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Lucas Museum to Locate in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has been chosen as the home for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. More on Cartoon Brew. Previously: Lucas Museum Hoping for a Home

Animated film "Scavengers"

Scavengers from Joseph Bennett on Vimeo."Scavengers" is an animated short that presents human explorers dealing with a strange alien biology on a foreign planet. (Link to Vimeo) Part of the effectiveness of the film comes from the decision not to use spoken language and very little music, focusing instead on concrete sound effects.Via Cartoon Brew

Using maquettes to experiment with lighting

One of the first things you can do after sculpting a maquette is to rotate the maquette to see how the silhouette and the foreshortening actually look. Here's an excerpt of my tutorial video "How I Paint Dinosaurs." (Link to watch video on Facebook). Show More Summary

RIP James C. Christensen

I'd like to acknowledge the passing yesterday of artist and teacher James Christensen (1942 – Jan. 8, 2017), who created images of myth and magic that were infused with meaning. I met him several times in early 1990s, and he was a pioneer of bringing fantasy art to a mainstream audience.He wrote: “Vision without action is merely a dream. Show More Summary

Casein in International Artist Magazine

The new Feb/March 2017 issue of International Artist magazine has an article on casein painting with facsimile pages from my sketchbook reproduced nearly full size. It also includes the following answers to frequently asked questions:CAN YOU VARNISH CASEIN? Yes, but first it’s worth considering leaving the casein unvarnished. Show More Summary

X-ray video technology

Using a combination of X-ray video, motion control tracking, and computer graphics, scientists are able to show what goes on inside animals while they're moving. Frames from an XROMM made by Jonas Lauströer. Above are stills of a chihuahua's...Show More Summary

Collection of Animation Reference Stills

A treasure trove of animation images is available at the Flickr Sets of Animation Resources. The sets are comprised of screen grabs from the Golden Age of Animation, primarily from the 1930s and '40s. There are sets of walk and run cycles,...Show More Summary

Remote Cast Shadows

How do cast shadows change when the object casting them gets farther away?In this video, you can see how the shadows get blurrier as the branches move progressively farther away. The clip is an excerpt from my Gumroad tutorial "How I...Show More Summary

Boss Cat

My friend's rescue-cat Ralphie lost an eye and broke his jaw when he tangled with a car....but don't feel sorry for him.He's the toughest cat in town. All the other cats—and even the dogs—are terrified of him, and he'll grab the brisket off table if you turn your back for a second.

Oil change. Let's paint!

We're stuck for an hour and a half in the waiting room of the tire place while the car gets an oil change and a tire rotation. The icy rain is coming down on the remnants of snow. Oil Change, gouache, 5 x 8 inches. Luckily I have a few tubes of gouache. Show More Summary

Blended Faces--Marilyn to Elvis

Here's a series of faces morphing from Marilyn to Elvis. As you look through them, at what point does one become the other? What happens to your brain when the switch happens?----Source

Book Review: Mad Art of Caricature

The art of caricature may seem like something you either have a knack for, or you don't. But if you have a desire to learn, you can get good at it. There just needs to be a book that lays out the expert knowledge behind the art.Tom Richmond...Show More Summary

Russian Paintings in London

Several well known folklore paintings from Russia's classic age of imaginative realism are on show in London at the Mall Galleries. Ilya Repin, Sadko in the Underwater Kingdom Sadko is a hero from a medieval epic. Musician, gambler,Show More Summary

My Best Nine of Instagram

If you do Instagram, you might enjoy following my daily feed, which often includes images that are different from the blog. Here are my top 9 from 2016. James Gurney on Instagram

Party Time

We're about to launch into 2017. Why not party?We're all just refugees from a bygone era, doing our best to adapt to the demands of a new world. So let us bake a pie, play a tune, dance a jig, or paint a picture, because that's whatShow More Summary

Old House by the Tracks

The old house perches above the tracks, battered by the thunder of the night trains. The porch collapsed. The leaves fell off the trees and lie sleeping beneath the snow.In its youth the house watched over sailing sloops and the busy river landing. Show More Summary

Dealing with Our Inner Critic

Gabriel Cornelius Ritter von Max (1840-1915), who actually lived with a family of monkeys Over on YouTube, Natasha asks: "Because of all your videos, it has inspired me to want to go out and quit being afraid of what others think or say about my paintings. Show More Summary

Flint's Advice for Watercolor Procedure

In his book called "Water-Colour for Beginners" Francis Russell Flint (1915-1977) starts a picture with large flat washes in just four colors: cobalt blue, light red, French ultramarine, and burnt sienna. In the top image, he first drew the outline of the mountains. Show More Summary

4000 Posts—Highlights of My First 10 Years Blogging

This is the 4000th post on this blog. What started as a simple journal of a book tour in 2007 has grown into a daily habit of learning that I enjoy sharing with all of you. For those of you who are relatively new to the blog, or whoShow More Summary

Do cultural factors influence how we look at faces?

According to experimental findings reported on LiveScience, the way we look at faces is not entirely hard-wired, and may be influenced by cultural factors, which vary between the east and west.One study suggests that when reading anShow More Summary

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