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Chris Malbon

Chris Malbon is a UK based illustrator and designer who works in both traditional and digital media. He has done work for a number of agencies and clients including work for Sony, Coca-Cola, Nestle, Nike and MTV. Malbon’s approach varies with his project, but is Read More...

Integrating a Figure into the Background

BadCoyote asks: "Do you have any advice for artists struggling to match foreground characters and background elements into a seamless pic?" Vibert 1. Overlap an element in front of the main figure. Sorolla 2. Be sure lighting is consistent on the figure and the background. Show More Summary

Zorn and Photography

On a recent post about Swedish artist Anders Zorn, blog reader Tyler J observed: "Beautiful work but there is a photographic quality about some of it. I couldn't find anything about his methods in the internets but I'm wondering if anyone...Show More Summary

Sculpting from the Inside Out

Brazilian sculptor Juliana LePine creates a tiny figural portrait of singer Freddie Mercury. She builds the forms from the inside out: putting teeth on the skull, flesh on the bones, and clothing over the flesh. (Link to YouTube)Juliana has a whole series of tutorial videos grouped into playlists. Show More Summary

Detailed Photos of Insects

Photographer Levon Biss came up with a way to photograph insects in extremely high resolution. Biss teamed up with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History to record some of the best specimens from their collection. The process...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Jacob van Walscapelle Still Life with Fruit

Still Life with Fruit, Jacob van Walscapelle Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable high-res file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the National Gallery of Art, DC, which also has zoomable and downloadable versions of the image. Compared to some of Read More...

Red Shadowline

14 hours ago More A Twitter user asks: "Hey James. Can't find the answer to this anywhere else, but do you know what you would call this red line on the skin?" Answer: That looks like subsurface scattering. The sunlight penetrates the...Show More Summary


Inktober started as a challenge illustrator and cartoonist Jake Parker set himself in October of 2009, to draw 31 ink drawings in 31 days. The goal, as in any exercise of this sort, was to get better end develop a more consistent working practice. He Read More...

Reconstructing a Face from a Single Image

A free online tool lets you create a 3D reconstruction of a face from a single image. Van Dyck's Portrait of Cornelis Van Der Geest in 3D You can input a single photo or a painting. After it processes and outputs, you can drag the 3D model around with your mouse and see it in a variety of angles. Show More Summary

Women Painting Women, RJD Gallery 2017

“Women Painting Women: A Voice with a Vision” is a group show at the RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton, NY (Long Island) that opens this Saturday, October 7, and runs to October 30, 2017. The title of the show pretty well describes the theme. There is Read More...

ImagineFX Feature on Sketching

In the November issue of ImagineFX magazine, I'm happy to share pages in an article called "The Joy of Sketch" with Tony DiTerlizzi, Robh Ruppel, Olly Lawson, Miles Johnson, and Terryl Whitlatch. Each of us has different reasons forShow More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop’s Garden, John Constable Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Frick Collection, NY. Constable painted the Salisbury Cathedral a number of times, from several different points of view. This Read More...

The Frick Collection, NYC

I was in New York over the weekend and I took the opportunity to visit the Frick Collection, which I haven’t been to for a few years (it’s often hard for me to get past the Met and the Morgan Library to other museums when Read More....

Eye Candy for Today: Heinrich Böhmer Landscape with Deer

Landscape with Deer, Heinrich Böhmer Link is to The Greatest of Art blog; there is another copy of the image on The Golden Kite Forum. I don’t know the location of the original. Turn of the century German landscape painter Heinrich Böhmer had a wonderful Read More...

Plein-air gear for controlling light.

Here are three 3 DIY gadgets from inexpensive materials you can build to improve the light on your plein-air easel. (Direct link to YouTube video) The side diffuser keeps the direct sunlight off your work. The last thing you want is cast shadows across your work. Show More Summary

The Art of Behind-the-Scenes

In addition to perfecting the art of animation, Disney Studios mastered the art of the behind-the-scenes film. (Link to YouTube)In this glimpse into the making of the 1955 feature Lady and the Tramp, animator Frank Thomas demonstrates lip synch and the pencil test. Show More Summary

Zorn, as seen by his peers

Anders Zorn (1860-1920) was the star pupil of the Swedish Academy, and he left his fellow students spellbound."There were a number of able young men," recalled Bruno Liljefors, a fellow student at the Academy, "and it was a treat to walk about and look at their fresh lay-ins and to admire their pith, color, and truth, as was fashionable then. Show More Summary

Painting in a Cow Pasture

Arthur Burdett Frost (American, 1851-1928). Mulvaney's Muley Cow, Harper's Weekly A cartoon by A.B. Frost (1851-1928) begins with an artist painting in a cow pasture. What could possibly go wrong? While the artist takes a nap under a tree, the cow sweeps her tail over the canvas and spreads the paint around. Show More Summary

Michael Rothman

Michael Rothman is a natural science illustrator who appears to specialize in complex scenes of plants and animals in their natural environment. His subjects include both extant and extinct species. Rothman has a superb ability to render highly detailed compositions — with multiple focal points Read More...

A Belle Époque Apartment Untouched for 70 Years

When they unlocked the doors to the Paris apartment, it was like discovering King Tut's tomb. The rooms had been sealed up since World War II when its owner fled to the south of France, and her descendant kept up the rent payments. Filled...Show More Summary

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