at the moment that suits you best. You are the conductor of random diffusion processes and can freely move through the interspace of the game and deliberate creation. Rebelle is not just a tool for imitating the reality. It invites the artist to create images of indefinable feelings. Unwind with the melody of shapes!Image courtesy of Wolfgang Schweizer - mixed media with Rebelle 3

Be inspired by reality, but let Rebelle show imaginative color diffusion and airflow while experimenting with its real world-inspired tools. Don’t be afraid to explore different backgrounds and tools, enjoy the creative process, look for hidden and reflections of your artistic mind will be revealed!Paul Klee - Stufung rot/grün


The list of Paul Klee's paintings can be found here.

Author Mgr. Ľubomír ZABADAL, PhD. is an expert for traditional art media and assistant professor at Department Of Creative Arts and Art Education at UKF University, Slovakia.


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