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Stop-Motion Honda Ad

Animator PES created this ad for Honda using stop-motion paper animation techniques. There are all sorts of clever ways of turning 2D into 3D. (Link to video on YouTube)The behind-the-scenes video shows how computers were used to previs...Show More Summary

Interview with Cell Phone City

Not sure why Cell Phone City wanted to ask me about my art (I told them I don't even have a smart phone, and I don't live in a city), but here's the interview anyway. Thanks, Christopher!

Mental Floss Article on Paleoart

The news magazine Mental Floss just posted an article about bringing dinosaurs back to life, tracing the journey from fossils to oil paintings. ---- "How Paleoartists Recreate and Illustrate Dinosaurs" by Gabe Rivin Order the 40-minute full-length tutorial video "Tyrannosaurs: Behind the Art" at Gumroad (credit cards) or Sellfy (Paypal).

Shishkin and Photography

Ivan Shishkin, Woodland. 1889. Oil on canvas. 39 1-2 x 29 in. Date 1889 Although he was a devoted and prolific outdoor painter, Russian landscape painter Ivan Shishkin was also a big fan of photography, according to an article in the Russian archives. Show More Summary

October Graveyard Challenge

We had such an enthusiastic response to our last Outdoor Market Challenge that many of you asked for another opportunity. Leverington Cemetery by William Trost Richards I hesitate to call it a "contest" because there's no entry fee and the spirit is more about cooperation, community, and camaraderie than competition. Show More Summary

Eye tracking the stairway illusion

When I painted this Dinotopia image I wanted to do my own spin on the famous "infinite stairway" optical illusion invented by Lionel Penrose and M.C. Escher.If you walk around the stairs clockwise, you proceed infinitely downstairs, and if you walk counterclockwise, you go upstairs forever without gaining in altitude. Show More Summary

The McCollough Effect

Note: I'm going to postpone the next book club until the first week of November because I've got a lot of traveling coming up in October. Optical illusions that produce colored afterimages are fairly common, but there's afterimage phenomenon...Show More Summary

Austin Briggs on Sketch to Finish

American illustrator Austin Briggs (1908-1973) says: "When working out an idea for an illustration, it is essential to keep in mind the shape of the finished painting at all times. Otherwise you are likely to develop a composition that...Show More Summary

Plein-Air Concept Art

Here's a tease frame from one of the videos I'm working on called "Fantasy in the Wild."One of the segments will show how I create a concept painting of a giant robot from start to finish on location at construction sites and fast food alleys. This is the maquette, made of construction foam.

Tacit Knowledge

Blog reader Paul VonZimmerman told me he has been thinking about the concept of tacit knowledge and how it relates to art instruction. He asks, "What are your thoughts on this as someone who has created a variety of instructional material?"...Show More Summary

Market Square and Maquette

"Market Square" and the archway maquette I built for lighting reference are both now on view at "The Art of James Gurney" exhibit at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia through November 16.

Painting a Potter

At our figure sketch group we want to paint a person doing a real action, rather than holding an artificial pose. Sarah the Potter, oil on canvas, 9x12 inches, 5 hours So we ask Sarah to bring her pottery supplies and to do her normal work. Show More Summary

Chernyshevsky's Philosophy of Art

I've been reading about 19th century Russian painting, and several books on the topic have mentioned that the artists were influenced by an 1853 essay called "The Aesthetic Relations of Art to Reality" by Nicolas Chernyshevsky. By all...Show More Summary

Train Crossing

"Train Crossing," gouache, 5 x 8 inches I went over by the railroad tracks while our car was in the repair shop yesterday. A freight train rumbled past, smelling of lumber and oil and new cars. It shrieked its horn a lot because this is a deadly crossing. Show More Summary

Video Review of 'Color and Light'

Jason Morgan just produced this video review of Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter. (Link to YouTube) The book is available on Amazon.Thanks, Jason. Check out Jason's website on his excellent wildlife art, photos, and videos.

Stevan Dohanos in Illustration Magazine

Illustration Magazine (Issue 49) usually has two big features. In this issue, one is about Pulp artist John Newton Howitt, and the other is Stevan Dohanos, the illustrator who produced 125 Saturday Evening Post Covers and was one ofShow More Summary

Graphic Novel about Podcasting

Jessica Abel's new book "Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio" takes a fresh look behind the scenes at what goes into the making of your favorite NPR podcasts.You might not think of podcasting as a visual...Show More Summary

Gouache Tips in International Artist

If you've been experimenting with gouache, you'll want to pick up the brand new issue of International Artist Magazine (#105 Oct/Nov). I chose my top ten tips for success and illustrated them with 10 examples, and included QR codes so that you can use your phone to go behind the scenes of the paintings and watch them being made on video. Show More Summary

Street Painting in New Paltz

Yesterday I painted this study of Main Street in New Paltz, New York. I used casein with a limited palette of cobalt blue, yellow ochre, and light red. I kept the sky nearly white and flooded cool skylight across the small forms that crossed into the sky. Show More Summary

Journal of Illustration

The first issue of the new academic publication called Journal of Illustration has been published online. In the opening editorial, Desdemona of the McCannon Manchester School of Art notes that there hasn't been much academic scrutiny of illustration. Show More Summary

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