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Train Crossing

"Train Crossing," gouache, 5 x 8 inches I went over by the railroad tracks while our car was in the repair shop yesterday. A freight train rumbled past, smelling of lumber and oil and new cars. It shrieked its horn a lot because this is a deadly crossing. Show More Summary

Teagan White

Minnesota based illustrator Teagan White takes her inspiration in animal and plant forms, often arranging them in compositions in which they are both representational images and design elements. White appears to work primarily in ink, applying color digitally in Photoshop, or traditionally with watercolor and gouache. Show More Summary

Video Review of 'Color and Light'

Jason Morgan just produced this video review of Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter. (Link to YouTube) The book is available on Amazon.Thanks, Jason. Check out Jason's website on his excellent wildlife art, photos, and videos.

Georges Clairin

19th century French painter and illustrator Georges Jules Victor Clairin painted exotic subjects, both in the Orientalist manner — painting subjects studied on repeated visits to Egypt, Morocco and other areas of North Africa — and luminaries of the French stage, including Sarah Bernhardt, with whom he was friends for most of his career. Clairin […]

Stevan Dohanos in Illustration Magazine

Illustration Magazine (Issue 49) usually has two big features. In this issue, one is about Pulp artist John Newton Howitt, and the other is Stevan Dohanos, the illustrator who produced 125 Saturday Evening Post Covers and was one ofShow More Summary

Graphic Novel about Podcasting

Jessica Abel's new book "Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio" takes a fresh look behind the scenes at what goes into the making of your favorite NPR podcasts.You might not think of podcasting as a visual...Show More Summary

Richard Schmid: The Landscapes

Richard Schmid is a well known painter, author and teacher, who is highly regarded among other artists and whose signature style is often emulated by his students. I first mentioned Schmid on Lines and Colors back in 2008. In that article, I focused largely on his demo videos and his excellent instructional book, Alla Prima. […]

Gouache Tips in International Artist

If you've been experimenting with gouache, you'll want to pick up the brand new issue of International Artist Magazine (#105 Oct/Nov). I chose my top ten tips for success and illustrated them with 10 examples, and included QR codes so that you can use your phone to go behind the scenes of the paintings and watch them being made on video. Show More Summary

Street Painting in New Paltz

Yesterday I painted this study of Main Street in New Paltz, New York. I used casein with a limited palette of cobalt blue, yellow ochre, and light red. I kept the sky nearly white and flooded cool skylight across the small forms that crossed into the sky. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Bruegel pen and ink landscape

Landscape with the Penitence of Saint Jerome, Pieter Bruegel the Elder In the National Gallery of Art, D.C, with zoomable version (also downloadable if you create a free account). There is an additional zoomable image on the Google Art Project and a smaller downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons. The nominal penitent saint is probably the […]

Journal of Illustration

The first issue of the new academic publication called Journal of Illustration has been published online. In the opening editorial, Desdemona of the McCannon Manchester School of Art notes that there hasn't been much academic scrutiny of illustration. Show More Summary

Mahogany Dinosaurs

Brent Smith is a sculptor from a small town on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border who makes dinosaurs out of mahogany. According to blog reader Judy Maurer, "Each piece is carved from wood and then assembled. There is a steel cable that runs...Show More Summary


Distance is a short (3 minute) animated film by students from the Gobelins school in Paris. It portrays a psychological mini-drama of fear within the mind of an introverted high school girl as she tries to traverse the distance between her hall locker and that of a boy she likes. Please see the page on […]

Crew of Bakshi Productions, 1981

Top row from left: Pat Capozzi, Jack Ozark, A (Unknown), Sue Shigida, B, Mitch Rochon, C, John Sparey, Steve Gordon, Bruce Woodside, James Gurney, D, Tom Tataranowicz, Jan Cummings, Thomas Kinkade. Bottom Row: Bill Recinos, Debbie Hayes, Mike Svayko, Tim Callahan, Mauro Maressa, Ralph Bakshi, Frank Frazetta, E. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Watanabe Seitei ink painting

Birds of a Flowering Branch, Watanabe Seitei In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use zoom or download icons below the image. Roughly 14×11 inches (36x27cm), ink and color on silk. The listing doesn’t say what kind of “color”. The white flowers look to me like opaque watercolor, but I don’t know. The […]

Ali Cavanaugh

In a process similar to traditional fresco-secco — a method of painting with water based paints on a dry plaster surface that has been moistened — St. Louis based painter Ali Cavanaugh works by applying layers of watercolor to a prepared clay ground that has been wet. The resulting images have been described as luminous […]

Gurney Museum Exhibition in Philadelphia

A new exhibition of my original art has just opened at the museum of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. The Art of James Gurney includes more than 25 oil paintings from the Dinotopia books, as well as natural science science illustrations, preliminary sketches, and maquettes. Show More Summary

Pronk Still Life with Holbein Bowl, Nautilus Cup, Glass Goblet and Fruit Dish

Pronk Still Life with Holbein Bowl, Nautilus Cup, Glass Goblet and Fruit Dish, Willem Kalf Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project, downloadable high-res file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Statens Museum for Kunst, National Gallery of Denmark, which also has a high-res downloadable file. “Pronk” still life means “splendid”, or […]

Outdoor Market Results

In Outdoor Market Challenge I asked you to paint a market on location using just three colors of gouache plus white. We had many inspiring responses from artists around the world, ranging from seasoned professionals to people just starting out on the adventure of painting. Show More Summary

Ben Lo

Originally from Toronto and now based in Montreal, concept artist Ben Lo has credits that include Bioshock Infinite and a Need for Speed title. He is currently working for Bioware on a new Mass Effect title. Lo’s digital painting style ranges from quick and efficient to refined and subtle, with much attention given to variations […]

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