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Project Puppetron

Recently Adobe unveiled a new artificial-intelligence technology that can render your face in any art style. At left is an African wood carving, and at right is a a subject's face translated into that style. All the metrics and the surfaces match the target art style. Show More Summary

Portrait of Travis

I had breakfast yesterday with Travis Louie, who paints a menagerie of fantastical creatures and curious people.(Link to video on Facebook) I knew he wouldn't mind if I exaggerated him a little and made him into a slightly fictionalized character himself. Show More Summary

Helck Recalls the Famous Artist's Course

The grandson of American illustrator Peter Helck (1893-1988) has published his memoirs online. Helck was a founding member of the Famous Artist's Course, and he recalls the formation of the school and his role in it:"In 1948 that remarkably successful illustrator, AIbert Dorne, created the home study institution known as the Famous Artists School. Show More Summary

Mrs. Basher Poses

Mrs. Basher takes no guff! Here are a few of her animation poses. Each figure has a range of actions with posable and replaceable arms and legs held on with magnets.


"Mezza-macchia" (literally half spot) was the term for a kind of a sketch taught in the Florentine Academy during the period when the Macchiaioli (Italian Impressionists) were getting their education. Giovanni Fattori, Black Horse in the Sun "The idea was to "study an object in just two tones, one for the light areas and one for the areas in shadow. Show More Summary

Sargent's "Signet" Palette

Curators at the Harvard Art Museum have completed their study of one of John Singer Sargent's palettes, which was given to the Signet Society. The palette still contains a lot of paint, and it's arranged in the normal way for a 19th century painter. Show More Summary

Disney's 'Tricks of the Trade'

(Link to YouTube Video) The decade of the 1930s was a pioneering era in animation. Artists at Disney Studios developed the new art form all the way from Steamboat Willie to Pinocchio. The animators had to figure out the principles of character animation for themselves. Show More Summary

Digging in the Front Yard

When I was a kid growing up in Los Altos, California, I dug holes in my front yard looking for a lost civilization or a new dinosaur. My friends’ mothers wouldn’t let them play with me after school because they came home with their pockets full of dirt. Show More Summary

I'll be teaching next summer at IMC

Art by Kent Williams Join me in the summer of 2018 for a workshop in Massachusetts called IMC, (also known as Illustration Master Class) At IMC you spend the week painting with instructors from the realm of Imaginative Realism: Julie...Show More Summary

Proposed Rockwell Sale Under Investigation

(Stephan Schuetze/Bild Zeitung via Getty Images, link) Secret documents reveal that the Berkshire Museum was pressured to sell off their Norman Rockwell originals by a Boston consulting firm. For now, the planned liquidation of their...Show More Summary

Curvature Blindness Illusion

A series of paired lines passes through areas of white, grey, and black. The lines remain the same throughout. They have a consistent wavy (sinusoidal) shape. The difference between the sets is the placement of light and dark segments: one set has the tone change at the bottom of the curve. Show More Summary

Animation Tests

(Link to video) Here are a few animation tests — Sprocket runs, eats paper, and Clement grabs some power ups. Here's a still frame showing the motion blur and live-action dynamics captured in-camera.

Image Translation

A new machine-learning algorithm can take a photo of a street scene and translate the image to another time of day or another weather condition. For example, the photo on the left shows is taken from a car on a rainy day. On the right, the computer translates the scene into a sunny day with a blue sky. Show More Summary

Gurney Art on Instagram

If you do Instagram, please check out my daily feed. It includes pages from my sketchbooks, behind-the-scenes process art, Dinotopia illustrations, and just plain fun. ---- James Gurney Art on Instagram Best Nine Generator

What about that rule?

Art by Dean Cornwell, a "grandstudent" of Pyle Limn asks: "Given that you are a huge fan of Howard Pyle (as am I!) there is the principle that he and many illustrators since have talked about. The principle regarding limiting a piece to 2 or 3 (or Loomis' 4) values and having a piece have stopping power from several yards away. Show More Summary

How Do You Get a Book Published?

Painting by Ernest Meissonier Christina asks: "What the process was like for getting your books Color and Light and Imaginative Realism published? I recently finished a book manuscript...and I don't really have any idea of what to do next. Show More Summary

1911 Book of Funny Cat Pictures

People have been captioning funny cat photos for more than a hundred years. This one, titled "I AM THE QUEEN," is from a 1911 book called "Kittens and Cats: A First Reader," available for a free download from The Public Domain Review

Winslow Homer Goes to England

An exhibition currently at the Worcester Art Museum focuses on the time that American artist Winslow Homer (1836–1910) spent in England and how it affected his later art. Winslow Homer, Hark! The Lark, 1882, The show is based on two major works by Homer, and it includes a lot of his drawings and watercolors. Show More Summary

Robotic Bipedal Walker

(Link to YouTube). Here's a stylish way to travel around the neighborhood. It just needs an ornate carriage, a trunk for sketching supplies, and a few puffs of steam.Thanks, Jake Parker

Mrs. Basher vs. Big Soda

(Link to video on Facebook) Mrs. Basher won't let Mountain Dew stand in her way. I did the animation at an outdoor festival.

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