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Digging in the Front Yard

When I was a kid growing up in Los Altos, California, I dug holes in my front yard looking for a lost civilization or a new dinosaur. My friends’ mothers wouldn’t let them play with me after school because they came home with their pockets full of dirt. Show More Summary

Alina Gizatoulin

Alina Gizatoulin is a concept artist and designer living in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has a relaxed, cartoony illustration style, with muted color contrasts and subtle textures. Her illustrations of imaginary animals, people and things in between have an appealing visual charm.  

I'll be teaching next summer at IMC

Art by Kent Williams Join me in the summer of 2018 for a workshop in Massachusetts called IMC, (also known as Illustration Master Class) At IMC you spend the week painting with instructors from the realm of Imaginative Realism: Julie...Show More Summary

Proposed Rockwell Sale Under Investigation

(Stephan Schuetze/Bild Zeitung via Getty Images, link) Secret documents reveal that the Berkshire Museum was pressured to sell off their Norman Rockwell originals by a Boston consulting firm. For now, the planned liquidation of their...Show More Summary

Curvature Blindness Illusion

A series of paired lines passes through areas of white, grey, and black. The lines remain the same throughout. They have a consistent wavy (sinusoidal) shape. The difference between the sets is the placement of light and dark segments: one set has the tone change at the bottom of the curve. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Turner’s Dort Packet-Boat

Dortdrecht: The Dort Packet-Boat from Rotterdam Becalmed, J.M.W. Turner In the collection of the Yale Center for British Art, which has both a zoomable and downloadable image on their site. There is also a zoomable image on Google Art Project, and a downloadable file on Read More...

Animation Tests

(Link to video) Here are a few animation tests — Sprocket runs, eats paper, and Clement grabs some power ups. Here's a still frame showing the motion blur and live-action dynamics captured in-camera.

Image Translation

A new machine-learning algorithm can take a photo of a street scene and translate the image to another time of day or another weather condition. For example, the photo on the left shows is taken from a car on a rainy day. On the right, the computer translates the scene into a sunny day with a blue sky. Show More Summary

Reciprocal Museum Membership Programs

This is a time of year when many people join or renew art museum memberships, or receive them as gifts. Most art museums offer membership at various levels, each of which comes with perks to encourage the purchase of more expensive membership levels. What’s not Read More...

Gurney Art on Instagram

If you do Instagram, please check out my daily feed. It includes pages from my sketchbooks, behind-the-scenes process art, Dinotopia illustrations, and just plain fun. ---- James Gurney Art on Instagram Best Nine Generator

What about that rule?

Art by Dean Cornwell, a "grandstudent" of Pyle Limn asks: "Given that you are a huge fan of Howard Pyle (as am I!) there is the principle that he and many illustrators since have talked about. The principle regarding limiting a piece to 2 or 3 (or Loomis' 4) values and having a piece have stopping power from several yards away. Show More Summary

How Do You Get a Book Published?

Painting by Ernest Meissonier Christina asks: "What the process was like for getting your books Color and Light and Imaginative Realism published? I recently finished a book manuscript...and I don't really have any idea of what to do next. Show More Summary

1911 Book of Funny Cat Pictures

People have been captioning funny cat photos for more than a hundred years. This one, titled "I AM THE QUEEN," is from a 1911 book called "Kittens and Cats: A First Reader," available for a free download from The Public Domain Review

Eye Candy for Today: William Henry Hunt watercolor and gouache still life

Apple, Grapes and a Cob-Nut; William Henry Hunt Watercolor and gouache over graphite; roughly 5 x 7 inches (13 x 19 cm); in the collection of the Yale Center for British Art, which has both a zoomable and downloadable version of the image on their Read More...

Tianhua Xu

Tianhua Xu is a concept artist, art director and production designer based in Beijing, China. His digital painting approach is nicely atmospheric and carries a flavor of painterly traditional media. That, and a nicely honed sense of visual drama give his visions of dragons, spirits, Read More...

Winslow Homer Goes to England

An exhibition currently at the Worcester Art Museum focuses on the time that American artist Winslow Homer (1836–1910) spent in England and how it affected his later art. Winslow Homer, Hark! The Lark, 1882, The show is based on two major works by Homer, and it includes a lot of his drawings and watercolors. Show More Summary

Robotic Bipedal Walker

(Link to YouTube). Here's a stylish way to travel around the neighborhood. It just needs an ornate carriage, a trunk for sketching supplies, and a few puffs of steam.Thanks, Jake Parker

Eye Candy for Today: Sargent travel watercolor

Simplon Pass: The Tease, John Singer Sargent Link is to zoomable image on Google Art Project; there is a downloadable high-res file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Watercolor over graphite sketch, with gouache and the use of wax Read More...

Ivan Endogurov

Ivan Endogurov was a Russian painter active in the late 19th century. He initially entered the study of law at St Petersburgh University, but after taking private lessons in painting he changed to that pursuit full time, concentrating on landscape. I couldn’t find much in Read More...

Mrs. Basher vs. Big Soda

(Link to video on Facebook) Mrs. Basher won't let Mountain Dew stand in her way. I did the animation at an outdoor festival.

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