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Stapleton Kearns takes a look at my newest video

When I produced a video with "FANTASY" in the title, I knew it wouldn't appeal to everybody, because not everyone is interested in science fiction or surrealism. Some folks want to paint things more or less as they are (me too, actually,...Show More Summary

Karla Ortiz

Karla Ortiz is a concept artist, illustrator and gallery artist who has worked with film and gaming companies Paragon Studios/NcSoft, Ubisoft, Kabam, Industrial Light & Magic and Marvel Film Studios, as well as publishers Wizards of the Coast, Ace Books, Tor Books. Her illustrations have a refined, classical approach, with much attention paid to to […]

While waiting for chicken tacos

After I put in the order for my chicken tacos, I get out the gouache. Just four colors: ultramarine blue, flame red (Daler Rowney), burnt sienna, and white. There's a stop sign catching the full sun and a brick building in shadow just beyond it. Show More Summary

Lines and Colors reviews "Fantasy in the Wild"

Thanks to Charley Parker of the art blog "Lines and Colors" for the thoughtful review of my video tutorial "Fantasy in the Wild" "To me, the approach taken in Fantasy in the Wild — and the general theme of taking inspiration and reference...Show More Summary

James Gurney’s Fantasy in the Wild

In his “In the Wild” series of instructional painting videos, painter, illustrator, writer and instructor James Gurney has previously given us Watercolor in the Wild and Gouache in the Wild (links to my reviews), delving into the use of those mediums on location. He has followed up with an interesting variation, Fantasy in the Wild: […]

Color Charts Through History

For centuries artists have explored ways to map the universe of color. Each kind of chart reflects a different conception of color. Here are a few examples, from a selection by The Public Domain Review "A chart from 1746 by Jacques-Fabien...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Franklin Booth pen and ink landscape drawing

Landscape drawing (untitled), Franklin Booth Link is to Outsde Logic, from this page of Franklin Booth drawings. I don’t know of a reference to the title or use of this drawing as an illustration. Franklin Booth — who developed his brilliant and unique style of pen and ink illustration from the mistaken assumption that the […]

New Minis

There are two new mini horses at the farm, just waiting for their portraits to be painted.

OK Go Answers its Critics

The band OK Go released a new music video called "Upside Down Inside Out," shot entirely in weightlessness (link to video). They also made a behind-the-scenes video showing how it was done.In a Reddit Ask Me Anything session, they were...Show More Summary

George Hendrik Breitner

Dutch painter George Hendrik Breitner, who was active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was noted for his rough, brushy, textural approach and his subject matter of city streets, working people, military horsemen and figures. In particular he is famous for his recurrent subject of young women in kimonos, their bright colors a […]

Old Mugshots

Police mugshots have their own stylistic conventions that have developed over time. In 1905, some English police had the accused hold a chalkboard with their name and alleged crime—in this case, larceny. In Australia in the 1920s, the accused was shown in close-up and in a standing pose, with the name written on the negative. Show More Summary

Harold Speed on Old Master Techniques

Today we'll continue Chapter 9: "Painting from the Life" 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 comments of my own. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: David Roberts’ Edinburgh

Edinburgh from the Calton Hill, David Roberts The link is to a zoomable version on The Google Art Project; there is a downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; the original is in the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Australia. Mid-19th century painter David Roberts was known primarily for his views of exotic locations and […]

Fian Arroyo

Fian Arroyo is an illustrator and character designer based in North Carolina whose clients include The Los Angeles Times, U.S. News and World Report, Houghton Mifflin, Scholastic, Disney, General Motors and The U.S. Postal Service. In the portfolios on his website and Behance pages you’ll find work in a variety of genres, done in a […]

While Waiting for Tires

My car is in the shop for new tires. It's too cold to paint outside, so I set up by the coffee machine. The car goes up on the lift. An impact wrench rattles. I've got about an hour. Van Kleeck's Tire, Gouache, 5 x 8 inches, 1 hour The view looks back into the office. Show More Summary

Can a Machine Learn Your Painting Style?

Can a computer learn to paint with your style? DeepArt is a free online computer algorithm that claims to transform your photos into painterly images, using your own painting style to guide the computer. I thought I'd try it out by uploading a photo (left) and a closely related plein-air oil painting (right) to see what the algorithm comes up with. Show More Summary

Painting the Ideal Type

Roger Tory Peterson wrote and illustrated one of the definitive bird identification books called Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North AmericaThe goal of the pictures in a field handbook is to present the essential type, the Platonic ideal of the species in question. Show More Summary

MAXx FX, The Greatest Action Figure that Never Was

Last week I had the privilege to visit my friend Mel Birnkrant, who showed me his original prototypes for MAXx FX, an action figure who dons movie-monster prosthetics to become the Werewolf, Mummy, Jason, Freddy, Swamp Creature, and Caveman. Link to my new YouTube video Read the story of MAXx FX on Mel's website(Link to 12-minute YouTube video)

Eye Candy for Today: Botticelli’s Venus

The birth of Venus, Sandro Botticelli The link is to a zoomable version on The Google Art Project; the original is in the Uffizi Gallery; there is a very hi-resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons (Note that the full-resolution file on Wikimedia Commons is one of the largest I’ve seen on the web, over 200MB, […]

Achieving Softness in Gouache

In honor of Valentine's Day, here's a romantic magazine illustration from 1950 by Harry Anderson. It's in gouache, 10 x 13.5 inches. It's a fine example of soft edges, which are challenging to achieve in gouache because of the rapid drying time. Show More Summary

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