Discover a new way to find and share stories you'll love… Learn about Reading Desk

All Blogs / Arts / General Visual Arts / Popular

Troll-Caught Tuna Contest Results

We received 35 entries, all in the illustration category, for the "Troll-Caught Tuna" contest. The inspiration was a label on a tuna can that suggested that maybe trolls did the fishing. I asked you to imagine how trolls might catch, sell, or prep the tuna. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Theodore Robinson’s Old Bridge

The Old Bridge, Theodore Robinson Image on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. One of my favorites by Robinson, who was one of the earliest American painters to adopt the new style of the French Impressionists. One of those paintings that you could divide up into a number of smaller compositions that would […]

Bright Light Fine Art / Artists Guild Library

Bright Light Fine Art is a collaborative art instruction site featuring three well-known contemporary painters: David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw and Jacqueline Kamin (links to my posts). The site has bios and sample galleries by each artist, listings of workshops and other news, and a store for books by Leffel and McGraw. The essence of the […]

Night Sketching in Alleys

Night sketching in alleys opens up new worlds of light and color. Streetlights come in a variety of color casts: the yellow of sodium vapor, the green of mercury vapor, the red of neon, and the blue-white of metal halide. Our eyes can see variations in these light colors that elude the camera. Show More Summary

Ikenaga Yasunari

Japanese artist Ikenaga Yasunari paints portraits of women in serene, often wistful poses, in which the patterns of their clothing and surrounding textiles as as important within the compositions as the stylized design work of Mucha or Klimt. Though his approach is modern, Yasunari works in tools and techniques from the traditional Nihonga style, painting […]

John Seerey-Lester Doing a Demo

John Seerey-Lester is known for his wildlife, landscape, and historical paintings. He and his wife Suzie are featured on the cover of the upcoming October/November issue of International Artist magazine. While John did a demo at the SKB Workshop recently in Wyoming, I sat off to the side and painted his portrait in watercolor. Show More Summary

Solstice Effect

Here's an unusual effect in Indiana where the sun is setting directly behind us due west on the Solstice, and the light bounces back from all the signs lined up due east.

Launching an Art Tutorial on Gumroad

If you are interested in publishing video tutorials of your own artmaking process, I recommend using Gumroad as a digital distribution partner. Gumroad is an online company that provides an easy to use platform for individual creators who want to sell their own digital content, such as ebooks and videos. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Lorenzo Lotto’s Madonna and Child

Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine and Thomas (sacra conversazione), Lorenzo Lotto On Google Art Project, high-resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original it in the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna. The 16th century venetian master gives us an idyllic tableau of serene faces, beautifully painted. The angel is just… angelic.

Olivier Pron

Concept artist and matte painter Olivier Pron has film credits that include Cloud Atlas, Watchmen, X-Men: The Last Stand, Iron Man 3 and Guardians of the Galaxy. It looks at though he may be using a combination of digital painting and models, but I can’t tell. His blog was only started this month, and there […]

Kenny Harris

California based painter Kenny Harris paints landscapes, still life and figurative works, but it is his extraordinary room interiors that captured my attention. Bathed in soft, often indirect light, punctuated by brighter passages of windows or doorways, his interiors are rendered in subtle, dimensional layers of muted colors and painterly textures. Harris studied Fine Art […]

Pixar supercut arranged ROYGBIV

ROYGBIV: A Pixar Supercut from Rishi Kaneria on Vimeo.Editor Rishi Kaneria excerpted short scenes from the Pixar films and arranged them according to the spectrum, showing how much individual sequences are shifted to a particular narrow color gamuts. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Bloemaert tree studies

Studies of Two Pollard Willows, Abraham Bloemaert Pen and brown ink with watercolor. Roughly 8×12 inches (20x30cm). In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Simple, direct and beautifully economical observation from nature. Not a superfluous line.

Recital Audience

Stopped in at the Butler Institute of Art in Youngstown, Ohio. The audience for the piano recital didn't see me off in the shadows of the side gallery...moo-hoo-ha-ha.

Flint's Watercolor Sketching Gear

Francis Russell Flint (1915-1977) was the son of the more famous watercolorist Sir William Russell Flint. He wrote a book called "Water-Colour for Beginners" which explains his suggested plein-air gear. "There are many good types ofShow More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Van Gogh Autumn landscape

Autumn Landscape with Four Trees, Vincent van Gogh You might come across versions of this image on the web that are much more colorful — with bright oranges and reds — but despite Van Gogh’s penchant for brilliantly high-chroma paintings in his later career, I don’t believe that’s the case here. I haven’t see the […]

Brian Miller (Orlin Culture Shop)

Brina Miller is a Colorado based illustrator who brands himself as Orlin Culture Shop. His clients include Adobe, GQ Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Scientific American, and Penguin Publishing, among others. Miller works in a sharp, angular style that feels both modern and delightfully retro (maybe modern-retro-futuristic, or something like that). Show More Summary

Book Review: Sketching from Square One to Trafalgar Square

Richard Scott's new book, "Sketching - from Square One to Trafalgar Square" is a comprehensive introduction to drawing from observation.The book presents practical advice for achieving accuracy, including measuring angles and organizing value shapes. Show More Summary

Underpainting Review of "How I Paint Dinosaurs"

Thanks to Matthew Innis of the "Underpaintings" blog for his extensive review of my instructional video "How I Paint Dinosaurs." Here's an excerpt:"The overall feeling and presentation of the film is “old school,” but “old school” at its best. Show More Summary

Valentin Korotkov

Valentin Korotkov is a Russian painter based in Moscow, who studied at the Art College of the Kharkov Academy of Design and Art. He paints with a brusque, textural style, in which the surface texture and paint application is visible even in small reproductions. His landscapes have a nice quality of casual immediacy, and range […]

Copyright © 2011 Regator, LLC