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Eye tracking a pianist

(Link to YouTube) Expert pianist Daniel Beliavsky and his student Charlotte Bennett analyze eye-tracking footage taken while they perform, both from memory and from sheet music.The more experienced pianist knows where the keys are and...Show More Summary

James Gurney’s Living Sketchbook app

One of the most fascinating ways to see into the mind of an artist is to have the opportunity to look through their sketchbooks. This is not often possible, sketchbooks are frequently personal, full of unfinished thoughts and experiments and seldom voulnteered for display by the artists themselves. When the opportunity does arise, it’s a […]

Daniel Sprick

Originally from Arkansas, educated in Colorado and New York and currently living in Denver, Daniel Sprick is an American painter who focuses on portraits, figures and still life, and occasionally landscape. Sprick’s subjects are clearly observed, precisely drawn and rendered with finess, but to my eye, they always seem to carry with them an element […]

Animated film "Scavengers"

Scavengers from Joseph Bennett on Vimeo."Scavengers" is an animated short that presents human explorers dealing with a strange alien biology on a foreign planet. (Link to Vimeo) Part of the effectiveness of the film comes from the decision not to use spoken language and very little music, focusing instead on concrete sound effects.Via Cartoon Brew

X-ray video technology

Using a combination of X-ray video, motion control tracking, and computer graphics, scientists are able to show what goes on inside animals while they're moving. Frames from an XROMM made by Jonas Lauströer. Above are stills of a chihuahua's...Show More Summary

Dealing with Our Inner Critic

Gabriel Cornelius Ritter von Max (1840-1915), who actually lived with a family of monkeys Over on YouTube, Natasha asks: "Because of all your videos, it has inspired me to want to go out and quit being afraid of what others think or say about my paintings. Show More Summary

Pep Talk from Harvey Dunn

American illustrator Harvey Dunn (1884-1952) gave the following "kick in the butt" to his students about the importance of graduating from student work to your life work, driven by personal ideas. "When I was out in Chicago recently, I went into a class, a sort of a club where seven or eight men were painting and doing good student work. Show More Summary

Optical Box (1750-1790)

This optical box from the Museum of Cinema in Catalonia dates from the late 18th century. (Link to YouTube video). It had multiple functions: You could use it as a camera obscura for drawing. Besides this, it could be folded up into the shape of a book and easily transported. Show More Summary

X-Story, Vitaliy Shushko

X-Story is an animated short (roughly 12 minutes) by Vitaliy Shushko. At first, I thought this was a promo or incorporated animation for a game from a major company. Given the production values, length and level of accomplishment, I was surprised to find that this was an independent animation project. I checked Shushko’s blog and […]

Casein Painting in the Wild, James Gurney

Casein is a water based paint that uses milk protein as its binder. It shares many characteristics with gouache; both are water-based, opaque and dry to an appealing matte finish. Both dry quickly and can be used in concert with other water based mediums. Both are neglected step-children of watercolor and are somewhat on the […]

Caricature Iterations

It often takes four or five tries at a caricature to before a theme emerges. Then it's a matter of simplifying. Tony DeMarco, fiddler in the Irish tradition from NYC Tony was talking and moving as he played a concert, so I had a chance to observe him in a variety of angles and expressions. If you want a reality check, you can watch Tony talk and fiddle on this YouTube video.

New tools will let you edit and invent spoken words

Adobe recently gave a sneak peak of new software called #VoCo with an amazing (and potentially alarming) capacity to edit recorded speech. Users will easily be able to change word order and even to invent new words using a simple keyboard interface. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Dürer’s Large Piece of Turf

The Large Piece of Turf, Albrecht Dürer Watercolor and gouache on paper mounted to board, roughly 16 x 12 inches (41 x 31 cm). Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Albertina, Vienna. For its small size and unassuming subject, this painting ranks among […]

Some wise suggestions for artists from Neil Gaiman’s 2012 address to the University of the Arts

For those who are dismayed, as I am, at the recent turn of events, and the likely devastating effect it will have on the state of the arts here in the U.S. (see my before the fact storm warning to that effect), I offer some insightful suggestions about art in the face of adversity from […]

Imaginative drawing—with and without reference

How do you draw something that you can't see directly—such as a Chasmosaurus, a Phoenician, or a bog troll? Alan North of Alan's Art Log came up with an interesting way to think about this problem. There are two ways ways of imaginative drawing: with and without reference. Show More Summary

Style Transfer

Computers are able to take any photo and reinterpret it in any given artist's style. You can give the computer some examples of an artist's work along with a photo of your own, and then the app will come up with an image that superficially resembles the style of that artist. Show More Summary

Mario Martinez ( MARS-1)

Mario Martinez, who also is known by the handle MARS-1, is a painter based in New York who uses exacting representational techniques to paint imaginary objects and spaces. His compositions are often elaborate arrangements of geometric and pseudo-biological forms, intricately detailed and rendered with a palpable dimensionality. Show More Summary

Marc Bohne

Marc Bohne is a landscape painter originally from Texas and currently based in Seattle, Washington. I’ve admired his work on the web for a number of years, and had it bookmarked for inclusion on Lines and Colors, and I’m frankly surprised I haven’t featured him before now. Bohne is wonderfully skillful in his depictions of […]

Moby's new video

Here's a new music video called "Are You Lost In The World Like Me?" by Moby & The Void Pacific Choir with animation by Steve Cutts in a 30's retro style. The subject is a little depressing—how people are all hooked on their devices—but it's incisive satire, an apt commentary on our times. (Link to see the video on YouTube)

Adair Payne

Adair Payne is a California painter whose landscapes are richly textural, often deeply atmospheric and highly evocative of place, season and time of day. Payne uses a restrained palette, emphasizing the value relationships and textural elements in his compositions. Though many of his subjects are identifiably west coast landscapes, many resonate with me with creeks […]

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