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Arthur Guptill Renders a Window

In 1935, Arthur Guptill demonstrated a sequential method frequently used by architectural illustrators for painting a window. Guptill first draws the subject in pencil, giving careful attention to the perspective. He rules the lines of the shutters very evenly. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Escher’s Three Worlds

Three Worlds, M.C. Escher Lithograph, roughly 14×10 inches (36x25cm). Image on Wikiart, larger here. While it’s not one of Escher’s more obvious brain twisting visual conundrums, it’s a teaser nonetheless — also beautiful, subtle, and one of my favorites. Show More Summary

ImagineFX Article on Composition

The new issue of ImagineFX magazine, on newsstands now, has an article that I wrote about composition. It begins by resisting the usual approaches to composition, which typically lay out systems of geometric grids, or talk about controlling the eye, or present a series of design prohibitions. Show More Summary

Casey Childs

Casey Childs is a painter based in Utah who focuses on portrait and figurative subjects. His approach to paint handling varies from brusque to refined, in keeping with the feeling generated by his subject and composition. Often his figures will be painted in the context of room interiors, in the course of which he also […]

Barker's Flower Fairies

Cicely Mary Barker, Privet Fairy The portrayal of fairies often focuses on their supposed malicious or mischievous nature, but fairies in early 20th century British popular culture were more often portrayed as ethereal and innocent nature spirits. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Canaletto’s drawing of the Porta Portello

The Porta Portello with the Brenta Canal in Padua, Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal) On Google Art Project, high-res downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Albertina, Vienna. In pen and brown ink with brown and gray washes. Unfortunately, neither the museum or Google Art Project give the dimensions. To me it has the […]

Mac Conner

MacCauley “Mac” Conner is an illustrator noted for his work in the mid-20th century, in particular at the height of his popularity and influence in the 1950s. His style bridged the realism of early 20th century illustration, the flattened, graphic mid-century modern style with which he is most associated, and the more rendered approach of […]

Dry Touching or Dragging

A 19th century painting manual describes a technique called "dry touching" where lighter tones of oils are scumbled over a middle tone base, with a result something like pastels. Thomas Couture (1815-1879) "Bust of a Young Girl," Oil on canvas, 46 x 34 cm. Show More Summary

Sorolla and America in Madrid

Sorolla and America is an exhibition of the work of the great Spanish painter related to his travels here in the US. It was organized jointly by the Meadows Museum in Dallas, The San Diego Museum of Art Fundación MAPFRE in Madrid. After its run at the Meadows Museum and the San Diego Museum of […]

American Masters Show at the Salmagundi Club

I'm pleased to announce that four of my landscape paintings will be exhibited and offered for sale at the American Masters show from October 14 - 24 at the Salmagundi Club in New York.I'll be honored to be sharing the walls with artists like John Stobart, Burt Silverman, Christopher Blossom, Dean Mitchell, and Scott Christensen. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Gerrit Dou’s astronomer

Astronomer by Candlelight, Gerrit Dou On Google Art Project; downloadable high-res file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Getty Museum. A small gem (roughly 13×8?, 33x20cm) of 17th century chiaroscuro by an under-appreciated Dutch master. For more, see this page on Essential Vermeer, and my previous Eye Candy post on a Gerrit Dou genre […]

Joshua Eiten

Joshua Eiten’s Tumblr blog states that he is a communication design student at Carnegie Mellon University. If that’s still the case, his age is belied by the strong drawing, accomplished compositions and confident digital rendering of his concept art and illustration pieces. His blog is set in one of those awkward Tumblr arrangements in which […]

Kevin Crawford on the Flute

Here's Irish flutist Kevin Crawford, sketched from life in a pub session. It's just a couple inches square drawn in watercolor and water-soluble colored pencils.He's a wonderfully dynamic player, and in truth he looks a lot less cadaverous than I made him appear -- sorry Kevin!

Succulent Carrion

"[S]till enjoying, though in the afternoon of life, a reasonable share of health and vigour, I am now ready to proceed to any part of the globe, to which your Majesty's commands direct me. Many are the portions of it that have not yet been fully explored by Botanists - all of them are equal to my choice. Show More Summary

Skybax Car

I've always had a fondness for exuberantly painted cars. Here's one in Ohio that features Will Denison from Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara painted on the hood.In case you couldn't make it out, here's the painting it's based on. I love the wiggly yellow line against the blue and black stripes and the gradation from red to orange. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Prud’hon’s Portrait of Constance Mayer

Portrait of Constance Mayer, Pierre-Paul Prud’hon On WikiArt, large version here. Original is in the collection of the Louvre, though I can’t find a listing for it on the museum’s new website. I had the pleasure of seeing this drawing in person at a show of Prud’hon’s work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art some […]

Stephen Biesty

Ever since I was old enough to stare goggle eyed at them in children’s books, or in my fathers Popular Science magazines, I have always loved cross-sections, exploded views and cut-away illustrations. There’s something magical about seeing the inside and outside of a complex structure or vehicle simultaneously, like penetrating the surface of reality with […]

A Walk Through "Doppler Shift"

. Visitors Molly Heron and Cora Jane Glasser standing before Similar Motions by Gilbert Hsaio JM photo Doppler Shift, curated by Mary Birmingham for her institution, the Visual Art Center of New Jersey, explores shifting perceptions of color and space. The work is largely geometric in form, the geometry allowing for what Birmingham calls "spatial ambiguities" based on angle of

Brain Activity During Eye Movements

French philosopher Henri Bergson once said: "The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend." Psychologist Martin Rolfs has studied what happens in the brain when the eyes jump from one subject to another in the rapid eye movements called saccades. Show More Summary

Clement on the Can — New CLEMENTOONS Adventure

In this brand new episode of CLEMENTOONS, Clement makes a sled out of a crushed soda can and embarks on a wild ride. ( Direct link to video ) CLEMENTOONS is my stop-motion animated adventure series about a little cartoon person on a perilous journey through the real world to the toyland of Melville. Show More Summary

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