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Atey Ghailan

Atey Ghailan is a concept artist and illustrator living in Lidingö, Sewden and currently working with Riot Games. The examples of work on his various web presences (also under the handle snatti/snatti89 ) are mostly of personal work, and primarily from a project called “Path of Miranda” which is the story of a young girl […]


Aposematism is a special coloration designed to scare off potential predators. It also includes other kinds of warning signals such as foul odors or attention-getting sounds. Lowland streaked tenrec It's effectively the opposite of camouflage. Show More Summary

Guest Post by Jeanette

Hi, blog readers and fellow artists. I'm Jim's wife Jeanette, the lady in the background of the videos. A few of you have asked to see what I'm up to, so here's a look into my recent sketchbooks. Remember the scene of the house in the Catskills? What attracts me is that dark ridge of land brooding over the house. Show More Summary

Marker Sketch of Fritz

Fritz is an autonomous, sentient drone called a "hoverhead" based on the design of a ceratopsian, from Dinotopia: First Flight (1999). Note that his trim is dented and he's missing the chrome ring around his right eye. For those of you...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Colin Campbell Cooper’s Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station, Colin Campbell Cooper In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. Use the “Download” or “Enlarge” links under the image on their site. “Painterly” may be too mild a word for the wonderful assortment of scrapings, scumbling, smearing and loaded brush dabbing and scrubbing that make this smoky 1909 cityscape […]

Mort Drucker: "No Shortcuts"

Illustrators Quarterly is a UK magazine that focuses on historical and contemporary illustration worldwide, kind of a European equivalent of Illustration magazine here.The current issue spotlights Mort Drucker (born 1929), the movie satirist who worked for Mad Magazine for more than 50 years. Show More Summary

William Trost Richards small watercolors at PAFA

American painter William Trost Richards, known for his seascapes and landscapes, was also a fantastic watercolorist. While traveling abroad in the late 19th century, he sent a series of small watercolors of his travels back to a patron, George Whitney, who was sponsoring his travels and looking to review scenes for possible larger commissions in […]

Claus's Grainy Luminism

Emile Claus (1849-1924) conveyed a brilliant sense of light through fine textures of broken color, giving the painting a grainy look. (Click image to see uncropped composition) Art historians classify Claus in the category of Belgian luminism, a movement with sources in impressionism and pointillism. Show More Summary

Antonio Mancini's Graticola

Antonio Mancini (1852-1930), whom Sargent called “the best living painter,” used a unique grid system for sight-size painting.Mancini's system has been called the "graticola" or the "raster." It involved a network of strings stretched...Show More Summary

Gurney Journey at 10

Congratulations to James Gurney for 10 years of authoring his superb blog, Gurney Journey. What started as a modest intention to chronicle his travels on a book tour — in a way mirroring the journaled adventures of the character Authur Denison in Gurney’s popular illustrated adventure series, Dinotopia — has grown over time into not […]

10 Years of Blogging

Today marks ten years of GurneyJourney. My first post was July 16, 2007. Writing Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara in 2007 I've tried to follow these seven goals:1. Brevity. (Omit needless words).2. Simplicity (One basic idea per post).3. Show More Summary

Art Talk Tape: Work and the Freelance Lifestyle

In the 1980s I was part of a group of friends called "The Golden Palm Tape Network" who shared conversations about art via cassette tapes that we would mail to each other. Here's a sample of a vintage "podcast" on the topic of work and the freelancer. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Rembrandt pen drawing of cottage and fence

Cottage with White Paling among Trees, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn Drawing in quill and reed pen in brown ink with brown wash and touches of opaque white and gray wash; roughly 7 x 10 inches (17 x 25 cm); in the collection of the Rijksmuseum. Image is zoomable on their page, you can also download […]

Early Sketching Stools

This tripod easel and these stools are typical of what plein-air artists would use in the 1890s. The legs of the easel were made from sliding sections that closed down to about 31 inches when not in use. A metal clamp at the top held onto the canvas so that it wouldn't blow over. Show More Summary

Kim Johnson

Kim Johnson is a Connecticut based illustrator and animator who transitioned in her primary career from graphic design to animation to illustration. She works in vector illustration, with a nice use of gradient color, inventive composition and a keen sense of value relationships. Her animation background shows in her springy, lively shapes and whimsical approach. […]

Eye Candy for today: Aurthur Robinson watercolor of Alfred Gilbert sculpture commission

Drawing for Alfred Gilbert’s project for the tomb of a the Duke of Clarence, Aurthur Robinson Watercolor, roughly 24 x 35 inches (89 x 61 cm). Link is to zoomable version on the Google Art Project; downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Musée d’Orsay. This is a painting by English painter Aurthur […]

Internation Artist article on the Sketch Easel

The new issue of International Artist magazine has a feature on how to make a sketch easel. Pick up a copy or order online. Don't miss the previous GurneyJourney posts: "Your DIY Pochade Easel Designs" and "Sketch Easel Materials." -----Be part of the maker community. Show More Summary

Lines and Colors has gone dark today, please read why…

— Comments about Net Neutrality can be filed with the FCC up until July 17, 2017. When I posted this originally, I actually shut the site down and only this message was accessible. I’ve reposted it as a regular article, both because it’s still vital, and so you can comment if you want. Opposing viewpoints […]

Finding it in the paint

The house is across Route 81 from the churchyard. Jeanette and I set up our easels next to the gravestones and we start painting. I try to get the overall measurements as close as I can while I'm still in the pencil stage, but most of the discovery happens in the paint. Show More Summary

View out the Manure Door

The barn is a bank barn, built into a sloping hillside. The upper floor is accessible at ground level to horses and wagons on the east side. You enter the bottom level on the downhill side. If you sit on the main floor and face west,...Show More Summary

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