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César de Cock

César de Cock was a 19th century Belgian (Flemish) painter who spent much of his career in France. He initially studied at the School of Fine Arts in Ghent, where he was born, but in France became a pupil of Charles-François Daubigny, Cesar de Cock, Read More...

Ruskin and Wild Roses

John Ruskin gave challenging advice to young artists. Wild roses, gouache over casein, 5 x 8 inches He said: " They should go to Nature in all singleness of heart, and walk with her laboriously and trustingly, having no other thought...Show More Summary

Release of "Flower Painting in the Wild"

"Flower Painting in the Wild" is now available, and today only it's 10% off (scroll down for links). Here's what the reviewers are saying:“Who doesn't love to sit in a garden? Translucent and highly chromatic, flowers are the most challenging subjects to render in the studio. Show More Summary

Story Time from Space

Jeanette and I had breakfast this morning with MICA painting instructor and maritime history painter Patrick O'Brien. He told me that one of his children's books, "You Are the First Kid on Mars" went up on SpaceX to the Space Station to be read aloud online. Pretty cool!-

Eye Candy for Today: Hans Hoffmann watercolor and gouache hedgehog

A Hedgehog (Erinaceus roumanicus), Hans Hoffmann Watercolor and gouache on vellum; roughly 8 x 12 inches ( 21 x 31 cm). In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 16th century German artist Hans Hoffman was noted for his detailed paintings of animals and Read More...

Todd McFarlane Interview

Over the last two decades, Todd McFarlane has made a name for himself as both an artist and a businessman, creating the comic character Spawn, the artist-controlled publisher Image, and a popular line of detailed action figures. In this interview he shares the keys to his success. (Link to YouTube)

How to Make a YouTube End Screen Gizmo

In the last 20 seconds of a YouTube video, you can offer the viewer the chance to click on other videos, playlists, websites, or the Subscribe button, using their "end screen" options.In this behind-the-scenes video I show how to make a reusable gizmo to make that end screen segment more interesting and to encourage viewers to click those links. Show More Summary

Rob Gonsalves (1959 – 2017)

Robert “Rob” Gonsalves was a Canadian painter adept at crafting images in which reality appears to bend back on itself, connecting with a twist in a kind of mental Möbius strip. Though some would inaccurately consider his work to be Surrealism (which is specifically supposed to be derived from the unconscious mind or dreams), it […]

Eye Candy for Today: Melendez Still Life with Cucumbers and Tomatoes

Still Life with Cucumbers and Tomatoes, Luis Egidio Meléndez The Prado website has both a zoomable and downloadable version of the image. (Click the image and look for the download icon at the lower right. Click “Uso personal” and then “Descargar Imagen”.) There is also a downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, though it is sonewhat […]

Leo (L.J.) Jordaan

Leo (L.J.) Jordaan was a Dutch anti-fascist artist and political cartoonist who was living and woking in Amsterdm at the time of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands in 1940. Prior to the invasion, Jordaan has been working for the magazine Green. The Nazi occupiers shut down the magazine, along with most of what could […]

Brushes for water media

Betty-Jane Moss asks:Would you advise using different brushes for the different kinds of water-based paints (casein, gouache and the transparent watercolor)?? Betty-Jane, the quick answer is yes: If you're painting in casein, use only...Show More Summary

Frederico Zuccaro brown ink drawing of his brother drawing antique sculptures

Taddeo Drawing after the Antique; In the Background Copying a Facade by Polidoro, Federico Zuccaro Pen and brown ink, brush with brown wash, roughly 17 x 7 inches (42 x 18 cm); in the collection of the Getty Museum, which has both a zoomable and downloadable version of the image. There is also a somewhat […]

Kramskoi's 'Christ in the Desert'

Ivan Kramskoi's Christ in the Desert (1872) is more than just an illustration from the Bible. It uses the story of Christ's sojourn in the wilderness to comment on personal and contemporary concerns. Kramskoi (Russian, 1837-1887) wrote:...Show More Summary

Castle Kidnapped

I painted this bizarre scene in 1989 for the cover of "Castle Kidnapped" by John DeChancie. My friend James Warhola posed for the guy with the fizzy wine glass, and I posed as the jester with the levitating marotte. I enjoyed the creature design on this one, especially figuring out the walk cycle of a 6-legged blue ankylo-tortoise. Show More Summary

Raoul Vitale

Raoul Vitale is a fantasy artist, illustrator and concept artist who appears to work primarily in oil. His illustration clients include “Magic the Gathering” art for Wizards of the Coast, and his private commissions often focus on scenes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Vitale frequently works with a controlled palette, allowing the wonderful […]

Flower Painting in the Wild Preview

Here's a preview of the next video tutorial, which releases on Friday, August 18—one week from now. (Link to video on YouTube) It'll be about an hour and 10 minutes long, packed full of practical and inspiring insights about painting...Show More Summary

De Wint's Colors

"Peter De Wint’s (1784-1849) usual palette had the following twelve colours : vermilion, Indian red, Prussian or cyanine blue, brown madder, pink madder, sepia, gamboge, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, purple lake, brown pink, and indigo."To...Show More Summary

Priming Sketchbook Pages

Priming the painting surface with an abstract color field is a great way to energize a field study done in opaque media. I like to prime a few pages in my watercolor book with abstract color shapes in casein. If you don’t have casein, you can use tinted gesso or acryla gouache. Show More Summary

Stephanie Bower

Stephanie Bower is an architectural illustrator and avid urban sketcher based in Seattle. Like a number of other architectural illustrators who are also sketchers or watercolor painters in their off hours, Bower’s location sketches have a wonderful combination of loose, gestural rendering over a solid framework of perspective and geometric forms. I particularly admire her […]

Vintage Ads for the Famous Artists Course

Here's a classic advertisement for the Famous Artists School, the correspondence course headlined by 1950s illustrators like Norman Rockwell, Al Dorne, and Austin Briggs. (Link to YouTube)The host, Jon Gnagy (1907-1981), introduces the course, and then draws a church using basic geometric forms. Show More Summary

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