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Just Glue Some Gears On It (and call it Steampunk)

Something fun for Sunday— a period-style video reminding makers to build Steampunk contraptions and attire that make sense.The video is by the multitalented Reginald Pikedevant — Here's his introduction to himself.If you're an email subscriber, you'll need to follow this link to the video on YouTube)Thanks, Frank.

Bryan Mark Taylor

Bryan Mark Taylor is a plein air painter based in California who focuses on cityscape and landscape. Taylor travels extensively and many of his subjects are from Europe as well as other locations in the U.S. His crisp, textural treatment of architectural and natural elements often takes on a sculptural feeling, with shadows and interlocking […]

Mars Huang (B6 Drawing Man)

Mars Huang is an artist based in Japan. Though he signs his work “Mars”, his Tumblr blog credits him only as “B6 Drawing man”; it wasn’t until I followed a link to one of his process videos on Vimeo, that I came across his actual name. His blog is filled with delightfully loose and gestural […]

Bosch Parade

In the Netherlands, artists create a parade of floating exhibits in honor of Hieronymus Bosch.Watch on YoutubeVideo by WOoArts.comThanks, Petros

Computer translates hand-drawn form modeling

Software engineers have been coming up with tools to make computer-generated forms look less like they were molded from plastic and more like they were drawn by hand. (Link to YouTube)StyLit is a new method previewed at SIGGRAPH that lets a user sketch out the light and shadow treatment on a simple form like a sphere. Show More Summary

Graphics Before Computers

A documentary called "Graphic Means" is in the works for release this fall about how graphic design technology changed throughout the 20th century. (Link to Vimeo video) Most people realize that desktop publishing and the computer revolutionized...Show More Summary

Bury It

“Bury It” is a very nicely realized animated music video for a song by Chvrches and Haley Williams — animated by Mighty Nice with a design direction established by comics artist and illustrator Jamie Mckelvie, who has worked with the band previously on poster designs. I’m not certain if Mckelvie actually directed the short or […]

How Movement Aids Face Recognition

Every face you're familiar with, whether friend or celebrity, has a distinctive shape and proportion. But familiar faces also have a set of characteristic movements. Those movements, scientists say, are stored in your memory, and play a crucial role in face recognition. Show More Summary

New Challenge: Food Trucks

We had such an enthusiastic response to our last Weed Challenge that many of you asked for another opportunity. This time it's food trucks! I invite you to paint a mobile food vendor on location with a limited palette. Photo by PaulShow More Summary

Gobelins students’ animations for Annecy 2016

Each year students from the graduating class of the remarkable Gobelins, l’école de l’image (Goeblins School of Communications) in Paris are divided into teams that create short animations to be used as introductions to each of the five day’s events at the Annecy International Festival of Animation. The emphasis is on 2D hand drawn animation. […]

Portraits in the Wild, James Gurney

As I have pointed out in previous reviews, painter, illustrator and writer James Gurney has in recent years been bringing us a wealth of instructional material in the form of books, videos and his always informative and fascinating blog, Gurney Journey. Not only has he contributed significantly to the canon of contemporary art instruction (as […]

Time Lapse of Urban Life

The Lion City II - Majulah from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.This video combines a lot of sophisticated time lapse techniques to provide a dynamic vision of life in the city.

Eshu Bumpus

Eshu Bumpus is a storyteller who tells African, African-American, and World stories to a variety of groups. Here's a video of him. His grand boubou or bubu was a fun costume to sketch. I liked the big pipe folds on the back and the half-lock folks on the right.

Larry Francis (update)

Larry Francis is a Philadelphia artist, both in the sense of living in the city, and in taking the city as his subject. His scenes of Philadelphia’s parks, streets, buildings and people are vibrant with a kind of immediacy that testifies to his practice of working on location as much as possible, even in some […]

New puppet design with incredibly fluid movement

(Link to Video) Barnaby Dixon has come up with a clever new way of articulating a puppet.Not only can the little fellow dance with his feet and move his arms and head, he can point, grab things, and even scratch his face."My philosophy...Show More Summary

CG Short about Aristocratic Anime

"Symphony of Two Minds" is a short film about CG animation finding its own style amid a variety of influences. (Link to YouTube)It begins with two cartoon characters eating a meal in an aristocratic dining parlor. They remark on how sophisticated their world is. Show More Summary

Harold Speed Talks Brushes

Welcome to the GJ Book Club. Today we'll cover pages 237-242 of the chapter on "Materials," from Harold Speed's 1924 art instruction book Oil Painting Techniques and Materials.I'll present Speed's main points in boldface type either verbatim or paraphrased, followed by my comments. Show More Summary

Video Portrait of Hong Kong

(Via BoingBoing) There's some interesting camera work and sound design in this portrait of Hong Kong by filmmaker Brandon Li.---If you like this, you'll also like his other film "Tokyo Roar," set against the poem by A.D. Hope.

Leonardo da Vinci’s Drawing Materials

Leonardo da Vinci’s Drawing Materials is a short (5 minute) video in which a conservator from the Royal Collection Trust describes and demonstrates some of the drawing materials available to Leonardo and other Renaissance artists. It was produced in conjunction with the exhibit “Leonardo da Vinci: Ten Drawings from the Royal Collection” that is on […]

Animation for Ma’agalim – Uri Lotan

Ma’agalim is a beautiful short animation (3:30 minutes) directed by Uri Lotan. It is the music video for the song of the same name by Jane Bordeaux. It portrays a mechanically animated wooden doll in the revolving scene of an arcade amusement, walking in pace as the landscape rolls beneath her feet. If you click […]

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