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Agim Sulaj

Originally from Albania and now based in Itally, Agim Sulaj is a realist painter who also does award-winning editorial cartoons and illustrations. The galleries on the artist’s website are divided between paintings and illustrations and cartoons. Sulaj’s paintings are in oil and often large in scale; his illustrations and cartoons are in acrylic, tempera and […]

Toby Sisson: " . . . and other poems"

I made my first trip to Providence, Rhode Island, in almost 40 years. It's a beautiful little city, but I just hadn't had a reason to go back. When I learned that my friend Toby Sisson was having a solo at the Yellow Peril Gallery, however,...Show More Summary

Color Photography from 1913

In its informal pose and rich color, this photograph looks like it was shot in 1973, but actually it was taken in 1913. It used the Autochrome process, developed in 1903 by the Lumière brothers, using glass plates covered with potato starch. Show More Summary

Exhibit Review: Benjamin-Constant in Montreal

Marvels and Mirages is more than an exhibition about Benjamin-Constant, and it's more than a show about Orientalism. It's a loving embrace of the broader themes of exoticism and storytelling, and an ambitious revival of a lost world of picture-making. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Arthur Streeton’s Cremorne pastoral

Cremorne pastoral, Arthur Streeton Link is to zoomable image on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Another beautifully painterly and economical landscape by brilliant Australian painter Arthur Streeton.

McLean Kendree

McLean Kendree is an illustrator and concept artist who has worked with companies like THQ, Hasbro and 38 Studios, and is currently with Massive Black in San Fransicso. Kendree’s website and Tumblog include examples of his digitally painted professional work and personal projects, along with traditional media drawings and paintings from life, as well as […]

GJ Book Club, Chapter 8—Line Drawing: Practical

On the GJ Book Club, we're studying Chapter 8, "The Study of Drawing," from Harold Speed's 1917 classic The Practice and Science of Drawing.The following numbered paragraphs cite key points in italics, followed by a brief remark of my own. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Childe Hassam gouache study

Columbian Exposition, Chicago; Childe Hassam Goucahe on tan paper, 10 5/8 x 14 in. (27.0 x 35.6 cm). Image on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art. Almost monochromatic — though the tan paper and the use of blue give it a sensation of subtle color —this study […]

Urban Sketchers, Montreal

Yesterday we painted in Montreal's Chinatown with the Urban Sketchers group. We met at Place Sun-Yat-Sen, facing the East Gate. I used gouache, dramatizing the lighting a little to spotlight just part of the face of the main building. Show More Summary

Nicolas Martin

While many painters chase the character of light in the landscape, French painter Nicolas Martin more often seeks out the elusive qualities of artificial light in night-darkened streets and filtered sunlight in curtained interiors. His figures are revealed in the light, either as direct portraits or smaller within the context of the composition. Martin studied […]

Painting a Pelican at the Pember

Yesterday we stopped at the Pember Museum of Natural History, a collection of old natural history specimens that is still displayed in Victorian-style glass cases. The small museum is in Granville, New York, near the border with Vermont. Show More Summary

Vladimir Stankovic

Originally from Serbia, illustrator and designer Vladimir Stankovic is currently based in Denmark. Stankovic’s fascinatingly textural style, rendered in muted colors and close value relationships, often deals with a bizarre bestiary, consisting of fantastical land animals, insects and sea creatures. Show More Summary

Japanese Falconry

These woodblock illustrations of falcon training come from a mid-1860s album called 'Ehon Taka Kagami' (~The Illustrated Mirror of Falconry) "Kawanabe Kyôsai (Gyôsai) (1831-89) was a Kano painter, printmaker, and illustrator, the son of a Samurai. Show More Summary

Rare Video of Illustrator Arthur William Brown

Here's a rare archival sound film from 1949, showing Golden-Age illustrator Arthur William Brown (1881-1966) as he tells the story of his career and the principles behind his pictures. (Link to YouTube) He says: "I think I was one of...Show More Summary

Tone Paper Studies

I drew this study from a live model in charcoal and white chalk on brown wrapping paper. It was made in preparation for a National Geographic illustration. I drew the study instead of taking a photo because it's faster. In 20 minutes I had all the essential information I needed. Show More Summary

Ray Roberts (update)

I had the pleasure yesterday of attending a demo by California plein air painter Ray Roberts, who I initially wrote about in 2010. The demo was part of the schedule of the Wayne Plein Air Festival, the major such event here in the Philadelphia area, for which Roberts was this year’s juror. Roberts set up […]

Jakob Rebelka

Jakob Rebelka is a Polish comics artist, illustrator and concept artist for the gaming industry. His interestingly different style combines areas of complex, intertwined forms with more open spaces and applications of texture. Often he will create the sensation of forms within forms be defining surface areas with lightly applied shadows and highlights, in a […]

Eye Candy for Today: Adolph Menzel graphite drawing

Carl John Arnold, Adolph Menzel In the Morgan Library and Museum, use Zoom tab or download link. Menzel gives us a superbly adept rendering in pencil. The drawing feels at once finished and casual. Either the subject had a large head, or Menzel — after focusing on the portrait — compressed the figure somewhat to […]

H. Septimus Power's Horse Paintings

Septimus Power, The End of the Day H. Septimus Power (1877-1951) was a New-Zealand-born Australian artist who was always fascinated with horses. H. Septimus Power, Horse Cart, Watercolor He got an early job painting animal heads on butchers' delivery vans, and later worked for a veterinarian. Show More Summary

Yakovlev's Citroën Expeditions

Alexander Yakovlev (1887-1938) Mirza Dolik One of the works in the upcoming Sotheby's auction of Russian pictures is this portrait by Alexander Yakovlev. Portrait of Mirza Dolik (detail) The drawing is 20 x 14 inches, and it was drawn outdoors from life in 1931 using sanguine and pastel on paper. Show More Summary

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