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GJ Book Club: Chapter 12, Unity of Line (Part 2) Curved Lines

On the GJ Book Club, we're looking at Chapter 12: "Rhythm, Variety of Line" in Harold Speed's 1917 classic The Practice and Science of Drawing. The following numbered paragraphs cite key points in boldface. If you would like to respond to a specific image or point, please precede your comment by the corresponding number. Show More Summary

Painting Dan Gurney's "Pepsi Challenger"

When I was in southern California last fall, I painted the "Pepsi Challenger," a Formula 1 race car designed and built by my cousin Dan Gurney and his team back in 1981 (link to YouTube video).Dan let me set up my sketch easel in his museum, and I interviewed him about the car. Show More Summary

Painting "Brownies" Comic Characters

In this mini trailer segment from "Gouache in the Wild," I visit the antique toy collection of Mel Birnkrant to paint his "Brownies" candy containers in acryla gouache (Link to YouTube) I'm fascinated by the character design from a century ago. Show More Summary

Gouache demo today on ConcertWindow

Here's the gouache landscape I painted "in the wild" today during the hour-long live webcast on ConcertWindow. Thanks to the 150 of you who joined in from as far as Australia, Russia, Argentina and all over the USA!

Meet Cameron the iPad Holder

Meet "Cameron" the iPad holder with a little sculpted face on the side. (I made the face out of Model Magic). The pupil of his eye is really a hole above the iPad's camera to remind me to "look the viewers in the eye" and also that the CAMERA-is-ON.I'll be using him for my gouache painting live webstream today at 4:00 NY time on ConcertWindow. Show More Summary

Contest: Paint a Gas Station in B&W

If you're eager to get going with gouache, why not join this contest? The challenge is to paint a gas station in black and white gouache on location. Gas Pump, gouache, by Thomas Kinkade, 1981 For inspiration, here's one of my favorite little paintings. Show More Summary

Painting Within a Value Gamut

Gouache Week continues with a brief trailer / sampler from the feature Gouache in the Wild. This time Jeanette and I are painting an ordinary gas station while our car is being fixed nearby. (Link to Video) Color gamut, value gamutIn terms of hue, this is a complementary gamut of blue grays vs. Show More Summary

Painting the Produce Case

Produce Case, gouache, 5x8 inches, painted at the Hannaford, Kingston, NY Earlier today I walked into the supermarket and was mesmerized by the produce case. The oranges, limes, and lemons were reflected in the big mirrors behind them, and I knew I just had to paint them right then and there. Show More Summary

Gouache Ingredients: Info from Manufacturers

Top: Winsor Newton, Second: Acryla Gouache (Holbein), Third: Holbein Gouache, Fourth: M. Graham,Fifth: Utrecht (left), Daler Rowney (right) To research the gouache video, I decided to ask manufacturers what ingredients they put in their paints. Show More Summary

Gouache over Casein Underpainting

(Link to video on YouTube) Here's a brief YouTube version showing the winter landscape at sunset. It's just a fraction of the entire segment from "Gouache in the Wild."I had to wait for a day that was just above freezing. Before leaving...Show More Summary

Release of Gouache in the Wild

(Link to trailer on YouTube)"Gouache"—hard to spell, but fun to paint with.Today is the release of the new video tutorial about painting on location in gouache, or opaque watercolor. I'll tackle six different subjects, with each episode focusing on a different approach to the medium. Show More Summary

IFX Reviews Tyrannosaurs Video

Review of Tyrannosaurs: Behind the Art, reprinted from ImagineFX Magazine, August 2015 (Rating: 5 out of 5 stars) Dinosaur King / Master illustrator James Gurney educates and delights with an in-depth look at how he created two paintings for Scientific American magazine. Show More Summary

Steering-Wheel-Mounted Sketch Rig

Amanda Williams from Western Australia says, "I've been using this home-made steering-wheel easel for a few years—great when it's uncomfortable outside. Easily made with scraps of wood and a couple of old drawer knobs." Thanks, Amanda. Show More Summary

GJ Book Club— Speed Chapter 12— Rhythm: Unity of Line

On the GJ Book Club, we're looking at Chapter 12: "Rhythm, Variety of Line" Harold Speed's 1917 classic The Practice and Science of Drawing. The following numbered paragraphs cite key points in boldface, followed by a brief remark of my own. Show More Summary

Breakfast with a Dinosaur

In this one-minute film, we find out what it's like to share a house with a dinosaur. Link to YouTube

Cooler Case

Cooler case, gouache, casein, and colored pencils, 5 x 8 inches It's the quiet time at the diner, the middle of the afternoon, just a few regular customers.There's a cooler case behind the counter. Barb takes a sponge to the stainless steel doors, which reflect two wavy swirls of light. Show More Summary

Sketch Clubs, Circa 1900

In Ye Good Old Days, artists formed social events called "Sketch Clubs." The purpose of these social groups was conversation, smoking, music, conversation, comic speeches, and imaginative picture-making. There were similar men-only sketch clubs in New York and Philadelphia, both of which are still active today, though perhaps with different agendas. Show More Summary

The Seven Gouache Hazards and How to Escape Them

Gouache in the Wild—72min. DVD and HD download release date June 22 Like bunkers and water hazards in golf, every art medium has its pitfalls. The key to success is figuring out how to avoid them, or if you fall in, how to get out.In my 40 years painting in gouache, I've screwed up in every possible way. Show More Summary

Pleissner's WWII Battlefield Portraits

After World War II ended, Ogden Pleissner (1905-1983), who had been an Air Force captain, was commissioned by Life Magazine to sketch some of the battlefields of Europe. Ogden Pleissner (1905-1983) Tanks in the Hurtgen Forest, Germany, 1945 He was able to catch rides on Jeeps and airplanes, but he couldn't carry much gear. Show More Summary

Draw it Again....and Again!

I just discovered a forgotten file folder with all these preliminary drawings for my painting of Giganotosaurus. These are all separate attempts to work out the pose and the lighting. I drew the same scene again and again until my head hurt. Show More Summary

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