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Steakhouse Step-by-Step

Here's a step-by-step watercolor sequence. I'm standing on the corner of 24th and Main in Bryan, Texas, looking east across the railroad tracks to the Longhorn Steakhouse. The watercolor sketchbook is held up to standing height by a pochade easel on a fully extended tripod. Show More Summary

Nicolas Delort (update)

Nicolas Delort is a Canadian/French illustrator who I wrote about in early 2013, and featured in the article on contemporary ink artists I wrote for the Spring 2014 issue of Drawing Magazine. Since then, Delort has revised and updated his blog and website, adding a number of striking new images done in his beautiful ink […]

Sunset at the Super 8

Jeanette and I painted the sunset from the parking lot of the Super 8. Sunset at the Super 8, by James Gurney, gouache, 5x8 inches A raucous flock of great-tailed grackles crossed the sky beyond the net of power lines. The day ended in a blaze of golden light. Show More Summary

Banana Demo

Yesterday I painted a half-hour still life demo in gouache for the Painting 1 class at Texas A and M, where I'm here this week as artist in residence. James Gurney at Texas A&M, photo courtesy Felice House The subject is a banana sitting on a red piece of paper. Show More Summary

The Business of Art

I've been sharing several different lectures and discussions with the students in the Visualization Department here at Texas A&M as part of my weeklong residency here. Yesterday in Sam Woodfin's figure drawing class I covered sketching...Show More Summary

Ticking Clocks and Tracking Eyes

I'm excited to be visiting the Texas A&M. I did a couple of radio interviews in the morning, and then painted this 45-minute gouache sketch of the old clock in downtown Bryan. I used four colors: white, ultra blue, burnt sienna, and cad yellow. Show More Summary

The Character and The Values

Students at the French academies didn't get a whole lot of instruction from the teachers. Most of the masters came into the drawing and painting classes once a week at most, and sometimes their feedback was brief and enigmatic. Illustration...Show More Summary

Lecture in Texas This Week

I'll be in Texas this coming week as an artist in residence at Texas A&M in College Station. The university is a leader in research, and the Department of Visualization is working on some exciting interdisciplinary projects with game-based learning, eyetracking, interconnectivity and digital animation. Show More Summary

Book Review: The Drawing Club

Every Thursday night in Los Angeles, a group of artists gets together to draw from the model, but this is no ordinary sketch group. Characters by Mike Swofford from The Drawing Club Organized by Art Center teacher Bob Kato, attendees...Show More Summary

Snapshot Sketches

I did these watercolor sketches when I was exploring Salida, Colorado. Each sketch is 3 inches across and took 5 or 10 minutes. I might do a few of these to explore possible motifs. The main thing I'm looking for is the basic value organization. Painting a small monochromatic "snapshot" helps me cut through the clutter to see the essence of the image.

Painting a Busy Street Scene

How do you convey the bustling motion of a city street in a painting? Jules Bastien-Lepage The London Bootblack, 52x35 inches, Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs Jules Bastien-Lepage attempted the effect in the background of "The London Bootblack" from 1882. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Rembrandt’s Self-portrait with Two Circles

Self-portrait with Two Circles, Rembrandt We don’t have access on the web to an image at the level of high resolution available for the Rembrandt self-portrait at the age of 53 that I wrote about a few days ago, but we can see enough to appreciate more of the master’s superb painting skills. Rembrandt was […]

Question: Age Range for Dinotopia

Blog reader James Jones asked: "I'm a college student in Idaho studying to become an elementary teacher. I was just wondering, when you created the world and artwork and subsequently the story of the Dinotopia series, did you have aShow More Summary

Stephanie Hans

French illustrator and comics artist Stephanie Hans is known in particular for her painted style comics covers and interior panel illustrations. She excels at dynamic comics covers, many for American titles, that involve women characters in forceful or emotional roles. Her website is in French, but it’s easy enough to navigate for for those who […]

Eye Candy for Today: Grimshaw’s Stapleton Park

Stapleton Park near Pontefract Sun, John Atkinson Grimshaw On WikiArt. The original is in a private collection. Grimshaw loved to do these scenes of softly lit Autumn evenings with a lone figure, usually a woman seen from behind, walking down an empty stretch of road. See also my previous Eye Candy post of Grimwhaw’s Evening […]

Wayne Haag

Wayne Haag is an Australian matte painter and illustrator whose film credits include The Fifth Element, Lord of the Rings, The Wolverine, Maze Runner and Gods of Egypt, as well as the television series Farscape. Haag works both in digital and traditional media, but prefers when possible to paint science fiction subjects in oil. As […]

New Draw Mix Paint painting instruction course

As I reported in 2013, well regarded painter Mark Carder, who some years ago created a specific instruction method for those learning to paint, had put much of his former course into a series of new videos and made them freely available on his site Draw Mix Paint. Carder has recently taken those videos, added […]

Edward Kinsella

Edward Kinsella III is a St. Louis based illustrator whose client list includes The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Playboy, The Boston Globe, Wired, Washington Post, Simon and Schuster, and Penguin, among others. His approach to his subjects, though sometimes straightforward, often includes a narrative twist. His visual […]

The Weenies

If you've never heard of "The Weenies," that's because it's the toy and cartoon phenomenon that almost happened, but got cancelled before it fully rolled out. The concept was developed in 1983 by Mel Birnkrant, Mike Strouth, and Kiscom, and then purchased by Coleco to be the next big thing after Cabbage Patch Kids. Show More Summary

365 Postcards for Ants, Lorraine Loots

365 Postcards for Ants was a yearlong project, from January 1 to December 31 or 2013, in which South African artist Lorraine Loots set out to paint one miniature painting per day. Along the way, her process evolved into a kind of collaboration with visitors to her site who would “reserve” a painting, and suggest […]

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