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Sheep studies from life in oil by Anton Braith (German, 1836-1905), 40x58cm, about 16x23 inches. Compare to sheep studies in previous posts by Rosa Bonheur and Heinrich von Zügel.
When the architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White won the competition to design the Rhode Island State House in 1892, they made paper hats and costumes and conducted an "architectural mass" to celebrate the commission. They marched...Show More Summary
Last weekend I had the privilege and responsibility of being a prize juror for the Society of Animal Artists' annual exhibition in Bennington, Vermont. Cindy House, "Flight Over the Dunes in Autumn," 16x20 inches, pastel In the prizewinning...Show More Summary
Here's a sketch that I did yesterday on a rainy day in Bennington, Vermont. I'm here as a judge for the exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists—more on that tomorrow. This picture is painted in gouache, which is the best water media...Show More Summary
Boston Dynamics has introduced its latest animal-like robot called WildCat, a galloping, bounding robot that looks a bit like an organic quadriped, but has a terrifying energy and geometry all its own. Mech artists, note how the design conserves most of the mass toward the center of the form, with no heavy forms at the periphery. (link to video)
Spectrum, the annual showcase for fantastic art, has unveiled its new website, with a complete list previous books, call for entry information (deadline January 25), and video interviews with leading artists in the field.
Book / Bring Ideas to Life from FiftyThree on Vimeo. Digital sketches made on an iPad can be printed out as a real sketchbook, thanks to a service called "Book" (direct link to video). It's the fruit of a partnership between the companies Fifty Three, which creates the digital sketchbook app, and Moleskine, who makes the real sketchbooks. Show More Summary
The art and comics podcast "Sidebar Nation" has posted a lively interview with illustrator and CCAD teacher C. F. Payne, where he talks about how he got started and his perspective on the world of picture-making. Plus a little about baseball. Click here for Sidebar's introduction, and here to listen to the show.
Back in 1987, it wasn’t so easy to find out how special effects were accomplished. You had to hunt down specialty magazines like Starlog, Cinefantastique, or Fangoria, or you had to know someone in the industry. But a book came out that...Show More Summary
Here's a new video that takes you inside auto racing, based on a thrilling painting session from last Saturday. (Direct link to video) Here's the painting. I was initially attracted to the backlighting of this view of the paddock area from the spectator hill in the outfield. Show More Summary
Santosh Oomman of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles published an interview with me today in the SILA news column. Here's the full text. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself or how you got started? Me in less than 50 words:...Show More Summary
Last week we helped with the sheep shearing duties at Dancing Lamb Farm. In between cleaning the fleeces, I paused to do a casein sketch of one of the sheep who was dozing in the clover. I took a few closeups of the painting to address some of the questions that came up during last night's web show. Show More Summary
Here's me and my son Dan, in New York City today. Dan is the creator of the web-streaming venue called Concert Window Open. My wife Jeanette and I did a 45 minute webcast tonight with 160 participants from all over the US and around the world. Show More Summary
Good news: The DVD version of the new stamp art video is now available. The DVD includes 72 minutes of total running time, including: • 38 minute main feature• 13 minute extended interview with paleontologist Tom Rich• 8.5 minute narrated...Show More Summary
It's important to put some care into the eyes on your maquette because that's what people look at and that's what makes them look real. Where do you get the eyes for maquettes? There's a range of available options, depending on the quality you want: 1. Show More Summary
I will be doing a live painting demo webshow this Sunday with Concert Window Open. I'll be using casein to do a quick painted study of an actual maquette from the Australian dinosaur stamp project. Jeanette will read your questions and...Show More Summary
How do you build a maquette exactly to the size you want? Here are seven quick tips. 1. First, do a scale drawing of your subject (dinosaur, monster, mech, or building) from at least a side view, but ideally a top and front view, too. 2. Show More Summary
The "Australia's Age of Dinosaurs" stamp issue was not the first scenic dinosaur minisheet that Australia Post produced. Artist Peter Trusler created this landmark stamp scene in 1993, called "Australia's Dinosaur Era." This was oneShow More Summary
Here are six different stages of the development of the new Koolasuchus stamp from Australia Post. The first two are in pencil, drawn from imagination while looking at the fossil diagrams. The third is painted in gouache and colored pencil. When I made the maquette from Sculpey, I understood better how I could give the pose more twist. Show More Summary
It's now September 24th in Australia, which means I can announce the release of a new set of postage stamps that I spent a lot of the last year working on. (Link to video trailer) This trailer gives you a peek at the instructional documentary that I created to record the adventure of creating the stamps. Show More Summary