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Todd McFarlane Interview

Over the last two decades, Todd McFarlane has made a name for himself as both an artist and a businessman, creating the comic character Spawn, the artist-controlled publisher Image, and a popular line of detailed action figures. In this interview he shares the keys to his success. (Link to YouTube)

How to Make a YouTube End Screen Gizmo

In the last 20 seconds of a YouTube video, you can offer the viewer the chance to click on other videos, playlists, websites, or the Subscribe button, using their "end screen" options.In this behind-the-scenes video I show how to make a reusable gizmo to make that end screen segment more interesting and to encourage viewers to click those links. Show More Summary

Rob Gonsalves (1959 – 2017)

Robert “Rob” Gonsalves was a Canadian painter adept at crafting images in which reality appears to bend back on itself, connecting with a twist in a kind of mental Möbius strip. Though some would inaccurately consider his work to be Surrealism (which is specifically supposed to be derived from the unconscious mind or dreams), it […]

Eye Candy for Today: Melendez Still Life with Cucumbers and Tomatoes

Still Life with Cucumbers and Tomatoes, Luis Egidio Meléndez The Prado website has both a zoomable and downloadable version of the image. (Click the image and look for the download icon at the lower right. Click “Uso personal” and then “Descargar Imagen”.) There is also a downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, though it is sonewhat […]

Leo (L.J.) Jordaan

Leo (L.J.) Jordaan was a Dutch anti-fascist artist and political cartoonist who was living and woking in Amsterdm at the time of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands in 1940. Prior to the invasion, Jordaan has been working for the magazine Green. The Nazi occupiers shut down the magazine, along with most of what could […]

Brushes for water media

Betty-Jane Moss asks:Would you advise using different brushes for the different kinds of water-based paints (casein, gouache and the transparent watercolor)?? Betty-Jane, the quick answer is yes: If you're painting in casein, use only...Show More Summary

Frederico Zuccaro brown ink drawing of his brother drawing antique sculptures

Taddeo Drawing after the Antique; In the Background Copying a Facade by Polidoro, Federico Zuccaro Pen and brown ink, brush with brown wash, roughly 17 x 7 inches (42 x 18 cm); in the collection of the Getty Museum, which has both a zoomable and downloadable version of the image. There is also a somewhat […]

Kramskoi's 'Christ in the Desert'

Ivan Kramskoi's Christ in the Desert (1872) is more than just an illustration from the Bible. It uses the story of Christ's sojourn in the wilderness to comment on personal and contemporary concerns. Kramskoi (Russian, 1837-1887) wrote:...Show More Summary

Castle Kidnapped

I painted this bizarre scene in 1989 for the cover of "Castle Kidnapped" by John DeChancie. My friend James Warhola posed for the guy with the fizzy wine glass, and I posed as the jester with the levitating marotte. I enjoyed the creature design on this one, especially figuring out the walk cycle of a 6-legged blue ankylo-tortoise. Show More Summary

Raoul Vitale

Raoul Vitale is a fantasy artist, illustrator and concept artist who appears to work primarily in oil. His illustration clients include “Magic the Gathering” art for Wizards of the Coast, and his private commissions often focus on scenes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Vitale frequently works with a controlled palette, allowing the wonderful […]

Flower Painting in the Wild Preview

Here's a preview of the next video tutorial, which releases on Friday, August 18—one week from now. (Link to video on YouTube) It'll be about an hour and 10 minutes long, packed full of practical and inspiring insights about painting...Show More Summary

De Wint's Colors

"Peter De Wint’s (1784-1849) usual palette had the following twelve colours : vermilion, Indian red, Prussian or cyanine blue, brown madder, pink madder, sepia, gamboge, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, purple lake, brown pink, and indigo."To...Show More Summary

Priming Sketchbook Pages

Priming the painting surface with an abstract color field is a great way to energize a field study done in opaque media. I like to prime a few pages in my watercolor book with abstract color shapes in casein. If you don’t have casein, you can use tinted gesso or acryla gouache. Show More Summary

Stephanie Bower

Stephanie Bower is an architectural illustrator and avid urban sketcher based in Seattle. Like a number of other architectural illustrators who are also sketchers or watercolor painters in their off hours, Bower’s location sketches have a wonderful combination of loose, gestural rendering over a solid framework of perspective and geometric forms. I particularly admire her […]

Vintage Ads for the Famous Artists Course

Here's a classic advertisement for the Famous Artists School, the correspondence course headlined by 1950s illustrators like Norman Rockwell, Al Dorne, and Austin Briggs. (Link to YouTube)The host, Jon Gnagy (1907-1981), introduces the course, and then draws a church using basic geometric forms. Show More Summary

Who Makes Better Art—Humans or Computers?

As abstract images go, do these images strike you as creative, expressive, and artistic? A group of test subjects thought so. They were ranked highest out of a large selection of sample artworks in a blind test.The samples included artworks...Show More Summary

New Challenge: "Paint a Storefront"

The Whatnot Shop in Tannersville, New York, sells secondhand furniture and homewares—a porcelain angel, a bird cage, a lamp, and a set of wine glasses. Linda and Rita, who started the business five months ago, also sell Avon products. Show More Summary

Joseph Rodefer DeCamp

Originally from Ohio, Joseph Rodefer DeCamp studied there and in Germany with fellow Ohioan Frank Duveneck. After his travels and studies in Europe, DeCamp settled in Boston, where he became a founding member of the Ten American Painters — a group of artists, largely considered American Impressionists, who banded together to exhibit outside the more […]

Art and Discomfort

Stanhope Forbes (1857-1947) and the painters of The Newlyn School took their art outdoors. The created multi-figure compositions from observation, overcoming all the challenges of wind, weather, changing light, and curious locals. Forbes...Show More Summary

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