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Are you ready to meet your antiface?

Every face has its corresponding opposite called an "antiface."This antiface is virtual image generated by a computer. The software begins by identifying your unique facial metrics from a data set of photos. Then it generates a 3D representation...Show More Summary

Henry Patrick Raleigh

Henry Patrick Raleigh was a classic American illustrator active in the early part of the 20th century. Raleigh is not as well known as many of the illustrators from the Golden Age and the mid-20th century eras that bracketed his career, and undeservedly so. I can think of few illustrators, or artists in general, whose […]

Alaskan Art Residency Opportunity

Susan Watkins in Nellie Juan-College Fiord WSA, Chugach National Forest. Each summer, the U.S. Forest Service hosts an artist residency in Alaska called "Voices of the Wilderness." I mention the opportunity each year on the blog, and many GurneyJourneyers have availed themselves of the opportunity. Show More Summary

'How do I keep from losing my style?'

Ernest Meissonier (1815 - 1891) Painter at the easel 1852. Oil on panel, 21.8 x 16 cm. A reader wrote me with the following concern:"I notice that my style and approach have been "contaminated" with what I see everywhere around me, and...Show More Summary

Matteo Massagrande

Italian painter Matteo Massagrande finds fascination in the colors and textures of worn, apparently abandoned architectural interiors. These often open to glimpses of landscapes or seascapes beyond, and his secondary subject appears to be trees that are as contorted as the deliberately askew perspective in many of his rooms. In some of his interior compositions, […]

Three Tips for Painting a Sunset

Southland Sunset, oil on panel, 8 x 10 inches The sun is behind two layers of clouds in this sunset study. The higher deck of clouds creates a thin layer of diffusion around the sun, which keeps the sun's brightness from being too intense to look at. Show More Summary

Averaged faces aid recognition

Below are some close-up images of John Travolta. Which one is the most "classic" or identifiable as Travolta? Every photo presents unique variations of hair, expression, angle, age, and lighting. Sometimes the person hardly looks like themself. Show More Summary

Five ways to extend a story

Here's a character study of some political junkies in a public café by José Jiménez Aranda (Spanish 1837-1903). José Jiménez Aranda, Los políticos 14½ x 18 1/8 in. (37 x 46 cm.) The older guy is arguing a point with the younger guy, who is reading from a newspaper. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Pissarro’s Autumn, Poplars, Éragny

Autumn, Poplars, Eragny; Camille Pissarro Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Denver Art Museum which also has a zoomable version (and, oddly, has another, somewhat different looking version of the image). This is Pissarro at the height of his classically Impressionist style. The […]

Pep Talk from Harvey Dunn

American illustrator Harvey Dunn (1884-1952) gave the following "kick in the butt" to his students about the importance of graduating from student work to your life work, driven by personal ideas. "When I was out in Chicago recently, I went into a class, a sort of a club where seven or eight men were painting and doing good student work. Show More Summary

August von Siegen

August von Siegen was a 19th century German painter who specialized in cityscapes of in the style of European and “Oriental” (Eastern Mediterranean) cities. Some are of recognizable places or landmarks, but most are fanciful, and he appears to blend real and imagined views. His emphasis is on the dramatic and exotic, so it’s no […]

How the paintbrush ferrule got its crimp

Trade catalog from F.W. Devoe & Co., 1886. The invention of the metal ferrule for artist's paintbrushes was one of the most important and underrated innovations for outdoor painters. According to conservationist Alexander Katlan: "The metal ferrule gained popularity in the 19th century. Show More Summary

Piotr Jab?o?ski

Piotr Jab?o?ski, who also goes by the handle “nicponim”, is a Polish concept artist from Bialystok. His clients include Applibot, Inc., Cloud Share Inc., Evermotionvfx, Platige Image and VFX workshops. Jab?o?ski works digitally in Photoshop, but achieves nicely painterly look of natural media in his application of color. His subjects are often dark and moody, […]

Eye Candy for Today: Winslow Homer’s At the Window

At the Window, Winslow Homer Link is to zoomable file on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Princeton University Art Museum, which has background on the painting on their website. Almost like a 17th century Dutch portrait, this much more casual image of a young woman at a window […]

Compressing faces

Can you recognize the faces below? (Answers at bottom of post). The faces are compressed so the width is only 25% of the original photo. Source: G. J. Hole, P. A. George, K. Eaves, and A. Razek, B Many computer vision systems are premised...Show More Summary

James Crandall

James Crandall is a California based artist who transitioned from a career in concept art for advertising and film into full time gallery painting. His subjects are often urban landscape and everyday activities. Many of the European subjects are from his visits to his grandfather’s hometown of Lucca, Italy. Crandall renders his compositions in blocky, […]


Tiepolo Giovanni Battista (1696/ 1770), oil, 39 cm x 68 cm p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Bozzetto is an Italian term that refers to a comprehensive color sketch to work out an overall composition. Show More Summary

Optical Box (1750-1790)

This optical box from the Museum of Cinema in Catalonia dates from the late 18th century. (Link to YouTube video). It had multiple functions: You could use it as a camera obscura for drawing. Besides this, it could be folded up into the shape of a book and easily transported. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Edward Poynter’s Lesbia and Her Sparrow

Lesbia and Her Sparrow, Sir Edward John Poynter Link is to downloadable high-res file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in a private collection; information on the painting can be found in the Bonham’s auction page for its last sale. The painting is a reference to accounts by the Roman poet Gaius Valerius Catullus of his […]

Daniel Merriam (update)

Danial Merriam is an artist I first wrote about in 2012, who is known for his fantastical architectural dreamscapes. Merriam draws on his background in architectural and commercial illustration to inform his architecture-themed imaginings with nuanced geometric solidity, somewhat in the tradition of capriccio popular in the 18th and 19th centuries (see my posts on […]

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