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Eye Candy for Today: Frederic Edwin Church oil sketch

Drawing, in the New England woods, 1855-65; Frederic Edwin Church Oil on paperboard, roughly 13 x 9 inches ( 33 x 23 cm); in the Cooper Hewitt Collection of the Smithsonian Design Museum. Interestingly, the museum has posted two images of this work, the one Read More...

Did Medieval people walk the way we do?

Here's a video that's impossible to watch without walking around and trying it out. (Link to video)Roland Warzecha proposes that Medieval people walked with different body mechanics, planting the toe first, rather than the heel first—or...Show More Summary

New expanded edition of Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara

Dover Publications has just released a new expanded edition of Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara in their premier Calla line of illustrated books. (Link to book trailer video on YouTube) This beautiful hardcover, slipcased edition includes...Show More Summary

Readings from Ruskin

(Link to YouTube) Here is a vintage recording of readings that I did from the Victorian art critic John Ruskin, excerpted from his famous works "Modern Painters" and "The Elements of Drawing."The recording is from a cassette tape which circulated by mail in 1985 among a group of art friends called "The Golden Palm Tape Network."Topics include: 1. Show More Summary

Georges de Feure

Born Georges Joseph van Sluÿters, to a Dutch father and a Belgian mother, Georges de Feure was a French painter, graphic artist and designer who was active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Though originally aligned with the Symbolist movement, much of his Read More...

Where are the most photos taken?

A while ago, Google released this heat map image showing the places in the world that are photographed the most, based on the geotagging metadata. Tourist places in Europe get the most traffic, especially art capitals like Paris andShow More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Rembrandt portrait etching

Portrait of Abraham Francen, Apothecary;Rembrandt Harmenz. van Rijn Etching and drypoint; roughly 6 x 8 inches (15 x 20 cm); In the collection of the Rijksmuseum. Rembrandt was an absolute master of the medium of etching an drypoint — in my opinion, the greatest in Read More...

Is Mount Rushmore Unfinished?

The original design for Mount Rushmore showed far more of the figures, as suggested by this preliminary maquette. I have digitally superimposed the actual carvings of the faces over the maquette. Susan B. Anthony was supposed to be included, too. Show More Summary

Phil Dean

Phil Dean is a British urban sketcher, who also goes by the handle “Shoreditch Sketcher” after the neighborhood in East London where he lives. Dean avidly sketches the landmarks, streets and byways of London, both historic and modern, as well as documenting his travels to Read More...

A Conversation with Mel Birnkrant

Timothy J. Fitzmaurice created this video portrait of Mel Birnkrant and his unrivaled collection of vintage Mickey Mouse and other comic characters toys. (Link to YouTube) In the interview by Timothy's wife, Kelly McMullen, Mel talks...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Veronese double portrait

Portrait of Countess Livia da Porto Thiene and her Daughter Deidamia, Paolo Veronese Link is to a zoomable image on Google Art Project; there is a downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; the original is in the Walters Art Museum, which also has a zoomable and Read More...

Feature in Illustrators Magazine (UK)

My work is the cover feature of the next Illustrators Magazine, issue #19. This quarterly magazine, based in the UK, covers illustrators around the world, past and present. The article includes 35 images, many of which are reproduced in a double page spread, plus a newly written bio by Thomas Kintner. Show More Summary

John Crump

John Crump is a painter based in western New Zealand whose lively style, rich with the passage of the brush, is ideally suited to his subject matter, whether it be fresh flowers, the weathered texture of ramshackle buildings or the rough character of the dramatic Read More...

Harryhausen at the Tate

Photo by Nate Chard The Tate Museum in London is currently hosting an exhibition of the art of Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013).The show includes some of the original stop motion models used in movies like Jason and the Argonauts and 7th Voyage of Sinbad.Harryhausen did it all. Show More Summary

The Orientalists

The best art book on Orientalism was written by Kristian Davies, who I sketched in New York. Orientalists: Western Artists in Arabia, the Sahara, Persia and India is lavishly illustrated with paintings by Jean-Léon Gérôme, Ludwig Deutsch, and Leon Belly (whose painting appears on the cover). Show More Summary

Kadir Nelson

Kadir Nelson is an illustrator and gallery artist whose style ranges from straightforward to engagingly stylized. His illustration work includes a number of popular picture books as well as editorial work — including the 90th anniversary cover of The New Yorker. This featured a delightful Read More...

Practical TV Logos

Before digital logos became commonplace, TV and movie logos were created with physical, actual models shot in camera. The website "This is Colossal" has collected some of the best.-----Related videos on my YouTube channelLogo Animation with Physical Models—Behind the Scenes and Build SecretsHow to Make a YouTube End Screen GadgetThanks, Izzy Medrano

Eye Candy for Today: Waterhouse’s Juliet

Juliet, John William Waterhouse The link is to Wikimedia Commons. This painting was sold at auction in 2014, and is now in a private collection. Fortunately, we at least have a reasonably good image of the painting. Waterhouse is frequently mentioned with the Pre-Raphaelites, with Read More...

Pixellated Faces

Here are four photos of celebrities or politicians, greatly degraded by pixellation. Can you recognize any of them? Subject 1 Subject 2 If you're having a hard time recognizing them so far, you might try making the displayed images smaller. Show More Summary

Planning Stages

Here are three stages in planning Dinosaur Boulevard for Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time. The first one is a grisaille study in oil, about 3 x 6 inches. I wanted to organize the values of the scene— a very light sky, a pale row of buildings, and then deep darks unifying the foreground elements. Show More Summary

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