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Mapping an art style onto a talking face

Daniel Sýkora has developed software that uses the stylistic information from a painting or sculpture,and applies it to video of a moving face, changing the metrics to match the target face. (Link to YouTube) Note: the video is silent. Show More Summary

Painting backlit ferns

Instead of painting a standard garden vista, I decide to unravel the complicated rhythms of a bank of backlit cinnamon ferns.A page of my sketchbook is already primed in casein with a color called "vegetable green" or "parent green." This is the standard hue of the transmitted light that filters through new grass or spring foliage. Show More Summary

Science fiction exhibit opens in London

Today, The Barbican Centre in London opens its massive exhibition called "Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction." Photo: Engadget The show spans science fiction's evolution from Jules Verne to Interstellar with over 800 rare objects, including Darth Vader's helmet, H.R. Show More Summary

Walk Cycle in 10 Poses

Here's Clement's replacement-animation walk cycle in 10 poses. I hand sculpted them from two-part epoxy over wood and wire skeletons. The bigger Clement is a rod puppet version for closeups.

Walking under a ladder

What's the best way to walk under a ladder? Watch how Clement does it.(Link to Video)Music by Dan Gurney from "Traditional Irish Music on the Button Accordion"

Generative design resembles Art Nouveau

Computer modeling tools such as ZBrush and Maya have made it easier to visualize whatever form that a human designer imagines. And 3D printing has made it possible to translate that design into physical form. "The three structural elements...Show More Summary

Meissonier's Maquettes

A fellow artist eyewitnessed the way Ernest Meissonier (French, 1815-1891) made reference maquettes for his famous equestrian paintings. "He made a beautifully finished little wax model of a horse and a rider." "Every detail was carefully...Show More Summary

Your Sketch Easel Designs

Today I'm pleased to share your design innovations for the Sketch Easel. Thanks to each of you who contributed photos and descriptions. Rob Anglin "As suggested by James, I used 1/4 inch oak plywood and I added solid-dimensional ¼-inch oak at key reinforcement locations. Show More Summary

Materials List for Sketch Easel

As promised, here's a materials list for putting together the sketch easel and the diffuser. These are all referenced in my new Gumroad video. Sketch Easel MaterialsAmazonBasics 60-Inch TripodQB-4W quick release platform (square type...Show More Summary

How to Make a Sketch Easel

A plein-air easel should achieve the following goals:1. Allow you to stand or sit.2. Hold your panel or sketchbook up out of your hands, so that both hands are free.3. Position the work close to your line of sight so that you can achieve accuracy.4. Show More Summary

Casein Emulsion and Varnish

Julien from France asks:"I've finally bought Richeson casein online, still quite expensive [to import to Europe], but quite cool, actually different from gouache or Holbein's Acryla Gouache. My question is, have you used the Shiva casein emulsion or varnish, and can you use it with gouache? First, a little background. Show More Summary

'How to Make Easel' Video Releases This Saturday

On Saturday, May 27, I release my newest video tutorial called: "How to Make a Sketch Easel." Beginners and pros alike will be able to follow step-by-step as I build my compact, lightweight easel. I've been perfecting this design for decades, and it's ideal for sketchbooks and small panels. Show More Summary

Sambourne's Reference Photos

Edward Linley Sambourne (1844-1910) was an English illustrator and cartoonist who discovered the benefits of photo reference. He joined the magazine Punch in 1871 and eventually became its principle cartoonist, replacing John Tenniel. Show More Summary

Pocket Sketching Rig

When I attend a fancy-dress event, such as an opera, a wedding, or a black tie fundraiser, my sketching gear has got to fit into a single pocket. Here's what I bring: • 4 x 6-inch sketch journal. • Two water brushes, one filled with clear water, and one with diluted black water-soluble ink. Show More Summary

Why Aren't Trees Black?

If trees were more efficient solar collectors, the leaves would be black instead of green. They'd look more like solar cells, which are black so that they can absorb as much light energy as possible. James Gurney, River Suir, Ireland,...Show More Summary

Evolving the Camera Lucida

For centuries, artists have developed devices to help translate what they see directly onto paper. One of those tools is the camera lucida, which has remained popular even after the invention of photography.As you look through the viewfinder,...Show More Summary

Molyneux's Problem

Here's a philosophical question:Let's imagine a person born blind had learned to distinguish shapes by the way they feel. If you could surgically bestow sight on that person, would he or she correctly identify those same shapes by sight alone, without recourse to touch?People argued about this question for centuries. Show More Summary

Should you serve on an art jury?

Salon Jury, 1903 In a letter to the director of the Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Mary Cassatt (1824-1926) declined to be a juror for their annual exhibition. Here's why:"In regard to jurys of artists, I have never served because I could never reconcile it to my conscience to be the means of shutting the door in the face of a fellow painter. Show More Summary

Gran Torino in Gouache

While waiting for my car to be inspected, I do a gouache sketch of a Gran Torino. That car was produced by Ford in the early 1970s, with Coke-bottle styling and the long-hood-short-deck look. I mention to my mechanic, who modifies and races Triumph Spitfires, that the Gran Torino looks like a pretty hot car to drive. Show More Summary

Barefoot Pianist

James Fitzwilliam accompanied the Bard College Symphonic Chorus in a concert last night. I painted him in watercolor and gouache from the fourth row of the audience. Fitzwilliams is a dedicated barefooter all year round, including in the winter. Show More Summary

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