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Sam Nielson

Concept artist and illustrator Sam Nielson works in a lively, cartoony style, in which he almost seems to be rendering caricatures of his already far-out imaginary characters. Nielson combines his springy drawing style with a digital painting approach that pays great attention to the lighting of his subjects — sometimes dramatic, other times muted and […]

GJ Book Club: Chapter 21, Conclusions

For the GJ Book Club, let's consider the concluding chapter in Harold Speed's 1917 classic The Practice and Science of Drawing, and reflect back on the book as a whole. Lady Diana Bridgeman, Harold Speed (British, 1852-1957). Speed begins this final chapter talking about the camera, and the merits and dangers of mechanical accuracy. Show More Summary

Phil Sandusky (update 2015)

Phil Sandusky is a plein air painter, landscape, cityscape and figurative artist based in New Orleans. I’ve written about Sandusky previously, most recently in 2014. Since then, he has unveiled a new website that showcases his work to better advantage. Sandusky paints the streets, parks and neighborhoods of New Orleans, and several other cities that […]

A Day at the County Fair

Here's what I pack in my bag for a sketching day at the Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck, NY.It's everything I need for sketching in watercolors, colored pencils, and gouache. There's a 5 x 8 inch watercolor journal, plus devices for capturing video, stills, and audio. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Monet’s Still Life with Flowers and Fruit

Still Life with Flowers and Fruit, Claude Monet In the Getty Museum, also on Google Art Project and Wikimedia Commons (also here). The Getty page offers a downloadble version that is very high resolution (60mb). The Getty version seems unnecessarily dark to me (I haven’t found museums to be particularly reliable when it comes to […]

Fallen Birch

Study of fallen white birch, pencil, James Gurney

So PineNut

So PineNut is the name given on his Behance gallery for a Japanese artist and illustrator based in Tokyo. Beyond that I have little background information. The images on his Behance gallery are often dark, both in emotional tone and subject; and, unfortunately, in the sense of some of the photographs of the work appearing […]

Eye Candy for Today: John Henry Twachtman landscape and sketch

Arques-la-Bataille, John Henry Twachtman and preliminary version for same. When 19th century American painter John Henry Twachtman moved to Paris from Munich, he abandoned the dark palette of his original teachers, and adopted to some extent the brighter palette of the French Impressionists. However, he also moved away from their broken color and loaded brush […]

Draft Horse Portrait

Sofie the draft horse, gouache, by James Gurney Yesterday at the barn I painted this portrait sketch of Sofie, one of the four Belgian draft horses. She had just gotten her shower in advance of her appearance today at the Dutchess County Fair. Show More Summary

NRM Illustration History resource and archive

Since its inception, the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA has sought to expand its focus from a single artist to a relevant context and then more broadly to illustration in general. In that spirit, the museum, through its associated Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, has just launched a new web-based project: Illustration History: […]

Painting an Excavator in Gouache

John Deere Nortrax 80C Excavator, gouache, 5 x 8 inches I painted this track excavator yesterday at a construction site. It's a study for a concept painting of a giant robot which will be part of an upcoming video tutorial called "Fantasy in the Wild." Here's what the painting looked like at an early stage. Show More Summary

Art Renewal Center (update)

As I mentioned in my article on the 10 year anniversary of Lines and Colors, my first post was on August 22, 2005, and it was about the Art Renewal Center, a long-standing bastion of representational realism on the web. At the time I had both enthusiasm and some reservations for ARC, and I suppose […]

All Hail Lord Carrington!

Illuminated Appreciation Albums From 1885 to 1890 Lord Carrington was a popular Governor of NSW. He and his wife were held in such high regard by the people of NSW that a grand series of presentation albums was created by various community...Show More Summary

Baby Tattoo 10 Year Exhibit

The Oceanside Museum of Art opened an exhibition yesterday called the Baby Tattooville Carnival of Astounding Art, which looks back on ten years of the pop surrealist art gathering inspired by Bob Self. Detail of 2009 Baby Tattooville...Show More Summary

Russian Academic Books on Drawing and Painting

The revival of academic drawing and painting in America and Europe has largely been guided by the republication of the book by Charles Bargue and Jean-Léon Gérôme.But there are other ways of approaching the teaching of academic drawing,...Show More Summary

10 years of Lines and Colors

Today marks the 10th anniversary of my first post on Lines and Colors, on August 22, 2005. My initial intention for the blog — which you can read more about here — is still basically the same: to introduce my readers to wonderful art and artists that they may not be familiar with, or to […]

Eye Candy for Today: Vermeer’s Young Woman with a Water Pitcher

Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, Johannes Vermeer In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; use the zoom or download icons under the image on the museum’s website. Of the 35 or 36 Vermeer paintings acknowledged to exist, I’ve had the good fortune in my time to have seen perhaps 20 in person. […]

GJ Book Club: Chapter 20 "Materials"

On the GJ Book Club, we're looking at Chapter 20: "Materials" in Harold Speed's 1917 classic The Practice and Science of Drawing.In this chapter, Speed talks about a wide range of drawing media and the capabilities that each one offers. Show More Summary

Works on Paper at Arcadia Contemporary

This is one of those wonderful group shows in which there is a common theme (simply works on paper), a broad variety of approaches, media and technique, and a high level of skill among the participants. There is a sub-theme, in that 17 of the works were done specifically at a size that could be […]

Rötig's Wild Boars

Georges-Fre?de?ric Rötig, Wild Boars in a Wood Under Snow, gouache Georges-Fre?de?ric Rötig was a French artist born in 1873 who painted many kinds of animals, including lions, deer, and pheasants. But he especially enjoyed portraying wild boars, a popular game animal in France. Show More Summary

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