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Laura Quinn

Laura Quinn is a UK artist who focuses on wildlife art, portraits and pet portraits. She works in Alkyd, a medium closely related to oil, but with a fast drying synthetic resin as the binder instead of linseed oil. Her approach pays particular attention to the textural qualities of her subjects. Many of her pet […]

Zac Retz

Zac Retz is an illustrator, color artist and character designer for film, based in Rochester, NY. Though you will find a few color guides and model sheets, most of the work on Retz’s blog and website appear to be personal digital sketches, sometimes sketched from life, but more often flights of fancy. In his personal […]

Book Review: Goodbye Old Man

In the spring of 1915, Fortunino Matania traveled to the front lines of the Great War to research his illustrations for the British illustrated journal The Sphere. Neuve Chapelle, 1915, by Fortunino Matania, Royal Worcestershire Regiment...Show More Summary


The TV reality show King of the Nerds asked permission to include a print of Dinotopia's Waterfall City in the set, called "Nerdvana." This is the third season of the program, which premiered last Friday night on TBS.

Color Talks

. In early November Doris Mukabaa Marksohn, owner of dm contemporary in Manhattan, invited me to curate an exhibition. I'd been wanting to put together a color show and even had a mental selection of the work of artists whose studios...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: E. Phillips Fox’s The Ferry

The Ferry, E. Phillips Fox Link is to zoomable images on Google Art Project; downloadable high-resolution file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Fox was an Australian artist who studied and worked in Paris, adopting the brilliant color and free brushwork of the French Impressionists. Like his counterparts, […]

Dinotopia Podcast Episode 12

The final episode of the Dinotopia Podcast has arrived. You can listen by clicking on the Soundcloud play button below, or by following this direct link.The beginning of the episode finds Will and Sylvia in their crashed airship near Sauropolis. Show More Summary

Mike Worrall

Originally from the UK and now living in Australia, painter Mike Worrall is essentially self-taught. His work shows a range of fascinating influences, from Velázquez — particularly evident in Worrall’s fascination with those bizarrely wide gowns seen in portraits of the Spanish royal family — to other 17th century painters, to Surrealists like Paul Delvaux, […]

Botched Restorations

When workers in Egypt were changing a lightbulb in a display case, they accidentally broke off the beard of King Tut. Then, when they glued it back on, they smeared a big blob of epoxy on the gold leaf. But that's not the only botched restoration job. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: John Everett Millais’ Ophelia

Ophelia, John Everett Millais Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; high resolution downloadable version (22 MB) on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Tate, London. Prompted by yesterday’s post on the mezzotint print by John Stephenson after this painting by Millais, and the fact that I last mentioned the painting back in […]

Interview with Grammarly

I recently received an offer to try out the grammar correction program called Grammarly. On their website, Grammarly claims to make you a better writer by finding and correcting grammatical mistakes.I downloaded the software and tried...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Ophelia, Stephenson mezzotint after Millais

Ophelia, James Stephenson, after John Everett Millais In the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mezzotint, etching and Stipple, roughly 21 x 34 inches (53 x 86 cm). In a kind of artistic collaboration that was not uncommon at the time, highly skilled etcher and engraver James Stephenson has interpreted what is perhaps the most famous work […]

Lucas Graciano

Southern California artist Lucas Graciano has worked in concept design and visual development for the gaming industry as well as illustration for books and games. His website and blog focus primarily on the latter, particularly showcasing his fantasy themed illustrations for “Magic: The Gathering”. Both sources provide some reasonably large images in which you can […]

Mikhail Ryasnyansky (1926-2003)

Mikhail Ryasnyansky (1926-2003) was a painter from Ukraine. He fought in World War II but was discharged in connection with serious injuries and a concussion. Ryasnyansky's first name is written either Mihail, Mikhail or Michael. He studied under Tetyana Yablonska. Show More Summary

Animated Sand Toys and Music Boxes

Here's a short video that I made to spotlight the wonderful sand toys and music boxes created by Mel and Eunice Birnkrant. (Direct link to video) These primitive automata are inspired by the artwork of Victorian toy theaters. The figures are cut out of paperboard sheets and arranged in a tiny stage, complete with curtain and audience. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Whistler’s Wapping

Wapping, James McNeill Whistler In the national Gallery of Art, DC. The name refers to a rough and tumble dock area of the Thames River in London, where Whistler lived and worked for a time, though I think the location is actually a nearby inn rather than the artist’s studio. In a marked contrast to […]

Dreamworks to Close its Northern California Animation Studio

From Cartoon Brew: "DreamWorks just announced to it staff that it will shut down one of its main studios, PDI DreamWorks, in Redwood City, California. The closing of that studio will begin immediately. The beleaguered animation studio also announced that 500 jobs will be eliminated, far more than the previously expected number of layoffs. Show More Summary

Julius Kronberg, Swedish Academian

Speaking of Swedish painters, blog reader Staffan Alsparr shared some information about Julius Kronberg (1850-1921): "I thought he might be an artist that you haven't heard of before, which isn't strange at all, he is very unknown here as well." Kronberg, Portrait of Artur Hazelius, 1910 Mr. Show More Summary

David Kassan (update)

Despite having previously written about him in 2008 and again in 2010, I still struggled a bit in trying to describe David Kassan’s approach to his portrait and figurative work. He certainly doesn’t flatter his subject, but neither does his deliberately seek out the grotesque (as, say, Lucian Freud). Words like “honest” or “direct” don’t […]

Valerio Fabbretti

Originally from Italy and now living and working in San Francisco, where he studied at Academy of Art University, Valerio Fabbretti is a children’s book illustrator, concept artist and comics artist. Fabbretti brings to his work a lively, innocent style ideal for his subjects. There is little information on his website about materials, but it […]

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