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Inviting questions about sketching in concerts

Does anyone have any questions about sketching in live concerts? Please ask them in the comments. Right now I'm writing an article for an art magazine, and I want to make sure I hit the key points.

Shishkin Painting Methods

Ivan Shishkin (1832-1898) A couple of months ago we took a look at Ivan Shishkin's opinion of photo reference in his landscape painting. Now let's examine more about his specific working methods. Preliminary Drawings He would adviseShow More Summary

Diner Portrait in Watercolor

I paint this portrait sketch of Ralph Giguere while sitting in a booth in the diner. He is sitting across from me, with soft window light coming from the left. Ralph Giguere, UArts professor, watercolor I do the painting in two stages. Show More Summary

Foliage is Lightest at Its Outer Edges

In indirect light, foliage tends to be lightest at its outer and upper edges, and darkest at its base or its core. Micronesia foliage from U.C. Berkeley This is true at the level of individual leaves or fronds, such as these leaves in a rain forest. Show More Summary

Golden Age of Illustration, Volume 3

The Illustrated Press has released the third of its limited edition surveys of classic American Illustration, called "The Golden Age: Masterworks from the Golden Age of Illustration — Vol. 3" The large format hardcover book is purely pictorial, with 224 pages of full-page artwork. Show More Summary

Developing the Painting Style of The Dam Keeper

I somehow missed this mini-doc when it came out. (Link to YouTube) Directors Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi describe how they worked with a group of young painters to evolve the style for their 2D-computer-animated short "The Dam Keeper."

Rainy Grocery

I did this quick sketch from the car yesterday while Jeanette was in the market. It's 3 x 3 inches in gouache. The colors are: titanium white, cadmium yellow light, burnt sienna, and Prussian blue in a watercolor sketchbook. I wrote a five-word story to go with it. Show More Summary

John Rogers, Sculptor for the People

John Rogers was a late 19th century sculptor who was as well known and beloved in his day as was Norman Rockwell in his. He sculpted table-top sized figural groupings based on literature or the Civil War. He then had a team reproduce them in plaster. Show More Summary

Harold Speed on Modern Art, Part 2

Today we'll take a look at the second half of Harold Speed's chapter on Modern Art from his 1924 art instruction book Oil Painting Techniques and Materials.I'll present Speed's main points in boldface type either verbatim or paraphrased, followed by comments of my own. Show More Summary

SCAD Atlanta makes Scroobius Pips

On this Thanksgiving day, I'd like to give thanks to all the dedicated teachers out there who give their time to inspiring students in art schools. One of those teachers is SCAD Atlanta instructor Rick Lovell. On his blog, he says:"Two classes worked on the Scroobious Pip project this fall quarter. Show More Summary

Warm vs. Cold

With the thermometer dropping, it's getting a little chilly to paint outdoors. In this little 4x4 inch gouache study I was thinking about warm vs. cold in terms of color temperature, too. The fading warm sunlight only partially melts into the icebergs of the buildings. Show More Summary

Portrait of a Theorbo Player

It's not every day that you get to paint a theorbo, which is sort of a lute on steroids. When I heard that theorbo specialist Simon Martyn-Ellis would be playing in Poughkeepsie, I made sure to get a seat in the front row. I used watercolor pencils to outline the shapes. Show More Summary

Renaissance Recorder / The Third Panel

My wife Jeanette joined a Renaissance band. She got her old recorders out of a closet and is putting new corks in the joints.For me, that will mean the chance to paint the musicians when they practice. This one is in gouache.Thirty five...Show More Summary

Transparents and Opaques in Mixtures

The folks at Vasari put together this video showing what happens to cadmium yellow lemon (opaque) and Indian yellow (transparent) when you mix them with reds and whites. The factor of transparency greatly affects the value and chroma...Show More Summary

Computers are learning to caption photos

For decades, one of the apparently insurmountable challenges in artificial intelligence was getting a machine to see. Caption: “A person riding a motorcycle on a dirt road.” Source: Io9 In order to approach the human capabilities ofShow More Summary

Harold Speed on Modern Art, Part 1

We continue the Friday Book Club with Chapter 2, "Modern Art" in Harold Speed's 1924 art instruction book The Science and Practice of Oil Painting.Let's take Roberto's suggestion of breaking this chapter into two parts, so we'll stop at page 20. Show More Summary

The Blot Drawings of Alexander Cozens

Eighteenth century British landscape painter Alexander Cozens promoted a novel technique for generating compositions. He called them "blot drawings" and their purpose was to unlock the imagination by suggesting random shapes and forms. Show More Summary

Rockwell Visits a Country Editor

One of the paintings in tomorrow's auction of American Art at Christie's is "Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor." Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor, 1946, oil, 33 x 63 in. It was published in Saturday Evening Post in 1946, one of a series of portrayals of American life that Rockwell did for the magazine in the guise of artist/reporter. Show More Summary

Harvey Dunn at the NRM

An exhibition of the work of Golden Age illustrator Harvey Dunn has opened at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Dunn grew up on a South Dakota farm and studied with Howard Pyle. He became an artist reporter in World War I, and then spent the...Show More Summary

Sidebar to Close

Sidebar, the podcast with lively interviews of comic artists and illustrators, will be shutting down. "As announced on our final show (#337), all the Sidebar back episodes — including the ones previously archived in our store — are available for free download over the next three weeks. Show More Summary

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