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Archived Since:August 9, 2009

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Stylistic Evolution

Early and late work by artists who went through a Modernist style shift. Klimt Gustav Klimt, Sitzendes junges Mädchen 1894 Gustav Klimt, The Kiss, 1908-1909 ----- Mondrian Piet Mondrian, Fen Near Saasveld 1907 Piet Mondrian, Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow, 1930----- Kupka František Kupka, Papal Ceremony, 1904. Show More Summary

Studio Tips

A couple of GurneyJourney blog readers shared some studio tips: Doug Goodale says: "I recently built a lightweight sketch easel according to your specs and added some Velcro strips so it could hold a 1/4 sheet of watercolour paper. I...Show More Summary

How to Video Your Art: Microphones / Recorders

Four recommended microphones / recorders: MXL Tempo, Zoom H1, Zoom H2n, a Lavalier Microphone The current issue of International Artist magazine published Part 2 of my series on How to Video Your Art. In this post, I want to explore how to get good audio.Audio is the most common flaw in art videos. Show More Summary

Knitted Beards on Babies

When they're young enough, they don't know why we're laughing at them. From Ravelry, by Ashlee Prisbrey, Megan Graddy and Kylie Marie Brown.


The blog MovieBarCode compresses the colors of an entire film into a single line.At a glance, you can see how the film travels from one color to another as it moves from scene to scene. Animated films are especially deliberate about color scripting. Show More Summary

Manfred Schatz — Wildlife in Action

Manfred Schatz (1925-2004) was a wildlife artist who captured the energy and movement of living animals. He developed a distinctive motion-blur effect in his oil paintings, using large fan brushes to soften edges in the direction of movement. Show More Summary

Dinotopia Podcast Episode 10

Episode 10 of the Dinotopia Podcast is here. You can listen to the audio adventure by pressing the play button below, or by following this link to SoundCloud file. After his father Arthur left to explore the system of caverns underground, Will Denison picks up the journal to describe his ascent into the mountains. Show More Summary

Digital tool for analyzing color gamuts

Joost van Dongen, lead programmer and co-founder of Ronimo Games, wrote me to say that my book Color and Light inspired him to create a digital tool for analyzing color schemes. When he developed the geometric racing game Proun (screenshots...Show More Summary

Insect Vision

Thomas Shahan - Eye Arrangement of a Hogna Wolf Spider What can insects and other arthropods see through their compound eyes? Quick answer: they can see definite, resolved images. Some compound eyes yield a single erect image and others produce multiple inverted images. Show More Summary

Parallel Palette on Kickstarter

Painting in oil from observation is a lot easier if the painting surface is next to the line of sight, and roughly the same visual size. It makes life easier still if the palette is adjacent to the painting surface and if it's more or less parallel to it. Show More Summary

Line of Action in Art

The "line of action" is a simple, usually curving, line that travels through all the forms of a pose. A Disney animator, possibly Bill Tytla or Art Babbitt, used an S-shaped line passing through the pose of this character model drawing of Geppetto from Disney's Pinocchio. Show More Summary

Translating "Color and Light" into Japanese

Last summer, Japanese publisher Born Digital ordered the fifth reprint of Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter. I am always fascinated by the way ideas about the visual world vary from culture to culture. Given that Western...Show More Summary

Dinotopia Podcast, Episode Nine

It's Tuesday, time for Episode Nine of the serialized podcast of Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time. To listen, click the orange play button below, or follow the link to the SoundCloud file.In this episode, Arthur and Will Denison travel to Canyon City, the world of the big pterosaurs. Show More Summary

Walter Baumhofer Book

The Illustrated Press and David Saunders teamed up last year to publish the definitive monograph on Golden Age pulp illustrator Walter Baumhofer. The book tells his whole life story, from his origins as a young artist, his time in art school, and his early pen and ink and charcoal illustrations, and his striking poster designs. Show More Summary

Figurehead Maquette

When I visited his Baltimore studio a few years ago, my friend Patrick O'Brien showed me a maquette of a lion figurehead that he built for reference on one of his marine paintings. I'm trying to talk him into letting me use it for a hood ornament on my Mazda.Patrick O'Brien, Marine Artist

Seven Reasons to Enter Spectrum

There are a lot of art competitions out there, but one of the few that I consistently enter is Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. Here's the packet of entries that I'll be mailing in tomorrow. Let me tell you the seven reasons I believe Spectrum is well worth entering:1. Show More Summary

IFX Maquette Series

Check out the latest issue of ImagineFX magazine. I've been writing a series of articles for them about making physical reference maquettes. This one shows how I made a dinosaur maquette for the Scientific American article.Here's a video (link to YouTube) showing more. Coming up in the ImagineFX series: Architectural Maquettes, How to Build a Pterosaur, and more.

Drawing Grids

When an artist wants to paint a scene at "sight size," the painting or drawing corresponds exactly to the image that would appear on a sheet of glass placed perpendicular to the line of sight. If you were able hold your head steady enough...Show More Summary

Escaping our Borders

Winsor McCay, "How He Escaped from His Border" On this bright new day of 2015, let me offer my hearty wishes to each and every GurneyJourneyer. May we all escape from our borders—from whatever confines or limits us—and leap bravely into new dimensions.

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