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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 […]

Forms in Nature

Forms in Nature is an animated short film (2 minutes) in which natural and man-made forms are compared and contrasted within a carefully constrained and artfully orchestrated set of design parameters. Largely focused on a central circle, the most basic of geometric forms, the images follow one another, often in shared screen transitions, in a […]

Spring Cleaning

The fox family cleaned out their den, and look what they threw out -- a perfect raccoon skull. ----- Previously on the blog: Baby Foxes Nursing

Trailer for "Loving Vincent"

Here's trailer for an upcoming film called "Loving Vincent" (link to YouTube). The film is created with 12 frames per second, with each frame being a painting inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh.According to the advance publicity, as many as 100 painters are contributing work to this feature film in production in Poland. Show More Summary

New Dean Cornwell Book

Most of the books about Golden Age illustrators have been produced by a very small number of ardent fans working out of their homes or understaffed offices, and creating quality books as labors of love. Dan Zimmer, of The Illustrated Press, is one of those people.Zimmer has published an extraordinary book on The Art of Dean Cornwell. Show More Summary

Atlas, a new humanoid robot

Boston Dynamics has revealed Atlas, the newest iteration of their autonomous humanoid robot. It can let itself outdoors, walk on snowy ground, pick up boxes, and right itself after being pushed by a human. (Link to video). They say:"It is specialized for mobile manipulation. Show More Summary

OK Go Answers its Critics

The band OK Go released a new music video called "Upside Down Inside Out," shot entirely in weightlessness (link to video). They also made a behind-the-scenes video showing how it was done.In a Reddit Ask Me Anything session, they were...Show More Summary

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