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Steering-Wheel-Mounted Sketch Rig

Amanda Williams from Western Australia says, "I've been using this home-made steering-wheel easel for a few years—great when it's uncomfortable outside. Easily made with scraps of wood and a couple of old drawer knobs." Thanks, Amanda. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Frederic Leighton’s Flaming June

Flaming June, Frederic Leighton The link is to a file on Wikimedia Commons. (I think the image is over-saturated, and I’ve taken the liberty of correcting it somewhat in the images above.) The original is in the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico, though the museum doesn’t appear to have their collection online. […]

GJ Book Club— Speed Chapter 12— Rhythm: Unity of Line

On the GJ Book Club, we're looking at Chapter 12: "Rhythm, Variety of Line" Harold Speed's 1917 classic The Practice and Science of Drawing. The following numbered paragraphs cite key points in boldface, followed by a brief remark of my own. Show More Summary

Gobelins students’ animations for Annecy 2014

Each year the graduating animation students from Gobelins, l’école de l’image (Goeblins School of Communications) in Paris are divided into five teams, who produce short (about 1 minute) animations that are used to introduce each day’s programs at the Annecy International Festival of Animation in mid-June. Each year, the Goeblins students refresh my faith in […]

Eye Candy for Today: Winslow Homer’s Breezing Up

Breezing Up (A Fair Wind), Winslow Homer Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; there is a downloadable version on Wikipedia, along with a page devoted to the painting. The original is in the National Gallery of Art, DC, which also has downloadable files. As much as Homer is noted for his watercolors […]

Breakfast with a Dinosaur

In this one-minute film, we find out what it's like to share a house with a dinosaur. Link to YouTube

Mary Jane Ansell (update)

Mary Jane Ansell, a UK painter who I first featured in 2013, is now represented here in the US by Arcadia Contemporary in New York. Here elegantly refined portraits — primarily of young women — reveal their subjects in nuanced touches of diffuse light. They usually carry an implied narrative element, adding depth and a […]

Charles Newman

Based in New Jersey, in the Philadelphia region, Charles Newman had my attention immediately with his portrayal of chairs on rooftops in the city (images above, top), an image that so strongly reminds me of my top-floor Walnut street apartment when I was an art student it’s uncanny. Newman’s appeal goes much farther for me […]

Cooler Case

Cooler case, gouache, casein, and colored pencils, 5 x 8 inches It's the quiet time at the diner, the middle of the afternoon, just a few regular customers.There's a cooler case behind the counter. Barb takes a sponge to the stainless steel doors, which reflect two wavy swirls of light. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Almeida Júnior’s Saudade

Saudade (Longing), José Ferraz de Almeida Júnior Link is to a zoomable version on the Google Art Project; there is a very high resolution downloadable file (138MB) on Wikimedia Commons; the original is in the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (no good images). The subject of a young woman reading a letter, with either […]

Olivia Knapp

Olivia Knapp is an artist based in Washington State who transitioned from work as a textile designer to full time pursuit of her pen and ink drawing. Knapp takes inspiration for her engraving-like approach to pen and ink —often done with Pigma Micron markers — from the classical styles of the baroque masters ink drawing […]

Sketch Clubs, Circa 1900

In Ye Good Old Days, artists formed social events called "Sketch Clubs." The purpose of these social groups was conversation, smoking, music, conversation, comic speeches, and imaginative picture-making. There were similar men-only sketch clubs in New York and Philadelphia, both of which are still active today, though perhaps with different agendas. Show More Summary

The Seven Gouache Hazards and How to Escape Them

Gouache in the Wild—72min. DVD and HD download release date June 22 Like bunkers and water hazards in golf, every art medium has its pitfalls. The key to success is figuring out how to avoid them, or if you fall in, how to get out.In my 40 years painting in gouache, I've screwed up in every possible way. Show More Summary

Pleissner's WWII Battlefield Portraits

After World War II ended, Ogden Pleissner (1905-1983), who had been an Air Force captain, was commissioned by Life Magazine to sketch some of the battlefields of Europe. Ogden Pleissner (1905-1983) Tanks in the Hurtgen Forest, Germany, 1945 He was able to catch rides on Jeeps and airplanes, but he couldn't carry much gear. Show More Summary

Critical Mass., Part 2: On Cape Cod

The sign at Julie Heller Gallery; photo by Corina S. Alvarezdelugo I just spent a couple of weeks in Provincetown to prepare for and direct the International Encaustic Conference, an event I founded and run in co-production with Truro Center for the Arts. Show More Summary

Evariste Carpentier

Belgian painter Evariste Carpentier started in an academic style. During his time in France, he was infulenced by the French Realists, the naturalism of painters like Jules Bastien-Lepage and Jules Breton, the Barbizon painters and the move toward what would become Impressionism and eventually, Luminisim. In many of his stylistic experiments, he was undoubtedly influenced […]

Draw it Again....and Again!

I just discovered a forgotten file folder with all these preliminary drawings for my painting of Giganotosaurus. These are all separate attempts to work out the pose and the lighting. I drew the same scene again and again until my head hurt. Show More Summary

Juan Pablo Roldán

Juan Pablo Roldán is a freelance concept artist and illustrator, based in Medellin, Columbia, who works in the gaming and film industries. Roldán’s atmospheric environments and menacing characters are rendered digitally with an eye to theatrically dramatic value relationships and with a skilled suggestion of texture, whether organic or technological. Show More Summary

Drawing on Models

Anatomy instructor George Bridgman (1865-1943) was famous for drawing directly on the bodies of the models who posed for his figure drawing classes at the Art Students League in New York. According to Norman Rockwell, Bridgman wouldShow More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Ingres’ portraits of Madame Moitessier

Madame Moitessier, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, National Gallery of Art, DC Madame Moitessier, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, The National Gallery, London When asked to paint Madame Moitessier, Ingres — who was at a later point in his career in which he was less inclined to take on portrait commissions — initially refused. On meeting her, however, he was struck […]

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