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FDR Tour Guide

'Ranger Bob' Herberger took us on a tour of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Home in Hyde Park, NY. As he did, I sketched him in his ranger uniform using watercolor pencils and a couple of water brushes.-----Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Museum, and Home

Why Make Analog Architectural Maquettes?

For the upcoming issue of International Artist Magazine, I wrote an article about making architectural maquettes for reference. They can be anything from rough plasticine sketches to elaborate scale models.In the case of the Chandara...Show More Summary

Ten Tips for Painting Rainbows

Here are some tips for painting rainbows in oil: 1. Plan the scene so that the lighting is frontal, with the antisolar point at the center of the circle. 2. Lightly pencil the arc using a homemade beam compass (basically a long wooden bar pivoting on a nail). Show More Summary

Austin Briggs's Philosophy of Illustration

(Link to YouTube)Here's a vintage reading of a 1952 essay by Austin Briggs about the profession of illustration, from The Famous Artists Course. This recording comes from a cassette tape which circulated among a group of friends in 1986. Show More Summary

Shopfront Perspective

I chose pencil and gray wash for drawing these storefronts in New York state. The perspective is slightly off-angle, with remote vanishing point for the facades far to the right. To keep all those gently sloping lines in relationship...Show More Summary

Merging our Brains with Circuitry

Cover painting in oil by James Gurney for Forever Man by Gordon Dickson, 1986 The new iPhoneX has some powerful capacities for machine learning that they're calling a 'neural engine.'As artificial intelligence becomes more and more part...Show More Summary

Counter Talk

Morning at the diner, time for a quick sketch before the breakfast arrives.

Is that your drawing or mine?

V.H. asks: "Dear Gurney, I have a question to ask you. It is about your Coke can post from 2013. It is a funny post, but I was wondering if you made this drawing yourself. It looks so much like a drawing I made back in high school. I can see that a name is chopped of in the right corner. Show More Summary

Husband Problems

Artists have compassionately portrayed the challenges that wives sometimes face when things go wrong for their husbands. Sergei Grigorev - He's Come Back, 1954 In Sergei Grigorev's Soviet-era painting, the man of the house has returned home. Show More Summary

6 Ways to Organize a Detailed Design

This drawing by Tony Sarg (1880-1942) is crammed with detail, but it's very well organized, which makes it easy to look at. 1. Simplify the tone of the ground plane. 2. Limit the palette, repeat a limited range of colors. 3. Use simple, clear silhouettes. Show More Summary

Painting Newport's Shipyards

Thomas C. Skinner (American, 1888-1945) painted the worker's world of shipbuilding. A couple of weeks ago, when I visited the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia, Jeanne Willoz-Egnor, Director of Collections Management, took me behind the scenes to see some of Skinner's paintings. Show More Summary

Flatness and Depth in Painting

This scene was on the back cover of David Drake's paperback collection of military science fiction short stories called "The Fleet Book One." To make the typical '80s air battle look more incongruous, I imagined it taking place at a low altitude over farmland. Show More Summary

Learning from the Famous Artists Course

The Norman Rockwell Museum produced this new video about the Famous Artists Course (Link to video)The clips include color video of some of the faculty of 1950s American illustrators, along with Walt Reed, who was one of the faculty helpers, and Elwood Smith and Howard Cruz, who took the course. Show More Summary

Flagg Draws a Model

In this 1934 video, James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960) draws a female model while talking about the importance of perceiving the skull underneath. (Link to YouTube). In the video he lays down a few preliminary structural lines, and then at 2:04, the video makes a jump to a nearly finished drawing. Show More Summary

Biopunk Truck

I painted this image for Thomas Easton’s science-fiction story “Down on the Truck Farm” (1990). In this biopunk future, living vehicles are genetically engineered out of the organic parts of animals: "The genimal's legs were mountedShow More Summary

A Few Tips for Accuracy

A few days ago I visited the old mill town of Greenwich, New York and painted this streetscape.In the video, I share some tips for getting accuracy using the traditional pencil-measure method.Gouache tutorialHow to Make a Sketch EaselMy videos are also available as DVDs at KunakiMusic by Kevin MacLeod

Decadent Dollhouses

Carrie Becker is a photographer and a sculptor of miniatures who produces exquisitely detailed interior scenes. In "Barbie Trashes Her Dreamhouse," she presents rooms of a hoarder's home stuffed to the gills with clutter. After completing...Show More Summary

Video Portrait of C.F. Payne

American illustrator and teacher C.F. Payne is the feature of a new hour-long documentary called "C.F. Payne: An American Illustrator." Payne is known for his award-winning Time covers, MAD magazine caricatures, and children's book illustrations, which he has produced over a span of nearly four decades. Show More Summary

British Realism from the 1920s and '30s

The National Galleries of Scotland are currently hosting an exhibit called True to Life: British Realist Painting in the 1920s and 1930s. The Yellow Glove by James Cowie (Scottish, 1886 - 1956) For a long time, realism from the early...Show More Summary

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