Walter Foster PublishingWalter Foster Publishing
Walter Foster Publishing is one of the most recognized names in art instruction. The timeless drawing and painting techniques found in Walter Foster titles have helped people around the world discover their artistic talents. From traditional pencil sketching and acrylic, oil, and watercolor painting, to mixed media, hand lettering, and DIY crafting--Walter Foster Publishing has developed a full library of titles for the modern artist.
Contact Info
Walter Foster Publishing
6 Orchard
Suite 100
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Tel: +1 949 380 7510
Fax: +1 949 380 7575
Contact: Anne Landa, V.P., Group Publisher

Contact: Rebecca Razo, Publisher


Our HistoryWalter Foster

Our Founder

Walter T. Foster

Founded in 1922 by artist Walter T. Foster, Walter Foster Publishing is the leading publisher of how-to-draw and paint books and kits for adults and children. Walter Foster’s diverse selection of instructional art books and kits have created a foundation for millions of beginning, intermediate, and advanced artists looking to hone their talents, learn new techniques, and discover different mediums.

From its extensive How to Draw & Paint series and classic Artist Library series to its selection of whimsical doodling, coloring, and craft titles, Walter Foster’s books cover a variety of topics and mediums across a broad spectrum of traditional and eclectic subject matter for artists of all skill levels. Walter Foster Publishing continues to expand its offerings every year, producing cutting-edge art-instruction books and kits for a worldwide audience.

Walter Foster Publishing is based in Lake Forest, California.

Our Series
Looking for a specific Walter Foster book series. You can find them by clicking the links below.

Academy of Art
Artist's Library
Acrylic Made Easy
Art Camp
Artist's Studio
Color Mixing Recipes
Collector's Series
Daily Book
Doodling For
Drawing Made Easy
Fantasy Underground
Mixed Media
How to Draw & Paint
Creative & Beyond
Trace & Color
Walter Foster Collectibles
Walter Foster Sudio
Watercolor Made Easy

We also publish a group of licensed titles.

Archie Comics
Jim Henson

Sony (Breaking Bad)

Become a Walter Foster Publishing Author
Are you a trained artist with a knack for teaching skills and techniques to artists, both novice and experienced? Are you a blogger with a strong following and a fresh take on art and design? Walter Foster Publishing is always on the lookout for authors and artists with creative ideas that enhance and broaden our publishing list. Our topics span everything from traditional oil painting to newer art techniques like tangling and mixed media. Download our Submissions Guidelines if you are interested in submitting your ideas for consideration.

Send a package containing the information listed on the Submissions Guidelines by postal mail to:
    Walter Foster Publishing
    6 Orchard, Suite 100
    Lake Forest, CA 92630

Walter Foster Publishing Submission Guidelines.pdf

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April 27, 2012
Forget the camera. A growing number of travelers are using a pencil to capture vacation memories. "Sketching makes for a richer travel experience," says Seattle journalist and author of The Art of Urban Sketching Gabriel Campanario. Read More.
April 17, 2012
Gabriel Campanario, whose work has appeared for years in the Seattle Times under the byline "Seattle Sketcher," and in his Urban Sketcher blog, will share sketching tips at the Seattle Public Library at 1 p.m. April 29. Read More.
April 17, 2012
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January 27, 2012
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January 24, 2012
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January 12, 2012
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January 6, 2012
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November 23, 2011
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September 21, 2011
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