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Juanjo Guarnido's Rock Video

Juanjo Guarnido, the Spanish illustrator who co-created the comic Blacksad was formerly a Disney animator. Last March he launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to direct an animated music video for the Swedish rock band Freak Kitchen. Show More Summary

Painting a Texas Townscape in Watercolor

Here's a short video showing the making of my watercolor townscape in Bryan, Texas. (Direct link to video)Camera:The video is shot with a very compact point-and-shoot camera mounted to a street pole with a flexible tripod that can grab onto just about anything. Show More Summary

OK Go's "I Won't Let You Down"

The alt rock band OKGo, known for its innovative long-take videos, has released a new one called "I Won't Let You Down." A camera on a drone octocopter tracks the four band members as they move around on Honda motorized unicycles. The...Show More Summary

The Weenies

If you've never heard of "The Weenies," that's because it's the toy and cartoon phenomenon that almost happened, but got cancelled before it fully rolled out. The concept was developed in 1983 by Mel Birnkrant, Mike Strouth, and Kiscom, and then purchased by Coleco to be the next big thing after Cabbage Patch Kids. Show More Summary

Simon Kozhin

Russian artist Simon Kozhin takes a painterly approach, often roughly textural in his location paintings, as he works with a variety of landscape subjects — both from his travels across Europe and the Mediterranean, and near his home in Moscow. He also takes on figurative and narrative subjects, and you can find an extensive selection […]

Short Film about a Magical Sketchbook

"Lila" is a short wordless film that follows a young woman with her magical sketchbook. (Link to video). Fantasy meets reality when she holds up her sketches next to her subjects. The drawings animate and seem to enter the subjects'Show More Summary

Painting a Street Scene in Watercolor

Here's a video that I made while painting a row of shopfronts in Huntington, Indiana. (Direct link to video)My first step is to first measure out a reasonably accurate perspective drawing in pencil. I cover the surface with a light ghost wash.Then I place the watercolor tones with a flat brush. Show More Summary

Clement on the Can — New CLEMENTOONS Adventure

In this brand new episode of CLEMENTOONS, Clement makes a sled out of a crushed soda can and embarks on a wild ride. ( Direct link to video ) CLEMENTOONS is my stop-motion animated adventure series about a little cartoon person on a perilous journey through the real world to the toyland of Melville. Show More Summary

Bright Light Fine Art / Artists Guild Library

Bright Light Fine Art is a collaborative art instruction site featuring three well-known contemporary painters: David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw and Jacqueline Kamin (links to my posts). The site has bios and sample galleries by each artist, listings of workshops and other news, and a store for books by Leffel and McGraw. The essence of the […]

Pixar supercut arranged ROYGBIV

ROYGBIV: A Pixar Supercut from Rishi Kaneria on Vimeo.Editor Rishi Kaneria excerpted short scenes from the Pixar films and arranged them according to the spectrum, showing how much individual sequences are shifted to a particular narrow color gamuts. Show More Summary

How to Sharpen a Pencil for Drawing – Karl Gnass

At first I though this would be superficial, and though it does go through the basics we all think we know from art school, I’ve been sharpening artist pencils for more years than I can count, and I learned a few things. Karl Gnass transitioned from a career as concept and storyboard artist into teaching […]

Gobelins graduating student animations 2014

Each year for the past 9 years, I’ve been highlighting the annual series of student short animations from Gobelins, l’école de l’image (Goeblins School of Communications) in Paris, that are used as introductions for the daily events at the Annecy International Festival of Animation in the spring. I’ve been lax, however, in pointing out the […]

Ken Knight

Ken Knight is an Australian plein air painter who paints with superb economy, rich color and a beautifully textural surface, for which the word “painterly” seems inadequate. Though it’s difficult to see in small reproductions, in larger images, his brush marks flow, scrape, jitter and dash across the surface — defining forms, carving out depth […]

Clint Cearley

Clint Cearley is a freelance illustrator based in Fort Worth, Texas who trained in traditional media, but now works digitally. His website showcases his work for projects like Magic: The Gathering for Wizards of the Coast and Legend of the Cryptids for Applibot, as well as personal projects. Cearley sometimes utilizes a format often found […]

Samuel Michlap (update)

When I first wrote about concept and visual development artist Samuel Michlap back in 2006, he had recently started his blog and his website was still under construction. Since then, of course, he has added a considerable volume of work to his redesigned website, and his film industry credits now include titles like The Lion […]

Custom Watercolor Sketch Kits

In the 1830s, J.M.W. Turner carried a watercolor sketch kit in a wallet. "It's a simple leather case with gauze that Turner would have literally stuck the pigments onto," says Julia Beaumont-Jones, Collection Registrar for the Tate Britain.Some...Show More Summary

Civil War Portrait from Life

I'd like to share one more sample clip from my new video "Watercolor in the Wild." I painted this portrait of Civil War reenactor John O'Brien, who is a member of the Salem Zouaves. I met him by chance at a steampunk festival in Waltham, Massachusetts. Show More Summary

"Watercolor in the Wild" releases today

Today is the release of my new instructional video called "Watercolor in the Wild." (link to watch on YouTube.)Dan Dos Santos just reviewed the DVD on the blog "Muddy Colors." He says: "Gurney is an experienced teacher and you can really see that come through here. Show More Summary

Curious Spectators: Part 1 - The Problem

Yesterday's post about sketching strangers on subways led to a lively discussion about how best to manage the encounter between the artist and the unwitting model. Here I am painting at the Platte Clove Community in Elka Park, New York.Actually these folks were very respectful and asked smart, observant questions. Show More Summary

Magic Realism

Magic realism is a genre of art which endows otherworldly significance to ordinary things. The suggestion of death, the hint of history invading the present, or the sense of inanimate objects coming to life is woven into mundane reality. Show More Summary

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