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George Sotter: Light and Shadow

As much as I admire the original French Impressionists, I’m frequently even more drawn to the work of the American Impressionists, who, though not part of a formal movement, took elements of the impressionist approach and applied them to their own unique vision, resulting in Read More...

Milton Caniff's Advice on Inking with a Brush

Milton Caniff (1907-1988), the cartoonist behind Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon, was also an instructor for the Famous Artists Cartoon Course. He noted that the brush had become a very popular tool for drawing in the 1940s and '50s in magazine gag panel cartooning. Show More Summary

Akeley's Fight with a Leopard

When artists and scientists produced the dioramas for the American Museum of Natural History, they went to Africa in search of suitable animals. But sometimes the encounters didn't go as planned. In Ethiopia, taxidermist Carl AkeleyShow More Summary

Doré's Caricatures of Communards

Gustave Doré (1831-1883) is best known for his illustrations of the Bible and Dante's Inferno, but he was also a caricaturist. In this 1871 sketch of a Communard prisoner, He emphasizes the wild hair and beard by downplaying the eyes and making them mere smudges. Show More Summary

Planning a Picture with a Large Group of Figures

Karen Robinson says: "I had just been looking at work by Wilhelm Gause. I was looking at the Vienna Ball one - and puzzling over how you would even begin to render a piece with multiple figures. Do you make a really detailed drawing,...Show More Summary

Robot jumps and does backflips

The robot "Atlas" by Boston Dynamics has moved beyond walking to jumping and doing backflips. Atlas is about 5'9" and weighs about 330 lbs. (Link to video on YouTube)

Eye Candy for Today: Botticelli’s Venus and Mars

Venus and Mars, Sandro Botticelli Link is to a high resolution downloadble file on Wikipedia, the original is in the National Gallery, London, which has a zoomable version of the image. Two of Botticelli’s paintings, La Primavera and The Birth of Venus, are among the Read More...

Dalí and Halsman capture a moment

"I have an idea for a photograph," Philippe Halsman said to Salvador Dalí. "In it, you, the easel, and the subject you are painting...in short everything—is in suspension." Using invisible wires, Halsman suspended a chair, an easel, and a print of Dalí's painting Leda Atomica. Show More Summary

Hugo Puzzuoli

Hugo Puzzuoli is a concept artist who is originally from France, and now based in Quebec City, Canada. His blog features some of his professional work, such as his concepts for Assasin’s Creed Syndicate, and his Artstation portfolio features more of his personal projects. In Read More...

Mrs. Basher versus Social Media

Mrs. Basher is fed up with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, so she's going to let them all have it. (Link to video)In the new end credit sequence, the three main characters in the Clementoons universe are Clement, Mrs. Basher, and mini-monster Sprocket. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Rembrandt lion drawing

Lion Resting, Turned to the Left; Rembrandt van Rijn Pen and brown ink, brown wash; roughly 5 1/2 x 8 inches (14 x 20cm). Link is to WikiArt, which has a downloadable file (choose “Original, 1600×1067); there is also a cropped version on Wikipedia. The Read More...

Alois Kalvoda

Alois Kalvoda was a Czech painter who was active primarily in the early 20th century. Though he traveled and studied in Paris and Munich, most of his work focused on landscapes of his native country. These were painted in a naturalistic style early in his Read More...

Peter Kotov

Peter Ivanovich Kotov (1889 - 1953) was a Russian artist who studied with Nicolai Fechin. This portrait of the chemist N.D. Zelinsky features the main subject in warm light, while the outer areas of the scene is cast in cooler, more subdued light. Show More Summary

Do you see a cellphone in this 1860 painting?

The woman in this 1860 painting seems to be looking at a cellphone, but really she's holding a little prayer book.The book is an important detail, since it may keep her on the narrow path of virtue. Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, The Expected Ones, 1860 Once we get beyond that fun detail, look at how the painting is arranged tonally. Show More Summary

Massachusetts blocks the sale of Rockwell's Art

After a Superior Court gave the Berkshire Museum the go-ahead to sell off the treasures of its public collection, the Massachusetts Appeals Court has issued an injunction to temporarily halt the sale. Thanks, Attorney General Maura Healey for honoring Norman Rockwell's wishes. ----- Read more at the New York Times Previously: Berkshire Museum to Dump Norman Rockwells

Arguments Pro and Con for Public Funding of the Arts

Mabel Dwight Backyard Mabel Dwight was one of the artists commissioned by Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal jobs initiative. As presented in the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York, The New Deal art programs were a productive solution for supporting creative people during economically troubled times. Show More Summary

Queen Catherine Statue Scrapped

Audrey Flack, now 86, had nearly finished working on a gigantic bronze statue of Queen Catherine for public display in Queens, New York. But protesters blocked the project, associating Catherine with the British slave trade. Sadly, the...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Young Girl Carrying a Pumpkin, Fausto Zonaro

Young Girl Carrying a Pumpkin, Fausto Zonaro Link is to zoomable file on Google Art Project; there is also a downloadable version of that file on Wikimedia Commons. The original is in the Sak?p Sabanc? Museum in Istanbul, Turkey. The museum also has a zoomable Read More...

Breaking Ranks

Alexandr Bubnov, Morning on Kulikov Field, Tretyakov, 106x198 in. 1943-7 Like other social realists of his era, Russian artist Alexandr Bubnov extolled feats of arms from Russian history. The painting shows "the ranged Russian forces...Show More Summary

Classic Chicago Cartoonists, 1931

Here's a little video with glimpses of the cartoonists of Chicago in 1931, who worked under the same roof in the Tribune building. (Link to video) The video, which was a promotional film for the Chicago Tribune newspaper, gives the sense of the impact the funnies (and newspapers generally) had on people during the Depression. Show More Summary

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