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Foreground Miniatures

Michael Paul Smith takes photos of his favorite town, called Elgin Park. The pictures look like snapshots from some midcentury utopian town. Most of his photos involve some cars parked on the street and buildings and trees in the background. Show More Summary

Visualizing Sound Waves

In the music video "CYMATICS: Science Vs. Music," Nigel Stanford and his band perform a song on drums and keyboards. The sound waves of the instruments are visualized through a series of analog physics experiments. Although the effects look digital, they're not. Show More Summary

Cristóbal Pérez García

Cristóbal Pérez García is a contemporary Spanish painter who captures his landscapes — and in particular, his urban scenes — with fresh, immediate brush work, lively color and a sure feeling of naturalistic light and shadow. When viewing the galleries of work on his website, be sure to open your browser window as wide as […]

Making It Documentary

(Link to video)Producer Tony Moorman is about to release an hour-and-a-half video about the trials and tribulations of making a living as a professional artist.The small crew traveled to various artists' studios, and interviewed a large number of people at Spectrum Live in Kansas City and Comic Con in San Diego. Show More Summary

John Salminen

John Salminen’s watercolors of urban scenes are rich with beautifully finessed textures, nuanced value relationships and subtle juxtaposition of high chroma passages against more muted colors. He has a particularly appealing technique...Show More Summary

Dina Brodsky

Originally from Balarus, Dina Brodsky moved to the U.S. with her family at an early age. She studied at the University of Massachussets Amherst and New York Academy of Art. In her most recent series, Brodsky revels in the rich textures, subtle colors and muted value changes in abandoned buildings. She infuses these with a […]

Noah Klocek

Noah Klocek is an art director, production designer and concept artist for the film industry, who has worked for companies like Industrial Light & Magic, PDI/DreamWorks, and Pixar Animation Studios. His film credits include titles like Wall-e, Up and Brave. Much of his production work embodies some of the best characteristics of children’s book illustration […]

Rendering Big Hero 6

The new animated film Big Hero 6 uses a new rendering system developed at Disney Animation Studios that simulates the effect of light on surfaces with much more subtlety and nuance than in previous CGI animated films. The rendering system, called Hyperion, manages the huge computational volume required for ray tracing. Show More Summary

Samuel Gomez

New York based artist and designer Samuel Gomez works at a large scale in graphite and ink to create his complex, intricate arrangements of mechanical and biological forms. He apparently uses fine line markers to delineate his forms, rendering the exactingly applied tones with graphite in an almost airbrush-like effect. For reasons that are lost […]

Sean Farrell

Largely self-taught, and inspired by numerous trips to Italy and the Netherlands where he studied paintings of the masters in museums and churches wherever possible, American painter Sean Farrell brings his fascination with 17th Italian and Dutch painters to play in his luminous, richly hued still life subjects. Farrell makes wonderful use of chiaroscuro in […]

Aug(de)mented Reality 2

Marty Cooper, who goes by the name "Hombre McSteez," animates in plein air, using felt-tipped markers, whiteout, transparency cels, and an iPhone. He calls the result "Aug(de)mented Reality." Here's the latest. Watch for the Adam Savage cameo.And here's the original video, which has racked up more than four million views.

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 […]

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