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Eye Candy for Today: Rembrandt portrait etching

Portrait of Abraham Francen, Apothecary;Rembrandt Harmenz. van Rijn Etching and drypoint; roughly 6 x 8 inches (15 x 20 cm); In the collection of the Rijksmuseum. Rembrandt was an absolute master of the medium of etching an drypoint — in my opinion, the greatest in Read More...

Is Mount Rushmore Unfinished?

The original design for Mount Rushmore showed far more of the figures, as suggested by this preliminary maquette. I have digitally superimposed the actual carvings of the faces over the maquette. Susan B. Anthony was supposed to be included, too. Show More Summary

Phil Dean

Phil Dean is a British urban sketcher, who also goes by the handle “Shoreditch Sketcher” after the neighborhood in East London where he lives. Dean avidly sketches the landmarks, streets and byways of London, both historic and modern, as well as documenting his travels to Read More...

A Conversation with Mel Birnkrant

Timothy J. Fitzmaurice created this video portrait of Mel Birnkrant and his unrivaled collection of vintage Mickey Mouse and other comic characters toys. (Link to YouTube) In the interview by Timothy's wife, Kelly McMullen, Mel talks...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Veronese double portrait

Portrait of Countess Livia da Porto Thiene and her Daughter Deidamia, Paolo Veronese Link is to a zoomable image on Google Art Project; there is a downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; the original is in the Walters Art Museum, which also has a zoomable and Read More...

Feature in Illustrators Magazine (UK)

My work is the cover feature of the next Illustrators Magazine, issue #19. This quarterly magazine, based in the UK, covers illustrators around the world, past and present. The article includes 35 images, many of which are reproduced in a double page spread, plus a newly written bio by Thomas Kintner. Show More Summary

John Crump

John Crump is a painter based in western New Zealand whose lively style, rich with the passage of the brush, is ideally suited to his subject matter, whether it be fresh flowers, the weathered texture of ramshackle buildings or the rough character of the dramatic Read More...

Harryhausen at the Tate

Photo by Nate Chard The Tate Museum in London is currently hosting an exhibition of the art of Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013).The show includes some of the original stop motion models used in movies like Jason and the Argonauts and 7th Voyage of Sinbad.Harryhausen did it all. Show More Summary

The Orientalists

The best art book on Orientalism was written by Kristian Davies, who I sketched in New York. Orientalists: Western Artists in Arabia, the Sahara, Persia and India is lavishly illustrated with paintings by Jean-Léon Gérôme, Ludwig Deutsch, and Leon Belly (whose painting appears on the cover). Show More Summary

Kadir Nelson

Kadir Nelson is an illustrator and gallery artist whose style ranges from straightforward to engagingly stylized. His illustration work includes a number of popular picture books as well as editorial work — including the 90th anniversary cover of The New Yorker. This featured a delightful Read More...

Practical TV Logos

Before digital logos became commonplace, TV and movie logos were created with physical, actual models shot in camera. The website "This is Colossal" has collected some of the best.-----Related videos on my YouTube channelLogo Animation with Physical Models—Behind the Scenes and Build SecretsHow to Make a YouTube End Screen GadgetThanks, Izzy Medrano

Eye Candy for Today: Waterhouse’s Juliet

Juliet, John William Waterhouse The link is to Wikimedia Commons. This painting was sold at auction in 2014, and is now in a private collection. Fortunately, we at least have a reasonably good image of the painting. Waterhouse is frequently mentioned with the Pre-Raphaelites, with Read More...

Pixellated Faces

Here are four photos of celebrities or politicians, greatly degraded by pixellation. Can you recognize any of them? Subject 1 Subject 2 If you're having a hard time recognizing them so far, you might try making the displayed images smaller. Show More Summary

Planning Stages

Here are three stages in planning Dinosaur Boulevard for Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time. The first one is a grisaille study in oil, about 3 x 6 inches. I wanted to organize the values of the scene— a very light sky, a pale row of buildings, and then deep darks unifying the foreground elements. Show More Summary

Johann Wilhelm Preyer

Johann Wilhelm Preyer was a 19th century German painter who specialized in still life of fruit and glassware, often in simple arrangements that allowed him to focus great attention on individual objects. Preyer had a richly visceral approach. In good reproductions, you can get a Read More...

New Book: The Color of Pixar

A new visual book called The Color of Pixar by long-time Pixar artist Tia Kratter presents color schemes used in the Pixar movies. The book presents hundreds of stills taken from all the Pixar films so far, including Cars 3 and the upcoming Coco. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Alexander Cozens ink and wash landscape drawing

Landscape with Ruined Temple, Alexander Cozens Brown ink and wash over graphite; roughly 12 x 16 inches (32 x 40 cm); in the collection of the Yale Center for British Art. Use the Zoom or Download links under the image on their site. Also available Read More...

Fantin-Latour's Charcoal Self Portraits

The young Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) experimented with charcoal in a series of painterly and atmospheric self portraits. He applied directional hatching of short, parallel strokes on top of broadly applied tones to convey a painterly impression of light.Some of his drawings also combine pencil, chalk, and whitening to the charcoal. Show More Summary

Atmospherics in Watercolor and Gouache

In this video demo, I use watercolor and gouache to capture the smoky atmosphere of an Irish-American street festival. (Link to video on YouTube) ----Materials:Jack Richeson Watermedia Pocket Plein Air Brush SetPentalic Aqua JournalHow to Make a Sketch EaselHolbein gouacheSchmincke watercolor

Patrick Saunders

Often when I feature a contemporary artist, I start by pointing out their geographic region, but plein air painter Patrick Saunder’s location might best be described as “America”, as he and his wife, photographer Kimberly Saunders, travel across the U.S. with an Airstream trailer, following Read More...

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