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Animatronic Creature Mechanics

This behind-the-scenes sampling of animatronic heads from Spectral Motion shows some of the intricate mechanics beneath the flexible silicone skin. (Link to YouTube video.)Combined with the creepy music "I Cannot See His Colour" by James...Show More Summary

Victor Gilbert

In the late 19th century, artists in Europe, emboldened by the advent of Realism and the freedom it granted from historical or romanticized themes, began to depict contemporary daily life. Some specialized in particular aspects of day to day life, particularly in Paris, center of the art world at the time. Victor-Gabriel Gilbert was a […]

Theodore Gurney, Aeronautical Engineer

(Link to Soundcloud File)Theodore Gurney was one of my grandfather's younger brothers. He lived from 1908 to 2001. I sketched him in Rhode Island back in 1997.Press the orange play button to hear him tell how his father doubted thatShow More Summary

Dear Santa Claus, from Jimmy the Reindeer

"Dear Santa Claus,I want Willie the missile man, & BasketBall, FootBall Kicking Set, Bowling Ball, & Chevrolet stingray, & stuffed animal. Dog, & Master Pogo stick.Sincerely yours, Jim GuRNEy" (December 1964, age 6, far left)

The Star of Bethlehem, Edward Burne-Jones

The Star of Bethlehem, Edward Burne-Jones On Google Art Project, high res downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Watercolor and bodycolor on ten sheets of paper, on stretcher, 101 × 152 in (260 cm × 390 cm), or roughly 8 ft x 12 ft. Based on his […]

Fair and Loathing: A Study in Contrasts

Fair and Loathing: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times  Fair and Loathing: Coincidences, Trends and a Coupla WTFs Fair and Loathing: Big Paintings Fair and Loathing: Art? Not Art? Fair and Loathing: Gender Issues Fair and Loathing:...Show More Summary

Merry Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas, everyone. Art by Ivan Shishkin (1832-1898) "In the Wild North," 1891, oil on canvas, 161 cm (63.4 in) x118 cm (46.5 in).

Another wonderful Leyendecker Santa Claus

I’ve suggested before that although others preceded him in developing the character of The Jolly One, I think the great American illustrator J.C. Leyendecker is most responsible for the contemporary version of Santa Claus we are familiar with today. For more, see my previous Christmas Eve posts on Leyendecker’s Santas and Illustrators’ Visions of Santa […]

Eye Candy for Today: Antoine Gros chalk portrait

Portrait of a Woman, Antoine Jean Gros In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Black chalk, 11 x 8 inches (28 x 19cm). I love the way the application of the chalk is alternately bold and delicate. For such a seemingly basic material, chalk can be astonishingly subtle. With the help of a stomp, fGros has […]

Dinotopia Podcast Episode 8

It's Tuesday, which means it's time for Episode Seven of the serialized podcast of Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time. To listen, click the orange play button below, or follow the link to the SoundCloud file. Will and Arthur Denison attend...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Curran’s Fair Critics

Fair Critics, Charles Courtney Curran In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use zoom or download icons below the image. I just love paintings of artists’ studios, particularly those in which other paintings are depicted. I wish the Met’s site had more commentary about this one. Does “Fair Critics” refer to the critical judgement of those […]

"Fire and Ice" backgrounds

Detail from Frank Frazetta's poster art for Fire and Ice, from Director Robert Rodriguez announced a few days ago that he has completed a deal with Sony to produce a live action version of the 1983 Ralph Bakshi animated film Fire and Ice, based on the artwork of Frank Frazetta. Show More Summary

Winter Solstice with the Pennsylvania Impressionists

Here in southeastern Pennsylvania, we don’t have the harshest winters — certainly not like Minnesota or Maine or even northern New York State — but we do have winter; and never have Pennsylvania’s winters been more beautifully celebrated than by the Pennsylvania Impressionists, a group painters who formed an art colony in and around New […]

Brandon Liao

Brandon Liao is a concept artist for the gaming industry, currently working with Riot Games. Beyond that, I know little, as his website and blog don’t offer much in the way of bio, credits or process information. It appears he is working primarily in digital painting, perhaps combined with a bit of CGI modeling, though […]

Photos of Sorolla Painting

Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (Spanish, 1863-1923) executed many of his famous paintings outdoors under the most challenging conditions, and fortunately there are photographs to show his ingenious panting setups. I can't imagine a more dynamic...Show More Summary

Théodore Rousseau

Étienne Pierre Théodore Rousseau was one of the first of the French painters to be attracted to the gnarled trees, bolder-strewn hillsides and deep forests of Fontainebleau, and after visiting frequently, one of the first to move to the small nearby village of Barbizon, where he became one of the premiere painters of the Barbizon […]

LA Street-Light Colors

LA Streetlights, before (left half) and after (right half) c/o LA Curbed and LA Bureau of Street Lighting Los Angeles is in the midst of a major street light replacement program. They are changing out the sodium vapor lights (left) and...Show More Summary

Alaska Art Adventure Opportunity

The Voices of the Wilderness is an art residency program that pairs intrepid artists with wilderness rangers. Participants not only fill sketchbooks, but they also get a chance to learn about research, monitoring, and education. Over...Show More Summary

Big Cat Safari

Together with a company of dedicated wildlife artists, Spanish paleoartist Mauricio Antón has been leading sketching safaris to northern Botswana in search of the big cats.Mr. Antón also makes splendid videos of the experience. In this one, he talks about the structure of the lion's head and what it's like to see lions in the wild. Show More Summary

Charlotte Mann

I would venture a guess that most artists, at some point in their childhood, drew on walls in their house. (For my own experience, see my post about Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon.) Charlotte Mann is a British artist who draws on walls as an adult — and gets paid for it! Mann […]

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