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How to Make Vintage Stop-Motion Dinosaurs

In this 1967 video from British Pathé, prehistoric model maker Arthur Hayward of London's Natural History Museum shows he constructs miniature dinosaurs for stop motion films. (Link to YouTube) Thanks, Torbjörn Lantz Jörgensen, Simon Davis, and Garin Baker

On the Metro North

I got lucky this time. The guy sitting across from me on the train to New York yesterday spent most of the ride looking at his cellphone.The sketch is mostly done in watercolor, in a Pentalic watercolor sketchbook, with a few touches of gouache, water-soluble colored pencils, and fountain pen with brown ink. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Edwin Landseer scene from Shakespeare

Scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Titania and Bottom, Edwin Landseer Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the National Gallery of Victoria, which also has a zoomable version. Edwin Landseer was a Victorian painter noted in particular for his sensitive and beautifully portrayals of […]

Bans on Sketching in Museums

Photo Oliver Wainwright, The Guardian The Victoria and Albert Museum has installed signs banning sketching in the special exhibition Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear, according to the Guardian.Such bans in special exhibitions have happened before at other museums. Show More Summary

Harold Speed on Oil Painting Mediums

Welcome to the GJ Book Club. Today we'll cover pages 217-227 of the chapter on "Materials," from Harold Speed's 1924 art instruction book Oil Painting Techniques and Materials.I'll present Speed's main points in boldface type either verbatim or paraphrased, followed by my comments. Show More Summary

Iryna Yermolova

Iryna Yermolova is a Ukrainian artist now based in the the UK. She primarily paints figures and still life. I find her loose, gestural style and rich color palette particularly appealing in the latter. She often defines her forms in brusquely textural blocks and planes of color, giving her work a tactile, sculptural quality that […]

Leonardo da Vinci’s Drawing Materials

Leonardo da Vinci’s Drawing Materials is a short (5 minute) video in which a conservator from the Royal Collection Trust describes and demonstrates some of the drawing materials available to Leonardo and other Renaissance artists. It was produced in conjunction with the exhibit “Leonardo da Vinci: Ten Drawings from the Royal Collection” that is on […]

Impressionism in the Garden

Each summer the New York Botanical Garden chooses a theme to inspire its plantings and to guide its museum exhibition. Last year the Frida Kahlo theme attracted record crowds. This year, the topic is "Impressionism: American GardensShow More Summary

A few recent videos you may enjoy

Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge maintains a collection of thousands of pigments, which are useful primarily for authenticating or identifying paintings. (Link to YouTube)A machine for time traveling into old photos. (Link shows how it was made) A music video with a penny arcade that animates a song called ‘Ma’agalim’ by Jane Bordeaux. Show More Summary

Eyebrows and Face Recognition

Do you recognize these two people? In both photographs, the eyebrows have been removed. Here are the photos of the same faces. Is it easier to recognize them this way? This time the eyes have been digitally removed instead of the eyebrows. Show More Summary

Lighting a Model with Two Sources

Sir John Leighton, the Director-General of the Scottish National Gallery, served as both painter's model and keynote speaker at the Portrait Society's annual conference yesterday. Sir John Leighton by James Gurney, black and white gouache, 3 x 3 inches He was on the grand ballroom stage posing for a demo by Michael Shane Neal. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Edward Poynter’s Helena and Hermia

Helena and Hermia, Edward John Poynter Link is to a zoomable version on the Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Art Gallery of South Australia. Victorian painter Edward Poynter gives us a beautiful and sensitive portrayal of the characters from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. At once idealized and […]

Portrait Demo — Three Hours in Three Minutes

If you weren't able catch my portrait demo at the Portrait Society of America conference in Washington, no worries! Here's a front row seat, complete with super-speed action, blow-by-blow narration, and cheat-sheet notes. (Link to YouTube)...Show More Summary

Penleigh Boyd

Theodore Penleigh Boyd was an Australian painter active in the early 20th century. Boyd was born in England. His parents were both established artists, and he studied with them as well as at the National Gallery Art School in Victoria. He traveled in Europe and was influenced by the painters he met in Paris to […]

Portrait Society Conference

Photo by Caleb I'm at the Portrait Society of America's annual conference in Washington, DC, and was honored yesterday to participate in the Face-Off event, where 15 artists paint three-hour portraits from five models. It was fun to get the oils going again, after painting so much in water media lately. Show More Summary

Pros and Cons of Posting Work-in-Progress

There are a lot of ways to share your process online, especially after a painting is finished.But what a lot of people do is show a work developing over time from its early stages to the finish. When artists do that, we can follow stages...Show More Summary

Disrupting Face Recognition Technology

Face recognition systems are getting very good at spotting a face in a crowd, whether using cameras in public places or software scanning millions of images posted to social media. Facebook's DeepFace system, for example, uses a neural-net based machine learning approach to identify any person with 97 percent accuracy. Show More Summary

Arantzazu Martinez

Originally from Vitoria, Spain, Arantzazu Martinez moved to New York in search of 19th century style classical training. There she studied with Jacob Collins, both at the New York Academy of Figurative Art and the Water Street Atelier. Martinez frequently puts her classical training in service of the interpretation of fantastical literary subjects, both historic, […]

Admissions Officer

I love sketching people when they're moving and talking, rather than posing. I sketched this admissions officer at a meeting for prospective college students. The challenge was to choose a characteristic angle and pose as he spoke. I'll...Show More Summary

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