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Eye Candy for Today: Irving Wiles’ Russian Tea

Russian Tea, Irving R. Wiles On Google Art Project. Downloadable high-res file on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum. For more of his stunning work, along with information and links, see my post on Irving Ramsay Wiles.

Steve Brodner

New York based illustrator and caricaturist Steve Brodner has a wonderful ability to take his caricatured faces out to a remarkable degree of exaggeration, but retain not only a portrait-like feeling of the individual but a finessed and appealing character to the drawings themselves. His subjects extend from the early days of the republic to […]

Casein Questions

My friend Jim asked: "We’re headed off on vacation next week. And I’m mulling over my options for what art supplies to bring. I had eliminated oils, as there’s rarely time to really paint on a family trip. So I was leaning towards watercolor,...Show More Summary

Franz Richard Unterberger

Franz Richard Unterberger was an Austrian painter active in the late 19th century. Though his early work featured mountains and Alpine scenes, the work for which he is best known is from his later career, and consists of landscapes that focus on architecture, — largely of locations in Italy like Venice, Naples, and the Amalfi […]

Reference Reference

How does an elephant lie down? It pulls itself forward, lowering its rear half onto the knees, then settling the front half on the elbows. (Link to video) A free website called ReferenceReference has a wealth of stock video clips of such animal actions. Show More Summary

Dana Guerrieri

Dana Guerrieri is a visual development artist and illustrator, whose work can simultaneously have a light touch and a dark edge. Her online portfolio is not extensive, but there are more images on her prints page, and a there is a gallery on Concept Art World. She also has a YouTube sample reel.

Eye Candy for Today: Burne-Jones’ Golden Stairs

The Golden Stairs, Edward Coley Burne-Jones On Wikimedia Commons. Zoomable version on Google Art Project. Original is in the Tate, London


Schubertiade by Moritz von Schwind A Schubertiade was a house concert celebrating the music of the Austrian composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828). This image of a Schubertiade is by Moritz von Schwind from 1868. Julius Schmid painted this reconstruction long after Schubert was dead. Show More Summary

Ben Haggett

Ben Haggett is a painter from Montana, who also happens to make some of the best and most cleverly designed pochade boxes out there, under the name of Alla Prima Pochade (as I described in my extensive article on pochade boxes). Somewhat ironically, Haggett has in recent years become fascinated with digital painting, working in […]

Hayao Miyazaki animated short

Hayao Miyazaki, director of some of the most fantastic and beautifully executed animated feature films in history, is not known for creating short films. According to io9, this animated short, which has recently become available on Vimeo, was an exercise to break a creative block Miyazaki experienced while working on Princess Mononoke. The film was […]

Eye Candy for Today: Gossaert’s Merchant

Portrait of a Merchant, Jan Gossaert On Google Art Project. Hi-res downloadable on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the National Gallery of Art, DC. Gossaert has surrounded his subject with items relevant to his profession. For more, see my post on Jan Gossaert.

Medieval style Tolkien illustrations by Sergei Iukhimov

These illustrations, mostly done in a style reminiscent of medieval Russian iconography, are from Russian editions of JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings books. They were painted primarily in gouache by Ukrainian artist Sergei Iukhimov. I haven’t been able to find much directly on Iukhimov, save multiple references to this particular series of illustrations. The […]

Tony Sarg's Sea Monster Hoax

Tony Sarg was a cartoonist, illustrator and puppeteer who also originated the giant character balloons in the Macy's Parade. In 1937 he and a few of his friends used one of his parade balloons for a hoax in Nantucket. He advertised sightings...Show More Summary

Back from Tech Hell

You may have noticed several delays and glitches in the display of Lines and Colors in the last couple of weeks (or longer), as I’ve struggled with a number of technical issues behind the scenes. Hopefully, they are now resolved. There is a new design in place; it’s a bit rough and incomplete at the […]

Book Review: The Lost Notebook

I recently received a copy of the new book The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and the Secrets of Walt Disney's Movie Magic. The large hardbound book of 292 pages is a facsimile reproduction of a detailed scrapbook kept by Herman Schultheis,...Show More Summary

Ann Kraft Walker

Largely self-taught, Texas painter Ann Kraft Walker started out in a folk art style, but eventually evolved into a refined realist approach for her still life and portrait subjects. Since 2010, she has supplemented her study with several workshops, and has been featured in a number of juried exhibitions and art magazines. Walker’s still life […]

CLEMENTOONS: Behind the Scenes

I'd like to introduce a behind-the-scenes tour of CLEMENTOONS, the animation technique I've been developing to tell the story of Clement. (Direct link to YouTube video)Clement is a bold little guy, but he's always getting himself into trouble. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Bargue’s Bashi-Bazouk

A Bashi-Bazouk, Charles Bargue In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Like his contemporary and collaborator in the well known drawing course that bears hin name, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Bargue’s paintings were often of Orientalist subjects. A Bashi-Bazouk was an irregular soldier of the Ottoman Army. Bargue has here rendered the objects with which he is surrounded […]

High School Drawing

Pen and ink on scratchboard was my favorite medium when I was 13 years old, and here's a drawing that I had a lot of fun with, a young ape raising a toast in a Renaissance court. For those who aren't familiar with scratchboard, it has a clay-coated surface that lets you scratch off white lines from any inked area. Show More Summary

Sorolla and America in San Diego

Sorolla and America, an exhibition of works by the brilliant Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida — that I reported on in 2013 when it was at the Meadows Museum — is now at the San Diego Museum of Art, where it will be on display until August 26, 2014. Not to be missed. Unfortunately, […]

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