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Milind Mulick

Milind Mmulick is a painter based in Pune, India, who paints in watercolor, primarily transparent, but also works with opaque watercolor (gouache). He often takes a nicely textural approach when portraying cityscapes and landscapes, conveying the gritty feeling of paving stones and weathered walls with passages of dry brush and spatter. He uses both muted […]

Illustrator John Cuneo

Illustrator John Cuneo, portrait by James Gurney Last weekend I sketched a quick portrait of John Cuneo in water-soluble colored pencils and watercolors. His illustrations in New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly have won a lot of awards, and on his blog lately he has been drawing on menus and sketching what he calls "sad cartoons."

Color and Light in Taiwan

Color and Light has been spotted in a bookstore in Taipei, Taiwan. (Thanks, Olina Chang).

infra:REAL – The Art of Imaginative Realism

“infra:REAL – The Art of Imaginative Realism” is a group exhibition of what is often referred to as “fantastic art”, a field that borders on fantasy and science fiction illustration on one side, and the gallery art traditions of Surrealism, Magic Realism and “Fairie Art” on the other. In most cases there is a strong […]

DIY Motion Control System for GoPro Time Lapse

Someone asked how I move the GoPro camera when it's in time lapse mode, so I made this behind the scenes video. (Link to YouTube) My home-built device uses two kitchen timers, one for tilt and the other for pan. The system is modular, so it can be configured for movement in any direction or combination of directions. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Rembrandt townscape drawing

Stadspoort, Rembrandt Harmenz van Rijn In the collection of the Rijksmuseum; pen and brown ink, with wash; roughly 5 x 7 inches (138×196 mm). You will sometimes hear those writing about art, myself included, use the phrase economy of notation. If you were to look up that phrase in my personal dictionary, the definition would […]

Visual Backstory: A Checklist for Science Fiction Artists

After yesterday's post about my 1982 concept painting called "Skysweepers," I thought I'd post a checklist for things to consider to give your scene a backstory, a feeling that the world has been lived in. This is a good post to bookmark...Show More Summary

Jake Panian

Jake Panian is a visual development artist workign in the animation, film and gaming industries. His animated film credits include Rio, Rio 2, Epic, Ice Age 4, and the upcoming features Peanuts and Ice Age 5. Panian has a website and blog that feature some of his professional work but focus largely on his personal […]

Gouache Illustration: Skysweepers

Blog reader Jeff Jordan asked: "I was wondering if you're using gouache strictly as a sketching medium, or if you've done or are doing finished works, illustrations, whatever, in gouache?" "Skysweepers," by James Gurney, gouache and acrylic, 1982 Jeff, here's an example that I did as a portfolio piece more than 30 years ago. Show More Summary

GJ Book Club: Chapter 18: Visual Memory

On the GJ Book Club, we're looking at Chapter 18: "Visual Memory" in Harold Speed's 1917 classic The Practice and Science of Drawing.The role of memory is a subject that's not often talked about in drawing books. I'll paraphrase the key points in my own words, followed by Speed's elucidation and a few comments.1. Show More Summary

Patrick Connors

Philadelphia based artist Patrick Connors Studied at the University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. To my eye, the influence of the legacy Thomas Eakins left to the Academy — and to the city of Philadelphia — is visible in Connors’ similar fascination with the the play of light on the […]

Recreating Life on a Victorian Farm

Victorian Farm is historical documentary, first broadcast on BBC, which recreates farm life in mid-19th century Britain (link to YouTube). A team of specialists in daily life of the period move into an abandoned Shropshire farm which still has some of the original tools and furnishings. Show More Summary

Jonathan Bartlett

Jonathan Bartlett is a New York based illustrator, whose clients include Wired Magazine, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, Ralph Lauren, Tor Books, Penguin Random House and many others. Bartlett’s approach involves a wonderfully...Show More Summary

Master Penman Jake Weidmann

Here's a video about master penman Jake Weidmann (link to video). I just wish the editing gave us a little more time to see his work.

Diner Talk

The guy at the counter wears a T-shirt that says, "I speak my mind because it hurts to bite my tongue all the time." He doesn't say a word. Diner Talk, gouache, 5x8 inches by James Gurney. Behind me a college girl is talking to her companions. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Charles Sprague Pearce’s Arab Jeweler

The Arab Jeweler, Charles Sprague Pearce In the Metropolitan Museum of Art; use zoom or download icons under the image. This piece by the 19th century Boston painter of an Egyptian craftsman and his tools — a subject common among “Orientalist” painters — looks refined on the surface; but on closer inspection in the nicely […]

"Going Big" on the Lower East Side

. Sometimes Facebook just can’t contain itself. Going Big is what happens when 111 artists who know one another largely through posts and comments on social media come together in real time in and space: a cross between a mini MoMA and community block party with art. A big space for Going Big at Central Booking Gallery on Ludlow Street. Show More Summary

New Sketchbook Cover

It's always fun to paint the lettering on a new sketchbook cover. This one's called "Entrance Ramp" after the first painting in the book. I drew the guidelines with a white Supracolor Watercolor Pencil and a ballpoint pen.I'm using One-Shot lettering paint (chrome yellow) on a Pentalic watercolor journal.----Previously: Your sketchbook coversTitles on sketchbook covers

Edelfelt's Sketchbooks

The Finnish National Art Gallery has released online the sketchbooks of Albert Edelfelt (1854-1905). Since the 104 sketchbooks are in chronological order, you can trace the journey of his mind and see the people he met and the moments he lived. Show More Summary

Jill Carver

Jill Carver is originally from the U.K., where she was a curatorial research assistant at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Since moving to the U.S. and transitioning into painting full time, she devotes herself to richly colored landscapes abstracted (in the best sense of that word, meaning to distill the essence) from the streams, […]

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