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The last question is deceptively simple.Is black a color?The answer is no and yes, depending on how you mean the question, and what you mean by "color."The "No" answer:If you're talking about how the abstract concept of black fits into...Show More Summary
In yesterday's post, we explored the whys and hows of mixing your own black. But there are still a lot of unanswered questions about black. Do some kinds of artists use black more than others? Yes. Designers, cover artists, comic artists, and poster designers use black a lot because of its simple graphic power. Show More Summary
Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta (1841-1920) In yesterday's post, we addressed questions about black's usefulness in darkening colors, and we looked at some other uses for black, and varieties of black pigment.Now let's consider some other...Show More Summary
Nikolai Yaroshenko (1846-1898) The Student Blog reader Kostas Kiriakakis asks:“Is black part of your palette when mixing colors? Many artists state that they never use black but I don't understand if they mean that they don't like using...Show More Summary
Jean-François Raffaëlli (1850 – 1924) was a French realist artist who painted portraits of the ragpickers. Ragpickers, also called "rag and bone men" or "chiffoniers" in French, collected scraps of discarded cloth, bones, metal and and other unwanted refuse from the streets of Paris. Show More Summary
Alphonse Mucha Hearst magazine cover Best wishes to all the Journeyers for a Happy Christmas or whatever midwinter holidays you celebrate. Alphonse Mucha Hearst magazine cover, December
2013 Christmas pageant, painted during the performance in watercolor and gouache. May the angels of Christmas bring courage and and serenity to you all.
On my first visit to Coney Island in 1981, I sat down outside the Spook-a-Rama ride and pulled out my sketchbook. Giant green spiders and one-eyed statues were hanging over the spot where I was sitting, but I liked it because I had a good view of the ticket booth. Show More Summary
Paleoartist Mauricio Anton helped to organize a safari to northern Botswana to sketch big cats in the wild. He filmed and edited a video about it, and he wrote the music, too. (Direct link to video)He'll be doing the safari again if you're interested in joining in.Mauricio Anton has written and illustrated several books, including Sabertooth (Life of the Past)
The American Museum of Natural History has just created some new videos about the making of the dioramas in the bird hall. In this one, exhibition artist Stephen Quinn spotlights bird painters Louis Agassiz Fuertes and Francis Lee Jacques,...Show More Summary
Thomas Rockwell, Norman's son, blasts the inaccuracies, falsehoods, and innuendos in Deborah Solomon's recent biography "American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell" in a 45 minute long interview on WAMC public radio. Solomon's...Show More Summary
Sculptor Gary Staab created this short video showing how he sculpted and cast a saltwater crocodile. The croc will be part of an exhibition called "Crocs -- Ancient Predators in a Modern World" (link to video)
Gustaf Tenggren (Swedish-American 1896-1970) is best known as a designer for Disney's Pinocchio and an illustrator for classic Golden Books like the Tawny Scrawny Lion. Lars Emanuelsson, who runs a website on Tenggren now has a blog. He is working on a book about Tenggren that will be released next year. Gustaf Tenggren blogThanks, Bertil Saukkoriipi
Crisp, colorized film footage shows bustling street life in Berlin and Munich in 1900 and 1914. (Direct link to video)Note: miniature car at 2:14,kids doing somersaults at 2:36,steam-powered vehicle in the upper right of the shot at 3:07,guy working a camera at 3:10.Thanks, Christian.
Cellist Vladimir Morgovsky by James Gurney Cellist Vladimir Morgovsky, painted in watercolor last night at the dress rehearsal of Franz Schubert's Mass in E-flat major.
Mark Taro Holmes just released the following interview on the group blog Urban Sketchers. If you're not familiar with Urban Sketchers, it's a collection of 100 correspondents and many more members around the world guided by these principles: "1. Show More Summary
Pluto's tussle with a piece of flypaper in the Disney short "Playful Pluto" was a breakthrough in the art of animation when it debuted in 1934. Norm Ferguson did the animation. He used Pluto's predicament to explore extremes of squash, stretch, tension, and recoil. Show More Summary
The draft horses at the farm have their full winter coats, and I'm hoping Lenny will be hitching them up soon to pull the sleigh. Watching the draft horses in working in harness always impresses me. The horses have to respond to so many voice commands. Show More Summary
Google just announced a tool called Google Open Gallery to help artists showcase their work in online virtual exhibitions. To set up an exhibition, you upload high res images and explanatory captions. The interface allows viewers a variety of ways to look at your artwork, including scalable views and a clever compare-and-contrast feature. Show More Summary
National Public Radio did a feature about the passing of Fred Scherer, one of the diorama background painters for the American Museum of Natural History, and an associate of James Perry Wilson.NPR: In the Background: Art You May Never Notice (with lots of pictures of the dioramas)Direct link to audio player