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James C. Christensen, 1942-2017

James C. Christensen, a highly regarded illustrator and gallery artist who worked in the vein of fantasy, spiritual inspiration, and works tinged with the flavor of Renaissance portraits, died on January 8, 2017. Though there is a jameschristensen.com, it’s a commercial gallery’s site, and the images are watermarked (though not terribly so). A better source […]

The Power of Cropping

In his concept sketch, Oscar Björck (Swedish, 1860-1929) shows a fisherman hastily putting on his gear, responding to a distress call. Sketch for A Signal of Distress "Et nødskud" by Oscar Björck His wife and kids anxiously peer out through the window. Show More Summary

Cross Processing

Cross processing (also called x-pro) is an experimental form of photography where one kind of film stock is deliberately processed in chemicals intended for another kind of film. The resulting color schemes are weird and unnatural, offering traditional painters some interesting inspiration. Show More Summary

Lucas Museum to Locate in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has been chosen as the home for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. More on Cartoon Brew. Previously: Lucas Museum Hoping for a Home

Animated film "Scavengers"

Scavengers from Joseph Bennett on Vimeo."Scavengers" is an animated short that presents human explorers dealing with a strange alien biology on a foreign planet. (Link to Vimeo) Part of the effectiveness of the film comes from the decision not to use spoken language and very little music, focusing instead on concrete sound effects.Via Cartoon Brew

Using maquettes to experiment with lighting

One of the first things you can do after sculpting a maquette is to rotate the maquette to see how the silhouette and the foreshortening actually look. Here's an excerpt of my tutorial video "How I Paint Dinosaurs." (Link to watch video on Facebook). Show More Summary

RIP James C. Christensen

I'd like to acknowledge the passing yesterday of artist and teacher James Christensen (1942 – Jan. 8, 2017), who created images of myth and magic that were infused with meaning. I met him several times in early 1990s, and he was a pioneer of bringing fantasy art to a mainstream audience.He wrote: “Vision without action is merely a dream. Show More Summary

Casein in International Artist Magazine

The new Feb/March 2017 issue of International Artist magazine has an article on casein painting with facsimile pages from my sketchbook reproduced nearly full size. It also includes the following answers to frequently asked questions:CAN YOU VARNISH CASEIN? Yes, but first it’s worth considering leaving the casein unvarnished. Show More Summary

Framed Perspective, Marcos Mateu-Mestre

Just to put things in… context, the history of graphical perspective goes back further, but the system of geometric perspective we use today can be traced to an important point in the beginning of the 15th century, when Filippo Brunelleschi — the brilliant Renaissance architect and designer who solved the seemingly intractable problem of spanning […]

X-ray video technology

Using a combination of X-ray video, motion control tracking, and computer graphics, scientists are able to show what goes on inside animals while they're moving. Frames from an XROMM made by Jonas Lauströer. Above are stills of a chihuahua's...Show More Summary

Collection of Animation Reference Stills

A treasure trove of animation images is available at the Flickr Sets of Animation Resources. The sets are comprised of screen grabs from the Golden Age of Animation, primarily from the 1930s and '40s. There are sets of walk and run cycles,...Show More Summary

Remote Cast Shadows

How do cast shadows change when the object casting them gets farther away?In this video, you can see how the shadows get blurrier as the branches move progressively farther away. The clip is an excerpt from my Gumroad tutorial "How I...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Antonio Mauro Perspective Design for a Stage Set

Perspective Design for a Stage Set of an Italian Cityscape, Antonio Mauro II Pen and black ink, brown and gray wash and leadpoint layout lines, roughly 10 x 14 in. (27 x 36 cm). In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, use the Enlarge or Download links under their image. This beautifully crafted […]

Boss Cat

My friend's rescue-cat Ralphie lost an eye and broke his jaw when he tangled with a car....but don't feel sorry for him.He's the toughest cat in town. All the other cats—and even the dogs—are terrified of him, and he'll grab the brisket off table if you turn your back for a second.

Oil change. Let's paint!

We're stuck for an hour and a half in the waiting room of the tire place while the car gets an oil change and a tire rotation. The icy rain is coming down on the remnants of snow. Oil Change, gouache, 5 x 8 inches. Luckily I have a few tubes of gouache. Show More Summary

Blended Faces--Marilyn to Elvis

Here's a series of faces morphing from Marilyn to Elvis. As you look through them, at what point does one become the other? What happens to your brain when the switch happens?----Source

Arthur Parton

Arthur Parton was an American landscape painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was a member of the Hudson River School, though there is less information available about him online than many of the other painters associated with that school. He studied under William Trost Richards at the Pennsylvania Academy of […]

Book Review: Mad Art of Caricature

The art of caricature may seem like something you either have a knack for, or you don't. But if you have a desire to learn, you can get good at it. There just needs to be a book that lays out the expert knowledge behind the art.Tom Richmond...Show More Summary

Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year 2017!

As I’ve done every New Year’s Eve Since 2006, I’ll wish all Lines and Colors readers a Happy New Year with a few more of J.C. Leyendecker’s terrific New Year’s babies. See that post for background on the origin of the Leyendecker New Years baby covers for the Saturday Evening Post. Images above are from […]

Russian Paintings in London

Several well known folklore paintings from Russia's classic age of imaginative realism are on show in London at the Mall Galleries. Ilya Repin, Sadko in the Underwater Kingdom Sadko is a hero from a medieval epic. Musician, gambler,Show More Summary

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