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Hokusai Exhibition in Boston

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts is currently hosting an massive exhibition of Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) the first Japanese artist to receive internationally recognition. The museum has lots of programming tied to the exhibit, including...Show More Summary

Jeremy Mann

Jeremy Mann is a painter based in the San Francisco area with a fascinating approach — or more accurately, range of approaches — to his primary subjects of figures, still life and cityscapes. Mann can paint in a refined, straightforward style of realism, particularly in his still life paintings, and also take his cityscape compositions […]

Gouache Video Coming June 22

I'm excited to announce that the new gouache video is finished and in the pipeline to be released two weeks from today, June 22. The video is 72 minutes long and has six different chapters, each focusing on a different approach to painting on location in opaque watercolor. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Schetky’s Battle of Trafalgar

The Battle of Tragalgar, John Christian Schetky Link is to Google Art Project, downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Yale Center for British Art. My apologies to those of you who have had difficulty accessing Lines and Colors in the last week or so, particularly in the last few days. The site […]

Book Review: Calvin and Hobbes Exhibition Catalog

My first thought was: Do I really need another Calvin and Hobbes book? Exploring Calvin and Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalogue I'm a fan of Bill Watterson's comic strip about the boy and his tiger friend, and I already have all the other books. Show More Summary

Sketching Chickens / Imagining Dinosaurs

The DVD of "Tyrannosaurs: Behind the Art" is now retail ready.The DVD version has the 40-minute production about the making of the paintings I did for Scientific American. But it also has a slide show and a special 13-minute bonus feature,...Show More Summary

GJ Book Club, Chapter 10: Rhythm

On the GJ Book Club, we're looking at Chapter 10: Rhythm from Harold Speed's 1917 classic The Practice and Science of Drawing.The following numbered paragraphs cite key points in boldface, followed by a brief remark of my own. If you would like to respond to a specific point, please precede your comment by the corresponding number.1. Show More Summary

Colley Whisson (update)

Last year, I wrote about a series of YouTube painting demos by Austrailian painter Colley Whisson, who I first featured in 2011. I thought it would be nice to more directly highlight some of Whisson’s work, which is notable not only for his fresh, crisp, painterly technique, but for the remarkable energy and economy with […]

The "B.L.A.S.T. Rule" on The Artist's Network.

Sorolla, Fisherman in Valencia, (detail), 1904 Today The Artist's Network spotlights the "B.L.A.S.T. Rule" of painting: Big brushes. Large to small. Accents last. Soften edges. Take your time. ----- More at the Artist's Network

Interview about Science-Based Art

SciArt in America, a free online publication dedicated to science-based art, interviewed me recently, and they published the interview yesterday.Here's an excerpt:Raphael Rosen of SA: I know you primarily through Dinotopia, but I read that you used to illustrate scenes from ancient civilizations. Show More Summary

Sir Edwin Landseer's Feats of Skill

Sir Edwin Landseer, Study of a Lion, 1862, oil, 914 x 1378 mm, Tate British animal painter Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-1873) developed remarkable skills of speed and dexterity. According to one one account, "It was Landseer's custom toShow More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Georg Flegel’s Still Life with Eggs

Still Life with Eggs, Georg Flegel Link is to an article on Viático de Vagamundo. Also on Wikimedia Commons. Unfortunately, not the best reproduction in either case, but the best I could find for such a wonderful painting by the 16th/17th century German still life master. Original is in the State Gallery in the Castle […]

Fossard Christophe

Fossard Christophe, AKA “Biboun”, is a French illustrator, concept artist and character designer working in gaming, animation and comics. He has a whimsical touch and a freshly cartoony style that gives his work a lighthearted appeal. Though he also enjoys working in traditional media, Christophe primarily works digitally in Photoshop and Corel Painter. [Via @DCADLibrary]

Hand-Drawn Animated Film "Klaus"

Klaus teaser ©2015 Sergio Pablos Animation Studios, S.L. & ANTENA 3 FILMS, S.L.U. All rights reserved(Link to Vimeo video) Sergio Pablos Animation Studios created a teaser for “Klaus,” their latest animated feature film, which is now in financing stage. Show More Summary

Frank Brangwyn on Business and Art

Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956) was a self-taught and independent-minded Anglo-Welsh painter, etcher and muralist who was also a mentor for Dean Cornwell."We must never forget that the great artists of the past were, first and foremost, honest, capable craftsmen, who worked to the order of various patrons and clients. Show More Summary

Dusan Djukaric

Dusan Djukaric is a Serbian painter whose muted, atmospheric watercolors poetically capture the moods of his native Belgrade, along with those of Venice, Prague and other European cities. Djukaric often seeks out subjects involving water, misty conditions and rain-wet streets, which are well suited to his approach to watercolor. He contrasts controlled, sharp edges with […]

Cat in a Box

Here's a pencil sketch from more than 10 years ago, when we had a kitten named Sunlight, and she always loved to curl up in an empty box.

From Yellow Blob to Barnyard

Barnyard Light, gouache, 5 x 8 inches. Yesterday afternoon, I painted this scene of the barnyard. I wanted to give it a strange supernatural lighting, as if a shaft of weird golden illumination arrived out of nowhere at dusk. I started with an underpainting in casein that I did a few days ago, just an abstract shape that intrigued me. Show More Summary

GJ Book Club: Speed on Mass Drawing

On the GJ Book Club, we're studying Chapter 9: Mass Drawing: Practical," 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: Luis Meléndez Still Life with Figs and Bread

Still Life with Figs and Bread, Luis Meléndez The link is to a zoomable version on the Google Art Project; there is a downloadable high resolution file on Wikimedia Commons; the original is in the National Gallery of Art, DC. (The latter also offers a downloadable high resolution file, but I couldn’t access it this […]

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