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Samuel Michlap (update)

When I first wrote about concept and visual development artist Samuel Michlap back in 2006, he had recently started his blog and his website was still under construction. Since then, of course, he has added a considerable volume of work to his redesigned website, and his film industry credits now include titles like The Lion […]

Custom Watercolor Sketch Kits

In the 1830s, J.M.W. Turner carried a watercolor sketch kit in a wallet. "It's a simple leather case with gauze that Turner would have literally stuck the pigments onto," says Julia Beaumont-Jones, Collection Registrar for the Tate Britain.Some...Show More Summary

Civil War Portrait from Life

I'd like to share one more sample clip from my new video "Watercolor in the Wild." I painted this portrait of Civil War reenactor John O'Brien, who is a member of the Salem Zouaves. I met him by chance at a steampunk festival in Waltham, Massachusetts. Show More Summary

"Watercolor in the Wild" releases today

Today is the release of my new instructional video called "Watercolor in the Wild." (link to watch on YouTube.)Dan Dos Santos just reviewed the DVD on the blog "Muddy Colors." He says: "Gurney is an experienced teacher and you can really see that come through here. Show More Summary

Curious Spectators: Part 1 - The Problem

Yesterday's post about sketching strangers on subways led to a lively discussion about how best to manage the encounter between the artist and the unwitting model. Here I am painting at the Platte Clove Community in Elka Park, New York.Actually these folks were very respectful and asked smart, observant questions. Show More Summary

Magic Realism

Magic realism is a genre of art which endows otherworldly significance to ordinary things. The suggestion of death, the hint of history invading the present, or the sense of inanimate objects coming to life is woven into mundane reality. Show More Summary

How to Train an Animator

In 1935, Walt Disney wrote an eight page memo to art teacher Don Graham outlining his ideas for how to train an animator. Rico Lebrun works with Eric Larson as he draws a live deer in preparation for Bambi from Eye-Likey It's a snapshot...Show More Summary

Elongated In-Betweens

In the 1930s and '40s, animators became fascinated by motion blur effects in fast action photography, and they invented creative ways to simulate it on acetate cels. A 1935 Disney short called "The Tortoise and the Hare" used drybrush effects along the legs' path of action, plus speed lines in the overall direction of the character's motion. Show More Summary

Tobias Stretch's Outdoor Animation

Radiohead - Weird Fishes from Tobias Stretch on Vimeo.Tobias Stretch of Philadelphia builds extravagant sculptures of moss-faced people and bird-winged flying machines. Then he takes them outdoors into forests, fields, and city streets to animate them in stop motion. (Link to Vimeo)Tobias Stretch's websiteVia Cartoon Brew.

Marc Dalessio (update)

Marc Dalessio is an American painter, now living in Croatia, who I first profiled back in 2009, at the recommendation of British painter Julian Merrow-Smith. Dalessio lived in Florence for 20, and during that time studied at Charles H. Cecil Studios, and atelier that traces its heritage to the École Des Beaux-Arts teachings of Jean-Léon […]

Duet, Glen Keane

Renowned animator Glen Keane, best known for his character animation for Disney feature films like Aladdin, Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Tangled, has been working with the Google Advanced Technology and Projects Group on one of their new series of interactive animations. In the process, he has created preliminary hand-drawn animation […]

Cuphead Game Trailer

One of the delightful surprises at the recent E3 interactive game expo was the trailer for an upcoming video game called "Cuphead" by developers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer. (Direct link to video) The gameplay is classic run-and-gun with an emphasis on boss battles. Show More Summary

Father and Daughter

Beautiful and subtle, Father and Daughter is a 2000 Dutch animated short (8 minutes) about a daughter remembering her father. Directed, drawn and animated Michael Dudok de Wit, with assistance by Arjan Wilschut and Lisa Flather. There is an interview with Michael Dudok de Wit here. The film uses minimalist design, softly rendered with touches […]

CLEMENTOONS "Troubles with Bubbles"

Direct link to video)Clement sees a poster for a dancing girl, and the story that follows is as old as time.This is episode 14 from the Clementoons adventures. I'm releasing the mini-movies out of order, but this is the first one released.I shot the video on location at Mel Birnkrant's personal museum of comic characters. Show More Summary

Miss Bubbles Poster

On Monday morning, I'll be releasing the first full installment of Clementoons animation, an episode called "Troubles with Bubbles." The video features Clement's encounter with a dancer named Bubbles LaRue. She's ten times Clement's size, and she's the most beautiful and dangerous female in Melville, the world of cartoon people. Show More Summary

OK Go's Artistic Music

For some years now, the band OK Go has been creating music videos that feature unique visual artistry, usually involving long single takes and complicated setups. This latest one, called "The Writing's On the Wall," takes the camera through a warehouse full of optical illusions that materialize and dematerialize as the camera moves position. Show More Summary

"Greg Day" at IMC

Graphic novel artist Greg Ruth (The Lost Boy) made a surprise appearance at Illustration Master Class. When Mike Mignola (Hellboy) saw the sketch I did of Greg, he said "Ruth is human broccoli." The Drybrush Master from Ben Tobin onShow More Summary

Dana Guerrieri

Dana Guerrieri is a visual development artist and illustrator, whose work can simultaneously have a light touch and a dark edge. Her online portfolio is not extensive, but there are more images on her prints page, and a there is a gallery on Concept Art World. She also has a YouTube sample reel.

Hayao Miyazaki animated short

Hayao Miyazaki, director of some of the most fantastic and beautifully executed animated feature films in history, is not known for creating short films. According to io9, this animated short, which has recently become available on Vimeo, was an exercise to break a creative block Miyazaki experienced while working on Princess Mononoke. The film was […]

Book Review: The Lost Notebook

I recently received a copy of the new book The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and the Secrets of Walt Disney's Movie Magic. The large hardbound book of 292 pages is a facsimile reproduction of a detailed scrapbook kept by Herman Schultheis,...Show More Summary

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