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Image Translation

A new machine-learning algorithm can take a photo of a street scene and translate the image to another time of day or another weather condition. For example, the photo on the left shows is taken from a car on a rainy day. On the right, the computer translates the scene into a sunny day with a blue sky. Show More Summary

Flagg's Poster "Tell That to the Marines"

James Montgomery Flagg is best known for his poster of Uncle Sam pointing and saying "I want YOU for the U.S. Army."He painted many other recruitment posters for World War I, some of which were staged as publicity stunts.He set up his oversize canvas in New York City and climbed up a ladder as a model stood on a box. Show More Summary

Video Portrait of C.F. Payne

American illustrator and teacher C.F. Payne is the feature of a new hour-long documentary called "C.F. Payne: An American Illustrator." Payne is known for his award-winning Time covers, MAD magazine caricatures, and children's book illustrations, which he has produced over a span of nearly four decades. Show More Summary

Zorn and Photography

On a recent post about Swedish artist Anders Zorn, blog reader Tyler J observed: "Beautiful work but there is a photographic quality about some of it. I couldn't find anything about his methods in the internets but I'm wondering if anyone...Show More Summary

Sculpting from the Inside Out

Brazilian sculptor Juliana LePine creates a tiny figural portrait of singer Freddie Mercury. She builds the forms from the inside out: putting teeth on the skull, flesh on the bones, and clothing over the flesh. (Link to YouTube)Juliana has a whole series of tutorial videos grouped into playlists. Show More Summary

A Conversation with Mel Birnkrant

Timothy J. Fitzmaurice created this video portrait of Mel Birnkrant and his unrivaled collection of vintage Mickey Mouse and other comic characters toys. (Link to YouTube) In the interview by Timothy's wife, Kelly McMullen, Mel talks...Show More Summary

James Gurney: Flower Painting in the Wild

Flower Painting in the Wild is the latest full length (hour-long) instructional video from author, illustrator and plain air painter James Gurney. As Gurney points out in the introduction, the approach to painting flowers he takes here is different than the usual flower arrangement in Read More...

Friendship through Marionettes

Ricky Syers, a puppeteer in his 50s and Doris Diether, a community activist in her 80s, became friends. Ricky made puppet alter egos of each of them, and they perform together in New York parks. Link to video on YouTube Another video shows more behind the scenes views of making of his marionettes: Link to Vimeo video

Stephanie Bower

Stephanie Bower is an architectural illustrator and avid urban sketcher based in Seattle. Like a number of other architectural illustrators who are also sketchers or watercolor painters in their off hours, Bower’s location sketches have a wonderful combination of loose, gestural rendering over a solid framework of perspective and geometric forms. I particularly admire her […]

Visiting Lumber Camps

In addition to riding the freight trains around America, Tom Kinkade and I drove my Austin America around California looking for subjects for our planned book on sketching. The trunk was full of easels and stools and the whole back seat was filled with art supplies. Show More Summary

Sleeping Pigs

These young pigs know how to pass a summer day, sleeping through the heat on the barn floor.I'm using a graphite pencil with a Niji water brush filled with gray ink for the mottled coloration.Don't miss the my latest YouTube video "Painting Animals from Life: 7 Tips for Success"

Claus's Grainy Luminism

Emile Claus (1849-1924) conveyed a brilliant sense of light through fine textures of broken color, giving the painting a grainy look. (Click image to see uncropped composition) Art historians classify Claus in the category of Belgian luminism, a movement with sources in impressionism and pointillism. Show More Summary

East Oaks Studio

East Oaks Studio is a new collaborative workspace and business venture in North Carolina established by a group of academically trained artists: Louis Carr, Michael Klein and Joshua LaRock, together with videographer Joe Hawkins.They...Show More Summary

DIY Pochade Boxes – make your own cheap pochade box from simple materials

As I pointed out in my previous post on making DIY pochade boxes out of cigar boxes, the cost of a commercial pochade box can sometimes be prohibitive, particularly for those on a tight budget or who are as yet uncertain if they want to commit serious resources to plein air painting. So blog posts […]

DIY Cigar Box Pochade Boxes – make your own cheap pochade box from a cigar box

As I described in my original post on the subject (which will be updated shortly), pochade boxes are small, usually wooden boxes, meant to serve as a portable artist’s palette and easel for painting on location. Many also contain storage for supplies. Most are equipped to be mounted to camera tripods, but some are simply […]

Weatherbeaten Melody

Hans Fischerkoesen was sometimes called "Germany's Disney," but he's not too well known in the USA, even among aficionados of classic animation. His most notable film is called "Weatherbeaten Melody" (Verwitterte Melodie), (Link to YouTube)The story is about with a bee in the meadow who uses his (or her?) stinger to play an abandoned record player. Show More Summary

Cesar Santos and his Sketchbook

Cuban-American portrait painter Cesar Santos uses his sketchbooks for mixed media, including oil. He started this portrait in pencil, sealed the surface with fixative, and then used semi-transparent layers of oil over it. He also makes master copies from statues in museums, changing them a bit to add natural hair and realistic eyes with irises. Show More Summary

Mapping an art style onto a talking face

Daniel Sýkora has developed software that uses the stylistic information from a painting or sculpture,and applies it to video of a moving face, changing the metrics to match the target face. (Link to YouTube) Note: the video is silent. Show More Summary

Generative design resembles Art Nouveau

Computer modeling tools such as ZBrush and Maya have made it easier to visualize whatever form that a human designer imagines. And 3D printing has made it possible to translate that design into physical form. "The three structural elements...Show More Summary

Evolving the Camera Lucida

For centuries, artists have developed devices to help translate what they see directly onto paper. One of those tools is the camera lucida, which has remained popular even after the invention of photography.As you look through the viewfinder,...Show More Summary

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