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CTN Portrait Sketchbook

At the CTN Animation Expo, I sketched quick portraits of Peter De Seve and Jake Parker. Jake and I did a demo on stage. He drew a robotic dinosaur, while I drew him drawing....while Jeanette sketched me sketching Jake. Left hand is for the noodles. Show More Summary

Book Review: "Graphic LA" by Robh Ruppel

At CTN Animation Expo I bought a copy of Robh Ruppel's new art book Graphic L.A., and want to share it with you. Robh is one of those rare artists whose work spans imaginative and observational painting. He has worked as a designer for video games and films, and has taught at Art Center. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Frank Waller’s 14th St Metropolitan Museum Interior

Interior View of the Metropolitan Museum of Art when in Fourteenth Street, Frank Waller In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For six years, from 1873 to 1879, the Metropolitan Museum of Art was based in the Douglas Mansion at 128 West 14th Street in Manhattan, while the current building in Central Park was under construction […]

Carlos de Haes

Carlos de Haes was a Spanish landscape painter, born in Belgium to Spanish parents, who studied in both Belgium and Spain. De Has was one of the first Spanish landscape painters to move away from Romanticism toward Realism, and faithfulness to nature. He traveled extensively, taking on subjects both grand and intimate, and was prolific. […]

Cast Shadow in the Foreground

I painted a watercolor demo during a daylong visit to Favilli Studio, a multidisciplinary design group in South Pasadena. I walked down to the Arroyo with a group of designers and chose this view toward the York Avenue Bridge. I wanted to paint the forms—arch bridge, trees, and embankment—as realistically as I could. Show More Summary

Beloved Friends

Here are two gouache portraits I painted while waiting for supper.Our beloved art-teacher friends David Starrett? and Sam Clayberger mentored us 35 years ago when Jeanette and I were were just sketching companions.When we're with old pals like these, the years disappear, and we live in a moment that I wish could last forever.

Eye Candy for Today: Raimundo de Madrazo’s model

Model Making Mischief, Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta On Google Art Project; original is in the Museo CarmenThyssen Málaga, (image file here). The artist paints his model drawing a caricature of him on his sketch of her…

Grayed CMY Experiment

Here's a color experiment that I tried a couple of days ago.I set up for an outdoor gouache painting in Laguna Beach, California. I limited the colors to intense versions of cyan, yellow, and magenta, plus white.I picked the most highly...Show More Summary

Jeffrey Hayes (update 2014)

Jeffrey Hayes is a contemporary still life painter who is very much a student of the still life masters of the past, particularly the great Dutch painters of the 17th century. Hayes explores the use of light, shadow and texture in defining his forms, at times in chiaroscuro, at other times in more muted value […]

Eye Candy for Today: Durand’s Beeches

The Beeches, Asher Brown Durand In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use the zoom or download links under the image on their page. Durand is my favorite of the Hudson River painters, partly because of th einfluence of Constable, and partly because he was more likely than most of the others to paint intimate scenes […]

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is a new museum, scheduled to open in Chicago in 2018, that will house a collection of art owned by film director George Lucas. The collection and the museum are dedicated to art that, like film, is narrative in some way, telling stories whether overtly or by suggestion. This […]

At the Sarasota Chalk Festival

Last weekend at the Sarasota Chalk Festival in Venice, Florida, the theme was Extinct and Endangered Animals, and I was honored that two of the artists chose images from Dinotopia to recreate as gigantic street paintings. Jennifer Chaparro, photo by Craig Houdeshell. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Van Dyck’s Samson and Delilah

Samson and Delilah, Anton van Dyck On Google Art Project, downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Van Dyck’s dramatic tableau shows the influence of Titian, and Van Dyck’s teacher, Rubens.

Thomas W Schaller (update)

From my point of view, there are schools of watercolor painting in which the approach is too loose — with ill defined forms and insufficient attention to edges — and others in which the approach feels too restrained — locked into rigid delineation. Watercolor at its best, I think, is found not only in between […]

Dinotopia Podcast, Episode 2

It's Tuesday, time for the new episode of the Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time serial podcast. To listen, click the play button below or follow the link to the SoundCloud file. The adventure continues as Arthur and Will adjust to a world where humans and dinosaurs live as equals. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Georgia Okeeffe Deer’s Skull

Deer’s Skull with Pedernal, Georgia Okeeffe In the Museum of Fine Arts Boston Though it looks almost like watercolor in the handling, particularly of the skull itself, this was done in oil on canvas. According the the museum’s page for this piece, “Pedernal” is the name of the flat-topped mountain in the background, which Okeeffe […]

Your DIY Pochade Easel Designs

Last month after sharing my own lightweight sketch easel design, I put out a call to all you Do-It-Yourselfers to share your home-built sketch easels, and you came through with some extraordinary innovations.I promised to pick my favorite entry, but I couldn’t narrow the field down to one, so I picked seven. Show More Summary

Noah Klocek

Noah Klocek is an art director, production designer and concept artist for the film industry, who has worked for companies like Industrial Light & Magic, PDI/DreamWorks, and Pixar Animation Studios. His film credits include titles like Wall-e, Up and Brave. Much of his production work embodies some of the best characteristics of children’s book illustration […]

Painting the Outer Space Men

On Friday I visited toy inventor Mel Birnkrant and painted some of his "Outer Space Men" action figures in gouache. Gouache is an ideal medium for such a study because of its opacity and high tinting strength. You can also draw over the dry, matte surface with watercolor pencils or a white gel pen. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Panini’s Interior of the Pantheon

Interior of the Pantheon, Rome; Giovanni Paolo Panini In the National Gallery of Art, DC. Panini has used false perspective here to show more of the interior and the spectacular dome than would be possible otherwise, though from my recollection of my one visit some years ago, I’d say he’s also made the building feel […]

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