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Ian Ramsay

Ian Ramsay was born in England, emigrated to the U.S. where he studied at the University of Utah, and now lives and works in Utah’s Salt Lake Valley. Ramsay’s background in architecture shows in his confident handling of complex urban and architectural subjects. His strong draftstmanship also affords him the ability to work with loose […]

Jason Morgan reviews Imaginative Realism

(Link to YouTube) Professional wildlife artist Jason Morgan does a page by page walkthrough of Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist. Thanks, Jason!----Order a signed copy of Imaginative Realism from our website (USA only)

Bury It

“Bury It” is a very nicely realized animated music video for a song by Chvrches and Haley Williams — animated by Mighty Nice with a design direction established by comics artist and illustrator Jamie Mckelvie, who has worked with the band previously on poster designs. I’m not certain if Mckelvie actually directed the short or […]

Eye Candy for Today: Gabriel Metsu portrait

Portrait of Lucia Wijbrants, Gabriel Metsu Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable high-resolution file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. This splendid 17th century portrait by Metsu was for a long time known simply as “Portrait of a Woman”, but the Minneapolis Institute of Arts website […]

Physiognomy: Comparing People to Animals

Can you guess a person's personality by the shape or appearance of their head? Do some people look like animals, or some animals look like people? Those were questions asked by people in the field of Physiognomy. Here Italian scholar...Show More Summary

Van Gogh’s drawings

As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts showcasing some “Not the usual Van Gogh’s” (and here), we are often given the impression that an artist’s oeuvre is much smaller that is really is because art publishers and even museums tend to emphasize an artist’s “greatest hits” over and over, at the expense of exploring a […]

Plein-Air Portraiture in International Artist

The upcoming August/September issue of International Artist magazine contains my article "Painting Candid Portraits in the Wild," which recaps nine recent adventures in plein-air portraiture.In the article I address a question that comes up often:Is it OK to Sketch Strangers in Public?Yes. Show More Summary

Sunset at the Supermarket

Here's the view across the parking lot of the supermarket yesterday at sunset. Supermarket, gouache, 4 x 7 inches. The painting sequence was a little different on this one. The sky is a transparent wash. I used ultramarine blue and burnt sienna gouache for the dark silhouettes. Show More Summary

How Movement Aids Face Recognition

Every face you're familiar with, whether friend or celebrity, has a distinctive shape and proportion. But familiar faces also have a set of characteristic movements. Those movements, scientists say, are stored in your memory, and play a crucial role in face recognition. Show More Summary

Lovell Book Announced

Publisher Dan Zimmer has announced that he's working on a book about Tom Lovell's work as an illustrator. Here is the unfolded dust jacket design. There was a previous book about Lovell from the 1980s, but it mainly covered his western art work. Show More Summary

Painting a Complex Subject in Watercolor

(Link to You Tube) Painting in transparent watercolor requires careful planning, and that's especially true when there's perspective and lettering involved.In this case I spent nearly one hour of the 2 hour session on the preliminary pencil drawing. After I was sure of that, the rest went pretty fast.-------Watercolor in the Wild Gumroad tutorial

Kevin Hong

Kevin Hong is a New York based illustrator who works in the fantasy art genre. Having graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2015, Hong’s portfolio is not yet extensive, but shows great promise in his engaging blend of influences from Japanese anime and US/European fantasy art. I particularly enjoy his use of color […]

Eye Candy for Today: Louis Buvelot’s Yarra Flats

Yarra Flats, Louis Buvelot Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the National Gallery of Victoria, which also has a zoomable version. 19th century Australian artistShow More Summary

Gouache Materials List

I was putting together a gouache materials list for an upcoming workshop, so I thought I would share it with you, too. Surface You can use illustration board, watercolor paper in sheets, a watercolor paper pad or spiral bound watercolor sketchbooks. Show More Summary

Book Review: Sorolla and the Paris Years

On July 14, The musée des impressionnismes in Giverny will open an exhibition called "Sorolla and the Paris Years" which focuses on Joaquín Sorolla's rise to fame and international success. Valencian Fishermen, 1895, 26 x 34 in. Collection...Show More Summary

Comparing Opaque and Tranparent Painting

Yesterday I painted two vintage bisque porcelains in Mel Birnkrant's collection, a leering match holder and an exuberant baby waving a flag. Schafer and Vater porcelains, casein (left), and watercolor (right) The study on the left is...Show More Summary

Imagery from the Bird’s Home: The Art of Bill Carman

There are certain contemporary artists in the field of fantastic art whose work I find a continual delight. Notable among them is Bill Carman, who I have written about previously here on Lines and Colors. All too often, I find artists in contemporary fantasy, concept and fantastic art (as well as in “Pop Surrealism”) who […]

My Days Doing Atari Box Art

When I was starting out as a freelance illustrator, I did a few cover designs for Activision and Atari. Here's what the screen graphics looked like for a game called River Raid, where you fly a jet up a river and shoot at helicopters and ships. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Monet’s Parc Monceau

The Parc Monceau, Claude Monet In the Metropolitan Museum of Art; use the Download or Enlarge links under the image on their page. This painting, one of several painted in an urban park in the heart of Paris, is one of my favorites from Monet’s period of painting in his signature style — what might […]

New Challenge: Food Trucks

We had such an enthusiastic response to our last Weed Challenge that many of you asked for another opportunity. This time it's food trucks! I invite you to paint a mobile food vendor on location with a limited palette. Photo by PaulShow More Summary

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