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Elongated In-Betweens

In the 1930s and '40s, animators became fascinated by motion blur effects in fast action photography, and they invented creative ways to simulate it on acetate cels. A 1935 Disney short called "The Tortoise and the Hare" used drybrush effects along the legs' path of action, plus speed lines in the overall direction of the character's motion. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Waterhouse’s Lady of Shalott

The Lady of Shalott, John William Waterhouse Original is in the Tate, Britain. There is a high-resolution zoomable image on the Google Art Project, and a downloadable version of that file on Wikimedia Commons. I almost hesitated to feature this image; Waterhouse’s interpretation of the scene from Tennyson’s poem is so commonly reproduced, it’s almost […]

Plane Heads

Art teachers have proposed various schemes for simplifying the head into an arrangement of flat planes. Here are two plane breakdowns by Andrew Loomis, author of Figure Drawing for All It's Worth and Drawing the Head and Hands. The one on the left is a simple breakdown, with front, side, and bottom planes. Show More Summary

Benjamin West’s Ben Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky

Ben Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky, Benjamin West Here in the U.S., we celebrate July 4 as “Independence Day”, marking the time in the late 18th century when our land transitioned from being a wholly owned subsidiary of the British East India Company to a more fairly divided property co-owned by a number of […]

Independence Day

Happy Fourth of July. Art by Alphonse Mucha.

Eye Candy for Today: Jeanna Bauck’s portrait of Bertha Wegmann painting a portrait

The Danish Artist Bertha Wegmann Painting a Portrait, Jeanna Bauck On Google Art Project. High resolution downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the Nationalmuseum Sweden. Swedish Artist Jeanna Bauck (about whom there is frustratingly little on the web) painted her friend, fellow artist and studio-mate Bertha Wegmann in the act of painting a […]

Tobias Stretch's Outdoor Animation

Radiohead - Weird Fishes from Tobias Stretch on Vimeo.Tobias Stretch of Philadelphia builds extravagant sculptures of moss-faced people and bird-winged flying machines. Then he takes them outdoors into forests, fields, and city streets to animate them in stop motion. (Link to Vimeo)Tobias Stretch's websiteVia Cartoon Brew.

Marc Dalessio (update)

Marc Dalessio is an American painter, now living in Croatia, who I first profiled back in 2009, at the recommendation of British painter Julian Merrow-Smith. Dalessio lived in Florence for 20, and during that time studied at Charles H. Cecil Studios, and atelier that traces its heritage to the École Des Beaux-Arts teachings of Jean-Léon […]

Book review: Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In

Andrew Wyeth (1917 - 2009), Wind from the Sea, 1947, 18 1/2 x 27 9/16 in. Andrew Wyeth's tempera painting Wind from the Sea was a recent gift to the National Gallery of Art, and it's now the centerpiece of an exhibit at the NationalShow More Summary

Marianne North

I really enjoy botanical art, at its best it combines some of the best characteristics of landscape and still life. Too often, however, botanical artists seem to feel that they must restrain themselves to timidly rendered watercolors, almost devoid of individual artistic expression, lest their efforts be considered less than scientific (how different from scientific […]

Eye Candy for Today: Daubigny’s Landscape with Sunlit Stream

Landscape with Sunlit Stream, Charles-François Daubigny In the Metropolitan Museum of art. Use zoom or download links under image. Ah, summer…..

Nico Marlet

Nicolas “Nico” Marlet is a character designer, visual development and animation artist best known for his work on animated features like How to Train Your Dragon, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Kung Fu Panda, Monsters, Inc., Bee Movie, The Road to El Dorado and others. Marlet’s character design drawings just about jump off the […]

Pinewood Dialogues

If you like movies and you listen to podcasts, you'll enjoy the Pinewood Dialogues from the Museum of the Moving Image.The Pinewood Dialogues are interviews with influential actors and directors from the world of movies and television,...Show More Summary

Al Dorne's Waterproof Ink Technique

American illustrator Al Dorne (1906-1965) painted this ad showing mother who is exhausted from hosting a birthday party being perked up by the thought of some Maxwell House coffee. Dorne created the illustration with layers of transparent inks. Show More Summary

Summer Invitational at Elizabeth Harris

. A packed house Summer is a great time to see expansive shows with broad-ranging themes. Galleries often invite artists from outside their roster, and the openings are typically big, loud, and jam-packed with friends and colleagues....Show More Summary

Nuthin' But Mech 2

Fans of robots, jaegers, droids, mobile weapons, drones, and transformers will be interested to know that the new edition of Nuthin' But Mech Volume 2 is now available. This is the second volume in the series originated by Lorin Wood, who created the original Nuthin But Mech blog. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Rousseau’s Sleeping Gypsy

The Sleeping Gypsy, Henri Rousseau On Google Art Project. Hi-res downloadble file on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the Museum of Modern Art, NY. This was at one time (and probably still is) one of the most widely reproduced images in all of art. In most of those reproductions, however, you will find the colors […]

Duet, Glen Keane

Renowned animator Glen Keane, best known for his character animation for Disney feature films like Aladdin, Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Tangled, has been working with the Google Advanced Technology and Projects Group on one of their new series of interactive animations. In the process, he has created preliminary hand-drawn animation […]

Cuphead Game Trailer

One of the delightful surprises at the recent E3 interactive game expo was the trailer for an upcoming video game called "Cuphead" by developers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer. (Direct link to video) The gameplay is classic run-and-gun with an emphasis on boss battles. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Cuyp’s Maas at Dordrecht

The Maas at Dordrecht, Aelbert Cuyp On Google Art Project. Hi-res downloadable on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the National Gallery of Art, DC. Cuyp’s 1650 portrayal of the Maaas River at his hometown of Dordrecht, during a historic gathering of a military force in 1650. See my post on Aelbert Cuyp.

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