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Tom Uttech

Wisconsin painter Tom Uttech paints representations of the northern woods with a unique style that carries flavors of realism, magic realism and even primitivism (thinking of Henri Rousseau here). His moody, often dark woodlands sometimes only hint at the presence of animal life, and at other times are teeming with it, skies filled with birds, […]

Yoshiharu Sato’s Studio Ghibli style TV commercial

I don’t know about you, but I’m really tired of CGI special effects in television commercials. Some years ago, I was an enthusiastic fan of CGI; now I’m weary of the way computer generated effects saturate almost everything. often as a substitute for story or characterizartion. What a refreshing change it is to see something […]

Line of Action in Art

The "line of action" is a simple, usually curving, line that travels through all the forms of a pose. A Disney animator, possibly Bill Tytla or Art Babbitt, used an S-shaped line passing through the pose of this character model drawing of Geppetto from Disney's Pinocchio. Show More Summary

Ruta Korshunova

Ruta Korshunova is a painter living near Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. Amid the turmoil and uncertainty of life in Ukraine during the border conflict with the Russian Federation, Korshunova finds the presence of mind to paint quiet, contemplative still life; bringing to her commonplace objects a sense of timelessness. Korshunova was at one point […]

Wil Freeborn’s Coffee Spots

Wil Freeborn is an illustrator and designer based in Gourock, Scotland. I mentioned his work on Lines and Colors back in 2010. Freeborn likes to do location sketches in watercolor and/or ink. Late last year, he painted a series of watercolors of coffee shops in and around areas he visits. They were composed in a […]

Christoffel Pierson

Christoffel Pierson was a 17th century Dutch painter who specialized in town scenes, portraits and, in particular, trompe l’œil still life. Trompe l’œil (fool the eye) is a style of realist still life in which the artist attempts to deceive the viewer into believing that the painted object is physically real. In Pierson’s paintings, the […]

Je Suis Charlie, Charlie Hebdo: Georges Wolinski, Jean Cabut, Charb (Stephane Charbonnier), Tignous (Bernard Velhac)

Among the 12 dead and 11 wounded in today’s cowardly and loathsome attack on the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris were four cartoonists: Georges Wolinski, Jean Cabut, Charb (Stephane Charbonnier) and Tignous (Bernard Velhac). I dug up what I could quickly find on the four cartoonists, and have included relevant […]

Translating "Color and Light" into Japanese

Last summer, Japanese publisher Born Digital ordered the fifth reprint of Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter. I am always fascinated by the way ideas about the visual world vary from culture to culture. Given that Western...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Robert Blum’s silk merchant

The Silk Merchant, Japan; Robert Frederick Blum Link is to Google Art Project, downloadable high-res file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Cincinnati Art Museum. After Japan opened relations with Europe and the U.S. in the mid 19th century, many European and American artists were dramatically influenced by imported Japanese art and culture; but […]

Darcie Peet

Darcie Peet is a painter who divides her time between the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and the Sonora Desert in Arizona, painting her impressions of both in crisp, painterly oils. Peet pays particular attention to the character of light as it plays across her landscapes, whether muted or bright, often revealing itself in bands of […]

Dinotopia Podcast, Episode Nine

It's Tuesday, time for Episode Nine of the serialized podcast of Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time. To listen, click the orange play button below, or follow the link to the SoundCloud file.In this episode, Arthur and Will Denison travel to Canyon City, the world of the big pterosaurs. Show More Summary

Kent Barton (update)

Kent Barton is an illustrator who works in scratchboard, as well as linocut and woodcut. His images carry echoes of graphic processes used in illustration in the past, while maintaining a very up to date sensibility. At times he adds color to his line work, applied with a light touch and an eye to keeping […]

Walter Baumhofer Book

The Illustrated Press and David Saunders teamed up last year to publish the definitive monograph on Golden Age pulp illustrator Walter Baumhofer. The book tells his whole life story, from his origins as a young artist, his time in art school, and his early pen and ink and charcoal illustrations, and his striking poster designs. Show More Summary

Figurehead Maquette

When I visited his Baltimore studio a few years ago, my friend Patrick O'Brien showed me a maquette of a lion figurehead that he built for reference on one of his marine paintings. I'm trying to talk him into letting me use it for a hood ornament on my Mazda.Patrick O'Brien, Marine Artist

Hollis Dunlap

Hollis Dunlap is a painter based in Connecticut, who take influences from the master so the past, but brings incorporates them into an approach with an unmistakably contemporary sensibility. Though he also paints landscape and still life subjects, Dunlap’s primary focus if figurative work. His compositions in all cases explore the expression of light in […]

Eye Candy for Today: Meindert Hobbema watermill

A Watermill, Meindert Hobbema In the Rijksmuseum. The wonderful 17th century Dutch landscape painter Meindert Hobbema — who studied with Jacob van Ruisdael — gives us an idyllic view of a watermill, set amid trees and reeds bent in a breeze, perhaps in anticipation of a coming storm. Hobbema had a masterful touch with foliage, […]

Seven Reasons to Enter Spectrum

There are a lot of art competitions out there, but one of the few that I consistently enter is Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. Here's the packet of entries that I'll be mailing in tomorrow. Let me tell you the seven reasons I believe Spectrum is well worth entering:1. Show More Summary

Mark Molnar

Mark Molnar is an illustrator and concept artist working in the film and gaming industries; his clients include LucasFilm, Time Warner, Universal, MGM, Legendary Pictures and Weta Workshop, among others. In addition to his nice control of atmosphere and muted color relationships, Molnar’s work is rich with a variety of textures, giving them a nicely […]

Eye Candy for Today: Raphaelle Peale’s strawberries

Still Life with Strawberries and Nuts, Raphaelle Peale Link is to a large image found on NPR, there is another, smaller and somewhat darker image on Wikipedia. The original is in the Art Institute of Chicago. Raphaelle Peale, one of Charles Wilson Peale’s artistic (and artistically named) sons, was America’s first dedicated still life painter, […]

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