Walter T. Foster

I have many of the drawing instruction books published by the Walter Foster company. One reason I like these books so much is that they are published in large format and contain many large-sized drawings. Currently I am creating my own copy of a drawing Walter Foster made of Clark Gable many years ago. You may think that Walter T. Foster is just an urban legend like say, Fridge Adair, who supposedly invented the refrigerator. Foster was a real person who lived from 1891 until 1881. More than 80 years ago he began published self-help art instruction books from his home in Laguna Beach, California. He originally wrote, illustrated, printed, and shipped the books himself. Eventually he hired other artists, such as the famous illustrator Preston Blair to work for him. Walter Foster Publishing is now a subsidiary of the Quarto Group Inc.