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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 30 September 2022
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782219569
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 400
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $38.99
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Passport to Painting


How to paint retro-style travel poster art by Susie West

Book Description

Retro-style travel posters are optimistic, aspirational and unabashedly fun. This book teaches everything the reader needs to produce a contemporary twist on the travel posters of the past.

Stylish retro travel posters bring to mind summer holidays, happiness and fun. Perennially popular as wall art, their strong designs and clean, flat colours are perfect for hobby artists to emulate.

A complete guide to producing your own travel-poster art, this book includes guidance on composing a strong design, selecting colours to make sure your artwork pops, and adding lettering for a picture-perfect finished poster.

Learn to create key poster elements such as clouds, skies, water and architecture, and discover how to add your own stylized lettering. There are six striking international projects to complete, or you can use your newfound skills to celebrate your own home town or treasured place. This book is packed with examples of Susie West’s inspiring artwork and a short history of travel posters.

Since 2015, Susie West has been working her way around the UK recreating the upbeat, retro charm of travel posters in the modern world. This book shares her techniques and secrets for producing fun, charming artwork. Suitable for beginners, this is a great way into art for those who want to develop their skills, or for experienced artists wanting to try something new.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6, Before you set out 12, Planning the trip: Designing your own travel poster 18, Getting started 36, Adding lettering 66

Projects 72

Amsterdam Canals 74
Sydney Opera House 80
London Tower Bridge 88
Mount Rainier National Park, USA 96
Lisbon Trams 104
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco 112

Onward travel 120, Afterword 124, Lettering templates 125, Index 128

About the Author

About Susie West

Susie West trained as a graphic designer. While stuck on a train, she passed the time doodling the little rows of houses through the misted-up windows. These little rows of houses got stuck in her head and she painted them. She began selling her paintings of these quirky made-up village scenes which eventually evolved into a full-time business of travelling around Britain’s real cities, towns and villages for a range of travel poster prints.

Today, Susie is kept busy in her home in Leatherhead, Surrey, UK. When not producing her lovely acrylic paintings of cities, towns and villages, she is exhibiting at craft fairs and shows, or selling her prints. To learn more about Susie's work visit her website, or follow her continuing painting travels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @artistsusiewest

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