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Alex Ruiz

Alex Ruiz is a concept artist and illustrator working in the film television and video game industries. Much of his character work is intentionally dark, but the pieces I find of most interest are his environments and imaginative experiments. In these, his digital paintings often have a fascinating character combining biomorphic, architectonic and mechanical forms, […]

Zoological Atlas

'Atlas de Zoologie : ou Collection de 100 Planches' by Paul Gervais (1844) is a supplementary volume of illustrations, originally produced for a large French series on zoology published between 1816 and 1830. The original series featured 60 written volumes and another 10 or so volumes of illustration plates. Show More Summary

Watercolors by Charles E. Dana

Here's a painting of a door in Friburg by Pennsylvania artist Charles E. Dana (1843-1924). He studied architecture in Munich, and then went to Paris to learn from Gérôme and Bonnat.The iron grille in the window, with rectangular mullions...Show More Summary

Colin Fraser

Originally from Scotland and now living and working in southern Sweden, Colin Fraser paints his luminous still life, landscape and figurative subjects in the painstaking medium of egg tempera. Fraser’s dedication to egg tempera is notable given the time consuming nature of the medium and the scale at which he works. Almost all of Fraser’s […]

Cornelis Vreedenburgh

Cornelis Vreedenburgh was a Dutch painter active in the early 20th century, whose work is wonderfully painterly, richly colored and beautifully atmospheric. I can find little information about him, and only one image archive with a significant number of paintings: WikiPaintings. Show More Summary

Andrew Wyeth Documentary

Former Monty Python member Michael Palin has won a devoted following for his travel documentaries on BBC, and he has also presented a few shows about artists, notably about the Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershoi.(Direct link to YouTube...Show More Summary

Cartoonist interviews on David Wasting Paper

Since 2009, David Paccia has been posting short interviews with cartoonists and cartoon illustrators of various backgrounds on his blog, David Wasting Paper. The interviews are a standard set of questions, the same given to each artist, the answers to which, of course, are varied. The questions range from interesting and useful, like “What is […]

Jacques-Émile Blanche

Jacques-Émile Blanche was a French painter and portrait artist active in the late 19th and early 20th century. He was friends with Marcel Proust, whose portrait he painted (above, top), as well as other literary and artistic figures of the time such as Aubrey Beardsley (second down). I haven’t found a lot of information on […]

Eye Candy for Today: Franklin Booth ink drawing

Echoes, Franklin Booth From Comic Book Stories blog, where you will find lots more. See my previous posts on Franklin Booth here on Lines and Colors.

Michael Cheval

Originally from Russia and now living in the U.S., Michael Cheval’s flights of imaginative visions might be called “magic realism”, though classifying this kind of work is always a slippery process. Certainly not “surrealism”, a term often used casually and incorrectly to describe fantastic art, though you may see nods to the visual language of […]

Maquette of Scroobious Pip

Rick Lovell, who teaches a class in Illustration Techniques at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta says: "Your 'How I Paint Dinosaurs' video inspired me to have my students create maquettes based on Edward Lear's 'Scroobious...Show More Summary

Renoir’s landscapes

I have to go on record as saying that Pierre Auguste Renoir is not one of my favorite painters. Certainly among the original French Impressionists, I find him the weakest and most inconsistent — not a painter at the level of his contemporaries in the Impressionist circle. Renoir was prolific, and I’ve seen enough bad […]

Classic Stern Steerers

The canvas was up and the runners were down again today. More than 30 ice yachts gathered on the Hudson River, almost certainly the last day of the season. I set up my sketching stool in the midst of it all and tried to capture the scene in gouache. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Adélaïde Labille-Guiard chalk drawing

Study of a Seated Woman Seen from Behind (Marie-Gabrielle Capet), Adélaïde Labille-Guiard Original is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A beautiful drawing by the 18th century French painter, and a wonderful example of the expressive possibilities for creating naturalistic portraits and figures in the “trois crayon” method of using three chalks — red, black […]

Emmanuel Malin (update)

Emmanuel Malin is an illustrator, art director and concept artist for the gaming industry based in Paris. I initially profiled Malin here on Lines and Colors back in 2010. Malin creates fascinatingly textural images with layers of shapes within larger shapes defining his compositions. He works with both bright and muted color palettes, often contrasting […]

Put it where you can see it

There's an old rule that animators keep in mind: "Put it where you can see it." It's true for illustrators, too. When you're designing a picture, the parts of the pose that are important to the story should be in clear view, while the less important parts can be concealed. Show More Summary

Antti Rautiola

Antti Rautiola is a painter and art director living in Helinski, Finland. On his website and his blog you will find examples of his work in plein air landscape and studio paintings, including paintings of his family. On his blog, in particular, you will find larger versions of his paintings, showing his loose, confident brushwork. […]

Painting Iceboats

On Tuesday I set up my sketching stool in the middle of the Hudson River, a few hundred yards out from the shoreline.Beside me was a foot-wide crack. Every once in a while it groaned and creaked. When a tug passed by in the shipping lane, the crack let out a dull, low thud, which reverberated up and downstream. Show More Summary

On Hiatus for Just a Bit Longer

. Have you missed me? I've been on hiatus since mid-January when I got a new knee. Fifteen years of running on New York City pavement and then... trouble. Give me another week or so and I'll be back. Not mine, but you get the pictur...

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