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The Tale of How book rereleased

Since 2006, I’ve been following the fascinatingly idiosyncratic work of South African artist and illustrator Ree Treweek. Treweek, along with animator/filmmaker Jannes Hendrikz and composer Marcus Smit, are collectively known as The Blackheart Gang. The group achieved notice for their deliriously quirky and beautiful animated short The Tale of How. They went from there to […]

How to Video Your Art: Microphones / Recorders

Four recommended microphones / recorders: MXL Tempo, Zoom H1, Zoom H2n, a Lavalier Microphone The current issue of International Artist magazine published Part 2 of my series on How to Video Your Art. In this post, I want to explore how to get good audio.Audio is the most common flaw in art videos. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: unfinished Paul Sandby oil sketch

An Unfinished View of the West Gate, Canterbury; Paul Sandby Link is to zoomable version on the Google Art Project; high-resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Yale Center for British Art. Here Paul Sandby, primarily known as a watercolorist, has started a landscape sketch in oil on paper. He’s laid in […]

Knitted Beards on Babies

When they're young enough, they don't know why we're laughing at them. From Ravelry, by Ashlee Prisbrey, Megan Graddy and Kylie Marie Brown.


The blog MovieBarCode compresses the colors of an entire film into a single line.At a glance, you can see how the film travels from one color to another as it moves from scene to scene. Animated films are especially deliberate about color scripting. Show More Summary

Innokenty Korshunov

Innokenty Korshunov is a painter living and working just outside of Kiev, Ukraine. Korshunov studied at the School of Art in Odessa, where he developed an admiration for the art of the Renaissance, as well as a respect for traditional techniques. He brings these sensibilities, as well as a keen eye and subtle sense of […]

Eye Candy for Today: Franz Xaver Winterhalter’s portrait of The Empress Eugénie

The Empress Eugénie, Franz Xaver Winterhalter In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use the zoom or download links below the image on their page. The painting’s finished feeling, when viewed from the proper distance, belies the painterly, almost casual and sketch-like handling when seen in detail.

Manfred Schatz — Wildlife in Action

Manfred Schatz (1925-2004) was a wildlife artist who captured the energy and movement of living animals. He developed a distinctive motion-blur effect in his oil paintings, using large fan brushes to soften edges in the direction of movement. Show More Summary

Stirling Hundey (update 2015)

Stirling Hundey is an illustrator and gallery artist who I first wrote about back in 2007. Hundley has recently unveiled a redesigned website. At the moment it focuses on three projects, but since I last featured Hundely in 2010, he has also established a Behance portfolio and deviantART gallery on which you can find additional […]

Eye Candy for Today: Corot pencil drawing

Young man in Front of a Great Oak, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot Graphite on tan paper, highlighted with white gouache, roughly 11 x 16 inches (39 x 29 cm). Link is to zoomable image on Google Art Project; downloadable high-resolution file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Corot’s precise and economical […]

Dinotopia Podcast Episode 10

Episode 10 of the Dinotopia Podcast is here. You can listen to the audio adventure by pressing the play button below, or by following this link to SoundCloud file. After his father Arthur left to explore the system of caverns underground, Will Denison picks up the journal to describe his ascent into the mountains. Show More Summary

Arthur Haas

Arthur Haas is a concept artist and illustrator living and working in the Netherlands. His website, which is essentially a front door for his blog, is light on biographical information, but has lots of his fascinating images. Haas incorporates a multitude of imaginative freeform shapes into his compositions, both in the alien-looking environments and the […]

Eye Candy for Today: Pissarro’s Boulevard Montmartre: Mardi Gras

Boulevard Montmartre: Mardi Gras, Camille Pissarro Image on WikiArt. Original is in the Armand Hammer Museum at UCLA. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a larger version of this image. Though different in many ways — a different boulevard, a different season, and certainly a different kind of procession — I couldn’t help but think of this […]

Digital tool for analyzing color gamuts

Joost van Dongen, lead programmer and co-founder of Ronimo Games, wrote me to say that my book Color and Light inspired him to create a digital tool for analyzing color schemes. When he developed the geometric racing game Proun (screenshots...Show More Summary

“Flowers of the Sky” on the Public Domain Review

“Flowers of the Sky” is a post on the Public Domain Review in which they have collected some historic depictions of comets and meteors, and arranged them in chronological order — including a section of the Bayeux Tapestry (above, top). The images have links to larger versions. While you’re on the Public Domain Review (my […]

White Things – Daniel Levine

Visual: You know I’ve always loved the idea of making a white painting, a monochrome, a square, white, monochrome painting. And a lot of my colleagues have had that love too. And I think we’ve all tried our hand at it. I remember when we got close, when we thought it was time, we could … Continue reading ?

On the Wall – Suzie Idiens

Brent: In painting you really do need to question why you go around the edge and paint the sides. Painting is about the face, the surface, and yes, the edge, which is not the end of the world, but is at the crossroads of a painting. The edge in painting engages the frame as something … Continue reading ?

Betwixt – Michael Brennan

Brent: Your work has long been understood as between a gestural prose and a geometric abstraction, and I think this continues, yet with a greater freedom, and a somewhat  stronger persistence toward austerity.  And, might I add, closer to the bone. Can we chart some of the background: what fuels this interest in dichotomy? Michael: … Continue reading ?

Insect Vision

Thomas Shahan - Eye Arrangement of a Hogna Wolf Spider What can insects and other arthropods see through their compound eyes? Quick answer: they can see definite, resolved images. Some compound eyes yield a single erect image and others produce multiple inverted images. Show More Summary

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