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Painting a Magical Light Effect

There's a second painting covered in the upcoming video Fantasy in the Wild: Painting Concept Art on Location. The painting is called "Incident on Kelly Street."The actual scene I'm looking at is lit evenly, so I have to consciously change the the light so that it only strikes the house. Show More Summary

Cubebrush Launches Today

Journey by Marc Brunet, founder of Cubebrush, a new marketplace for digital art tutorials, goes live today. I interviewed the founder, Marc Brunet, who is also a concept artist for Blizzard Entertainment. Gurney: How did...Show More Summary

Fair Fetched: Navigating Miami, Part 2

See You in Miami?Fair Fetched: Part 1 A Couple of Hotel Fairs This is he second of three overview posts. (I'd thought there would be just two, but I have a lot of photos.) The hotel fairs I'm showing you here are Aqua Art, an established...Show More Summary

"Fantasy in the Wild" Coming Wednesday

The reason I'm at the police station talking to officers in yesterday's post is that I'm painting their police car (below right), and I want to talk to them to understand how they might deal with a situation like this. Aftermath, casein,...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Frans Snyders’ Still Life with Small Game and Fruit

Still Life with Small Game and Fruit, Frans Snyders In the Rijksmuseum. It’t interesting to compare this painting with a similar subject by Snyders in the national Gallery of Art, DC: Still Life with Grapes and Game.  

Eye Candy for Today: Frans Snyders’ Still Life with Grapes and Game

Still Life with Grapes and Game, Frans Snyders In the National Gallery of Art, DC. Click “Download” to access a page from which you can download larger versions. The largest file (double line under the arrow) requires a free login account, the other does not. 17th century master Frans Snyders is credited with originating the […]

At the Police Station

What does this police officer want with me and my painting? Answer to come soon—stay tuned.

Matt Gaser's "Fantastical"

Visual development artist Matt Gaser has released a compilation of his personal artwork called "Fantastical: The Art of Matt Gaser." It's a full-color book loaded with sketches and digital paintings of monsters, robots, giants, floating cities, and spaceships. Show More Summary

Harold Speed, Chapter 4: The Painter's Training

Today we'll take a look at Chapter 4: "The Painter's Training" from Harold Speed's 1924 art instruction book Oil Painting Techniques and Materials.I'll present Speed's main points in boldface type either verbatim or paraphrased, followed by comments of my own. Show More Summary

Fair Fetched: Navigating Miami, Part 1

See You in Miami? Five days of relentless heat and humidity, frequent rain, and occasional orrential downpours—enough to have turned the section of Collins Avenue in front of my hotel into a gushing river—unmoving traffic and impossible-to-get taxis turned his year’s Miami experience into nightmare of navigation. Show More Summary

Chris Dunn

Chris Dunn is an English illustrator and gallery artist whose most recent project is a series of watercolor paintings inspired by the classic children’s story The Wind in the Willows. Dunn has a wonderfully finessed style, combining a visceral, tactile realism with a delightful portrayal of his anthropomorphic animal protagonists. There is a warmth and […]

Pit Brow Wenches and Cat Flayers

Arthur Munby with Ellen Grounds,a "pit brow wench," 1873 The first thing that comes to my mind when one thinks of jobs for Victorian lower class women are domestic jobs: kitchen and washing and that sort of thing.But Victorian women also worked in rough, dirty jobs outside the home that one would think were suitable only for men. Show More Summary

Tour Guide Harmon Simmons

I enjoy sketching people when they're talking and moving around. This is Harmon Simmons (1931-2013), a tour guide at the Vanderbilt Mansion in New York, back in 2001. He described himself this way: "I'm Irish, Dutch, English, and Indian—Duke's mix. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Peter Birmann’s The Devil’s Bridge

The Devil’s Bridge in the Schöllenen Gorge on the Way across the St. Gotthard Pass with a Mule Train, Peter Birmann Pen, brush, gray and brown inks. Link is to zoomable version on the Google Art Project; downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Albertina, Vienna. Though the rendering is distinctly european, the […]

Tom Roberts at the National Gallery of Australia

Tom Roberts was an English/Australian painter who was one of the foremost of the Australian painters known as the Heildelberg School, or “Australian Impressionists” — a remarkable group of 19th century painters who we hear too little of here in the U.S. The group, and Roberts in particular, are much better known in Australia, of […]

Happy Birthday, Adolph Menzel

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the German artist Adolph Menzel. Adolph Menzel’s drawing supplies accompanied him everywhere, whether on a short walk or a long journey. He was always prepared to draw. One of his overcoats had eight pockets, each filled with sketchbooks of different sizes. Show More Summary

Illustrators Magazine Issue Eleven

Illustrators is a quarterly magazine published in the UK, that I previously wrote about when they published their first issue in 2013. Calling Illustrators a “magazine” is a bit misleading, as it’s a 96 page perfect bound format that feels more like a large trade paperback. I was delighted to receive a review copy of […]

White Cloud Worlds 3

The third collection "White Cloud Worlds" has just shipped to its Kickstarter backers. The book is a beautifully illustrated collection of artwork by New Zealand concept artists. I had the honor of writing the following introductionShow More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Michele Pace del Campidoglio still life

Still Life with Melons, Peaches, Figs, and Grapes; Michele Pace del Campidoglio Link is to zoomable version on Google art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. To me, this wonderful 17th century still life by the Italian painter Michele Pace del Campidoglio has a remarkably contemporary […]

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