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Pierre Raby

It would be easy to simply classify Montreal-based artist Pierre Raby’s work as “photorealistic”; to do so, I think, is to miss the point. Raby’s paintings of cups, saucers, glassware and silver are marvelous wonderlands of light — reflected, refracted and bounced from one surface to the next in a cascade of color changes. Raby’s […]

Ebb and Flow of Artists' Reputations

Norman Rockwell, illustration from 1917, "The Ungrateful Man," from the Google Art Project and the Norman Rockwell Museum The reputations of Golden Age illustrators have risen and fallen over the decades. This Google NGram chart records...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Salomon van Ruysdael river landscape

River Landscape with Ferry, Salomon van Ruysdael Original is in the National Gallery of Art, DC. Though his name was largely eclipsed by that of his nephew, Jacob Isaakszoon van Ruisdael, early 17th century painter Salomon van Ruysdael contributed to the movement away from the formal Italianate landscapes brought to a peak in the same […]

The County Fair

A crowd forms around a juggler at the county fair. Watercolor 5x8 inches.

Watercolor in the Wild--New Reviews

"Watercolor in the Wild has been getting some wonderful reviews. Here are some excerpts: Henry Malt, Art Book Review "...His approach is very interesting. For a start, he allows himself about an hour for a painting. Each demonstration...Show More Summary

Samuel Michlap (update)

When I first wrote about concept and visual development artist Samuel Michlap back in 2006, he had recently started his blog and his website was still under construction. Since then, of course, he has added a considerable volume of work to his redesigned website, and his film industry credits now include titles like The Lion […]

Eye Candy for Today: Burne-Jones’ King Cophetua

King Cophetura and the Beggar Maid, Edward Coley Burne-Jones On Google Art Project; high-resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Tate, Britain. The Tate’s website has some background on the painting and the story it presents. There is more in an article on the painting on Wikipedia.

Karla Mialynne's Photos of Realistic Drawings

Karla Mialynne makes realistic renderings of animals using colored pencils and markers, and photographs them with the tools she uses to create them. The photos give us an intriguing hint of scale and process. See many more examples at Realistic Animal Drawings Surrounded by the Tools Used to Create Them (via Bored Panda)

McCauley Conner Exhibition

Yesterday the New York Times paid respectful tribute to illustrator McCauley Conner, even to the point of starting off the article by calling him "an artist." Mr. Conner is100 years old and going strong. His paintings are being featured at an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York through January 11. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Frans Snyders’ grapes and game

Still Life with Grapes and Game, Frans Snyders In the National Gallery of Art, DC. According to the legend for this piece on the NGA website, still life featuring game and still life in which the primary subject was fruit were considered separate subjects until Snyders started combining them in the early 17th century. Snyders […]

James Gurney’s Watercolor in the Wild

I was delighted to receive a review copy of Watercolor in the Wild, a new instructional video by painter/illustrator/author James Gurney. Watercolor is both an inviting and challenging medium. One of its most compelling features is the easy portability of a basic watercolor painting kit, allowing an artist to paint in a variety of places […]

Macro Photos of Compound Eyes

Yudy Sauw takes amazing photos of the faces of insects and other tiny creatures. The ring light diffuser around the black lens give the appearance of a "pupil." On some of them there appears to be some Photoshop enhancement, as with the one above called "Flood." You can buy the images as computer wallpaper or canvas prints. Via BoingBoing

Eye Candy for Today: Burne-Jones’ King Cophetura

King Cophetura and the Beggar Maid, Edward Coley Burne-Jones On Google Art Project; high-resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Tate, Britain. The Tate’s website has some background on the painting and the story it presents. There is more in an article on the painting on Wikipedia.

Nicole Alger

New York based artist Nicole Alger paints a variety of subjects, portrait, figurative, still life and landscape, and her approach varies from straightforwardly realist to colorfully interpretive. In many of her portraits and face studies,...Show More Summary

Hitting the road next week

Here is the cover of the sketchbook I'm currently traveling through. I called it "Rest Stop," following my custom to title the sketchbook with words that appear on the first page. The sketch on the first page is captioned the 'Heavenly...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Samuel Prout street scene

French Street with a Medieval Turret, Samuel Prout In the National Gallery of Art, DC. The National Gallery’s page says this was done in brush and watercolor, as apparently does the artist’s inscription, but I would have assumed an initial drawing in pen and brown ink. Though it exists in that fascinating boundary between drawing […]

David Chambers

David Chambers is a concept and visual development artist, based in British Columbia, who works primarily in the gaming industry. His website home page acts as a portfolio slideshow, but you can also drill down into his portfolio, which is arranged by subject matter. I found his approach to environments of particular interest for the […]

Sepia Wash Drawing

If you're experimenting with watercolor for the first time, a good way to get some practice is to do a study in sepia. Here's a sketchbook page I did while waiting for a train in Italy about 20 years ago. Parco della Montagnola, Bologna, Italy. Show More Summary

Niroot Puttapipat (himmapaan)

Niroot Puttapipat is a London-based illustrator who uses the handle “Himmapaan”. His work shows his admiration for Golden Age illustrators like Arthur Rackham, Howard Pyle and Edmund Dulac, as well as natural history and paleontological greats like Charles R. Knight. Puttapipat works with a nice balance between detailed rendering and graphic shapes, particular in his […]

Mick McGinty (update 2014)

I’m delighted to say that after a hiatus of three years, painter/blogger/illustrator Mick McGinty is back to posting his small paintings on his blog Twice a Week, and offering them at auction. Presumably, McGitnty has been busy in his other role as an illustrator, but it’s great to see him once again posting his plain […]

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